Last week’s goalscorers Kike and Alex Quillo both saw red in a crazy minute as Europa lost 3-1 AET to Welsh Champions TNS, exiting the Champions League by losing 4-3 on aggregate.
Europa will take a narrow lead to Estádio Algarve after beating The New Saints 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League first round tie. Continue reading
Europa open their debut Champions League adventure today when they take on the Champions of Wales, The New Saints at 20:00 in the first qualifying round. Continue reading
Europa take on Welsh Champions The New Saints (TNS) in the Champions League this week, so we take a brief look at the team standing in the way of Europa at the first hurdle.
When were they founded – TNS first started in 1959 as Llansantffraid FC, who eventually joined with Oswestry Town.
I recognise them by a different name? – The New Saints were formerly known as Total Network Solutions, following a deal with an Oswestry-based computer networking specialist. The team garnered a lot of public awareness when Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling famously stated: “They’ll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight!”
Do they have European pedigree? – They have consistently qualified for Europe in the 21st century, most notably taking on then European champions Liverpool in the 05-06 qualifiers. They’ve either reached, or started in the Second Qualifying Round of the Champions League for each of the last five seasons.
Their stadium is not in Wales though? – TNS stadium, Park Hall, is actually based in Oswestry, a town in England just 8km away from the Welsh border – the equivalent of Europa playing in San Roque in terms of distance.
How did they do in the league last season? – They comfortably won the Welsh Premier by some 27 points, losing just three of 32 league matches and racking up over 100 goals in the process.
What players should we look out for? – One-time New Zealand international Greg Draper, as well as Alex Darlington, were the clubs two best goal threats in the league.
Random fact – TNS’ Polish winger Adrian Cieślewicz played his brother Lukasz at this stage in 2015, with TNS defeating Faroese side B36 Torshavn.
After winning the treble in a 3-0 win against 8-man Lincoln, we caught up with Europa keeper and captain Javi Munoz.
Kike scored twice as Europa beat Lincoln Red Imps 3-0 in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final to complete the treble. Continue reading
Lincoln Red Imps will be looking for revenge today when they take on Europa in the Gibtelecom Rock Cup final with the Imps desperately needing a trophy. Continue reading
Ahead of tomorrow’s Gibtelecom Rock Cup final against Europa, we caught up with Lincoln’s Yeray as he gives his thoughts on the game.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Gibtelecom Rock Cup final against Lincoln Red Imps, we caught up with Europa’s hard-tackling midfielder Ivan Moya as he gives his thoughts on the game. Continue reading
Tears of joy ran down the players faces as Europa toppled Lincoln on a thrilling final day to become Champions of the Premier Division. Continue reading