the completely glamour-less glamour of the uefa cup

The UEFA Cup Round of 32 was announced today, and I can’t help but be a little more enthused than I am about…well, anything involving the Champion’s League.

Here’s a list of fixtures I deem interesting after the jump:

Anderlecht v Bordeaux

I tend to find the Belgian league somewhat underrated, and wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Anderlecht, who are currently sitting in fifth in the Jupiler League, to possibly play a spoiler against Bordeaux.  I’m an unashamed Ligue 1 apologist, and it’d be nice to see a French team lift some silverware.  It seems that Bordeaux is in a decent spot to do it -they sit in second place in Ligue 1 currently, only four points back from Lyon.
Galatasaray v Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer, after somewhat fading from the foreground in the last few years, are playing a solid if not unspectacular season in the Bundesliga, sitting only six points off the top.  Galatasaray are sitting top of the SuperLiga, finally getting out of Fener’s shadow for a little while.  This one, for me, pits two of the biggest names left in the competition against each other.  Both team probably wishes they were playing CL football, but this is as good as it gets – expect them to make the most of it.

Aberdeen v Bayern Munich

Here’s where things get fun.  I like Aberdeen in this competition – despite being a rival to Rangers – simply because they are so completely unfashionable.  I’d like to see them go far, and after Willy Sagnol’s little bitch-fest I’d like to see them do it by stomping Bayern all over the park.  Literally, if need be.  Really, Willy?  You’re not impressed with Aberdeen?  Maybe if  you won some damn games and you’d be in the CL, where you seemingly “belong.” Cocky little shit.

and finally…

Bolton v Atletico Madrid 

…hang on…Bolton are still in this goddamned competition?   Listen, there’s only room for one painfully unfashionable team here, guys, and let’s face it…Aberdeen beats you out.  Take your shit football elsewhere…say, the Championship.  Fuck.  I’m tipping Atleti to not only embarrass the Trotters, but to win it all.


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