UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are hungry for some quality soccer, there is a scrumptious pair of matches on tap that should fill your appetite.

The UEFA Europa League semifinals are set to get underway on Thursday with two match-ups that hold plenty of intrigue, as Benfica lock horns with Juventus in a battle of European heavyweights (3:05pm, ESPN Deportes/DirecTV/Fox Soccer Plus) at Estadio Da Luz while Sevilla and Valencia square off in an all-Spanish affair in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (3:05pm, ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go).

All four clubs possess plenty of quality on both sides of the ball, which should make these opening legs as entertaining as the UEFA Champions League semifinals matches from earlier in the week.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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15 Responses to UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

  1. zygs says:

    i wish Clint Dempsey had moved to Serie A years ago instead of joining Spurs. He had the talent to start for a Juventus or Roma or Napoli

  2. if you ask me says:

    I for 1 am a big fan of McBride commentating on the beautiful game. Much more so than Wynalda. Wynalda is too much of a fanboy. McBride states the techniques and does it eloquently.

    • Brad C says:

      Wynalda sounds like he’s sitting on your couch next to you talking about the game. No technical analysis at all…

      And of course Gus Johnson is the human wikipedia page. “…who plays with Torres on the Spanish national team, which also features…”

  3. if you ask me says:

    amazing at how prestigious the Portuguese league is. Ranked 5th by UEFA. Been in the top 6 for a decade. Only has 10 million people. 16 clubs in the first division. And literally the country has no money but Porto and Benfica are 2 of the biggest clubs in the world and they’ve produced Ronado. impressive

    • Brad C says:

      I’ve always thought they have great scouts and youth development…

      Doesn’t hurt they get a ton of players from Brazil and Argentina…

    • Nothing new about the Portuguese playing good soccer. A coungtry that produced players such as Eusebio, Coluna and Ronaldo, and took 3rd place in the 1966 World Cup in England has to bee highly ranked.
      Joe Santos

  4. Gregson says:

    Who is the guy commentating with McBride?

  5. bryan says:

    oh man, Juve tie it up. Tevez.

  6. bryan says:

    wow! 2-1 Benfica. Lima with a fantastic goal.

  7. Benny says:

    74 year old Chuck Norris-Pirlo playing in the midfield.

  8. Cam Sen says:

    hey franco these games are on Fox sports 1 (benfica-juventus) and fox sports 2 (sevilla-valencia) and both on fox sports go… same for the second leg matches next thursday. you post great stuff and i think it would be useful to include where people can find the games. not as many people have fox soccer plus or fox soccer 2go