A look at the opposition British teams will face in Europa League

A look at the opposition British teams will face in Europa League

Molde, Braga, Ludogorets, Sparta Prague and Benfica will all be in action on Thursday.

British clubs are back in Europa League action on Thursday with the 4th matches of their group projects, playing reverse fixtures against the teams they dealt with last time out.

Arsenal and Leicester are at Molde and Braga respectively, prior to Tottenham host Ludogorets. Celtic play Sparta Prague away and Rangers handle Benfica at Ibrox.

Here, the PA news company takes a better look at the opposition clubs.


Jorge Jesus went back to Benfica during the summer for a second spell in charge (Adam Davy/PA).

Molde: Erling Moe changed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at first as caretaker manager, when he left for Manchester United in December 2018 as interimboss Moe, a former Molde player, had actually been Solskjaer’s assistant and was provided the task on a permanent basis when it ended up being clear Solskjaer would not be returning.

Braga: Carlos Carvalhal will recognize to British fans from his time at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea. The Portuguese went back to handle Braga for a second time this summer, signing a two-year deal, 14 years after his first spell at the club.

Ludogorets: Former Ludogorets midfielder Stanislav Genchev, 39, was positioned in charge on October 24 after the club parted business with Pavel Vrba.

Sparta Prague: Vaclav Kotal, 68, a former player for Sparta, was selected manager in February, having actually been in charge of the club’s B team.

Benfica: Jorge Jesus, the club’s most embellished manager of the 21st century, returned for a second spell in charge this summer after an extremely effective stint in Brazil with Flamengo where he won 5 prizes. His first spell at Benfica, in between 2009 and 2015, brought 10 prizes, consisting of 3 Portuguese championship titles in 6 seasons, and 2 Europa League final appearances, prior to he stunned by leaving for city competitors Sporting Lisbon.

European pedigree

OTD 1968: 2 goals from @SirBobby assisted @ManUtd beat Benfica 4-1 after extra-time to end up being the first English winners of the European Cup pic.twitter.com/L24dH8axLf

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Molde: The Norwegian club reached the Champions League group phase during the 1999-2000 season and the group phase of the Europa League in 2012-13. In 2015-16 Molde topped a group consisting of Fenerbahce, Ajax and Celtic to reach the round of 32 in the Europa League, losing 3-1 on aggregate to ultimate winners Sevilla.

Braga: Regulars in European competition since 2004, Braga won the 2008 IntertotoCup They got approved for the Champions League for the first time in 2010-11, which very same season reached the Europa League final– losing 1-0 to Portuguese competitors Porto in Dublin.

Ludogorets: Since winning the Bulgarian league for the first time in their history in 2012, Ludogorets have actually gotten approved for Europe every seasonsince They reached the round of 16 in the Europa League in 2013-14 after topping their group and the round of 32 in 2017-18 and last season.

Sparta Prague: Their best European revealing came in the 1972-73 Cup Winners’ Cup when they reached the semi-finals. They have actually been regulars in Europe since 1980 without reaching such heights, making the quarter- finals of numerous competitions on a handful of celebrations.

Benfica: Historically, the club from the Portuguese capital have a strong custom in European football, winning back- to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962 and losing in finals in 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988 and 1990. Benfica have also reached 3 UEFA Cup/Europa League finals, losing on each event in 1983, 2013 and 2014.


Sparta Prague won 4-1 at Celtic earlier this month (Andrew Milligan/PA).

Molde: Second in the Norwegian leading flight however 18 points behind already- crowned champions Bodo Glimt, Molde are unbeaten in their last 6 league matches, with 5 of those triumphes. They beat Dundalk and Rapid Vienna in Group B prior to a 4-1 home defeat to Arsenal.

Braga: Carvalhal’s men are second in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, 4 points behind leaders Sporting, having won each of their last 5games in the competition Their Group G campaign has included wins over AEK Athens and Zorya Luhansk, then a 4-0 knocking at Leicester.

Ludogorets: Ludogorets lead the Bulgarian leading flight by 2 points with a game in hand after 8 wins and one loss in 11 getaways. in Group J, all 3 of their fixtures have actually ended at defeat– earlier Antwerp and LASK, and then 3-1

to Tottenhamside Sparta Prague: The points are in 4 place in the behind competitors Slavia Prague also Czech leading flight after losing each of their last 2 league. They opened unbeaten in Group H with losses to Lille and Air Conditioning Milan, prior to managing a 4-1 victory

Celtic (*) this month.(*) Benfica: Jesus’ (*) are level on (*) with Braga (*) 3rd (*) Portuguese table. They have (*) lost both of their last 2 (*) fixtures. They stay (*) D following wins over Lech Poznan and Requirement Liege and a 3-3 draw with Rangers.(*)

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