For the third time in four seasons ToffeeWeb is set to chronicle another European Tour for Everton
Everton qualified for the lesser of the two Uefa European League/Cup competitions, now renamed the Europa League, in May 2009 by again finishing a very creditable 5th in the Premier League. A strong run to the FA Cup Final was expected to help also, since Uefa Cup winners Shaktar Dntesk qualified for the Champions League, but hopes of a bye into the League stages were ultimately misplaced.
This season, Everton's Uefa Ranking coefficient only marginally improved after the team fell at the first hurdle to Standard Liege. Everton are ranked 54th with a ranking coefficient of 35.899. A club's ranking coefficient is based on their performance in European competition over the previous five season, as the sum of all five team coefficients. For Everton, the sum of their team coefficients each of the last five seasons is:
EFC got some recognition for 2005-06 and 2007-08, but since they only competed in two of those five seasons, where do all those other numbers come from?
The other numbers represent the country coefficient for each season — a value determined to reflect how well teams from the club's home country did in Europe. If the team itself did not compete in Europe in any of the previous five seasons, then it takes the value of country coefficient for that season.
We did not compete in Europe in 2006-07, so we were assigned the country coefficient value for England of 5.4860. The Uefa country coefficient for a given season is determined by the number of points earned by teams from that country playing in Europe, divided by the number of participating teams. In 2006-07, eight English teams earned 133 points for country average of 16.625. Points are assigned as follows:
Thus, in 2005-06, Everton lost two qualifying-round games in the Champions League (null points) and we lost one (badly!) but won one in the Uefa Cup proper, earning 2.0 points! Everton did far, far better in 2007-08,
The team coefficient in a given season is determined by the number of points earned through participation in he European competitions proper, added to 33% of the country average. The 33% of the country average represents the base value of the team coefficient for any team from that country in a given season in which they did not compete. If they did compete, then their points earned are added to the con.
To illustrate the team coefficient for Everton in 2007-08, we competed in 10 European ties and earned 18 points. Added to the country coefficient for England in 2007-08 (4.7610), that gave Everton a coefficient for 2007-08 of 6.7610.
Similarly, the country ranking coefficient is the sum of the previous five years. (Interestingly, on this basis, both Leeds and Ipswich are currently ranked higher than Everton in the Uefa seedings.)
Everton were joined by 75 other teams from the major leagues across Europe, who qualified for the 4th Quailfying Round of of the 2009-10 Europa League as follows:
Everton were seeded in pot 1to be drawn against one of the 'lesser' teams with a lower ranking coefficient and were paired with Sigma Olomouc of the Czech Republic.
The Blues won the tie comfortably 5-1 on aggregate thanks to a convincing 4-0 win in the home leg that featured two stunning goals by Jack Rodwell and a 1-1 draw in the return match.
The 48 remaining clubs were drawn into twelve groups of four. Clubs from the same association could not be drawn into the same group. Everton were assigned pot 2 for the draw which took place in Nyon 28 August 2010.
The following table is copied from Bert Kassies' comprehensive Uefa Cup page:
Pot 1 coef. Pot 2 coef. ------------------------ --- ---------------- ------------------------ --- ---------------- Werder Bremen *4 Ger 91.339 Fenerbahçe *3 Tur 52.445 Villarreal *4 Esp 80.853 FC Basel ** Sui 51.050 AS Roma *3 Ita 78.582 Lille OSC *3 Fra 47.033 PSV Eindhoven *3 Ned 75.826 Celtic @4 Sco 40.575 Shakhtar Donetsk @3 Ukr 74.370 Everton *4 Eng 35.899 Sporting CP Lisbon @4 Por 68.292 Club Brugge *3 Bel 34.065 Hamburger SV *3 Ger 67.339 Heerenveen *4 Ned 33.826 Benfica *4 Por 64.292 Galatasaray ** Tur 33.445 Valencia *4 Esp 59.853 Anderlecht @4 Bel 32.065 Panathinaikos @4 Gre 56.633 Austria Wien *3 Aut 31.565 Ajax *4 Ned 54.826 FC København @4 Den 26.890 Steaua Bucuresti ** Rom 53.781 Lazio Roma *4 Ita 26.582 Pot 3 coef. Pot 4 coef. ------------------------ --- ---------------- ------------------------ --- ---------------- Hertha BSC *4 Ger 26.339 CSKA Sofia *3 Bul 14.250 Sparta Praha @3 Cze 26.150 Toulouse FC *4 Fra 14.033 Dinamo Bucuresti *4 Rom 25.781 CFR Cluj *4 Rom 13.781 AEK Athens *4 Gre 25.633 Genoa *4 Ita 12.582 Slavia Praha @3 Cze 25.150 Rapid Wien ** Aut 8.565 Levski Sofia @4 Bul 24.250 FC Timisoara @4 Rom 7.781 Athletic Bilbao *3 Esp 23.853 BATE Borisov @3 Bls 7.733 Partizan Belgrade @3 Srb 23.050 Nacional Funchal *4 Por 7.292 Hapoel Tel-Aviv *3 Isr 18.050 FC Salzburg @4 Aut 6.565 FC Twente Enschede @3 Ned 17.826 Sturm Graz ** Aut 3.565 Dinamo Zagreb @3 Cro 16.466 FK Ventspils @4 Lat 2.832 Fulham FC *3 Eng 15.899 Sheriff Tiraspol @4 Mol 1.333
Everton were grouped with AEK Athens, Benfica and BATE Borisov and handed the following schedule:
|17 Sep||AEK Athens (H)||W 4-0||Yobo, Distin, PIenaar, Jô|
|1 Oct||BATE Borisov (A)||W 2-1||Fellaini, Cahill|
|22 Oct||Benifca (A)||L 0-5||—|
|5 Nov||Benfica (H)||L 0-2||—|
|2 Dec||AEK Athens (A)||W 1-0||Bilyaletdinov|
|17 Dec||BATE Borisov (H)||L 0-1||—|
Everton finished second in the group behind Benfica, a position they secured with a match to spare and with the home game against BATE a dead rubber, David Moyes fielded a team packed with Academy players that went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat.
At this stage, the traditional two-match knockout format is resumed, until the single-match final. Eight clubs who were eliminated in third position in their Champions League groups get a European safety net with entry to the Round of 32 of the Europa League, throwing yet more tough opposition into the mix.
The teams were divided into two pots as follows:
12 EL group winners and 12 EL group runners-up and 4 best CL group third-ranked 4 worst CL group third-ranked ------------------------ --- ------------------------ --- Anderlecht @4 Bel Ajax *4 Ned Valencia *4 Esp Lille OSC *3 Fra Hapoel Tel-Aviv *3 Isr Hamburger SV *3 Ger Sporting CP Lisbon @4 Por Hertha BSC *4 Ger AS Roma *3 Ita Fulham FC *3 Eng Galatasaray ** Tur Panathinaikos @4 Gre FC Salzburg @4 Aut Villarreal *4 Esp Fenerbahçe *3 Tur FC Twente Enschede @3 Ned Benfica *4 Por Everton *4 Eng Shakhtar Donetsk @3 Ukr Club Brugge *3 Bel PSV Eindhoven *3 Ned FC København @4 Den Werder Bremen *4 Ger Athletic Bilbao *3 Esp Unirea Urziceni # Rom Liverpool # Eng Juventus # Ita Rubin Kazan # Rus VfL Wolfsburg # Ger Standard Liège # Bel Olympique Marseille # Fra Atlético Madrid # Esp
In the draw, Everton were paired with Sporting Lisbon of Portugal, with the winners meeting the winner of the Atletico Madrid vs Galatasaray tie:
16 Feb, 2010: Everton vs Sporting Lisbon
25 Feb, 2010: Sporting Lisbon vs Everton
For two-legged matches in the knock-out phase, the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round. In the event of both teams scoring the same number of goals, the team which scores more away goals qualifies. If this proves inconclusive, extra time then, if necessary, penalty kicks will be used to decide the winner. Extra-time and penalties are also used to determine the winner in the final if the match is drawn at the end of normal time.
This first Europa League final will take place at SV Hamburg's 57,000-capacity HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg on 12 May, 2010.