In Europa League against Zenit, Copenhagen and Bordeaux
31.08.2018, Vojtěch Raiman

In Europa League against Zenit, Copenhagen and Bordeaux

Slavia will travel to Russia, Denmark and France for their UEFA Europa League games in Group C.

 
The red and whites were seeded to Pot 4 during the draw being eliminated by Dynamo Kyiv in the 3rd qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. They were added to the Group C together with Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) from Pot 1, FC Copenhagen (Pot 2) and Girondins Bordeaux (Pot 3).

Zenit St. Petersburg


One of the most successful Russian clubs of the last decade with 4 Russian titles since 2007, Zenit also won the 2008 UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in the same year. Last year the Blue-Whites-Sky Blues finished 5th in the Russian Premier League (worst since 2005) and had to fight for the Europa League in the qualifiers. After the 0-4 defeat by Dynamo Minsk in the 3rd qual. Round they showed a resurrection with 8-1 home victory and later eliminated FC Molde in the play-offs. Zenit have won all 5 games in the 2018/19 Russian PL with 9-1 overall score. They play their games on Krestovsky stadium built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with capacity over 64.000 spectators.

There is significant Czech trace in Zenit with Czech coach Vlastimil Petržela managing the club between 2002 and 2006 launching the successful Zenit era before being replaced by Dick Advocaat. Many Czech internationals played in Zenit such as Horák, Hartig, Mareš, Kincl or Flachbart. Former Slavia goalkeeper Kamil Čontofalský played for Zenit as well as Portuguese midfielder Danny who captained both Slavia and Zenit.

FC Copenhagen


Club from the Danish Capital holds 12 Danish Superleague titles and 8 Danish Cups and participated 4 times in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Last year Copenhagen finished 4th in the Danish top flight and had to eliminate Kuopio, Stjarnan, CSKA Sofia and Atalanta in the qualifiers. Currently the team stands first in Danish league with 5-1-1 record.

Former Slavia defender Michael Lüftner will return to Eden in Copenhagen squad as well as Slovak Ján Greguš who played for another Europa League participant – FK Jablonec – in the Czech league.

Girondins de Bordeaux


Bordeaux are six-time winners of the French Ligue 1 with last title dating back to 2009. The club finished 6th in the 2017/18 season and qualified for the Europa League group stage after eliminating Ventspils, Mariupol and Gent. Girondins play their games on Matmut Atlantique stadium for more than 41.000 fans built for the EURO 2016.

Slavia met Bordeaux last time in 1996 in the UEFA Cup semi-finals and after two 1-0 victories Girondins (with Zinédine Zidane in their line-up) proceeded to the final against Bayern. Slavia legend Vladimír Šmicer played for Bordeaux between 2005 and 2007 after his successful period in Liverpool, nowadays former Czech international Jaroslav Plašil wears the purple jersey.

 

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