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Probing Toon’s Europa League group stage opponents: Part two – Bordeaux

September 13th, 2012 | 31 Comments |

Girondins de Bordeaux.
Girondins de Bordeaux: A very tough proposition.
Part one – C.S. Maritimo.

Team: F.C. des Girondins de Bordeaux.
League: French Ligue 1.
Position last season: 5th.
Stadium: Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux.
Last major trophy: Ligue 1, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des champions – 2009.
Fixture dates: Thurs, 4th Oct (H), Thurs, 6th Dec (A).

A silver haired Supremo in his early fifties, his team came fifth in the League last season. However, after a major clearout of players from his team and a need for replacements, he found himself ultimately frustrated in the hunt for new players in the last transfer window, with his club at an important stage in it’s development.

Who else could I be referring to other than Francis Gillot, the 52 year old Silver Supremo of our forthcoming Europa League Group Stage opponents, Girondins de Bordeaux? Whilst they may not be quite what they were in their last heyday under Laurent Blanc (2007-10) yet, they should still provide by far the stiffest test in our battle to get through the first Europa League group stage.

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Probing Toon’s Europa League group stage opponents: Part one – C.S. Maritimo.

September 5th, 2012 | 146 Comments |

C.S. Maritimo - Estádio dos Barreiros.
Maratimo at their place.
Team: C.S. Maritimo.
League: Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Position last season: 5th.
Stadium: Estádio dos Barreiros, Funchal, Madeira.
Last major trophy: Campeonato de Portugal, 1926.
Fixture dates: Thurs, 4th Oct (A), Thurs, 22nd Nov (H)

Though Maritimo play in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, Maritimo (Maritime) are situated on the island of Madeira, some 600 miles from the Portuguese coast and slightly closer to Africa than to Portugal.

Madeira was colonised by the Portuguese in the early 15th Century and is now an autonomous district of Portugal. Despite being a very small island, with a population which is roughly similar to that of Newcastle upon Tyne without Gateshead, Gosforth and the rest, the island of Madeira has no less than eleven teams competing in the Portuguese leagues, the major ones being Maritimo and their main Madeiran rivals Nacional in Portugal’s Primeira Liga. Both Maritimo and Nacional are from Madeira’s capital city, Funchal. It was Nacional who helped to groom the young Funchalian who subsequently went on to become Madeira’s most famous football export by far, Christiano Ronaldo, who won a title with Naconal’s youth team before he moved on to one of the big three of Portuguese football, Sporting Club of Lisbon, at the tender age of twelve. (more…)