See you at 6:45 p.m. this Thursday, September 8 on the antennas of RMC Sport 1 to follow live and exclusively the first match of the group stage of the Europa League Conference between OGC Nice and the Germans of Cologne. Present in a homogeneous pool, the Aiglons will absolutely have to take the three points at home. But without Atal, Barkley or Ramsey, Lucien Favre’s men will be diminished, especially after a chaotic start to the season. “I wouldn’t say that. You always have to stay positive,” the coach said at a press conference. “It’s clear that it’s a difficult time for everyone. The players, the coaches. But it’s up to us to turn things around, no one else.”
We have the objective of taking the three points and making an impression,” said André Pawlak, the Cologne coach, who will replace Baumgart on the bench. The Germans will simply be deprive of their striker Mark Uth, touch to adductors while as indicated by L’Equipe, the Frenchman Tidiane Touré (17 years old) is appearing in the professional group for the first time.
What is the schedule for the Europa League Conference 2022-2023?
The group stage of the Europa League Football Conference is played from Thursday September 8, 2022 to Thursday November 3, 2022 while the knockout stage will be played from Thursday February 16, 2023 to Thursday May 18, 2023. As for the final, it is scheduled for June 7, 2023 at the Eden Arena in Prague (Czech Republic). The calendar was then drawn up as follows by UEFA:
Day-1: September 8, 2022
Day-2: September 15, 2022
Day-3: October 6, 2022
Day-4: October 13, 2022
Day-5: October 27, 2022
Day-6: November 3, 2022
Knockout stage play-offs: February 16 and 23, 2023
Round of 16: March 9 and 16, 2023
Quarter-finals: April 13 and 20, 2023
Semi-finals: May 11 and 18, 2023
Final: June 7, 2023 at the Eden Arena in Prague (Czech Republic)
What are the Europa Conference League groups?
In addition to the only French representative of the competition, the favorites were also spare. Thus, Villareal, semi-finalist of the last Champions League will face the Israelis of Hapoel Beer-Sheva, the Austrians of Austria Vienna and the Poles of Lech. West Ham, his side, have been placed in the same group as Anderlecht, Romania’s FCSB and Danes Silkeborg. Dutch side AZ Alkmaar will meet Cypriot side Apollon Limassol, club Liechtenschein Vaduz and Ukrainian side Dnipro-1. In group A, a great duel in perspective between Istanbul Basaksehir and Fiorentina, refereed by the Scots of Hearts of Midlothians and the Latvians of FK RFS. Finally, FC Basel, another contender, will go to Slovakia to challenge the Slovan Bratislava, in Lithuania with Zalgiris Vilnius and in Armenia with Pyunik.
A Group: Istanbul Basaksehir (TUR), Fiorentina (ITA), Hearts of Midlothians (ECO), FK RFS (LET).
B Group: West Ham (ANG), FCSB (ROU), Anderlecht (BEL), Silkeborg IF (DAN).
C Group : Villareal (ESP), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR), Austria Vienna (AUT), Lech Poznan (POL).
D Group: Partizan Belgrade (SER), FC Cologne (GER), OGC Nice (FRA), FC Slovacko (RTC).
E Group: AZ Alkmaar (PBS), Apollon Limassol (CHY), FC Vaduz (LI), SK Dnipro-1 (UKR).
F Group: KRC Genk (BEL), Molde FK (NOR), Shamrock Rovers (IRL), Djurgarden IF (SUE).
G Group: Slavia Prague (RTC), CFR Cluj (ROU), Sivasspor (TUR), FC Ballkani (KOS).
H Group: FC Basel (SUI), Slovan Bratislava (SLQ), Zalgiris Vilnius (LIT), FC Pyunik (ARM)
On which TV channel to watch the Europa League Conference in France?
As last season, UEFA has awarded the French TV rights for the 2022/2023 Europa League Conference to RMC Sport, M6 and Canal+, which will ensure broadcasting until the end of the 2023/2024 season. Canal + will co-broadcast with M6 the poster for each Thursday and RMC Sport offers all the remaining matches. M6 will broadcast the final scheduled for June 7, 2023 in clear. During the 2024-2027 period, Canal + bought the broadcasting rights.
What is the Europa League Conference?
The Europa League Conference 2021-2022 is the new European competition launch by UEFA and therefore the third international competition for European clubs after the Champions League and the Europa League. Its first edition was launch for the 2021-2022 season. It groups European teams according to their results in the league or in the national cup. The winner of the Europa League Conference qualifies for the Europa League the following year.
184 teams play in the competition throughout the season, including at least one from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations and 46 from the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League according to the UEFA website. ‘. The group stage consists of:
17 teams from the UEFA Europa Conference League main path
5 teams from the UEFA Europa Conference League Champions Path
10 teams eliminated in the UEFA Europa League play-offs
A group phase (eight groups of four) is therefore organize before a knockout phase (round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final). The eight group winners qualify for the round of 16. A play-off is play between the eight runners-up and the teams that finish third in their UEFA Europa League group.