S. S. Lazio, OGC Nice and the Dutch Vitesse. That are the opponents of Zulte Waregem during the group stage of the Europa League.
Zulte Waregem was the only Belgian representative at the draw of the Europa League in Monaco. AA Gent, KV Oostende, and yesterday Club Brugge were all three eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the second-largest European tournament. If a cup winner had to coach Francky Dury and his troops were not in action in the preliminaries.
Lazio was in pot 1 and was first classified in group K. Other possible opponents from which pot were Arsenal, AC Milan and Olympique Lyon. The Italian club lost last year’s cup final against Juventus and ended up in fifth place in Serie A. Lazio player Jordan Lukaku (ex-Anderlecht and ex-Ostend) may soon have a ticket to Belgium books.
From the second pot came with Nice still a winner emerges. Good for place three in the French Ligue 1 and with some of the top players on the salary affects Zulte one of the most difficult opponents out of the pot, where also Everton, Olympique Marseille and Real Sociedad standing.
Nice has three players on the salary that is already a lot of waters have been through which the Gaverbeek won’t do much good: defender , Dante Bonfim, midfielder Wesley Sneijder and striker Mario Champions. Dante the Belgian league still have not forgotten. He came between 2006 and 2009 for Charleroi and Standard.
The fourth team is on paper the easiest opponent for Zulte Waregem. Vitesse Arnhem did just as Essevee for the Europa League via bekerwinst. Both teams have an agreement: they hire like players. Chelsea alone has Vitesse five players in the service.
The role to advance to the knock-out stages, of course, is to play for Lazio and Nice. If Zulte even after the december European wants to play, it will be six on six, it should take against Vitesse. In addition, they should try in the Regenboogstadion with the support of the public, the two leaders of the group puntenloos send home.
On Thursday 14 september will be the European campaign of Zulte Waregem only really begin. The first day on the program. Essevee and Anderlecht, which plays in the Champions League, this season the only two Belgian teams