Fatih Terim and Gheorghe Popescu reflect on Galatasaray AŞ’s historic UEFA Cup triumph in 2000, a first for Turkish football that Popescu hails as the country’s “most important European success”.
Finonchenko's tour of Karagandy
Captain of the first team from Kazakhstan to qualify for the group stage of a UEFA club competition, FC Shakhter Karagandy's Andrei Finonchenko takes UEFA.com round his home town.
Crespo’s UEFA Cup dream
Hernán Crespo looks back at Parma FC’s 1999 UEFA Cup success against Olympique de Marseille and reveals why winning the trophy realised a childhood dream.
Genk delight at qualification
After KRC Genk made it through as Group G winners, goalscorer Bennard Kumordzi told UEFA.com that it was important the club got a winning “feeling” back after domestic disappointment at the weekend, while FC Dynamo Kyiv’s Benoît Trémoulinas bemoaned missed opportunities.
Lyon focus on top spot
After Olympique Lyonnais defeated Real Betis Balompié 1-0 to qualify for the next stage of the UEFA Europa League captain Maxime Gonalons said his side's next target is to finish top of the group, while Stephan Andersen was also satisfied as the Spanish team also went through.
Recall Chelsea's glory last season
Branislav Ivanović's imperious header in the last minute of added time earned Chelsea FC victory in a UEFA Europa League season where the odds were upset time and again.
Reyes reaction as Sevilla go through
José Antonio Reyes said that making it into the knockout stages was “the most important thing” after Sevilla FC got the point they needed to qualify, while Estoril Praia’s Javier Balboa blamed poor “concentration” as his side saw their chances ended.
Eintracht Frankfurt inspired by massive support
Eintracht Frankfurt goalscorer Martin Lanig reserved a special mention for the 12,000 travelling supporters who gave his side "more power to play" after the visitors sealed first place in Group with a 1-0 triumph at FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Tranquillo Barnetta and Henri Saivet also spoke to UEFA.com.
Wigan enjoying European ‘buzz’
Wigan Athletic FC’s Ryan Shotton and Emmerson Boyce are relishing the club’s debut season in the UEFA Europa League and hope to continue to prove that with their style of play the club can “win against anyone on your day”.
Valencia still in Hernández's heart
"It is a club I will always have in my heart," said Pablo Hernández ahead of a reunion with Valencia CF that could result in Swansea City FC securing their place in the last 32.
Ingesson puts Elfsborg exit into perspective
Former Sweden international Klas Ingesson is not lingering on the early elimination of IF Elfsborg in this season’s UEFA Europa League, revealing that after his recovery from cancer he wants to “get as much as possible out of every minute in life”.
Liberec 'happy' at hard-earned point
FC Slovan Liberec captain Radoslav Kováč was delighted his team picked up a point on their visit to Group H pacesetters Sevilla FC despite having to defend for "maybe 85%" of the game, while Sevilla's Cala ruled missed opportunities but vowed to finish on a high "to push away all doubts".
Two-goal Floccari's Lazio joy
Sergio Floccari said SS Lazio are aiming for "top spot" in Group J after scoring both goals in their 2-1 victory against Apollon Limassol FC, whose Christos Karpidis praised the club’s “amazing” support despite the defeat.
Kuban 'disappointment' despite last-gasp point
FC Kuban Krasnodar's Ibrahima Baldé said his side were "disappointed to have only got a draw" despite grabbing a point against Swansea City AFC in added-time for the second successive game, a result that Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman said was "very unlucky".
'Proud' Esbjerg vow to enjoy qualification
After Esbjerg fB secured qualification with a 1-0 win over IF Elfsborg, Jakob Ankersen said the Danish side were "very proud", while Elfsborg's Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard was left to ponder "missed chances" as the Swedish club saw their hopes ended.