8 UEFA Europa League ties guaranteed to get you out of your seat
Midtjylland vs Man United
Danish minnows take on the European goliath
Augsburg vs Liverpool
German newcomers face England’s most successful European side...
The Kop. You'll Never Walk Alone. An English-record five Champions League and three UEFA Cup wins: Liverpool's pedigree is hard to rival. Augsburg, meanwhile, are playing in European football for the first time - but as one of the best-supported clubs in Bavaria, they'll create an event to rival Anfield. Before you assume it'll be a Merseyside walkover, consider this: Jurgen Klopp faced Augsburg ten times as Mainz and Borussia Dortmund manager - but could only muster a total of two wins. It could be close.
Fiorentina vs Spurs
Battle of the cup specialists
Dortmund vs Porto
Two of football’s proudest names clash
Borussia Dortmund are the benchmark when it comes to European fan passion: they boast the best average attendance of any continental side, and their legendary Yellow Wall is famous for its noise, banners and unwavering support. They've got real European pedigree, winning the Champions League in 1997 and reaching the 2013 final. But Porto have a proud history of their own - they have two European Cup wins, as well as the UEFA Cup triumph of 2002-03, and UEFA Europa League glory in Dublin in 2011. Both sides are now looking to write a new chapter.
Galatasaray vs Lazio
Passionate Turks against rampaging Romans
Anyone after a genuinely exhilarating atmosphere needs to sample a match at the Turk Telecom Stadium: Gala fans broke the record for the 'loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium' back in 2011. Lazio fans are some of the few who can rival them: the stalwarts of the Curva Nord at the Stadio Olympico are among Italy's most famous Ultras, and the no.12 shirt has been retired out of respect to 'the 12th man' they represent. Both sides have already won a European trophy: Lazio beat Mallorca to win the 1999 Cup Winners' Cup; Gala defeated Arsenal to win the UEFA Cup a year later. It'll be loud.
Marseille vs Athletic Bilbao
France’s finest fans host Spanish shock merchants
The fans following the port side of Marseille are rightly known as France's most dedicated. Their volume and pride is legendary: thereís even a stand, the Tribune Patrice de Peretti, named after the founder of the Marseille Ultras group. Basil Boli's winner in the 1993 European Cup was the clubís greatest moment, and their current boss, Michel, won the UEFA Cup twice as a player. Athletic, meanwhile, have shown they can pull off a Euro shock - they beat Manchester United back in 2012 ñ and fans flooded the streets after they thrashed Barcelona in last year's Spanish Supercopa.
Villarreal vs Napoli
Serie A toppers meet the Yellow Submarine
Villarreal have certainly taken to European football: on their Champions League debut, the Spanish side reached the semi-finals after beating Inter Milan (they eventually lost to Arsenal). The Madrigal is a wonderful place, and The Yellow Submarine have shown that there is plenty to enjoy in Spanish football outside the big two. Napoli fans, meanwhile, can get misty-eyed about their legendary line-up featuring Maradona and Careca, which brought home the 1989 UEFA Cup - and in the present day, they relish being top of the Italian table. Can they add Euro glory to domestic dominance?
Fenerbahce vs Lokomotiv
Turkey and Russia’s super-supporters get together
Fenerbahce are one of Turkey's best-supported sides, and their fans create a terrific atmosphere to rival their Super Lig-winning Galatasaray foes. The reigning champs, managed by Vitor Pereira, will feel that this is a good season to bag the club's first European trophy. Russian Cup holders Lokomotiv Moscow are also chasing their first non-domestic honour, and they have some very special supporters: they even staged a recent game between a fans' group and the Lokomotiv youth team to celebrate the close links between footballers and their followers.
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