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'Arry on uefa cup qualification...

'Arry on uefa cup qualification...

...'am I bothered' is what he has basically said!

Harry Redknapp has told The Sun that winning the FA cup would 'mean a lot' to him but he does not really care about European competition, at least in the form of the uefa cup - a competition which does seemed to have lost its appeal: 'winning The FA Cup means a lot to me. Whether we get into Europe as a result, I wouldn't care.

'Qualifying for Europe is a feather in your cap and it's great for the players. But being in The Uefa Cup doesn't help you to attract players.

'It seems to me all the teams who get into that competition want to get out of it as soon as they can.

'I saw Palermo beat West Ham last year and they were fantastic. I thought they would go on to win the cup. But in the next round they put out 11 reserves against Newcastle and didn't even bother'.

I can see where Redknapp is coming from, and do agree to an extent but I cannot help but feel this is one of his 'I will play it down' moments in a way? My own thinking is that although the best players want to play in the champions league the uefa cup would still be a draw to new players, and will be a carrot to tempt those already here to stay.

European competitions have lost their appeal, the champions league is a format that no longer caters for each countries number one, but the elite from each country and is basically about the money these days - but then again is this not the case for football in general? The uefa cup is far less lucrative financial until you reach the latter stages and its format allows basically anyone to gain entry these days, so it does have its drawbacks.

But would I be disappointed to see Pompey in the uefa cup? Hell no would I, Pompey in European competition, and hopefully as FA cup winners would be fantastic! How seriously we would take it if we made it, well only time would tell…


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Date:Monday March 31 2008
Time: 4:00PM


I reckon we should do alright in Uefa cup games, the hard thing about is when you get drawn against teams like bayern munich and then you dont stand much of a chance
31/03/2008 16:39:00
Rug, any European qualification is good especially for a club like Pompey. However we still have to get there first so lets see how things go.
31/03/2008 16:44:00
on our day we can beat anyone anywhere... i just think that the process of actually getting to the last 32 - which i think is after the 'group stages' - if a farse in the uefa cup these days, these 'extra' and quite francly pointless games detract from the competition, but i for one will be delighted if we can be in the uefa cup next season and think we could - if we want to - go far.
31/03/2008 16:44:00
without doubt, im not thinking that 'we will' make it, as we do not know this yet do we - i clearly hope that we do and will love it, it'll be another dream fulfiled that i didnt think was possible... so fingers crossed!
31/03/2008 16:49:00
Let's hope that any European adventure doesn't suffer the fate of the Anglo Italian cup.
31/03/2008 16:59:00
i hope we do get in, there is something special about european games.
31/03/2008 17:37:00
0 -we can beat anyone with this younster in our side, I sa him in person when I was on holiday he is going to be a legend for us. He is a pompey fan too!
31/03/2008 17:58:00
We want European qualification please!! We have not done it before and it will be a great achievement. Two years in the UEFA and then we will be ready for the real thing.
31/03/2008 19:10:00
european qualification? yes, it would act as another draw to the club, but still, top players want good training facilities, and we STILL dont have them. It would be nice to see pompey playing in europe...if we can get there...and becasue of our curent position, i wuld be dissopointed if we didnt get into europe, HOWEVEVER, that is more becuase i would be dissopointed if we didnt win the FA cup, more than not getting into europe...
31/03/2008 19:25:00
I just hope that a European adventure does not cost us dear like it did to Ipswich ansd Norwich, it would be great, but i would hate us to struggle next season because of it. Even Bolton are struggling this year because of all their committments.
31/03/2008 19:39:00
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