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Blues fans will relish Euro ties.

IT haas been a good week for British clubs in Europe - in so much as the draw has been kind to our four Champions League representatives and ourselves in the Europa League.

Benfica are a pale shadow of the European force they once were, and while AEK Athens will pose a difficult tie away from home Everton should progress quite smoothly through the largely uninspiring and unecessary group stages.

I have no doubt that Everton fans will travel in their thousands to Portugal and Greece and will have a great time.

Possibly not quite as many will make the trip to Belorussia, but I am sure they will have an equally good time.

The Europa League only really begins in earnest when the group stages are done and the tournament reaches the last 32 stage.

But getting there can still very entertaining for the fans and good experience for the players in the latter stages of the competition.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2009
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