After two exciting days of UEFA Champions League tournament we’re getting treated to a day packed with UEFA Europa League action. For those not quite sure what the difference is between the two, Europa could be considered the NIT college basketball tournament, where as Champions League is the NCAA college basketball tournament.The third place teams in each group of the Champions League will eventually end up in the Europa League later this season. For now, these are teams we’re treated to seeing. There are a lot of quality clubs, some you’ve heard of some you might not have but anyone can win on the pitch.
Date: September 19
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Valencia, Spain
Stadium: Mestalla Stadium
Swansea will test their strength when they travel to Spain to take on Valencia Thursday.The Swans took the Premier League by storm and won the Carling Cup to earn a place in the Europa League. Swansea have done a great job of finding cheap transfers, especially from Spain, to level the playing field a bit with richer clubs.Just how successful they can be in this competition will be something to watch. They've got so much talent, but it may be hard to juggle both the European and domestic campaigns.Valencia have made it a tradition that they sell off at least one of their best players every summer. It's hard to believe that this club had Juan Mata, David Villa and David Silva, before having to sell all three to ease the financial burden.All of that selling seems to have finally caught up with Valencia, after years of qualifying for the Champions League. Los Che are 16th in the table after four matches and only finished fifth last season.