UCL 2018.. Coming back to the lights (Opinion)


Written by: Omar Yasser

Five of the top European football clubs are making it back to the UEFA Champions LEAGUE.

5 -Marseille

After an impressive last season with coach Rudi Garcia ,finishing fourth in Ligue 1 and reaching the UEFA Europa League final against Atletico de Madrid.

loosing that final was such a bitter experience for the French club ,but it will sure strengthen their European experience for next season’s campaign awaiting the French giant with Europe’s top clubs.

Marseille won the champions league against Milan in 1993, they never reached the final since 1993. Their last appearance was in 2011\2012 season where they reached the quarter final.

4-lokomtiv Moscow

Russia impressed us all in the last World Cup, On the scales of stadiums and football techniques and tactics, the Russians showed that they evolved a lot. CSKA Moscow and Zenit dominated the Russian league for many years but Spartak broke their spell in 2016\2017 season …the old Russian giant woke up from his long nap to snap the title last season. Lokomotiv has quite a good history in Europe, a regular participant in the champions league ….winning three consecutive UEFA cups in the late 90s .Lokomotiv’s last appearance in the champions league was in 2005. A comeback after 13 years ,Dark horse alert?

3- Valencia

The bats are making it back to the champions league after an amazing campaign in La Liga last season …they finished fourth and earned an automatic qualification to the Champions.

Valencia reached the final of the of the European competition 2 consecutive times, but they were beaten in both.

Valencia’s last appearance was in 2015 where they failed to qualify from the group stage and where relegated to the Europa League.

2- Schalke04

After missing the champions league spot 3 consecutive seasons …the royal blue is back once again…they finished at the top four positions in the Bundesliga .

Schalke was a regular participant in the champions league ….the royals have a habit of creating difficulties for big teams …their last appearance in the 2014\2015 season they embarrassed Real Madrid in front of his own crowd …they played a match which will always stick in their lovers minds.


On April 28th Inter Milan or Inter booked their place in next season’s champions league …Vecino ,the Uruguayan midfielder’s header sent Inter back to their favorite competition.

Inter won the champions league three times ….including 2 consecutive times in the early 60s…they won it again in 2010 …making them the only Italian team to be in the treble list.

Inter’s last appearance was in 2011\2012 season ..they reached the round of 16 and were beaten by Marseille .

With the qualification of four Italian clubs …including inter …the matches next season will sure be an exciting experience to watch.