The fate is cast for the Belgian clubs in the Europa League. Standard Liège inherited Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt and Vitória Guimarães. The Kant will meet VfL Wolfsburg, AS Saint-Etienne and FK Oleksandria.
Opponents of Standard Liège
FC Arsenal: Fifth last season, Arsenal is one of the big names in the English Championship. His biggest transfer coming this summer is that of Nicolas Pépé come straight from Lille. Ivorian cost 80 million euros. David Luiz has also joined the ranks of the Gunners. Dani Ceballos has been loaned by Real Madrid.
But the English also lost some important players during the entry. Alex Iwobi left for Everton in exchange for 30 million euros. Laurent Koscielny joined the Bordeaux Girondins after a year disturbed by injuries. Aaron Ramsey left for Juventus and Petr Cech stopped his career.
The start of the season at Arsenal is not bad. The London club has six points out of nine and ranks third in the overall Premier League standings. Last season he had failed in the Europa League final against … Chelsea
Eintracht Frankfurt: Frankfurt was another victim of Chelsea last season in the Europa League. In the semifinals, the German team had to bow down to the Blues after the shootout.
His biggest loss of the summer mercato is undoubtedly that of Luka Jovic party at Real Madrid in exchange for a check of 60 million euros. The other center-forward, Sébastien Haller, also left the ship. He signed in West Ham against 40 million euros.
To compensate for these departures, Frankfurt chose to trust Bas Dost from Sporting Portugal. Eintracht also bet on a promising youngster from Red Star Belgrade: Dejan Joveljic. He is only 19.
Standard will regain an understanding of the Jupiler Pro League as Daichi Kamada has returned from his loan in Sint-Truiden. Kevin Trapp has also definitely returned from his trip to PSG.
For the rest, the Germans have mainly invested in their midfield: Djibril Sow was bought nine million euros Young Boys Bern and Dominik Kohr arrived from Bayer Leverkusen for an amount of 8.5 million euros.
After two days in the Bundesliga, Frankfurt is tenth with three units. The Frankfurt took over Hoffenheim (1-0), but lost to RB Leipzig who qualified for the Champions League (2-1). In particular, they eliminated Strasbourg in a preliminary round.
Vitória Guimarães: Guimarães is a regular European jousting. Last season, the Portuguese club finished fifth in the Portuguese D1 Championship. Benfica, FC Porto, Sporting Portugal and Braga advanced ahead of it. He was 15 points behind fourth, Braga.
This summer, Vitória lost Tyler Boyd (Besiktas) and attacking midfielder Tozé (Al-Nasr). The latter had taken nine goals and three assists on his account during the defunct championship.
The biggest purchase of the club is that of FK Lviv forward Bruno Duarte. 600,000 € were spent for him. In all competitions, the Brazilian found the net nine times in 30 games last year.
Opponents of La Gantoise
VfL Wolfsburg: Wolfsburg may not be one of the biggest clubs in Germany, but it beat Eintracht Frankfurt last season in the Bundesliga. This is the club of our compatriot Koen Casteels who is considered one of the best gatekeepers of the German championship.
At the beginning of the season, the Wolves have already been full of points. They present a score of six out of six points after confrontations against Cologne and Hertha Berlin Dodi Lukebakio.
Wolfsburg did not suffer big losses this summer. On the other hand, the German formation invested 15 million euros in a midfielder. Xaver Schlager landed Red Bull Salzburg. It also bought Young Boys Berne right-back Kevin Mbabu for 9.2 million euros and LASK Linz left winger Joao Victor for 3.5 million euros.
AS Saint-Etienne: Saint-Etienne brilliantly won fourth place in Ligue 1 last season. The Greens even fought long for a place in the Champions League. This season started less well with four points in three games. But it is especially at home that the Stéphanois are formidable. The fervor of their audience is well established.
This summer, they still lost some of their strengths. William Saliba was sold for 30 million euros to Arsenal. But fortunately for them, the Gunners rented them for a season. Rémy Cabella joined Krasnodar in Russia in exchange for 12 million euros. Party to the Union Berlin, Neven Subotic did not bring anything financially to the club, but it was an important player. The defender took part in 28 games last season.
In terms of arrivals, the biggest acquisition is that of Dennis Bouanga of Nimes for 4.5 million euros. The left winger scored eight goals and delivered three assists in 38 games last season. Algerian Ryad Boudebouz also packed his bags at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium. It was bought 3.5 million euros at Real Betis. He was part of the selection champion of Africa this summer. During this competition, he distributed four assists and scored a goal.
FK Oleksandria: Oleksandria finished third in the Ukrainian league last season. Far behind Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev. It is undoubtedly the Petit Tom Thumb of the group.
The Ukrainian club is used to evolve in a stadium of 7,000 places. In terms of outgoing transfers, he sold no one this summer. Only players at the end of the contract are gone. The most important transfer in hand is … of former Standardman, Valerii Luchkevych.