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Europa boost for Hammers


Filed: Sunday, 1st March 2009
By: Staff Writer


West Ham United's chances of featuring in European club competition next season were enhanced today by Manchester United's penalty shootout defeat of Tottenham in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.

Had Tottenham won today's final they would have taken one of the three places allocated to English clubs in next seasons's reformatted Europa League, which replaces the existing UEFA Cup.

But with Manchester United winning, and assuming that the reigning Premier League champions go on to finish in the top four this season, that place will now go to the next highest-finishing league team - guaranteeing qualification for the team finishing in sixth place.

However should May's FA Cup final be contested between two teams already allocated a European spot (in either the Champions League or the Europa League) the third and final Europa League spot would pass down to the team finishing in seventh place in the Premier League.

West Ham United climbed to seventh in the table earlier this afternoon thanks to the 1-0 win over Manchester City. There are eleven games left to play this season.

West Ham United: 2008/09 season remaining fixtures

Home ...

West Bromwich Albion (16th March)
Sunderland (4th April)
Chelsea (25th April)
Liverpool (9th May)
Middlesbrough (24th May)

...and away

Wigan Athletic (4th March)
Blackburn Rovers (21st March)
Tottenham (11th April)
Aston Villa (18th April)
Stoke City (2nd May)
Everton (16th May)





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by DM
06:33PM 2nd Mar 2009
''That's correct Paul. We need Everton, Man U, Arsenal or Chelsea to be in the final. It looks promising going by the sixth round draw.

The only other way into Europe is by the fair play league (no chance of finishing top of that, even if we did it still a lotto to get in).''

by Kevster
01:56PM 2nd Mar 2009
''Yes Paul, that why he said:

"should May's FA Cup final be contested between two teams already allocated a European spot (in either the Champions League or the Europa League) the third and final Europa League spot would pass down to the team finishing in seventh place" ''

by Paul
06:48PM 1st Mar 2009
''So assuming Everton get 6th, their Europa place is guaranteed. If the FA Cup final was between say, Man Utd and Hull would this mean (as runners up) Hull would get into Europe and 7th place wouldn't count?''

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