Lancashire TelegraphBurnley FC blog: Nothing wrong with dreaming of Europe (From Lancashire Telegraph)

When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.

Burnley FC blog: Nothing wrong with dreaming of Europe

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley FC blog: Nothing wrong with dreaming of Europe Burnley FC blog: Nothing wrong with dreaming of Europe

ON July 1, Burnley could be 6,443 miles away in Kazakhstan playing Lokomotiv Astana in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. Be warned, Google Maps advises this journey could take five days and 20 hours.

If it is not Astana, then it could just as easily be Valletta (Malta), Runavik (Faroe Islands), Glentoran (Northern Ireland), Llanelli (Wales), Ulisses Yerevan (Armenia), Trans Narva (Estonia) or Fylkir Reykjavik (Iceland).

Some might say that the possibility is farcical, that the Clarets should have no time for such nonsense against little-known sides from all corners of Europe.

But Burnley would do best to ignore the kill-joys, the nay-sayers and the spoil-sports.

Of course, the Clarets will count themselves extremely fortunate if they qualify for Europe via the Fair Play League – something that is likely to rely on Fulham winning this season’s final next Wednesday.

It is hard to argue that any side deserves a route to Europe by such a method. Should relegated Burnley really be given a place in the Europa League while eighth-placed Everton miss out?

But that would take nothing away from the once-in-a-lifetime experience for Clarets fans – the ones not around in the 1960s at least – should they make it into Europe on July 1.

The Europa League is often unfairly maligned by those on the outside.

But did Fulham fans regard it as a waste of time, as extra games that would ruin their season, or are they currently savouring some of the greatest moments in their history while still enjoying a respectable league campaign?

Did those who travelled abroad moan about the expense, or relish the chance to see Europe in a way they had never done before?

No-one would expect Burnley to emulate Fulham, but they could make it through a few rounds.

Football must always be about ambition and the greatest possibilities for Burnley lie with the Europa League.

The Clarets can still dream of an experience that would be truly unique, truly different.

And that cannot be a bad thing.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:44pm Wed 5 May 10

Law Man says...

OK. And when they get to Kazakhstan : a bit of good advice. Stay there and never darken the doors of Turf oor again, the lot of you players and manager.

35 points enough to stay up. You are just a bunch of going through the motions/robbing gits fleecing decent working people of their hard-earned cash.
OK. And when they get to Kazakhstan : a bit of good advice. Stay there and never darken the doors of Turf oor again, the lot of you players and manager. 35 points enough to stay up. You are just a bunch of going through the motions/robbing gits fleecing decent working people of their hard-earned cash. Law Man
  • Score: 0

11:19am Thu 6 May 10

Law Man says...

Visiting rat-holes in places like Ukraine and Khazakstan. You must be joking : its bad enough going to home games.
Visiting rat-holes in places like Ukraine and Khazakstan. You must be joking : its bad enough going to home games. Law Man
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree