Tuesdays may boast Pancake Day, Champions League football and Wayne Rooney’s debut hat-trick for Man Utd all those years ago, but spare a thought for Thursdays.
The Europa League has proven consistently that it is not a tournament to be sniffed at, hosting some of the finest clubs Europe has to offer, including the Champions League dropouts come the knockout rounds.
Past winners include a Jorge Valdano-inspired Real Madrid (then known as the UEFA Cup) Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid (twice), Louis van Gaal’s esteemed Ajax side of the 90s; even Bill Shankly’s Liverpool took to the tournament with relish, winning it in 1973, before Bob Paisley repeated the feat three years later.
So, as we enter the vortex of madness that is the Europa League knockout rounds, there’s every reason you should be keeping your Thursday nights free.
And we’ve put together a little quiz that will help you determine which Europa League club you should be rooting for.