1. Schalke 04. The surprise semifinalist of last season's Champions League is in this season's Europa League. Although their #1 goalkeeper Neuer signed with Bayern Munich, the rest of the club remains intact. The defense is rather sound led by Christoph Metzelder. What makes this team so dynamic is the scoring duo of Raul and Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
2. Steaua Bucuresti. Steaua always does well in European competition with players that you may have never heard of. However, they have a real good goalkeeper in Romanian international Ciprian Tatarusanu. Steaua also rotates four different strikers so that the team stays on the attack at all times.
3. Maccabi Haifa. You have to love UEFA because they always make sure in the draw that a German team has to play an Israeli team. They are led by goal-scoring genius Wiyam Amasha.
4. AEK Larnaca. The only cool thing about Larnaca is that they play in Cyprus, one of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.