QUALIFICATIONGroup Stage Roundup After a brief hiatus, the Group Stage Roundup is back! One game remains unplayed, but here are the final tables excluding the unplayed West Brom/Sao Paulo game: First let's breakdown how each Serie level did against one another (standings as of now): Serie A: 6 in first, 3 in second, 1 in third, 1 in fourth Serie B: 1 in first, 4 in second, 2 in third, 3 in fourth, 1 in fifth Serie C: 1 in first, 1 in second, 5 in third, 2 in fourth, 1 in fifth Serie A vs. Serie B: 10-2-2 Serie A vs. Serie C: 6-4-3 Serie B vs. Serie C: 5-5-3 Serie A appears to set the standard again. Perhaps the most surprising thing here though is that despite more Serie B sides advancing to the Coppa Tradizione knockout stage than Serie C'ers, Serie C actually had the better head-to-head record against Serie A. Yet despite Serie C's strong showing in the H2H portion, only 2 teams from the lowest league against to the Coppa Tradizione. Furthermore, only the shortened Group F and Group G finished in A-B-C order. Key Takeaways 1) One team finished the group stage with wins in all of their matches (although Sao Paulo and juanchoCT14 could also if they defeat West Brom in their final game). I'll give you 1 second to guess just who that might've been... yep, "Coppa King" Zikry and his Udinese side! The Italian club also finished with the third-highest goals per game average. 2) The "Group of Death," Group D, was perhaps the most entertaining group. rschwep and Hannover 96, one of the two Serie A sides in the group, finished last. A_Touch_Of_Class and Saint-Etienne, a heralded Serie B club, finished third. The two that survived, vipermansa and Swansea City and also bbrech0610 and Atalanta, are actually the two from the group struggling the most in league play. 3) "shiftee 's Slaughterhouse," better known as Group H... didn't quite turn out that way. shiftee is known for tearing apart the Coppa group stage year-after-year, yet his Gremio side failed to dominate the voted upon "Group of Life." shiftee did still manage to take first in the group though after winning a tiebreaker over thebouncer24 and Atl. Mineiro. 4) While every side managed to score at least once (although 7 clubs had exactly one goal), only one club posted a clean sheet in all of their matches. That club would be B. M'gladbach and Selvy9. With 7 points in the group, B. M'gladbach barely held off VfL Wolfsburg and defending Coppa champion LasVegasFC. 5) Group F, the tiebreaker group! With only 3 total games played due to a team dropping out, Group F all finished with 3 points and +0 GD. After digging deep into the tiebreaking procedures, Serie C stalwart WingedHelmet and his Sporting CP side was the odd man out. 6) With the West Brom/Sao Paulo game still unplayed, a whopping 12 clubs finished undefeated in the group stage. However, two of those clubs, kaptainkracker1 's Athletic Bilbao and gyroman912 's Getafe CF, earned plenty of draws in the process and thus failed to qualify for the Coppa Tradizione knockout stage. Matchday Group-Changers Matchday 1: West Brom 3-2 Lille OSC Talk about a welcome to TFS moment. Serie C newcomer Kella quickly jumped out to a strong start in Group A by downing Serie A vet RedAL925. With the loss, Lille OSC quickly fell into a hole, but still finished Group A with 6 points. West Brom would rattle off 2 draws, and now face a pivotal game against Sao Paulo. With the 3-2 win from this match, West Brom would advance to the Coppa Tradizione via a win or draw in their final group game. Lille OSC can now only nervously await the result. Matchday 2: Ajax 1-1 West Ham In a 3-team group, every result is huge. Group B appeared to be CxMacx10 's to lose, being the lone Serie A side in the group. But with a draw against Claven and Ajax, coupled with Ajax's big Matchday 1 victory over Everton, quickly put West Ham into a battle for 2nd place. West Ham would go on to secure that second spot, but will now be tasked with having to face off against against Group A's winner, Sao Paulo, as a result. Matchday 3: Saint-Etienne 1-2 Swansea City Saint-Etienne needed a win to survive the Group of Death, as a draw would've had them still take third on a tiebreaker. A_Touch_Of_Class jumped out to a lead in the first half, but two Swansea City goals, including one in the 80th minute, sealed Saint-Etienne's fate. The win put Swansea City atop the group as they managed to go undefeated in a tough group. That wraps up this round-up. Good luck to all in the knockout stage!