UEFA Europa League 2011/12 Draw Announced

Yesterday we saw the UEFA Champions League draw was out. Today its the second tier competition in Europe, Europa League’s chance to grab the headlines. Lets check out who has been drawn with whom from Group A to Group L.

Group A

  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Rubin Kazan
  • PAOK
  • Shamrock Rovers

Group B

  • Kobenhavn
  • Standard
  • Hannover
  • Vorskla

Group C

  • PSV
  • H. Tel-Aviv
  • Rapid Bucuresti
  • Legia

Group D

  • Sporting Lisbon
  • Lazio
  • Zurich
  • Vaslui

Group E

  • Dynamo Kiev
  • Besiktas
  • Stoke City
  • M. Tel-Aviv

Group F

  • PSG
  • Atheletic
  • Salzburg
  • Slovan Bratislava

Group G

  • AZ Alkmar
  • Metalist
  • Austria Wien
  • Malmo

Group H

  • Braga
  • Club Brugge
  • Birmingham City
  • Maribor

Group I

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Udinese
  • Rennes
  • Sion

Group J

  • Schalke
  • Steaua
  • M.Hafia
  • AEK Larnaca

Group K

  • Twente
  • Fulham
  • OB
  • Wisla Krakow

Group L

  • Anderlecht
  • AEK
  • Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Sturm

So, now you know the draw of the group stages. Two teams will qualify from all twelve groups and the third place team in the Uefa Champions League will join these teams in the Round of 32. The Europa League is looking set to be a cracker this time around.

UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Draw Announced

The draw for the upcoming UEFA Champions League season have just been announced. Barcelona are the defending champions while Manchester United were the runners up last term. Manchester City are the most popular debutantes in the draw.

Group A

  • Bayern Munich
  • Villareal
  • Manchester City
  • Napoli

Group B

  • Inter Milan
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Lille
  • Trabzonspor

Group C

  • Manchester United
  • Benfica
  • Basel
  • Otelui Galati

Group D

  • Real Madrid
  • Lyon
  • Ajax
  • Dinamo Zagreb

Group E

  • Chelsea
  • Valencia
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • KRC Genk

Group F

  • Arsenal
  • Marseille
  • Olympiakos
  • Borussia Dortmund

Group G

  • Porto
  • Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Zenit St.Petersburg
  • Apoel FC

Group H

  • Barcelona
  • AC Milan
  • FC Bate
  • Viktoria Plzen

Champions League setback for Scottish clubs

Europa League results mean Scotland will lose one of its two Champions League places from the 2011-12 season.

Good results for Anderlecht, Standard Liege and Club Brugge mean that Belgium has leapfrogged Scotland into 15th in Uefa’s co-efficient ranking table.

Brugge beat Valencia, Standard overcame Red Bull Salzburg, while Anderlecht drew with Athletic Bilbao.

The 2010-11 Scottish Premier League winners will face three qualifiers to make the Champions League group stages.

But Champions league restructuring means the qualifying matches will be against champions from smaller European nations rather than runners-up or third- and fourth-placed sides from larger countries.

Next season, both the SPL winners and runners-up are expected to enter the Champions League at the third qualifying round, with a further play-off round to be negotiated before the group stage.

An SPL spokesman said: “Our clubs are sorted for next season.

“It’s for the season after that that Belgium are now above us.”

While it is a major blow for Scottish teams, it could also affect them  financially as participation in European competitions gives them good income.

But Celtic manager Tony Mowbray appeared relaxed about the financial side of the situation.

“Whilst it is important for me to be successful, the Champions League is for the supporters coming to see our team compete against the best teams in the world, not necessarily about the millions that come with it,” he said.

“And yet the millions that come with it help bring players and the perpetual cycle continues.

“But it doesn’t change my goal on wanting to build a team that the fans will be excited about, whether you wheel and deal with the resources that you have now or have £10m to spend.”

Mowbray believes that he will still be able to build a strong team in future years.

“I don’t know what finances would be available, but we are constantly scouring the world for players and there is enough evidence to suggest that you don’t have to spend £10m or £20m to get some good football players,” he said.

“I like to think I have done that in the past and I’d like to think that’s part of the reason we are at this club.

“We can identify talented players and put them together in to a team that can function.

“I am pretty sure that we are down the road to building long-term success.”

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