UEFA Europa League-Round of 16 draw-Nyon, Switzerland - Friday 27 February 2015 13.00CET

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13.21
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawAnd that was the draw!
13.20
ACF Fiorentina v AS Roma
An all-Italian tie! The sides meeting for the first time in Europe.
13.19
Club Brugge KV v Beşiktaş JK
Brugge lost 2-1 to Beşiktaş in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup group stage.
13.19
SSC Napoli v FC Dinamo Moskva
The 1989 winners have Russian opponents.
13.18
Villarreal CF v Sevilla FC
An all-Spanish tie for the holders! Spain guaranteed at least one side in the quarter-finals.
13.17
VfL Wolfsburg v FC Internazionale Milano
Wolfsburg will meet the three time winners for the first time.
13.17
FC Zenit v Torino FC
A first meeting for these clubs too. Torino are one of five Serie A teams in this round.
13.15
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v AFC Ajax
The sides are meeting for the first time. Ajax are the only reigning domestic champions left in the round of 16. Everton's Romelu Lukaku is the only striker in the round of 16 who has scored six goals this season.
13.13
Everton FC v FC Dynamo Kyiv
The sides are meeting for the first time.
13.12
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawHere goes...
13.03
Gianni Infantino (UEFA Europa League round of 16 draw)Gianni Infantino, UEFA General Secretary
Unfortunately, beside these very positive notes, we have to acknowledge around the previous rounds of matches, scenes of violence and racism in and out of the stadiums that neither UEFA nor any true football fan can tolerate. That’s why we call once again upon all stakeholders to unite and do their utmost to put a full stop to these ugly scenes that we don’t want to see anymore.
13.00
Good luck, everyone.
12.57
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawThere are no seeded teams or country protection in the round of 16 draw - that means that teams can be drawn against sides from their own country.
12.56
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawThe live stream will be beginning soon. A reminder about the draw procedure... Based on the decision taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, teams from Russia and Ukraine shall not be drawn together. This decision concerns four clubs: FC Dinamo Moskva (RUS), FC Zenit (RUS), FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR). Thus, the first two pairings to be drawn will be those involving the two Ukrainian clubs (FC Dinamo Kyiv and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk).
12.55
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla FC)The elimination of Legia Warszawa means that there will be no Polish clubs in the final in Warsaw on 27 May. However, seven Polish nationals still have the chance of a dramatic home coming: Arkadiusz Milik (AFC Ajax), Waldemar Sobota (Club Brugge KV), Lukasz Teodorczyk (FC Dynamo Kyiv), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla FC), Kamil Glik (Torino FC), Mateusz Klich (VfL Wolfsburg) and Oskar Zawada (VfL Wolfsburg).
12.52
AFC Ajax are the only reigning domestic champions in the round of 16, with six others eliminated in the round of 32: Legia Warszawa (Poland), Aalborg BK (Denmark), FC Salzburg (Austria), Celtic FC (Scotland), Olympiacos FC (Greece) and RSC Anderlecht (Belgium).
12.50
Lasse Schøne (AFC Ajax)Three players with an interest in the draw could yet play in the 27 May UEFA Europa League final on their birthdays: AFC Ajax midfielder Lasse Schöne (29), Everton FC defender Tyias Browning (21) and VfL Wolfsburg winger Maximilian Arnold (21).
12.47
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawThe round of 16 features five former UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League winners: SSC Napoli (1989), FC Internazionale Milano (1991, 1994, 1998), AFC Ajax (1992), holders Sevilla FC (2006, 2007, 2014) and FC Zenit (2008).
12.46
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk players celebrateOf the sides left in the competition, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk have committed the most fouls this season: 142 in total. They are also the most-fouled side, with 137 infringements against them.
12.45
Romelu Lukaku (Everton FC)Everton FC's Romelu Lukaku is the top scorer among the 16 sides left in the UEFA Europa League with six goals since the start of the group stage. Former FC Salzburg man Alan still leads the way, with eight goals – all scored in the group stage before he left to join Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande FC.
12.44
Víctor Vázquez (Club Brugge KV)Of the round of 16 contenders who started out in the group stage, Club Brugge KV and SSC Napoli have the best defensive records, with just three goals conceded in eight games. Of the sides that transferred over from the UEFA Champions League, AFC Ajax and FC Zenit are yet to concede in this season's UEFA Europa League.
12.42
Of the sides that started the competition in the group stage, only three remain unbeaten: FC Dinamo Moskva (W7 D1), Club Brugge KV (W5 D3) and FC Internazionale Milano (W4 D4).
12.42
Unai Emery (Sevilla FC)Three coaches involved in the round of 16 have won the UEFA Europa League since the competition took on its current incarnation: SSC Napoli's Rafael Benítez (Chelsea 2013), FC Zenit's André Villas-Boas (FC Porto, 2011) and Sevilla FC's Unai Emery (Sevilla, 2014). Benítez is the only coach in the last 16 to have won the UEFA Champions League (Liverpool FC 2005).
12.35
Kamil Glik (Torino FC)Kamil Glik, Torino FC defender
I sincerely hope we do not get another Italian team in the next round. First of all because I want all the Italian teams to progress and then because the atmosphere of European games is not the same when two teams from the same country face each other.
12.34
Yuri Lodygin (FC Zenit)Yuri Lodygin, FC Zenit goalkeeper I don't have any preferences about who we play next. We could play against Dinamo [Moskva] in the final but we have to make it to the final first. Until then it is all just words. We have to approach every game with a fighting spirit, and if we do we will achieve our goals.
12.23
Hulk (FC Zenit)FC Zenit have not progressed beyond the last 16 of a UEFA club competition since they won the UEFA Cup in 2008, beating Rangers FC 2-0 in the final. Olympique de Marseille were the side they beat in the last 16 that time; they eliminated PSV Eindhoven to reach this season's round of 16. FC Zenit coach André Villas-Boas won the UEFA Europa League as FC Porto coach in 2010/11, when his side beat SC Braga 1-0 in the final.
12.23
VfL Wolfsburg players celebrateVfL Wolfsburg have reached this stage for the first time since they were eliminated from the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League in the quarter-finals by Fulham FC. Wolfsburg are the least experienced side in the UEFA Europa League round of 16, with just 58 European games to their name. FC Internazionale Milano have the most impressive pedigree with 387 European matches.
12.13
Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal CF)Villarreal CF are through to the round of 16 for the first time since 2010/11 when they made it as far as the semi-finals, going out to eventual winners FC Porto – led by current FC Zenit coach André Villas-Boas. They are the highest scorers among the sides left in the competition with 20 goals in their eight games since the start of the group stage.
12.12
Torino FC players celebrateTorino FC battled their way past Athletic Club to reach the round of 32 in what was their first springtime UEFA competition tie since they lost out to Arsenal FC in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals. Their biggest European achievement to date was reaching the 1991/92 UEFA Cup final, which they lost to AFC Ajax on away goals.
12.11
Vitolo (Sevilla FC)Holders Sevilla FC made it past VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach to reach the last 16 again. They won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in 2006 and 2007, and could be on target to repeat that feat in the UEFA Europa League under Unai Emery.
12.10
Adem Ljajić (AS Roma)AS Roma last reached the round of 16 in this competition in 2005/06, when they were beaten by Middlesbrough FC. They were eliminated in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1992/93, 1995/96, 1998/99, but reached the final in 1991, where they were beaten over two legs by Serie A rivals FC Internazionale Milano.
12.10
Rafael Benítez (SSC Napoli)SSC Napoli are regulars in the round of 16 but have not reached the quarter-finals of a major UEFA tournament since they won the UEFA Cup in 1988/89, beating VfB Stuttgart over two legs in the final. They will hope that their coach is a lucky charm – Rafael Benítez could match Giovanni Trapattoni in becoming only the second coach to win the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League for a third time, having done so with Valencia CF (2003/04) and Chelsea FC (2012/13).
12.09
Fredy Guarín (FC Internazionale Milano)FC Internazionale Milano lost out to Tottenham Hotspur FC on away goals in their last round of 16 appearance, a 4-1 home win not enough to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit. Along with Juventus, Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC, Inter are one of four teams who have won this competition three times, their last success coming in 1998.
12.08
Vincenzo Montella, ACF Fiorentina coach
We'll see which team we will face in the next round, but certainly the further you go, the more exciting the games get. Last season we were eliminated after an Italian 'derby' [against Juventus] so let's hope we can avoid another Italian team this time around.
12.07
Micah Richards & Neto (ACF Fiorentina)ACF Fiorentina bowed out to Serie A rivals Juventus in last season's round of 16; they last made it through the last 16 in 2007/08, when they were beaten by Rangers FC on penalties in the semi-finals.
12.01
Romelu Lukaku (Everton FC)Everton FC lost out on penalties to ACF Fiorentina – who are also in the draw – in their last round of 16 appearance in 2007/08. They have not reached the closing stages of a UEFA competition since beating SK Rapid Wien 3-1 in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.
12.00
Miguel Veloso (FC Dynamo Kyiv)This is FC Dynamo Kyiv's first round of 16 appearance since 2010/11, when they memorably beat Manchester City FC en route to a quarter-final exit at the hands of eventual finalists SC Braga.
11.59
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11.49
Nikola Kalinić (FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk eliminated Greek champions Olympiacos FC to earn a place in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League round of 16 for the first time. Dnipro's biggest European successes were making it to the quarter-finals of the 1984/85 and 1989/90 European Cups.
11.48
FC Dinamo Moskva players trainFC Dinamo Moskva were the only side to make it through this season's UEFA Europa League group stage with six straight victories. They have not featured in the last 16 of a European competition since the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, when they bowed out to SK Rapid Wien in the quarter-finals. Their biggest European success to date was reaching the final of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, when they lost out to Rangers FC.
11.47
Evgeni Polyakov in Riga (@UEFAcomEvgeniP):
Ukraine's Sport-Express is glad that their nation's sides prospered in poor weather. "Both the Ukrainian clubs' games were played in heavy rain, and it proved to be a lucky omen for them," it writes. "Now our fans are looking forward to a very interesting Friday draw, which will tell us who FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will play next. Looking forward to it!"
11.31
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (Club Brugge KV)Club Brugge KV eliminated Aalborg BK to make it to the round of 16 for the first time since the advent of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stages. The Belgian side have not reached the final stages of a UEFA tournament since they made it to the last four in the 1991/92 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, losing out to SV Werder Bremen.
11.30
Beşiktaş JK players celebrateBeşiktaş JK beat Liverpool FC on penalties to make it to the round of 16; they bowed out to eventual winners Club Atlético de Madrid at this stage in 2011/12. The Black Eagles last made it to a quarter-final in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, when they lost to SS Lazio on away goals.
11.14
AFC Ajax have beaten two of their potential opponents in major European finals; they overcame FC Internazionale Milano 2-0 in the 1972 European Cup final, and beat Torino FC on away goals to scoop the UEFA Cup in 1992.
11.13
A detailed view of the Ajax crest mosaicAFC Ajax have not made it to the round of 16 since 2010/11, when they lost out to FC Spartak Moskva. Oddly enough, the last time they reached the quarter-finals of this competition – in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup – they were also eliminated by Spartak.
10.53
Emiliano Moretti & Kamil Glik (Torino FC)Paolo Menicucci in Milan (@UEFAcomPaoloM):
"Grand'Italia,"is the headline of Gazzetta dello Sport as Italy celebrates all five Serie A sides making it to the round of 16. “Five teams march on in the UEFA Europa League - a historic achievement for our football," it writes. Corriere dello Sport adds: "What a great relaunch for Italian football after a few disappointing years."
10.47
Nine nations have representatives in the draw: Belgium, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. The biggest single contingent comes from Italy, who have five clubs in the round of 16, while Russia, Spain and Ukraine have two each.
10.17
Some important dates for the rest of the campaign:
Round of 16: draw 27 February, matches 12 & 19 March
Quarter-finals: draw 20 March, matches 16 & 23 April
Semi-finals: draw 24 April, matches 7 & 14 May
Final: Wednesday 27 May, National Stadium Warsaw
10.10
A note on the draw procedure... Based on the decision taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, teams from Russia and Ukraine shall not be drawn together. This decision concerns four clubs: FC Dinamo Moskva (RUS), FC Zenit (RUS), FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR). Thus, the first two pairings to be drawn will be those involving the two Ukrainian clubs (FC Dinamo Kyiv and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk).
10.08
There are no seeded teams or country protection in the round of 16 draw - that means that teams can be drawn against sides from their own country.
10.07
First up, a list of all the teams involved:
AFC Ajax (NED)
Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
Club Brugge KV (BEL)
FC Dinamo Moskva (RUS)
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Everton FC (ENG)
ACF Fiorentina (ITA)
FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
SSC Napoli (ITA)
AS Roma (ITA)
Sevilla FC (ESP, holders)
Torino FC (ITA)
Villarreal CF (ESP)
VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
FC Zenit (RUS)
10.05
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawWelcome to UEFA.com's live coverage of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw. We will endeavour to give you plenty to talk about as we prepare for the draw, which takes place at 13.00CET at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

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