UEFA Europa League-Group stage draw-Monaco - Friday 29 August 2014 13.00CET

GroupsMatches

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group G

Group H

Group I

Group J

Group K

Group L

Pots

Pot 1

  • SevillaSevilla(ESP)
  • InternazionaleInternazionale(ITA)
  • TottenhamTottenham(ENG)
  • PSVPSV(NED)
  • NapoliNapoli(ITA)
  • Dynamo KyivDynamo Kyiv(UKR)
  • VillarrealVillarreal(ESP)
  • FiorentinaFiorentina(ITA)
  • SalzburgSalzburg(AUT)
  • MetalistMetalist(UKR)
  • LOSCLOSC(FRA)
  • KøbenhavnKøbenhavn(DEN)

Pot 2

  • SteauaSteaua(ROU)
  • Standard LiègeStandard Liège(BEL)
  • PAOKPAOK(GRE)
  • CelticCeltic(SCO)
  • BeşiktaşBeşiktaş(TUR)
  • WolfsburgWolfsburg(GER)
  • Club BruggeClub Brugge(BEL)
  • DniproDnipro(UKR)
  • TrabzonsporTrabzonspor(TUR)
  • PanathinaikosPanathinaikos(GRE)
  • Sparta PrahaSparta Praha(CZE)
  • MönchengladbachMönchengladbach(GER)

Pot 3

  • EvertonEverton(ENG)
  • Young BoysYoung Boys(SUI)
  • Dinamo ZagrebDinamo Zagreb(CRO)
  • ZürichZürich(SUI)
  • EstorilEstoril(POR)
  • LegiaLegia(POL)
  • PartizanPartizan(SRB)
  • TorinoTorino(ITA)
  • FeyenoordFeyenoord(NED)
  • St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne(FRA)
  • GuingampGuingamp(FRA)
  • Rio AveRio Ave(POR)

Pot 4

  • Dinamo MoskvaDinamo Moskva(RUS)
  • KrasnodarKrasnodar(RUS)
  • RijekaRijeka(CRO)
  • LokerenLokeren(BEL)
  • AsterasAsteras(GRE)
  • Slovan BratislavaSlovan Bratislava(SVK)
  • ApollonApollon(CYP)
  • QarabağQarabağ(AZE)
  • HJKHJK(FIN)
  • AstraAstra(ROU)
  • Dinamo MinskDinamo Minsk(BLR)
  • AaBAaB(DEN)

Commentary

15.35
Youri Djorkaeff, Gianni Infantino and Javier Zanetti That is the end of the UEFA.com DrawCentre for today.

Headlines from Monaco
Full UEFA Europa League group stage draw
Full fixture list confirmed
Jerzy Dudek named 2015 UEFA Europa League final ambassador
• Holders Sevilla begin title defence against another former winner, Feyenoord
• Lucien Favre and František Straka face return to previous clubs
15.30
Start planning your Thursday evenings now, with the fixtures confirmed.

Matchday one throws up a number of mouth-watering fixtures, including:
Mönchengladbach v Villarreal
Club Brugge v Torino
Qarabağ v St-Étienne
Everton v Wolfsburg
Metalist v Trabzonspor
15.26
15.26
Stanislav Cherchesov, Dinamo Moskva coach (Panathinaikos, PSV, Estoril):
"There have been no group stage appearances in the history of Dinamo Moskva. It is obvious that the UEFA Europa League is a competition where you have to produce the maximum result. But PSV and Panathinaikos are much more experienced than we are, they are UEFA Champions League regulars. I will not be making any predictions before I understand how strong they are."
15.22
Ronny Deila, Celtic manager (Group D: Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Astra):
"It's an interesting group. There are good teams but we are going to fight to go through. We are disappointed we didn't make the Champions League but we have to close this chapter for this year and remember the feeling we had. We have to work really hard, learn from our defeats and use that experience when we hopefully get in that situation again next year. We are going to focus on the 50 or so games we have left and we will do everything win the league, cups and do well in Europe."
15.20
Lucien Favre, Mönchengladbach coach: (Group A: Zürich, Villarreal, Apollon):
"It's great that I'll be returning to Zürich, where I had four fantastic years. The task overall is not easy as FCZ have a quality team. Villarreal are a typical Spanish side with lots of technical quality and we saw two years ago how good teams from Cyprus can be. It's a balanced group."
15.15
Andriy Yarmolenko (FC Dynamo Kyiv)Andriy Yarmolenko, Dynamo Kyiv forward (Steaua, AaB, Rio Ave): :
"I was hoping for Inter or at least Everton - it would have been exciting to play them. I have some idea about Steaua as I watched them play Ludogorets in UEFA Champions League qualifying. As for Rio Ave and Aalborg, these teams are a complete mystery to me. But a team like Dynamo Kyiv should progress from the group whoever we are drawn against."
15.09
Michel Preud'homme (Club Brugge KV)Michel Preud'homme, Club Brugge coach (Group B: København, Torino, HJK):
"In theory, this draw is feasible, but every team has their specific qualities. København are tough opponents, a regular fixture on the European stage, even in the Champions League. Torino are a big name in Italian football and are always capable of something, while Helsinki are solid and hard-working.”
15.04
Vladimir Zhuravel, Dinamo Minsk coach (Group K: Fiorentina, PAOK, Guingamp):
“We have been drawn against some interesting, decent and well-known European clubs. It will be very exciting to meet them all; there are no weak opponents in the group stage.”
15.03
Urs Meier, Zürich coach (Group A: Villarreal, Mönchengladbach, Apollon):
“We're really happy with this draw. We have good teams in our group and travel stress for away matches could have been worse as well. We're looking forward to interesting matches and will hopefully have full stadiums.”
15.01
Fred Rutten, Feyenoord coach (Group G: Sevilla, Standard, Rijeka):
"It is a nice draw. Every opponent is tough but we play nice clubs and the travelling is not too bad. Sevilla have a very good team, while Standard are especially strong at home even though they lost some important players in the summer. I know less about Rijeka, but I do know they have a good striker."
15.01
Adi HütterAdi Hütter, Salzburg coach (Group D: Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, Astra):
"It's a group with two very attractive opponents. I am really looking forward to the matches against Celtic. Zagreb are a strong club as well and we can expect some really fanatical fans."
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José Couceiro, Estoril coach (Group I: Napoli, Young Boys, Sparta Praha):
"Our goal is to win at least one match, which has not happened yet in European competition; then we'll see about the top two."
14.56
Kamil Vacek, Sparta midfielder (Group I: Napoli, Young Boys, Slovan):
"Napoli have a tremendously strong team, so the games against them will be very hard, especially away. On a matchday, life in the city stops, everybody is following the game. Their stadium is gigantic with lots of fans."
14.54
Giedrius Arlauskis, Steaua goalkeeper (Group J: AaB, Dynamo Kyiv, Rio Ave):
“Even if the disappointment of being eliminated from the Champions League is huge, we have to move forward and give our all in order to reach the Europa League knockout stages. We have a group with good teams and I hope we can pick up some positive results. I am confident that together with our fans we will pass through this difficult moment and the National Arena will be sold out."
14.52
Allan Gaarde, AaB sporting director (Group J, Dynamo Kyiv, Steaua, Rio Ave):
"It is not exactly the sexiest group, those teams do not attract the big crowds. That would have been easier if we were to meet Tottenham or Sevilla. We do not know the strength of these clubs, but as we were among the lowest seeded teams, we are not favourites."
14.51
Dieter Hecking (VfL Wolfsburg)Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach (Group H: LOSC, Everton, Krasnodar):
"It's a very interesting group and great for our fans as well. Overall it is a great challenge for us."
14.48
Constantin Gâlcă, Steaua coach (Group J: Dynamo Kyiv, Rio Ave, AaB):
"It seems an even group, with Dynamo Kyiv, who are always there or thereabouts in challenging for the title in Ukraine, Aalborg, Danish champions who played, like us, in the Champions League play-offs, and Rio Ave, an unknown team playing for the first time in Europe. They will want to show that they can compete on the European stage.

"Our target, a realistic one, is to reach the knockout stages. I am confident that we can go a long way in this competition. We are having a difficult spell but I hope we can improve results and regain the enthusiasm which we had until now, both us and our fans."
14.46
Ståle Solbakken (FC København)Ståle Solbakken, København coach (Group B: Club Brugge, Torino, HJK):
"Fine group, even opponents. We know Brugge are a strong team; I do not know Helsinki or Torino well enough to say a lot about our chances, though. Helsinki are undoubtedly good, but we should have a fair chance against a Finnish team. Torino are good, but not as good as Napoli."
14.32
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo Zagreb coach (Group D: Astra, Salzburg, Celtic):
"We have attractive, quality opponents. We know that Celtic and Salzburg are always good and we saw what Astra did to Lyon. They are all very serious opponents and if we want to achieve something we need to be better than in recent matches. We are starting to prepare already."
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14.28
Daniel Isăilă, Astra coach (Group D: Salzburg, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb):
"It is a group including three current domestic champions. All of them qualified after playing in Champions League qualifying - that can only be added motivation for us. Having eliminated Lyon, we feel we can get good results against anybody."
14.23
Marat Izmailov (Russia)Marat Izmailov, Krasnodar midfielder (Group H: LOSC, Wolfsburg, Everton):
"It is more or less balanced group. I watched Lille's games against Porto in Champions League play-offs. Though the French side haven't qualified I like their side, very physical and mobile. I met Everton in the Europa League at Sporting. We beat them 3-0 at home playing a good game. As for Wolfsburg, I do not know much about them. Anyway we have to fight."
14.20
Staikos Vergetis, Asteras coach (Group C: Tottenham, Beşiktaş, Partizan):
"We could have had an easier draw, to be honest. We need to climb a mountain now. But on the other hand, it will be great for the city of Tripolis to host a team of Tottenham Hotspur's calibre. We will watch our rivals, prepare our players and rest assured that we won't just participate. Rather we will aim for the best."
14.16
Marcelino García, Villarreal coach (Group A: Mönchengladbach, Zürich, Apollon):
"We have to to give a good showing in the group; they're not excessively long trips. We are delighted to be in the competition."

"I don't know much about the three opponents - Mönchengladbach a little more than the others. We will go into each game with respect and wanting to win. We want to get as far as we can in the competition, and irrespective of the opponent, we want to start in the best way possible. For Marcos Gullón [ex-Villarreal, now at Apollon] it will be a special game."
14.12
Maarten Martens, PAOK midfielder (Group K: Fiorentina, Guingamp, Dinamo Minsk):
"It's always nice to face Italian teams and playing against Fiorentina will be also a treat for our fans. It's a good draw, especially avoiding Everton from the third pot. We have chances to make it past the groups, but we need to perform at a high level. Judging from last season, almost all group matches go to the wire and extreme concentration is needed."
14.08
Giannis Anastasiou, Panathinaikos coach (Group E: PSV, Estoril, Dinamo Moskva):
"PSV Eindhoven are a very tough team, lethal in attack. All teams from the Iberian peninsula are dangerous, that goes also for Estoril. In Dinamo Moscow, I think we got the toughest opponent from the last pot. Our opponents represent three different schools of football and it will be an interesting test for our young squad."
14.04
Constantin Budescu, Astra captain (Group D: Salzburg, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb):
"The fact that we will not play against teams from the top countries - Germany, Spain and Italy - might be an advantage. I think it's a good group for us, and we can earn points. There won't be easy matches, but we never consider us defeated before the kick-off. You saw that in qualifying when we won three matches out of four."
14.00
Time for St-Etienne to get their air miles cards: their trip to Azerbaijan to face Qarabağ is a 7,000km round trip. And vice-versa, of course.
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Klaus Allofs, Wolfsburg sporting director (Group H: LOSC, Everton, Krasnodar): "It looks a bit like a Champions League group. It won’t be easy. That said, the other groups are not really any easier."
13.47
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13.45
The 2014/15 UEFA Europa League groupsThere are 15 matchdays from the start of the group stage to the decider. The full calendar is here. We'll have the fixtures in an hour or so.
13.42
You can recap all the groups below but stay with us for reaction and to find out the fixtures. Plot your route to Warsaw next May.
13.40
And last but not least is Belgium's Lokeren. Metalist, Trabzonspor and Legia will provide tough opposition.
13.38
Group stage debutants Krasnodar will face LOSC, Everton and Wolfsburg.
13.35
Legia and Trabzonspor met in last season's group stage, the Turkish club winning 2-0 away and at home.
13.34
Dinamo Zagreb knocked Celtic out of the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round, winning 3-1 on aggregate. They lost 3-2 on aggregate to Salzburg in the competition's third qualifying round in 2009/10.
13.33 Feyenoord join fellow former winners Sevilla in Group G. The Dutch side lifted this trophy in 2002 and 1974, as this video shows.
13.28
Steaua beat Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in the UEFA Super Cup in 1987 and won 4-1 in the Ukrainian capital when they met in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage.
13.27
Panathinaikos were 4-1 winners at home to PSV in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage, although they lost 1-0 in the Netherlands.
13.26
FCK beat Club Brugge in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, winning 3-2 on aggregate.
13.26
Having been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by one north London club, Arsenal, Beşiktaş will now face another after being placed with Tottenham in Group C.
13.24 Another former winner, Gladbach, have been paired with Villarreal. They have won this competition before.
13.23 Napoli are in Group I, hoping to revive mentions of this ...
13.22
Holders Sevilla are in Group G. At this stage last season they had already played four games in the competition.
13.20
You can see the groups as they form below, by the way.
13.18
Not the best start as Youri Djorkaeff struggles to open the first ball of the draw ... it is Villarreal.
13.15
Final ambassador Jerzy Dudek is on stage. He spoke to us a few minutes before he went on about the honour of the showpiece taking place in his home city, Warsaw.

"It is something special; thanks to UEFA we hosted the European Championship in 2012 - it created a fantastic atmosphere between supporters, and we cannot wait for this moment again.

"We have a beautiful stadium, one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe, and it's a fantastic idea from Mr Platini and UEFA to give us another extra opportunity to organise this final."
13.12
Those changes the general secretary has been discussing, including the fact that the UEFA Europa League winners will be rewarded with a place in the UEFA Champions League, are summed up here.
13.09
Gianni Infantino: "The lineup for this season sees no less than seven past winners on the starting grid, which suggests that we can expect a very open and exciting competition."
13.09
Gianni Infantino: "We are certainly looking forward to many more nights of great football, memorable goals and brilliant individual displays across the continent, culminating in a final that will be played at the National Stadium in Warsaw on 27 May 2015."
13.08
UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino: "Once again, it is a pleasure to be here in Monaco for the traditional kick-off to the European club football season, as we discover the clubs that will no doubt make this UEFA Europa League campaign a memorable one."
13.06
In the auditorium they are re-living Sevilla's glory trail last season when the Spanish side ended their marathon 19-game, 1,770-minute campaign, spanning ten months and plenty of late drama, in some style.
13.01
UEFA Europa League draw ballsThe balls are loaded and we are ready to go. A picture is worth a thousand words so I'll let the live stream do the talking and attempt to add some insight.
12.58
12.56
Jerzy DudekJerzy Dudek, hero of Liverpool's 2005 UEFA Champions League triumph, gets to grips with the trophy. With this season's final in Warsaw, the ex-Poland goalkeeper has been appointed final ambassador. He may have a special interest in the fortunes of former club Feyenoord, who are in Pot 3.
12.52
Darren TulettDraw presenter Darren Tulett puts his face on. 10 MINUTES TO GO
12.45
12.44
Backstage at the UEFA Europa League drawOur photographer has been inside the nerve centre in Monaco.
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12.41
Vítězslav Lavička, Sparta Praha coach (Group I: Napoli, Young Boys, Slovan):
"Our fans wanted to be drawn against Slovan: it will be a big derby from federal times. I am looking forward to meeting František Straka as we played together at one time for Sparta. It will be a great tie, not only for players but also supporters. There will be a lot of to play for."
12.39
Gladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer: "I would like to play as many strong opponents as possible. This is my first season in Europe and I'm really looking forward to visiting some beautiful stadiums and great cities."
12.38
Dinamo Minsk midfielder Slobodan Simović: "I would like us to have a quality group with strong teams, for our side to prove our worth. Even if we are drawn in the 'group if death' I'm not scared."
12.37
So, who wants who?
12.35
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30 MINUTES TO GO
12.31
GoalNews is celebrating the fact that Greece have four teams in this season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages. "Charge" is the one-word title on their front page.
12.22
12.20 Mentioned as ones to watch by AS and Marca, Tottenham have some pedigree in this competition, as Pat Jennings recalls.
12.14
Spanish newspaper AS also discusses who to avoid: "The hardest opponents in the draw are Italian sides Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter and Torino, in addition to England's Tottenham Hotspur and Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach."
12.12
In Spain, our correspondent Joseph Walker has been thumbing through Marca. They reckon holders Sevilla are the 'coco' (hardest side) in the draw. "One name stands out: Sevilla FC. Both Sevilla and Villarreal are among the most dangerous names in the hat. In addition to other big club like Inter, PSV and Tottenham."
12.06
The UEFA Europa League winners will be rewarded with a place in the UEFA Champions League in one of several notable changes introduced to further boost the appeal of the competition. Check out all the changes here.
12.03
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ONE HOUR TO GO
12.00 Inter legend Javier Zanetti tells UEFA.com he expects his club to play a "major role" in this season’s UEFA Europa League.
11.58
After opening his Inter account a year and a half after joining the Nerazzurri with a hat-trick in the 6-0 win against Stjarnan FC, Mateo Kovačić is looking forward to the group stage. "We needed this qualification," the Croatian international said. "We have worked hard for this. To improve you need to play in Europe so we are looking forward to the group stage."
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11.44
11.42
So, what is the toughest possible draw? Sevilla, Steaua, Everton and Dinamo Moskva according to the club coefficients.
11.31
Coach Marcelino García reacts to Villarreal reaching the group stage in European competition for the first time since 2011/12: "It's very important for the whole club to get back into the Europa League, and it's a nice challenge for everyone."

Check out Villarreal's European pedigree here.
11.26
11.21
'The triumph of Moscow' reads the headline in Cyprus's Goal newspaper after Apollon Limassol's remarkable 4-1 victory at Lokomotiv Moskva last night. "This is the biggest moment in my career," said coach Christakis Christoforou.

Apollon may hope the draw is kinder than last season when they made their group stage bow.
11.13
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UEFA Europa League draw hallDid I mention exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Monaco?
11.03
11.01
AC Sparta Praha players celebrateOur man in Prague, Ondřej Zlámal, has been speaking with Sparta Praha coach Vítězslav Lavička: "We have great memories of our last UEFA Europa League run two years ago. We qualified from a highly competitive group with renowned clubs and played a very open tie against Chelsea. We'd like a similar campaign."
10.50
10.47
Dinamo Minsk seem pretty chuffed, too. Our man in Belarus translates from their website: "Our Dinamo made it to UEFA Europa League group stage! An achievement that both players and the fans have been waiting for for years! But there is no time to celebrate. We are playing at [Naftan] Novopolotsk on 31 August in the Belarusian league. And then a European autumn awaits us!"
10.41
10.39
It was easier going for BSC Young Boys against Debreceni VSC, with the Swiss outfit's captain, Steve Von Bergen, saying: "It was the club's, the fans' and the team's aim to reach the group stage. We are really happy to be part of it now. This crowns our third-place finish last season."
10.21
Thirty-one teams joined the seven automatic qualifiers last night in an absorbing end to the play-offs, with perhaps the most eye-catch result seeing European first-timers Krasnodar eliminate Real Sociedad. The Russian side won 3-0, no less.
10.16
This piece explains who is in the draw and how it will work, while this one gives you a nice overview of what happened last night.
10.10
10.04
We will be bringing you some background on the big day, and words from some of the clubs involved – including reaction from last night's play-off deciders.
10.03
9.32
Good morning and welcome to UEFA.com's DrawCentre, building up to today's UEFA Europa League group stage draw, which begins at 13.00CET and is being streamed right here live.

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