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

Commentary

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UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawWe are closing down the draw centre now. Hope you enjoyed our coverage.
14.47
André Villas-Boas (FC Zenit)André Villas-Boas, FC Zenit coach
Torino went through round of 32 in style by defeating Athletic Bilbao. This club is coached by a very good tactician, Giampiero Ventura. His teams are well-known for their style as they have always played quality football. The draw is also hard for us because we will play the second leg away from home. Stadiums in Italy are famous for their atmospheres.
14.45
Rafael Benítez (SSC Napoli)Rafael Benítez, SSC Napoli coach
We know Dinamo Moskva and we are aware that they are a tough and difficult team, who topped in their group with six victories. They are a club with tradition and with experienced players in the team. We will play the second leg in Moscow which will not be an easy atmosphere. They confirmed their strength and class against Anderlecht, but we want to go a long way in this competition.
14.43
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) & Daniel Opare (Beşiktaş JK)Beşiktaş JK’s Ghanaian wingback Daniel Opare might be able to give the Black Eagles some insight into Belgian football as they take on Club Brugge KV, having played for R. Standard de Liège from 2010-14.
14.40
Stanislav Cherchesov (FC Dinamo Moskva)Stanislav Cherchesov, FC Dinamo Moskva coach
Napoli are one of the toughest teams we could have drawn. They didn't start the season well but now they are in great form. I won't say anything about Napoli's individual players until we study them, but of course everyone knows about Marek Hamšík and Gonzalo Higuaín. And we all know Rafael Benítez and his philosophy after watching his work in Spain and England.
14.39
FC Dinamo Moskva have reason to be nervous. SSC Napoli coach Rafael Benítez's teams have defeated Russian clubs several times. In 2002, his Valencia CF side won 3-0 twice against FC Spartak Moskva in the UEFA Champions League first group stage. In August 2005, his Liverpool FC side defeated PFC CSKA Moscow 3-1 in the UEFA Super Cup.
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14.18
Aleix Vidal (Sevilla FC) & Aleksandar Pantić (Córdoba CF)Aleix Vidal, Sevilla FC midfielder
We would have liked to have played Ajax or perhaps one of the Italian sides, but it is what it is - you can't do anything about luck. They know us very well and we know them very well, so it will be a very exciting tie. What's more, I always prefer to play the first game away from home and so we have had a little bit of luck in that sense. They are having a great season but these ties are always decided on the smallest of details.All the teams left in the competition deserve to be here, because they have played well. All the teams are very equal.
14.14
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool FC) & Serdar Kurtuluş (Beşiktaş JK)Right-back Serdar Kurtuluş is the only player in the current Beşiktaş JK squad who featured in Istanbul giants’ 2-1 win against Club Brugge KV in 2006/07 UEFA Cup.
14.09
Kick-off times for the second legs on 19 March
18.00CET: FC Dinamo Moskva v SSC Napoli
19.00CET FC Dynamo Kyiv v Everton FC
19.00CET: Sevilla FC v Villarreal CF
19.00CET: AS Roma v ACF Fiorentina
21.05CET: AFC Ajax v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
21.05CET: Torino FC v FC Zenit
21.05CET: FC Internazionale Milano v VfL Wolfsburg
21.05CET: Beşiktaş JK v Club Brugge KV
14.06
Kick-off times for the first legs on 12 March
18.00CET: FC Zenit v Torino FC
19.00CET: FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v AFC Ajax
19.00CET: VfL Wolfsburg v FC Internazionale Milano
19.00CET: Club Brugge KV v Beşiktaş JK
21.05CET: Everton FC v FC Dynamo Kyiv
21.05CET: Villarreal CF v Sevilla FC
21.05CET: SSC Napoli v FC Dinamo Moskva
21.05CET: ACF Fiorentina v AS Roma
14.02
Everton FC v FC Dynamo Kyiv
Everton eliminated FC Metalist Kharkiv in the first round of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup; Dynamo's record in 22 games against English clubs is W4 D7 L11 (W0 D2 L9 in England).
13.56
Monchi, Sevilla FC sporting director
[Villarreal] are a great team. They are still alive in all three competitions and they are performing at a very high level. You are always very motivated when you reach this stage of a great competition like the Europa League. If we go on our past performances we should do OK, because we have met Spanish teams in European competition before and ended up lifting the trophy. in 2007 we beat Espanyol in the final and Osasuna in the semi-finals, and then last year we knocked out Real Betis and Valencia.
13.54
Marcelino (Villarreal CF)Marcelino, Villarreal CF coach
It will be an open tie. I think that both teams would have chosen to not have to face each other, but Sevilla are just as difficult as any other team we could have been drawn against. We will be playing against the champions, but we know that both teams are very evenly matched. It will be very difficult, but we are not very far away from their level of quality. I said yesterday that I would prefer any other team than a Spanish side. It’s more attractive for the players if they play against a team from somewhere else in Europe. There were some great teams and very motivating stadiums in the draw, but playing Sevilla is routine for us.
13.52
Roberto Mancini (FC Internazionale Milano)Roberto Mancini, FC Internazionale Milano coach
It will be a tough match [against Wolfsburg]. The round of 16 games are always tricky and attractive. We will work to be at our best. They are the second best team in the Bundesliga, and they also recently won 4-1 against Bayern.
13.51
FC Zenit v Torino FC
Zenit's record against Italian sides: W2 D2 L4. Torino lost 2-1 on aggregate to FC Dinamo Moskva in their only previous encounter with Russian opponents, in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup second round.
13.50
VfL Wolfsburg v FC Internazionale Milano
Wolfsburg have yet to win in three encounters with Serie A sides (D1 L2); Inter's record against German sides is W16 D8 L11.
13.47
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v AFC Ajax
Dnipro have a good record against Dutch clubs in UEFA competition: W4 D1 L1. Ajax beat FC Dynamo Kyiv 3-2 on aggregate in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League play-offs in their only previous European encounter with Ukrainian opponents.
13.43
Beşiktaş JK will be playing the home leg of their tie against Club Brugge KV on 19 March - an auspicious date, since it is the 112th anniversary of the club's foundation.
13.41
SSC Napoli v FC Dinamo Moskva
Napoli's record against Russian clubs: W0 D3 L1. Dinamo's record against Italian clubs: W1 D1 L2.
13.37
Marcelino García Toral (Villarreal CF)Villarreal CF v Sevilla FC will be a special tie for Yellow Submarine boss Marcelino - he was fired from his position as Sevilla coach following a 2-1 defeat against Villarreal.
13.34
Fikret Orman, Beşiktaş JK president
We might regard this as a good draw but any team who reach the round of 16 are good. If we play like we did like yesterday, any team would be OK for us. We would like to go all the way in UEFA Europa League.
13.31
Only one tie is between sides who have met before - Club Brugge KV v Beşiktaş JK. Click this link for details of that 2006 encounter.
13.27
UEFA Europa League round of 16 drawStay with us for reaction from our team of correspondents across Europe.
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. Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella used to play for and coach Roma. Both sides have bad memories of all-Italian European games - both have lost UEFA competition finals to Serie A sides.
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...
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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).
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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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