#UEL matchday one: all you need to know

The presence of AC Milan and Arsenal is set to add some genuine star quality to this season's UEFA Europa League; meet the full cast ahead of matchday one.

Olivier Giroud will look to light up the UEFA Europa League this autumn
Olivier Giroud will look to light up the UEFA Europa League this autumn ©AFP/Getty Images

UEFA.com will provide updates on social media and in our MatchCentres during all of this season's UEFA Europa League games, with highlights to follow from 00:00CET on every matchnight.

Matchday one: 14 September

  • Arsenal return to competition for first time since their 2000 UEFA Cup final loss to Galatasaray
  • AC Milan kick off looking to win the sole major UEFA trophy that still eludes them
  • Vardar, conquerors of Fenerbahçe in qualifying, are the first Macedonian side in a major group stage
  • Atalanta return to Europe after 26-year absence to take on Everton – yet to avoid defeat in three games in Italy
  • 29 nations represented in group stage; longest matchday one journey – Astana to Villarreal: 5,500km
AC Milan kick off at Austria Wien
AC Milan kick off at Austria Wien©Getty Images

Early games (kick-off 19:00CET, click fixture for full background)
Group A: Villarreal v Astana, Slavia Praha v Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Skënderbeu, Young Boys v Partizan
Group C: Hoffenheim v Braga, İstanbul Başakşehir v Ludogorets
Group D: Austria Wien v AC Milan, Rijeka v AEK Athens
Group E: Atalanta v Everton, Apollon Limassol v Lyon
Group F: København v Lokomotiv Moskva, Zlín v Sheriff

Later games (kick-off 21:05CET, click fixture for full background)
Group G: FCSB v Plzeň, Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Lugano
Group H: Arsenal v Köln, Crvena zvezda v BATE Borisov
Group I: Marseille v Konyaspor, Vitória Guimarães v Salzburg
Group J: Hertha Berlin v Athletic, Zorya Luhansk v Östersund
Group K: Vitesse v Lazio, Zulte Waregem v Nice
Group L: Vardar v Zenit, Real Sociedad v Rosenborg

Matchday two: 28 September
Matchday three: 19 October
Matchday four: 2 November
Matchday five: 23 November
Matchday six: 7 December

Round of 32 draw: 11 December

Final: Stade de Lyon, 16 May 2018