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Eight transfer to Europa League

Olympiacos FC, Liverpool FC, FC Zenit, RSC Anderlecht, AS Roma, AFC Ajax, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Athletic Club will join from the UEFA Champions League.

Ajax are among eight teams moving into the UEFA Europa League
Ajax are among eight teams moving into the UEFA Europa League ©AFP/Getty Images

The eight teams transferring from the UEFA Champions League to the UEFA Europa League have been decided and they can now look forward to the draw for the round of 32 at 13.00CET on Monday in Nyon.

Olympiacos FC, Liverpool FC, FC Zenit, RSC Anderlecht, AS Roma, AFC Ajax, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Athletic Club all finished third in their UEFA Champions League groups. They will join the top two teams from the 12 UEFA Europa League sections that conclude on Thursday in the knockout phase.

The four sides with the best records from the group stage – Olympiacos, Sporting, Athletic and Zenit – will be seeded in the last-32 draw along with the 12 UEFA Europa League pool winners. The other four – Anderlecht, Ajax, Liverpool and Roma – will be placed in a pot with the 12 runners-up; those teams will be at home in the first legs on 19 February and away seven days later.

No side can meet a team from their own association in the round of 32 and based on the decision taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, clubs from Russia and Ukraine shall not be drawn together.

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