New Delhi: After the UEFA Champions League Groups were decided on Thursday, it was time for the draw of the Europa League with top clubs like Manchester United, Schalke, Zenit St. Petersburg, Ajax, Fiorentina, etc. participating.
English powerhouses, Manchester United were drawn in Group A featuring Netherland's Feyenoord, Ukraine's Zorya Lushansk and Turkey's Fenerbahce; which means Robin van Persie will get to play at Old Trafford once again.
Talking about the most difficult clashes, the outcome of Group A, Group G and Group K seems to be unpredictable on paper.
Full draw for the group stage of the Europa League, made in Monaco on Friday:
Group A: Manchester United (ENG), Fenerbahce (TUR), Feyenoord (NED), Zorya Luhansk (UKR)
Group B: Olympiakos (GRE), APOEL (CYP), Young Boys (SUI), Astana (KAZ)
Group C: Anderlecht (BEL), Saint-Etienne (FRA), Mainz (GER), Qabala (AZE)
Group D: Zenit St Petersburg (RUS), AZ Alkmaar (NED), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Dundalk (IRL)
Group E: Viktoria Plzen (CZE), Roma (ITA), Austria Vienna (AUT), Astra Giurgiu (ROU)
Group F: Athletic Bilbao (ESP), Genk (BEL), Rapid Vienna (AUT), Sassuolo (ITA)
Group G: Ajax (NED), Standard Liege (BEL), Celta Vigo (ESP), Panathinaikos (GRE)
Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Braga (POR), Gent (BEL), Konyaspor (TUR)
Group I: Schalke (GER), Salzburg (AUT), Krasnodar (RUS), Nice (FRA)
Group J: Fiorentina (ITA), PAOK (GRE), Slovan Liberec (CZE), Qarabag (AZE)
Group K: Inter Milan (ITA), Sparta Prague (CZE), Southampton (ENG), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Group L: Villarreal (ESP), Steaua Bucharest (ROU), FC Zurich (SUI), Osmanlispor (TUR)
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Europa League Matchdays:
- Matchday 1: September 15
- Matchday 2: September 29
- Matchday 3: October 20
- Matchday 4: November 3
- Matchday 5: November 24
- Matchday 6: December 8