Tottenham, AZ, and Rapid Wien all drawn in Europa League group stage

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By DAN KARELL

Forty-eight clubs learned their European future on Friday when UEFA conducted the Europa League group stage draw.

Three teams with American players are in the group stage, as Tottenham of the English Premier League was drawn in Group K, AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie was drawn in Group L, and Rapid Wien was drawn in Group G.

Brad Friedel and Tottenham will have to endure two trips to Eastern Europe to face Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, currently a shell of their former selves, and FC Sherrif in Moldova. Aron Jóhannsson’s AZ squad may be in one of the more difficult groups, with both PAOK and Shakhter Karagandy having been in the Champions League play-off round and Maccabi Haifa a perennial power in Israel.

Rapid Wien and Terrence Boyd will have to navigate past Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine and KRC Genk of Belgium, two tough European opponents.

Other teams that have entered the Europa League group stage include Spanish sides Valencia (Group A) and Sevilla (Group H), Championship club Wigan Athletic (Group D), and Italian side Lazio (Group J).

Here’s a closer look at the 2013/2014 Europa League group stage draw:

EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAW

Group A: Valencia CF (ESP), Swansea City AFC (ENG), FC Kuban Krasnodar (RUS), FC St Gallen (SUI)

Group B: PSV Eindhoven (NED), GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), FC Chornomorets Odesa (UKR), PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)

Group C: R. Standard de Liège (BEL), FC Salzburg (AUT), IF Elfsborg (SWE), Esbjerg fB (DEN)

Group D: FC Rubin Kazan (RUS), Wigan Athletic FC (ENG), NK Maribor (SVN), SV Zulte Waregem (BEL)

Group E: ACF Fiorentina (ITA), FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR), FC Paços de Ferreira (POR), CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu (ROU)

Group F: FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA), APOEL FC (CYP), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)

Group G: FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), KRC Genk (BEL), SK Rapid Wien (AUT), FC Thun (SUI)

Group H: Sevilla FC (ESP), SC Freiburg (GER), Estoril Praia (POR), FC Slovan Liberec (CZE)

Group I: Olympique Lyonnais (FRA), Real Betis Balompié (ESP), Vitória SC (POR), HNK Rijeka (CRO)

Group J: SS Lazio (ITA), Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR), Legia Warszawa (POL), Apollon Limassol FC (CYP)

Group K: Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG), FC Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS), FC Sheriff (MDA), Tromsø IL (NOR)

Group L: AZ Alkmaar (NED), PAOK FC (GRE), Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR), FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ)

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What do you think of this draw? Do you like the three club’s chances of getting out of their groups? Which matches are you looking forward to watching?

Share your thoughts below.

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5 Responses to Tottenham, AZ, and Rapid Wien all drawn in Europa League group stage

  1. Fred says:

    What happened to the AZ game yesterday? It looked like it was abandoned and set for a replay today.

  2. el paso tx wants NASL says:

    This tournament is useless, why not expand champions with more play-in games and 3 more gropus. Most of Europe countries have a long season, plus league cup and champions.
    For example, MLS needs concacaf champions to grow as a league, then later join libertadores as the league grows and matures. The US lamar cup keeps getting better every year and it has a very nice format, compared to ligamx league cup.
    My dream for MLS is to rebrand first, then have two single tables, with east and west conferences. Then winners from both conferences will play in MLS Cup in a two leg series.