The draw for the Europa League took place today as we embark on our first foray into the competition since we got to the final in 2000. The competition was then called the UEFA Rumbelows Cup where you may remember we lost on penalties to Galatasaray in the final.
This time out, due to our poor league challenge last season we’ll be leaving behind the glamour of the Champions League to join Everton in the Europa League.
Vic Akers will have plenty of time to top up his air miles gold account, with a trip to Serbia, Germany and Belarus.
We were drawn in Group H to play against Bate Borisov (Belarus), FC Koln (Germany) and Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) in the competition’s group stages.
Everton were handed a harder draw with Lyon in their group.
Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Astana, Slavia Prague
Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan Belgrade, Skenderbeu
Group C: Braga, Ludogorets, Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir
Group D: Milan, Austria Vienna, Rijeka, AEK Athens
Group E: Lyon, Everton, Atalanta, Apollon Limassol
Group F: Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sheriff Tiraspol, Zlin
Group G: Viktoria Plzen, Steaua Bucharest, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Lugano
Group H: Arsenal, BATE Borisov, Cologne, Red Star Belgrade
Group I: Salzburg, Marseille, Vitoria, Konyaspor
Group J: Athletic Club, Hertha Berlin, Zorya Luhansk, Ostersunds
Group K: Lazio, Nice, Zulte Waregem, Vitesse Arnhem
Group L: Zenit St. Petersburg, Real Sociedad, Rosenborg
The match schedule should be announced this afternoon.