Tottenham will take on Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in the group stage of soccer’s Europa League, while Swansea meets former champion Valencia.
The draw for the 12 four-team groups in Europe’s second-tier club competition was held today in Monaco with two-time winner Tottenham and Anzhi placed in Group K with Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova and Tromso of Norway.
Tromso was reinstated into the tournament by European governing body UEFA before the draw, a day after being eliminated in a playoff against Besiktas. The Turkish team was excluded when its appeal against a match-fixing ban was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Swansea and 2004 champion Valencia will play in Group A with Kuban Krasnodar of Russia and Swiss club St. Gallen. Wigan was drawn in Group D with Russia’s Rubin Kazan, Maribor of Slovenia and Zulte Waregem of Belgium.
Group-play runs from Sept. 19 to Dec. 12 with the top two from each group advancing, where they’ll be joined by the third-place teams from the Champions League groups. The final is on May 14 at Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy.
GROUP A GROUP B Valencia PSV Eindhoven Swansea Dinamo Zagreb Kuban Krasnodar Chornomorets Odesa St. Gallen Ludogorets GROUP C GROUP D Standard Liege Rubin Kazan Salzburg Wigan Elfsborg Maribor Esbjerg Zulte Waregem GROUP E GROUP F Fiorentina Bordeaux Dnipro APOEL Pacos Ferreira Frankfurt Pandurii Maccabi Tel-Aviv GROUP G GROUP H Dynamo Kiev Sevilla Genk Freiburg Rapid Vienna Estoril Thun Liberec GROUP I GROUP J Lyon Lazio Real Betis Tranzonspor Vitoria Guimaraes Legia Warsaw Rijeka Apollon GROUP K GROUP L Tottenham AZ Alkmaar Anzhi Makhachkala PAOK Sheriff Tiraspol Maccabi Haifa Tromso Shakter Karagandy