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Tottenham Plays Anzhi in Europa League as Swansea Faces Valencia

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Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- 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

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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