Qarabagh, Qabala learn rivals for UEFA Europa League group stage

Baku, August 28, AZERTAC

The draw has been held in Monaco for 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage, defining rivals of the two Azerbaijani clubs Qarabagh and Qabala.

Qarabagh will compete in the Group J along with Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Anderlecht (BEL), and Monaco (FRA), while Qabala are drawn in Group C with Borussia Dortmund (GER), Paok (GRE) and Krasnodar (RUS).

Former European Cup winners Ajax and Celtic will meet in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Final hosts Basel, meanwhile, will play Lech Poznań in Group I, having already overcome the Polish side 4-1 on aggregate in this season's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Basel will also come up against their ex-coach Paulo Sousa, now at the Fiorentina helm. Tottenham and Anderlecht are pitted together in Group J in a repeat of the 1984 UEFA Cup decider. Last season's surprise runners-up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will tackle Lazio, Saint-Étienne and Rosenborg.

2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage draw:

Group A: Ajax (NED), Celtic (SCO), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Molde (NOR)

Group B: Rubin Kazan (RUS), Liverpool (ENG), Bordeaux (FRA), Sion (SUI)

Group C: Borussia Dortmund (GER), PAOK (GRE), Krasnodar (RUS), Qäbälä (AZE)

Group D: Napoli (ITA), Club Brugge (BEL), Legia Warszawa (POL), Midtjylland (DEN)

Group E: Villarreal (ESP), Viktoria Plzeň (CZE), Rapid Wien (AUT), Dinamo Minsk (BLR)

Group F: Marseille (FRA), Braga (POR), Slovan Liberec (CZE), Groningen (NED)

Group G: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR), Lazio (ITA), Saint-Étienne (FRA), Rosenborg (NOR)

Group H: Sporting CP (POR), Beşiktaş (TUR), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Skënderbeu (ALB)

Group I: Basel (SUI), Fiorentina (ITA), Lech Poznań (POL), Belenenses (POR)

Group K: Schalke (GER), APOEL (CYP), Sparta Praha (CZE), Asteras Tripolis (GRE)

Group L: Athletic Club (ESP), AZ Alkmaar (NED), Augsburg (GER), Partizan (SRB)

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