Europa League And Conference League Group Stage Draw Released…Here Is All You Have To Know

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UEFA has released the 2022-2023 UEFA Europa League and Conference League group stage draws with some top English clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal involved. Italian giants, AS Roma, led by Jose Mourinho, are not also left out.

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Europa League, Champions League and Conference League trophies

Despite its lesser publicity when compared to the Champions League, the Conference League offers a platform for clubs without Champions League football to compete with other European clubs outside their domestic leagues.

The second-tier club competition has been in existence since 1971 and was referred to as UEFA Cup. The name was changed in the 2009 football season, as the Union Of European Football Association effected some changes to the UEFA Cup.

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Eintracht Frankfurt wins 2021 Europa League

The winner of the Europa League qualifies for the group stage of the next Champions League season. The current title holder is Eintracht Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt have won the competition twice. They defeated Scottish giants Rangers 5-4 on penalties to lift the trophy last season.

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Spanish clubs have won the competition more than any country, with a combined total of 14 trophies. English clubs and Italian clubs have clinched 9 each.

Sevilla, currently in the Champions League, is the most successful club in the tournament, with six trophies.

Group A: Istanbul Basaksehir ,Fiorentina, Hearts, RFS

Group B: West Ham, FCSB, Anderlecht, Silkeborg

Group C: Villarreal, Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Austria Wien, Lech Poznan

Group D: Partizan Belgrade, FC Cologne, Nice, Slovacko

Group E: AZ Alkmaar, Apollon Nicosia, Vaduz, Dnipro-1

Group F: Gent, More, Shamrock Rovers, Djurgarden

Group G: Slavia Prague, CFR Cluj, Sivas, Ballkani

Group H: Basel, Slovan, Bratislava, Zalgiris, Pyunik

Teams

  1. AustriaSturm Graz
  2. Azerbaijan: Qarabag
  3. Belgium: Union Saint-Gilloise
  4. Bulgaria: Ludogorets
  5. Cyprus: AEK Larnaca, Omonia
  6. Denmark: Midtjylland
  7. England: Manchester United, Arsenal
  8. France: Rennes, Nantes, Monaco
  9. Finland: HJK Helsinki
  10. Germany: Union Berlin, Freiburg
  11. Greece: Olympiakos
  12. Hungary: Ferencvaros
  13. Italy: Roma, Lazio
  14. Moldova: FC Sheriff
  15. Netherlands: Feyenoord, PSV
  16. Norway: Bodo/Glimt
  17. Portugal: Braga
  18. Serbia: Red Star Belgrade
  19. Spain: Real Sociedad, Real Betis
  20. Sweden: Malmo FF
  21. Switzerland: FC Zurich
  22. Ukraine: Dynamo Kyiv
  23. Turkey: Trabzonspor, Fenerbahce
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2022 UEFA Europa League Group Stage Draw

Europa Conference League

After Champions League and Europa League, the UEFA Conference is the third and lowest tier of European club competition. It is just a year in existence, and it was first inaugurated on 24th May 2021, with Roma of Italy emerging as the winner of the maiden edition of the tournament.

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AS Roma wins Conference League maiden edition

As the other two tiers of the competition, the group stages of the Europa conference League are made up of 32 teams. Unlike the Champions League and the Europa League, no team directly qualifies for the Conference League group stages. Some teams pass through the qualifying round. 10 teams eliminated from the Europa League qualifying round are allowed to join the group stages.

The winner of the Conference League automatically qualifies for the second tier unless they have qualified for the Champions League.

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Teams

  1. Austria: Austria Wien
  2. BelgiumGent, Anderlecht
  3. Cyprus: Apollon
  4. Czech RepublicSlavia Prague, Slovacko
  5. DenmarkSilkeborg
  6. England: West Ham
  7. FranceNice
  8. Germany: Cologne
  9. Ireland: Shamrock
  10. Israel: Hapoel Be’er Sheva
  11. Italy: Fiorentina
  12. Kosovo: Ballkani
  13. Latvia: RFS
  14. Liechtenstein: Vaduz
  15. Lithuania: Zalgiris
  16. Netherlands: AZ Alkmaar
  17. Norway: Molde
  18. Poland: Lech Poznan
  19. Romania: Cluj, FCSB
  20. Scotland: Hearts
  21. Serbia: Partizan
  22. Slovakia: Slavia Bratislava
  23. Spain: Villarreal
  24. Sweden: Djugardens
  25. Switzerland: Basel
  26. TurkeyIstanbul Basaksehir, Sivasspor
  27. Ukraine: Dnipro-1

Group A: Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Bodo/Glimt, Zurich

Group B: Dynamo Kyiv, Rennes, Fenerbahce, Larnaca

Group C: Roma, Ludogorets, Real Betis, Helsinki

Group D: Braga, Malmo, Union Berlin, Union Saint-Gilloise

Group E: Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol, Omonoia

Group F: Lazio, Feyenoord, Midtjylland, Sturm Graz

Group G: Olympiacos, Qarabag, Freiburg, Nantes

Group H: Crvena zvezda, Monaco, Ferencvaros, Trabzonspor

2022 UEFA Europa Conference League Group Stage Draw

Both competitions will kick off on Thursday September 8, 2022.

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