Dundalk FC given tough draw for their Europa League fixtures

Dundalk have been handed a tough set of fixture dates in the Europa League after they were grouped with Russian side Zenit-St Petersburg, Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and Israeli side Maccabi-Tel Aviv.

Stephen Kenny’s charges and Lilywhite supporters alike will have plenty of travelling to do as they will take in Russia, Holland and Israel.

It was perhaps the draw Dundalk didn’t want as they missed out on ties against Roma, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Villareal. These would have attracted large attendances and the home games would probably have been played in the Aviva Stadium on television.

Jose Mourinho has also been handed a testing group for his first European campaign as Reds boss. His side will face Turkish club Fenerbache, Dutch side Feyenoord and Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk. Fellow Premier League side Southampton will play Italian giants Inter Milan, Czech Republic side Sparta Prague and Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

The match dates for the group stage are the 15th and 29th of September, 20th of October, 3rd and 24th of November and 8th of December.

The UEFA Europa League draw is as follows:

Group A

Man Utd
Fenerbahce
Feyenoord
Zarya Luhansk

Group B

Olympiacos
Apoel Nicosia
Young Boys
Astana

Group C

Anderlecht
St. Etienne
Mainz
Qabala

Group D

Zenit St. Petersburg
AZ
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Dundalk

Group E

Plzen
Roma
Austria Vienna
FC Astra Giurgiu

Group F

Athletic Bilbao
Genk
Rapid Vienna
Sassuolo

Group G

Ajax
Standard Liege
Celta Vigo
Panathinaikos

Group H

Shaktar Donetsk
Braga
AA Gent
Konyaspor

Group I

Schalke 04
FC Red Bull Salzburg
Krasnodar
Nice

Group J

Fiorentina
PAOK Salonika
Liberec
FK Karabakh

Group K

Inter Milan
Sparta Prague
Southampton
Hapoel Beer Sheva

Group L

Villarreal
Steaua Bucuresti
FC Zurich
Osmanlispor

 

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