Europa League: Swansea City to meet Valencia in group stage
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Swansea City have been drawn with Spanish side Valencia in Group A of the Europa League.
They will also face Kuban Krasnodar of Russia and St Gallen of Switzerland.
Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham are in Group K with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova and Tromso of Norway.
Wigan will meet Russian team Rubin Kazan, Maribor of Slovenia and Zulte Waregem of Belgium after being pulled out in Group D.
Championship side Wigan enter the competition at the group stage after winning last season's FA Cup.
Spurs made it through after beating Dinamo Tbilisi 8-0 on aggregate, while Swansea lost 2-1 at Petrolul Ploiesti but won 6-3 on aggregate.
Swansea City's draw could see winger Pablo Hernandez returning to Valencia - he signed for the Swans for £5.55m this summer - while Chico Flores, Michu and Jordi Amat are former La Liga players playing for Michael Laudrup's Capital One Cup champions.
Speaking ahead of the draw, manager Laudrup commented: "I said from the beginning last season that I like the cup competitions.
"Teams who cannot win the league always have a chance in the cups and we proved that by winning the Capital One Cup last year."
Tottenham - quarter-finalists last season - will meet Anzhi Makhachkala, who have recently sold high earners Willian, Christopher Samba and Samuel Eto'o following a massive cut in their budget.
Full Europa League draw:
Group A: Valencia, Swansea, Kuban Krasnodar, St Gallen.
Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Dinamo Zagreb, Chornomorets Odesa, Ludogorets Razgrad.
Group C: Standard Liege, Salzburg, Elfsborg, Esbjerg.
Group D: Rubin Kazan, Wigan, Maribor, Zulte Waregem.
Group E: Fiorentina, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Pacos Ferreira, Pandurii Targu Jiu.
Group F: Bordeaux, APOEL, Eintracht, Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Group G: Dynamo Kiev, Genk, Rapid Vienna, Thun.
Group H: Sevilla, Freiburg, Estoril, Slovan Liberec.
Group I: Lyon, Real Betis, Guimaraes, Rijeka.
Group J: Lazio, Trabzonspor, Legia Warsaw, Apollon Limassol.
Group K:Tottenham, Anzhi Makhachkala, Sheriff, Tromso.
Group L: AZ Alkmaar, PAOK Thessaloniki, Maccabi Haifa, Shakhter Karagandy.
Admittadely teams like Barca, Real & Bayern arent going to want to be in it.. but if they find themselves in it im sure they would go all out to win.
so why in England do we get stupid fans that dont want their team to win? unbelievable.
I don't care if people see it as a "mickey mouse competition". It's a European football competition, that's big enough for me to wanna watch it.
To those criticising the competition, its the third biggest possible for an English club. Harder than the FA Cup to win.
Arsenal and Man City will be the only British teams not playing in Europe beyond Christmas
At the end of the day, it's a European competition and should be as valued as such.
Best of luck to all our teams in Europe this season
Hope Spurs, Swansea and Wigan fans have as good an experience as I did! Enjoy it, in football you never know when it might come around again!
Unfortunately the group isn't thrilling as each group generally consists of two stronger and two weaker teams, but once it reaches the knockout stage things really heat up
But I agree with your sentiment, having the cup champions in the Champions League makes more sense and would ensure that every team goes hell for leather in them, it would raise their prestige to no end.
3rd and 4th finishers should get what they deserve, Europa League for not getting close to being champions.
Looks like an easy draw for Spurs.
Should be tough for Wigan but great for the club & the fans.
How can you call yourself champions of europe when you finish 4th in your own league don't make real sence to me. its a joke