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Liverpool To Face Rubin Kazan In Europa League Draw

Liverpool will visit Russia after being drawn in the same group as Rubin Kazan, while Tottenham must go to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Europa League.

The Reds also face Bordeaux from France and FC Sion of Switzerland.

As well as Qarabag, Tottenham must play Belgian side Anderlecht and Monaco from the French league.

Celtic, who missed out on a place in the Champions League group stage,meet Dutch giants Ajax, Turkey’s Fenerbahce and Norwegian outfit Molde.

Each team will play six games in the group stage, with the first match day taking place on 17 September.

Group A: Ajax, Celtic , Fenerbahce, Molde

Group B: Rubin Kazan, Liverpool, Bordeaux, FC Sion

Group C: Borussia Dortmund, Paok Thessaloniki, Krasnodar, Gabala

Group D; Napoli, Club Brugge, Legia Warsaw, Midtjyllland

Group E: Villarreal, Viktoria Plzen, Rapid Vienna, Dinamo Minsk

Group F: Marseille, Braga, Slovan Liberec, Groningen

Group G: Dnipropetrovsk, Lazio, St-Etienne, Rosenborg

Group H: Sporting Lisbon, Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moscow, Skenderbeu

Group I: Basel, Fiorentina, Lech Poznan, Belenenses

Group J: Tottenham, Anderlecht, Monaco, Qarabag

Group K: Schalke, Apoel Nicosia, Sparta Prague, Asteras Tripolis

Group L: Athletic Bilbao, AZ Alkmaar, Augsburg, Partizan Belgrade

Lowdown on Liverpool’s opponents

Rubin Kazan: Finished fifth in the Russian Premier League last season. They started this season’s competition in the qualifying rounds, defeating Sturm Graz of Austria and FK Rabotnicki of Macedonia. The distance from Liverpool to Kazan is 2,500 miles.

Bordeaux: Uefa Cup runners-up in 1995-96, Bordeaux finished sixth in France’s top-flight last season. Manager Willy Sagnol, 38, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich as a defender.

FC Sion: Last season’s Swiss Cup winners. Manager Didier Tholot had a loan spell at Walsall as a player in 1998.

Liverpool’s fixtures

17 September: Bordeaux (A) 5 November: Rubin Kazan (A)
1 October: Sion (H) 26 November: Bordeaux (H)
22 October: Rubin Kazan (H) 10 December: Sion (A)

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