Europa League groups drawn

Rojiblancos face trips to Israel, Portugal and the Czech Republic

Europa League draw

Good draw for Atlético (

Atlético de Madrid now know who they will face in their defence of the UEFA Europa League, as the draw for the group stage took place earlier this afternoon at the Grimaldi forum in Monaco.

Ahead of tonight’s Super Cup final against Chelsea, our star striker Radamel Falcao was chosen to help with the selection, and managed to give us a reasonably comfortable passage to the knock-out stage.

Drawn into Group B, we will face Hapoel Tel Aviv, Viktoria Plzeň and Académica de Coimbra.

None of the three teams have much European experience, although Hapoel (Israel) and Viktoria (Czech Republic) have both played in the Champions League within the last two years, qualifying for the first time in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Académica (Portugal) on the other hand are making their debut in continental competition, having overcome Sporting CP in the cup final last May, despite finishing narrowly above the relegation places domestically.

The one potential downside we face is the long trip to Israel to take on Hapoel, although overall we will be strong favourites to progress as group winners once again.

Fixtures and kick-off times will be confirmed in the next few days, with matchdays scheduled for September 20, October 4 and 25, November 8 and 22, and December 6.

Before the draw, vice-captain Tiago was obliged to return the Europa League trophy on our behalf, although he’ll be hoping to get his hands back on more silverware tonight in the Stade Louis II.

What are your thoughts on the draw? Are you planning to attend any of the games?

  • DJ_ZA

    Man, there are some tough groups! Luckily we got quite an easy 1. Not too many excuses not to make it to the next round. 🙂

  • leika

    Good group, but we mustn’t underestimate them. Although I hope that if we settle things up in the first games, some of our youngsters get a chance. Let’s make history and go for a triple Europa League and hopefully double Super Cup win.

  • Shay

    Hapoel has good results in europe. They even beat Milan once.. But Atleti should beat all three teams..

    On other news, Mallorca got Dos Santos..

  • Relatively easy group but next season i want to see su in a UCL group.
    Aupa Atleti!!
    And no i won’t be attending any of the games 🙁

  • Sinan

    This is going to be very easy voor A.Madrid. Sigh, a club like A.Madrid doesn’t belongs in de EL. They got all the quality to be in the CL. This season they must compeat with Valencia for place NR 3. I’m confident that they can reach this. I don’t count Malaga as a rival, only Valencia.

  • Sam

    I think Hapoel is a decently talented team, but I don’t think Atletico will need to go full strength for this group. This is good because Atleti should focus on the league and finishing in a CL spot this year over another EL title. If things go south in the league, maybe focus on Europa. If things get a little tougher in Europa, just make it far enough so its not an embarrassment, but keep focusing on the league.