Atlético striker Radamel Falcao, the Europa League’s most valuable player in the 2010/11 version of the competition, was invited to Monaco to take part in the UEFA tournament’s group stage draw Friday.
A day after his team-mates saw off Vitória de Guimarães with a thumping 4-0 win in Portugal, the Colombian did his new club no favours, drawing them into what could arguably be considered the group of death.
Because of their UEFA coefficient ranking, Atleti were placed in Pot I as a group head, landing in Group I after Falcao drew his club’s ball.
Joining them in the group were Udinese of Italy, Rennes of France and Sion of Switzerland.
The Swiss outfit however, might be disqualified and could be replaced by Celtic, according to AS.
The Scottish Premiere League side were eliminated by Sion yesterday, but have submitted a formal complaint to UEFA claiming their Swiss opponents illegally signed players in spite of a current two-year ban from doing so.
As the fixtures currently stand, Atlético are set to open up against Sion at the Vicente Calderón on the 15th of September.
Los Colchoneros close out the group stage against Rennes on the 15th of December, also at the Calderón.
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Atlético’s Full Group Stage Fixtures
Thursday, 15 September 2011 (21:05 CET)
Atlético Madrid vs. Sion
Thursday, 29 September 2011 (19:00 CET)
Rennes vs. Atlético Madrid
Thursday, 20 October 2011 (19:00 CET)
Udinese vs. Atlético Madrid
Thursday, 03 November 2011 (21:05 CET)
Atlético Madrid vs. Udinese
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 (19:00 CET)
Sion vs. Atlético Madrid
Thursday, 15 December 2011 (21:05 CET)
Atlético Madrid vs. Rennes