Manchester United get a Europa League group with Silva Sociedad

Manchester United get a Europa League group with Silva Sociedad

ISTANBUL (AP) — Manchester United will begin the next season of the Europa League in a group with Real Sociedad, Sheriff and Omonia after a draw on Friday.

Man United, who won the Europa League in 2017 and lost in the final two years ago, entered the second-tier competition having finished sixth in the Premier League last season.

It was unclear on Friday whether Cristiano Ronaldo would still be at the club for the first leg of the match on September 8, with much speculation linking him with a move away from Old Trafford, this time to Napoli. is in the Champions League. On Thursday, Napoli were drawn in the same group as Liverpool.

The draw sees United once again face long-time Manchester City favorite David Silva, who has returned to Spain to play for Sociedad, and two long away trips to Moldova and Cyprus in the draw. .

Arsenal’s fifth Europa League campaign in six seasons will be in a group with PSV Eindhoven — coached by former United States striker Rod van Nistelrooy — Bod?/Glimt and Zorich.

Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev — who play their home games in neighboring Poland — will face Rennes, Fenerbahce and AEK Larnaca.

The Europa League season kicks off on September 8 and ends on November 3, a month earlier than usual. This is because the World Cup in Qatar, which begins on November 20.

The six-round group stage games are just eight full weeks before the winter break until the knockout play-off stage begins on February 16.

The group winners advance directly to the round of 16 in March and the second round where eight teams qualify from the Champions League after finishing third in a group.

The Europa League final will be played on May 31 at the 65,000-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary.

The third-placed teams in the Europa League groups in November advance to the knockout play-offs in the third-tier Europa Conference League.

Europa League teams share about 465 million euros ($466 million) in UEFA prize money.

Each team receives an initial fee of 3.63 million euros ($3.63 million), 630,000 euros for each winner and 210,000 euros for each draw in the group stage. The payouts increase to progress through each knockout round.

A team that starts in the Europa group stage and eventually wins the championship can earn UEFA prize money of around 40 million euros ($40 million). That’s about a third of the expected earnings in Champions League prize money.

groups

Group A: Arsenal (England), PSV Eindhoven (Holland), Bude/Glimt (Norway), Zurich (Switzerland).

Group B: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Rennes (France), Fenerbahce (Turkey), AEK Larnaca (Cyprus).

Group C: Roma (Italy), Ludogorets (Bulgaria), Real Betis (Spain), HJK Helsinki (Finland).

Group D: Braga (Portugal), Malm? (Sweden), Union Berlin (Germany), Union Saint-Gilles (Belgium).

Group E: Manchester United (England), Real Sociedad (Spain), Sheriff (Moldova), Omonia (Cyprus)

In Group F: Lazio (Italy), Feyenoord (Netherlands), Midtjylland (Denmark), Sturm Graz (Austria).

Group G: Olympiakos (Greece) Qaraba? (Azerbaijan), Freiburg (Germany), Nantes (France).

Group H: Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), Monaco (France), Ferencvaros (Hungary), Trabzonspor (Turkey).

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