The Champion League and Europa League’s draws happened on the 25th and 26th August respectively. The draw brought up some big matches and some interest from teams and countries who have not had many teams compete in the group stages of Europe’s major club tournaments.
The Champions League threw up some exciting groups including Manchester City’s group of Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic. It is yet another incredibility tough group for Manchester City and in his first year in charge of the team Pep Guardiola will have to have his team playing their best football to insure that they recent the next rounds of the Champions League. Champions League debutants Leicester City were handed some nice beginners luck in drawing a group of Club Brugge, FC Porto and FC Copenhagen, for their first time in the Champions League Leicester have been handed a great chance in reaching the latter stages of the tournament in their first time of asking. The two North London clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been handed groups that you would except them to qualify from but you never know what might happen.
In the Europa League Draw when seen Manchester United being drawn in a group with Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and FC Zorya Luhansk. The draw sees Manchester United come up against their former player Robin van Persie, it should be an easy group for Manchester United to win but will Jose Mourinho pay much attention to it and play his best players in those games. The other big story of the Europa League draw was that Dundalk became the second Irish team in history to qualify for the Europa League group stages. Dundalk had qualified through reaching the Champions League play off game and losing very luckily to Legia Warsaw. Dundalk have made so much money from their run in the Champions League and reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League that they could be competing in Europe for a few years to come. Their reward for reaching the Europa League group stages are games against Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Champions League and Europa League have brought up some exciting games with plenty of teams in with a chance of winning both competitions. It looks like another exciting year for European football.