Final hosts Basel, meanwhile, will play Lech Poznań in Group I, having already overcome the Polish side 4-1 on aggregate in this season’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Basel will also come up against their ex-coach Paulo Sousa, now at the Fiorentina helm. Tottenham and Anderlecht are pitted together in Group J in a repeat of the 1984 UEFA Cup decider. Last season’s surprise runners-up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will tackle Lazio, Saint-Étienne and Rosenborg.
2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage draw
Group A: Ajax (NED), Celtic (SCO), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Molde (NOR)
Group B: Rubin Kazan (RUS), Liverpool (ENG), Bordeaux (FRA), Sion (SUI)
Group C: Borussia Dortmund (GER), PAOK (GRE), Krasnodar (RUS), Qäbälä (AZE)
Group D: Napoli (ITA), Club Brugge (BEL), Legia Warszawa (POL), Midtjylland (DEN)
Group E: Villarreal (ESP), Viktoria Plzeň (CZE), Rapid Wien (AUT), Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
Group F: Marseille (FRA), Braga (POR), Slovan Liberec (CZE), Groningen (NED)
Group G: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR), Lazio (ITA), Saint-Étienne (FRA), Rosenborg (NOR)
Group H: Sporting CP (POR), Beşiktaş (TUR), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Skënderbeu (ALB)
Group I: Basel (SUI), Fiorentina (ITA), Lech Poznań (POL), Belenenses (POR)
Group J: Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Anderlecht (BEL), Monaco (FRA), Qarabağ (AZE)
Group K: Schalke (GER), APOEL (CYP), Sparta Praha (CZE), Asteras Tripolis (GRE)
Group L: Athletic Club (ESP), AZ Alkmaar (NED), Augsburg (GER), Partizan (SRB)
Group stage dates
Matchday one: 17/09/15
Matchday two: 01/10/15
Matchday three: 22/10/15
Matchday four: 05/11/15
Matchday five: 26/11/15
Matchday six: 10/12/15
- Club Brugge are making their 20th straight UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup appearance.
- They are also equalling PSV’s record of six group campaigns.
- Rosenborg and Qäbälä are the sole survivors from the first qualifying round.
- Augsburg are making their European debut.
- Skënderbeu are the first Albanian side to compete in either major UEFA club group stage.
- FULL SEASON CALENDAR
2015/16 UEFA Europa League match calendar Stage Dates First qualifying round, first leg 02/07/15 First qualifying round, second leg 09/07/15 Second qualifying round, first leg 16/07/15 Second qualifying round, second leg 23/07/15 Third qualifying round, first leg 30/07/15 Third qualifying round, second leg 06/08/15 Play-off round, first leg 20/08/15 Play-off round, second leg 27/08/15 Group stage, matchday one 17/09/15 Group stage, matchday two 01/10/15 Group stage, matchday three 22/10/15 Group stage, matchday four 05/11/15 Group stage, matchday five 26/11/15 Group stage, matchday six 10/12/15 Round of 32, first leg 18/02/16 Round of 32, second leg 25/02/16 Round of 16, first leg 10/03/16 Round of 16, second leg 17/03/16 Quarter-finals, first leg 07/04/16 Quarter-finals, second leg 14/04/16 Semi-finals, first leg 28/04/16 Semi-finals, second leg 05/05/16