The middle tier competition for European club soccer is now set to start.
Earlier today the UEFA Europa League drew their pots for the group stage. 32 teams were drawn into eight pots which provided some entertaining matchups for fans across the continent.
When it comes to Germany, two teams are competing to lift one of the more prestigious trophies in world football. For Eintracht Frankfurt, they’re attempting to win the competition for the second time in team history, with their last title coming in the 1979/1980 season over fellow German side Borussia Mönchengladbach. Bayer Leverkusen is attempting to do the same, with their title coming in a win over RCD Espanyol in the 1987/1988 season.
They both have tough roads to reach the knockout stages. Eintracht Frankfurt has to go to Greece, Turkey, and Belgium on their way to the Round of 16.
GROUP D— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 27, 2021
For Bayer Leverkusen, it’s marginally worse. They face trips to a giant of Scottish fitba, a large presence in the south of Spain, and to the Hungarian capital taking on one of their most decorated sides.
GROUP G— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) August 27, 2021
Those are the German teams. Looking to the rest of the competition, we find a tough road for former Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac’s Monaco side, a group of death in Group C, and a tough way out for both Austrian teams.
- Group A: Olympique Lyon / Rangers FC / Sparta Prague / Brøndby
- Group B: AS Monaco / PSV Eindhoven / Real Sociedad / Sturm Graz
- Group C: SC Napoli / Leicester City / Spartak Moscow / Legia Warsaw
- Group E: Lazio / Lokomotiv Moscow / Marseille / Galatasaray
- Group F: SC Braga / FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) / Ludogorets / Midtjylland
- Group H: Dinamo Zagreb / Genk / West Ham United / Rapid Wein
Who do you think has the best chance of taking home the title?