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Europa League Draw: Ronaldo & Man Utd discover group stage opponents

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The groups for the 2022/23 Europa League campaign are set, with plenty of interesting ties awaiting teams.

The draw for this season’s Europa League group stage took place on Friday afternoon in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who is set to play in the competition for the first time since 2002/03, will be in Group E with Manchester United. The Red Devils will face La Liga side Real Sociedad, Sheriff of Moldova, and Omonoia from Cyprus. They last won the Europa League in 2017 and reached the final in 2021, which they lost to Villarreal.

Arsenal were the only other Premier League club in Friday’s draw alongside United. The Gunners were straight out of the bat in Group A. They will face Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, Bodø/Glimt of Norway, and Swiss club FC Zurich.

Europa League Group Stage Draw

  • Group A: Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Bodø/Glimt, Zurich
  • Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Rennes, Fenerbahce, AEK Larnaca
  • Group C: Roma, Ludogorets, Real Betis, HJK
  • Group D: Braga, Malmö, Union Berlin, St Gilloise
  • Group E: Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sheriff, Omonoia
  • Group F: Lazio, Feyenoord, Midtylland, Sturm Graz
  • Group G: Olympiacos, Qarabag, Freiburg, Nantes
  • Group H: Crvena zvezda, Monaco, Ferencvaros, Trabzonspor

When are the Europa League group stage games?

The full fixture list for the group stage is yet to be released, UEFA has confirmed the following matchday dates.

  • Matchday 1: September 8
  • Matchday 2: September 15
  • Matchday 3: October 6
  • Matchday 4: October 13
  • Matchday 5: October 27
  • Matchday 6: November 3

As per UEFA: “Matches are generally played on Thursdays (other than the final) and in principle equally split between two time slots: 18:45 CET and 21:00 CET.”

When is the final?

The 2022/23 Europa League final will take place on May 31, 2023, at the Puskas Arena Park in Budapest, Hungary.

Below are the following knockout fixture dates:

  • Knockout out round play-offs: February 16 & 23
  • Round of 16: March 9 & 16
  • Quarter-finals: April 13 & 20
  • Semi-finals: May11 & 18
  • Final: May 31 (Budapest)
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