• Tottenham face 12-hour round trip to Azerbaijan in Europa League
  • Liverpool will make a 2,500m trip to Russia to take on Rubin Kazan
  • Celtic draw against Ajax and Robin van Persie’s Fenerbahce 
  • Group A: Ajax, CELTIC, Fenerbahce, Molde
  • Group B:  Rubin Kazan, LIVERPOOL, Bordeaux, Sion
  • Group J: TOTTENHAM, Anderlecht, Monaco, Qarabag
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Martyn Ziegler, Press Association

Tottenham have been handed a daunting group in the Europa League including a long-haul trip to Azerbaijan.

Spurs were drawn in Group J with Monaco, Anderlecht and FK Qarabag, who play matches in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku – a five-and-a-half hour flight from London.

Liverpool’s task is also not straightforward, with games against Russian side Rubin Kazan, Bordeaux and Swiss side Sion in Group B. 

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Tottenham will face a 12-hour trip to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Europa League group stages

Tottenham will face a 12-hour trip to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Europa League group stages

A map shows the distance that Tottenham have to travel to take on Qarabag in the Europa League

A map shows the distance that Tottenham have to travel to take on Qarabag in the Europa League

Celtic have the prospect of facing Robin van Persie and Nani’s new side Fenerbahce plus Ajax and Molde from Norway in Group A.

The financial rewards of the Europa League have been increased by UEFA this season – and there is the carrot of the winners qualifying automatically for next season’s Champions League.

Celtic’s head of operations Ronnie Hawthorn said: ‘I think the stature of the Europa League is growing and the competition is getting more and more difficult. It’s good for fans who wants to watch European competition but it is a tough competition these days.

‘There is an increase in Europa funding – something like a 63 per cent increase which is quite significant – and that is an important step forward for the competition, and there are lots of good groups here including our own. 

The draw for the group stages of the Europa League took place in Monaco on Friday

The draw for the group stages of the Europa League took place in Monaco on Friday

The big screens at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum show Tottenham's tough group in this season's competition

The big screens at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum show Tottenham’s tough group in this season’s competition

Celtic were drawn in a tricky looking Group A while Liverpool were drawn in Group B on Friday

Celtic were drawn in a tricky looking Group A while Liverpool were drawn in Group B on Friday

‘To see players like Van Persie will be so attractive for the fans and how they are coped with in terms of our own team. That can make the match all the more interesting.

‘It is also an important step for the competition that the Europa winners now access the Champions League – as Sevilla have shown last season.’

Tottenham’s group includes meetings with Anderlecht, the Belgian side they beat on penalties in the 1984 UEFA Cup final, the last time Spurs triumphed in a European competition. Some 13 years after the final, UEFA banned Anderlecht from Europe for a year after it emerged they had bribed the referee in the semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

The 48 teams in the draw were drawn into 12 groups of four teams on Friday in Monaco

The 48 teams in the draw were drawn into 12 groups of four teams on Friday in Monaco

Qarabag were beaten by Celtic in the qualifying rounds for the Champions League

Qarabag were beaten by Celtic in the qualifying rounds for the Champions League

Monaco knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League last season at the last-16 stage

Monaco knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League last season at the last-16 stage

Liverpool were drawn to play Rubin Kazan, Bordeaux and Swiss side Sion in Group B

Liverpool were drawn to play Rubin Kazan, Bordeaux and Swiss side Sion in Group B

Robin van Persie will return to British shores when his Fenerbahce side take on Celtic

Robin van Persie will return to British shores when his Fenerbahce side take on Celtic

FULL EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAW 

 

Group A

Ajax, Celtic, Fenerbahce, Molde

Group B

Rubin Kazan, Liverpool, Bordeaux, Sion

Group C

Borussia Dortmund, POAK, Krasnodar, Gabala

Group D

Napoli, Bruges, Legia Warsaw, Midtjylland 

Group E

Villarreal, Viktoria Plzen, R. Vienna, D. Minsk

Group F

Marseille, Braga, Slovan Liberec, Groningen

Group G 

Dnipro, Lazio, St Etienne, Rosenborg

Group H

S.Lisbon, Besiktas, Lokomotiv, Skenderbeu

Group I

Basle, Fiorentina, Lech Poznan, Belenenses

Group J

Tottenham, Anderlecht, Monaco, Qarabag

Group K

Schalke, APOEL, Sparta Prague, Tripolis

Group L

A. Bilbao, AZ Alkmaar, Augsburg, Partizan

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