Bulgaria Clubs Face Portuguese Majors in Europa LeagueSports | August 27, 2010, Friday // 16:32| views
View of the board displaying the groups A to L of the Europa League group stage during the draw ceremony in Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Monaco, 27 August 2010. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Bulgarian top football team CSKA Sofia will meet former European champions Porto in the group stage of the Europa League, following the draw for the competition made on Friday.
Its main rival on the domestic front Levski will clash with Sporting Lisbon.
CSKA Sofia have been given tough draw and they are in Group L with Porto, Besiktas and Rapid Vienna, while Levski is joined in Group C by Sporting Lisbon, Lille and Gent.
The draw saw the 48 clubs divided into 12 groups of four teams, with the top two from each set progressing.
Big-spending Manchester City will meet former European champions Juventus in the group stage of the Europa League.
Their Group A section also contains Salzburg of Austria and Lech Poznan of Poland.
Holders Atletico Madrid will face Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenborg Trondheim and Aris Salonika in Group B.
Five-time European champions Liverpool, who qualified for the competition proper with a 3-1 aggregate win over Trabzonspor of Turkey in the playoff, will face former European champions Steaua Bucharest, past UEFA Cup winners Napoli and Utrecht in Group K.
The competition starts on September 16 with the final in Dublin on May 18 next year.
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