IN PICS: Europa League group stage draw in full

Sport360 staff 26/08/2016
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Manchester United will come up against their former striker Robin van Persie after being placed in the same group as the Dutchman’s current club Fenerbahce in Friday’s draw for the group stage of the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho’s side will also come up against Dutch giants Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine in Group A.

Second in the Turkish league last season to Istanbul rivals Besiktas, Fenerbahce were eliminated from the Champions League by Monaco in the third qualifying round.

They have since sacked coach Vitor Pereira and replaced him with veteran Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose squad includes Van Persie and ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

United can also look forward to coming up against Van Persie’s hometown team and first club Feyenoord.

The 1970 European Cup winners and twice winners of the UEFA Cup finished third in the Dutch top flight last season and also won the Dutch Cup.

Now coached by former Arsenal and Barcelona left-back Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the Rotterdam side are captained by Dirk Kuyt, formerly of Liverpool and Fenerbahce.

United have faced both of these sides in the Champions League in the past, but the Ukrainians are a new proposition as they feature at this stage of European competition for the first time.

The other English Premier League representative, Southampton, were given a tough draw in Group K along with Italian giants Inter Milan, Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic and Hapoel Beer-Sheva.

The Israeli champions were eliminated from the Champions League play-offs by Celtic.

Meanwhile, Irish champions Dundalk, knocked out of the Champions League play-offs by Legia Warsaw, will face former UEFA Cup winners Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands and Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel in Group D.

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Real Madrid are on collision course with Borussia Dortmund.

Guardiola, a European Cup winner with Barca as a player in 1992 before twice guiding the Catalan giants to the Champions League title in 2009 and 2011, will also come up against Borussia Moenchengladbach and Celtic in Group C.

Defending champions Real Madrid, who won a record 11th European Cup last season, were paired with Borussia Dortmund in Group F alongside Portugal’s Sporting and Legia Warsaw of Poland.

The UEFA Champions League draw is as follows:

Group A



Group B

Dynamo Kiev

Group C

Man City
Borussia M’gladbach

Group D

Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid

Group E

CSKA Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen
Tottenham Hotspur

Group F

Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Legia Warsaw

Group G

Club Brugge
FC Copenhagen

Group H

Dinamo Zagreb

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UEFA's Top 10 Goals of 2015/16 season

Sport360 staff 25/08/2016
Watch these stunning strikes in the videos below. users voted for their favourite goal from the star-studded list below.

Do you agree with the percentage of the vote each goal received? Let us know your thoughts, get in touch on Twitter and Facebook, use #360fans.

10. Carles Aleñá – FC Barcelona v AS Roma – 1% 

The Barcelona youth prodigy offered more than a glimpse of his talent as he raced through the Roma backline to score a wonderful individual goal in the UEFA Youth League.

9. Gonzalo Higuaín – Legia Warszawa v SSC Napoli – 1% 

Now the world’s most expensive out and out forward, Higuain unleashed this unstoppable shot in Napoli’s Europa League win last term.

8. Juan Cuadrado – FC Bayern München v Juventus – 5% 

The ex-Chelsea man showed he is cool under pressure to slot home for the Turin giants against Bayern Munich after an incisive breakaway.

7. Stephan Lichtsteiner – Borussia Mönchengladbach v Juventus – 5% 

Possession football at its best – the Swiss ace rounded off a free-flowing Juventus move to score in the Champions League group stage.

6. Marek Hamšík – Russia vs Slovakia – 8% 

The Napoli star struck an unstoppable drive for his country as they dismantled Russia during Euro 2016.

5. Saúl Ñíguez – Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich – 11% 

Ñíguez’s superb individual goal was the difference between the two sides in Madrid as the young prodigy helped Diego Simeone’s men put one foot in the Champions League final.

4. Camille Abily – Olympique Lyonnais v SK Slavia Praha – 11% 

Abily’s delightful overhead kick was the pick of the goals for Lyon as they thrashed Slavia Praha 9-1 in the UEFA women’s Champions League.

3. Xherdan Shaqiri – Switzerland vs Poland – 11% 

The Stoke City playmaker produced arguably the goal of Euro 2016, scoring a audacious overhead kick to bring the Swiss level in their last-16 encounter with Poland.

2. Ricardinho – Portugal vs Serbia (Futsal) – 13%

The Futsal star scored a wonderful individual goal for Portugal, flicking the ball over the defender before ramming home a volley during UEFA Futsal Euro 2016.

1. Lionel Messi – Barcelona vs Roma – 34%

The Argentine magician was in masterful form for the Catalan giants as he finished off a superb move in the 6-1 thrashing of Roma in the Champions League last season.

Goal at 2.52 in the video.

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