Arsenal Meet Fenerbahce in Champions League Playoff, While Swansea and Spurs Face Tricky Ties in Europa League

Arsenal will have to defeat Turkish side Fenerbahce over two legs in order to reach the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, while Premier League side Swansea City will travel to Romania in the next round of the Europa League.

Istanbul-based Fenerbahce were originally banned from UEFA competitions over match-fixing charges in the Turkish league. The club is now awaiting a final ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) whether they will be allowed to play in the UEFA competition this season. However, the ruling from CAS isn’t expected until after Arsenal’s matches with Fenerbahce are played. The only issue is what UEFA would do if Arsenal loses to Fenerbahce and then Fener’s CAS appeal is rejected. Presumably Arsenal would still qualify for the Group Stage, but UEFA has not made a decision yet.

Fenerbahce feature several star players that you’ll be familiar with including Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt, Emmanuel Emenike, Bruno Alves and Emre.

Fenerbahce will play Arsenal during the weeks of August 20-21 and 27-28.

The complete draw for the UEFA Champions League playoff matches is:

Dinamo Zagreb v Austria Vienna
Ludogorets v Basel
Plzen v Maribor
Shakhter Karaganda v Celtic
Steaua Bucharest v Legia Warsaw
Lyon v Real Sociedad
Schalke 04 v FC Metalist Kharkiv
Pacos Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg
PSV v Milan
Fenerbahce v Arsenal

Meanwhile, the draw for the third-qualifying of the Europa League was made today. Swansea, after defeating Malmo over two legs, now faces Romanian side FC Petrolul Ploieşti. Tottenham, on the other hand, faces an even trickier tie against Georgia team FC Dinamo Tblisi.

The draw is as follows:

FC Kuban Krasnodar (RUS) v Feyenoord (NED)
SV Zulte Waregem (BEL) v APOEL FC (CYP)
SK Rapid Wien (AUT) v FC Dila Gori (GEO)
Tromsø IL (NOR) v Beşiktaş JK  (TUR)*
CS Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu (ROU) v SC Braga (POR)

Apollon Limassol FC (CYP) v OGC Nice (FRA)
FC Aktobe (KAZ) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Swansea City AFC (ENG) v FC Petrolul Ploieşti (ROU)
Atromitos FC (GRE) v AZ Alkmaar (NED)
FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v KRC Genk (BEL)

IF Elfsborg (SWE) v FC Nordsjælland (DEN)
WKS Slask Wrocław (POL) v Sevilla FC (ESP)
FC Salzburg (AUT) v VMFD Žalgiris (LTU)
Qarabag FK (AZE) v Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
FC Minsk (BLR) v R. Standard de Liège (BEL)

FK Jablonec (CZE) v Real Betis Balompié (ESP)
HNK Rijeka (CRO) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
FC Chornomorets Odesa (UKR) v KS Skënderbeu (ALB)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) v PAOK FC (GRE)
FC St Gallen (SUI) v FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)

Molde FK (NOR) v FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
FK Vojvodina (SRB) v FC Sheriff (MDA)
Trabzonspor AS (TUR) v FK Kukësi (ALB)
Esbjerg fB (DEN) v AS Saint-Étienne (FRA)
Grasshopper Club Zürich (SUI) v ACF Fiorentina (ITA)

Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR) v FC Astra (ROU)
Udinese Calcio (ITA) v FC Slovan Liberec (CZE)
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
Estoril Praia (POR) v FC Pasching (AUT)
JK Nõmme Kalju (EST) v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
FK Partizan (SRB) v FC Thun (SUI)

* Beşiktaş JK’s participation in the competition is subject to CAS proceedings.

The first legs will take place on August 22, with the returns a week later.

9 thoughts on “Arsenal Meet Fenerbahce in Champions League Playoff, While Swansea and Spurs Face Tricky Ties in Europa League”

  1. Geo = Georgia…that is a boot! Much prefer a closer opponent.

    Swansea get a good tie too.

    And Farsensl get it easier, a shame they didn’t get Millan.

    1. So instead Farsenal Draw Fenerbache who have been kicked out of Europe competition by UEFA and a decision by the arbitration committee has not been decided yet, so Farsenal could loose and still go through if UEFA decision is upheld…

      what a crock…this stinks! it wreaks of dodgy dodgy fixing weirdness…

      What are the odds that if a decision isn’t reached by the review board and Farsenal loose that as if by magic Fenerbache will be kicked out and Farsenal will go through on a bye.

      1. Since Spurs will be playing on Thursday the 29th The Premier League will have to back up the NLD from Saturday to Sunday correct ?

        1. NLD is on the Sunday…

          hey did you see our U21 smashed yours today 4-2….

          so looking forward to September 28…new player should be bedded in, and healthy! Bale, Paulinho, Soldado, Sandro, Kaboom, Jan, Chadli, Dembele Caboue, that game is gonna be absolutely mental, bigger than the NLD at the library IMO…

          Us beating the goons is a forgone conclusion IMO (as long as we keep 11 men on the pitch.

          1. Not to mention Soldado & Chadli…

            Keeping bale letting back kaboom and Sandro…

            And there are faint rumors that Coentrão is looking to join AVB.

            Ambition, levy & AVB haters can suck it.

            AVB gets club record points with Harry’s team…excited to see what he can get with it being molded the way he wants…exciting times!

      2. I don’t think it goes that way, if Arsenal lose to Fenerbahce (which I don’t think will happen), and Fenerbahce’s ban goes forward from UEFA, another Turkish team will take their place, the one who finished 3rd last season.

        This has happened before in the Europa League a few times

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