The 2014 Europa League play-off draw has taken place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, where 62 teams—including the likes of Tottenham, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven—found out who they will face en route to the competition's group stage.
Here is the full draw (UEFA will communicate any chances shortly):
|FK Sarajevo||vs.||Borussia Monchengladbach||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|FC Spartak Trnava||vs.||FC Zurich||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Qarabag FK||vs.||FC Twente||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|RNK Split||vs.||Torino||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Neftci PFK||vs.||FK Partizan||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Apollon Limassol||vs.||Lokomotiv Moscow||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Asteras Tripolis||vs.||Maccabi Tel-Aviv||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|FC Petrolul Ploiesti||vs.||GNK Dinamo||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|AC Omonia||vs.||Dynamo Moscow||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Ruch Chorzow||vs.||Metalist Kharkiv||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|FC Astana||vs.||Villarreal||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|AEL Limassol||vs,||Tottenham Hotspur||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|HJK Helsinki||vs.||Rapid Vienna||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|FC Aktobe||vs.||Legia Warsaw||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Elfsborg||vs.||Rio Ave||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Young Boys||vs.||Debreceni VSC||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|FC Dnipro||vs.||Hadjuk Split||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Trabzonspor||vs.||FC Rostov||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Lyon||vs.||FC Astra||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|PSV Eindhoven||vs.||FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|PEC Zwolle||vs.||Sparta Prague||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Dinamo Minsk||vs.||CD Nacional||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Zimbru Chisinau||vs.||PAOK||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Lokeren||vs.||Hull City||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Kardemir Karabukspor||vs.||Saint-Etienne||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Stjarnan||vs.||Inter Milan||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Panathinaikos||vs.||FC Midtjylland||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Feyenoord||vs.||FC Zorya Luhansk||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Grasshopper Zurich||vs.||Club Brugge||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|Real Sociedad||vs.||FC Krasnodar||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
|HNK Rijeka||vs.||FC Sheriff||Aug. 21||Aug. 28|
Spurs were among the many elite clubs to be drawn into the relative unknown. Mauricio Pochettino's European bow will take place against Cypriot side AEL Limassol.
This summer's rebuilding has been calculated from the new man after Andre Villas-Boas opted to spend in excess of £100 million to replace Gareth Bale last year. Ben Davies, Michel Vorm and Eric Dier provide Pochettino with greater squad depth, but the manager's main focus will be on ensuring Spurs' considerable array of talent fire on a weekly basis.
Christian Eriksen offered moments of fantastic play last season and is expected to lead the club's revival. Spurs flaunt arguably the tournament's most complete squad, meaning there's no excuses ahead of the play-off.
Spurs winger Andros Townsend hinted at a sense of progress with some stirring lyrics on Twitter before the draw:
🎵 Let's keep rising to the top, and don't let nobody stop us 🎵— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) August 8, 2014
Hull City, another Premier League outfit looking to make its mark, face a difficult couple of matches against Belgian side Lokeren. Similar to Wigan's participation last season, the Tigers must quickly establish themselves as a match for more experienced opponents during their European debut.
Steve Bruce is capable of upsetting Lokeren, who finished fifth in Belgium's top division last year, while Tom Huddlestone is also optimistic after a short journey across the continent was confirmed:
Distance wise the draw could have been a lot worse for us. Be a tough tie but hopefully were getting nearer to full match fitness— Tom Huddlestone (@Huddz8) August 8, 2014
The KC Stadium needs to be rocking for the home tie, as Hull fans aren't going to receive regular opportunities to witness their side participate at this level.
Inter will look forward to their Icelandic adventure with assured optimism, while their opponents Stjarnan will be extremely pleased to receive the opportunity to play at the San Siro. Walter Mazzarri's team continue to strengthen with an array of new signings.
Nemanja Vidic will offer leadership qualities at the back, and Yann M'Vila can dominate through the centre if his attitude remains intact, a notion that can also be applied to Dani Osvaldo up front. Inter's players have the quality for a long run through the competition, but the side also possesses the ability to self-destruct.
Which team will progress furthest in the competition?
Other standout ties include PSV Eindhoven's attempts to recapture European prominence against Shakhter Soligorsk of Belarus, who previously beat Zulte Waregem to make it this far. Real Sociedad face one of the play-off draw's tougher journeys, having been drawn against Russian outfit FC Krasnodar.
Europa League qualification ensures all participants will receive an extremely busy schedule, but it provides the vital opportunity for developing clubs to continue progressing. Many will harness hopes of making it to the Champions League at some point soon, ensuring the competition's toughness is pivotal experience for those who do.
Teams such as Spurs, Inter and PSV should be considered among the favourites, at least until the Champions League dropouts enter the competition.