Europa League 2014 Play-Offs Draw: Full List of Fixtures and Dates Revealed

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Europa League 2014 Play-Offs Draw: Full List of Fixtures and Dates Revealed
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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):

2014 Europa League Play-Off Draw
Team vs. Team First-leg Second-leg
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

UEFA.com

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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.

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Spurs winger Andros Townsend hinted at a sense of progress with some stirring lyrics on Twitter before the draw:

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:

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.

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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.

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