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

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2014

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 18:  The UEFA Europa League trophy is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Europa League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)
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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
FK Sarajevovs.Borussia MonchengladbachAug. 21Aug. 28
FC Spartak Trnavavs.FC ZurichAug. 21Aug. 28
Qarabag FKvs.FC TwenteAug. 21Aug. 28
RNK Splitvs.TorinoAug. 21Aug. 28
Neftci PFKvs.FK PartizanAug. 21Aug. 28
Apollon Limassolvs.Lokomotiv MoscowAug. 21Aug. 28
Asteras Tripolisvs.Maccabi Tel-AvivAug. 21Aug. 28
FC Petrolul Ploiestivs.GNK DinamoAug. 21Aug. 28
AC Omoniavs.Dynamo MoscowAug. 21Aug. 28
Ruch Chorzowvs.Metalist KharkivAug. 21Aug. 28
FC Astanavs.VillarrealAug. 21Aug. 28
AEL Limassolvs,Tottenham HotspurAug. 21Aug. 28
HJK Helsinkivs.Rapid ViennaAug. 21Aug. 28
FC Aktobevs.Legia WarsawAug. 21Aug. 28
Elfsborgvs.Rio AveAug. 21Aug. 28
Young Boysvs.Debreceni VSCAug. 21Aug. 28
FC Dniprovs.Hadjuk SplitAug. 21Aug. 28
Trabzonsporvs.FC RostovAug. 21Aug. 28
Lyonvs.FC AstraAug. 21Aug. 28
PSV Eindhovenvs.FC Shakhtyor SoligorskAug. 21Aug. 28
PEC Zwollevs.Sparta PragueAug. 21Aug. 28
Dinamo Minskvs.CD NacionalAug. 21Aug. 28
Zimbru Chisinauvs.PAOKAug. 21Aug. 28
Lokerenvs.Hull CityAug. 21Aug. 28
Kardemir Karabuksporvs.Saint-EtienneAug. 21Aug. 28
Stjarnanvs.Inter MilanAug. 21Aug. 28
Panathinaikosvs.FC MidtjyllandAug. 21Aug. 28
Feyenoordvs.FC Zorya LuhanskAug. 21Aug. 28
Grasshopper Zurichvs.Club BruggeAug. 21Aug. 28
Real Sociedadvs.FC KrasnodarAug. 21Aug. 28
HNK Rijekavs.FC SheriffAug. 21Aug. 28

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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.

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 18:  AEL Limassol FC is drawn during the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Gett
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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.

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.