UEFA: See the fixtures for Champions & Europa Leagues

UEFA: See the fixtures for Champions & Europa Leagues

Real Madrid begin their UEFA title defense against Sporting CP on 14 September while the previous night Paris Saint-Germain play Arsenal after the group fixtures were confirmed.


• Opening day
Tuesday 13 September
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal, Basel v Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Napoli, Benfica v Beşiktaş
Group C: Barcelona v Celtic, Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group D: Bayern München v Rostov, PSV Eindhoven v Atlético Madrid

Wednesday 14 September
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moskva, Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid v Sporting CP, Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Club Brugge v Leicester City, FC Porto v FC København
Group H: Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus v Sevilla

• Other highlights
Tuesday 27 September: Dortmund v Madrid
Wednesday 28 September: Atlético v Bayern
Tuesday 18 October: Lyon v Juventus
Wednesday 19 October: Barcelona v Man. City
Tuesday 1 November: Benfica v Dynamo
Wednesday 2 November: Spurs v Leverkusen
Tuesday 22 November: Sporting CP v Madrid
Wednesday 23 November: Arsenal v Paris
Tuesday 6 December: Man. City v Celtic
Wednesday 7 December: Porto v Leicester


Happy memories were revived for Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Ajax after the draw for the UEFA Europa League group stage threw up plenty of intrigue.

Fenerbahçe striker Robin van Persie will face former sides Manchester United and Feyenoord this autumn after the draw was made for the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Group A: Manchester United (ENG), Fenerbahçe (TUR), Feyenoord (NED), Zorya Luhansk (UKR)

Group B: Olympiacos (GRE), APOEL (CYP), Young Boys (SUI), Astana (KAZ)

Group C: Anderlecht (BEL), St-Étienne (FRA), Mainz (GER), Qarabağ (AZE)

Group D: Zenit (RUS), AZ Alkmaar (NED), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR), Dundalk (IRL)

Group E: Viktoria Plzeň (CZE), Roma (ITA), Austria Wien (AUT), Astra Giurgiu (ROU)

Group F: Athletic Club (ESP), Genk (BEL), Rapid Wien (AUT), Sassuolo (ITA)

Group G: Ajax (NED), Standard Liège (BEL), Celta Vigo (ESP), Panathinaikos (GRE)

Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Braga (POR), Gent (BEL), Konyaspor (TUR)

Group I: Schalke (GER), Salzburg (AUT), Krasnodar (RUS), Nice (FRA)

Group J: Fiorentina (ITA), PAOK (GRE), Slovan Liberec (CZE), Qäbälä (AZE)

Group K: Internazionale Milano (ITA), Sparta Praha (CZE), Southampton (ENG), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)

Group L: Villarreal (ESP), Steaua Bucureşti (ROU), Zürich (SUI), Osmanlıspor (TUR)


When are the group stage games?
Matchday one: 15/09/16
Matchday two: 29/09/16
Matchday three: 20/10/16
Matchday four: 03/11/16
Matchday five: 24/11/16
Matchday six: 08/12/16

In Group A, Fenerbahçe forward Robin van Persie meets two of his three former teams, Manchester United and Feyenoord.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick against Fenerbahçe on his Manchester United and UEFA Champions League debut in 2004.

Dirk Kuyt, now 36, spent three seasons at Fenerbahçe before joining Feyenoord last summer.

He previously had six seasons at United rivals Liverpool, scoring a hat-trick against them in a 3-1 Premier League win in March 2011.

Shakhtar defeated Braga 6-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of last season’s competition.

Ajax lifted the first of their four European Cups by beating Panathinaikos 2-0 in the 1971 final.

The Amsterdam outfit also ousted the Greens in the 1996 UEFA Champions League semis, Jari Litmanen netting twice in a 3-0 second-leg success in Athens.

Fiorentina took four points from their two matches against PAOK in the 2014/15 group stage, winning 1-0 in Greece and drawing 1-1 at home.

Group B is composed of four teams transferring from the UEFA Champions League.

Both sides won their home fixture when Villarreal and Zürich went head-to-head in the 2014/15 group stage.

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Real Madrid begin UEFA Champions Leagues title defence against Sporting CP while happy memories will be revived for van Persie, Rooney in Europa Leagues