Claudio Villa

UEFA Europa League draw, 2013 knockout stages: A convoluted mess of awesome

Liverpool will take on Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League, while Chelsea face Sparta Prague and Tottenham take on Lyon.

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Have fun in Kharkiv, Newcastle

Too bad FIFA outlawed snoods. Newcastle could use them when they travel to Ukraine in February.

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Zenit vs Liverpool: Two rabbles set to clash

Zenit St. Petersburg will do battle against Liverpool in what is probably the tie of the round in the first knockout stage of the Europa League.

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A straightforward draw for Chelsea

Well, that's not the toughest Europa League draw Chelsea could have come up with, is it?

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Tottenham given potentially tricky task in Lyon

Tottenham face Lyon in the first knockout round of the Europa League in what is a fairly evenly-matched game between two decent sides.

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Europa League second round: Spurs could face Inter

The second round draw through up the possibilities of some interesting games, including Ajax vs. Chelsea and a repeat of Tottenham vs Inter Milan.

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Europa League: First knockout round draw results

Liverpool draw Zenit St. Petersburg, Tottenham get Lyon, Chelsea face Sparta Prague and Borussia Monchengladbach get Lazio in the first knockout round.

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Europa League draw now underway

The UEFA Europa League draw for the first knockout round is now underway.

There's some nonsense to go through as befits any UEFA ceremony of course, so in the meantime, you'll want to check out our preview here of all the teams that are in it and who could draw who. It's quite complicated as to who is eligible to play what other teams, but fortunately, our guide has gone interactive for the occasion.

Most of the attention will likely be on the four English teams in the competition - Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle. We'll be previewing all of their ties as well as any of the bigger ones that may get drawn, so stay tuned to this thread for updates. As well as the English sides involved, the likes of Napoli, Inter Milan, Leverkusen, Dynamo Kiev, Benfica, Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg could make for some intriguing matchups.

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How to watch the Europa League draw

The UEFA Champions League draw isn't really that fun to watch, simply because there are a limited combination of teams that can draw each other, and there are only 16 of them. Once Gianni Infantino is done talking about how whatever former footballer he has doing the draw with him is one of the greatest footballers ever, the actual draw itself takes about five minutes.

On the other hand, the Europa League's complex combinations and 32-team field produce something that's fun to watch, especially when there's a team like Chelsea among smaller sides from places with bad weather. Who doesn't want to see the Blues trek to Kharkiv?

Unfortunately, the draw is not on television, but you can catch it streaming live and for free on UEFA.com. Why can't UEFA figure out how to suck some money out of networks to get these draws on TV? The draw gets underway from Nyon, Switzerland at 2 p.m. local time, 1 p.m. in the U.K. and 8 a.m. ET.

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