UEFA Europa League Draw 2012: Spanish Clubs Now The Favorites

Marco Van Basten, Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary and Zinedine Zidane, drawing balls out of bowls. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

After the Champions League draw is over, stick around with top, top lad Gianni Infantino for the Europa League draw.

When Manchester United and Manchester City were dropped into the UEFA Europa League, they were instantly dubbed the favorites to win the competition. Though both teams were able to get through the first knockout round, they were stuffed in the Round of 16. The three remaining Spanish clubs are now the big favorites, but everyone remaining is strong and very capable of winning the competition.

The entire draw for the rest of the competition will be determined on Friday, with UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino conducting the draw shortly after the UEFA Champions League draw. At this point in the competition, teams from the same country can be drawn together and there are no seeds.

The remaining teams are:

Atletico Madrid (La Liga)
Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
Valencia (La Liga)
Schalke 04 (Bundesliga)
Hannover 96 (Bundesliga)
Sporting Lisbon (Portuguese Liga)
Metalist Kharkiv (Ukranian Premier League)
AZ Alkmaar (Eredivisie)

The draw will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. CET, which is 8:00 a.m. ET, as this is the odd time of year when North America adjusts their clocks before Europe. You can catch the draw streaming live on UEFA.com.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.