UEFA Europa League 2013: Spurs, Fiorentina and Swansea look qualify for the group stages

Michael Regan

The other big club tournament in Europe has reached the playoff round as 62 teams will vie for a spot in the group stages.

Europe's other club tournament, the Europa League, resumes on Thursday with a playoff round of it's own. Just like Cousin Eddie, we accept that me must pay some level of attention to the Europa League but that doesn't mean we have to enjoy its company.

If the Champions League is Hamburger Helper, the Europa League is Panburger Partner. In that it will fill you up but ultimately leave you craving for the original.

62 teams will play in 31 two-leg ties to decide who will play in the group stages of this season's tournament. The 31 winners will be joined in the group stage draw by seven teams that have already qualified, along with 10 teams who failed to advance in the Champions League playoffs.

Several English, Spanish and Italian sides will look to continue their quests towards the final next May at Juventus Stadium in Turin including Tottenham, Real Betis, Fiorentina, Udinese and Sevilla. Capital One Cup winners Swansea City continue their first dive into the waters of European competition since an appearance in the 1991-92 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

Here's a list of all the first leg matches to be played on Thursday, August 22nd and their kick-off times.

9:00am ET

Aktobe Lento vs. Dynamo Kiev

12:00pm ET

Dinamo Tbilisi vs. Tottenham Hotspur

FK Qarabag vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

Jablonec vs. Real Betis

Kuban Krasnodar vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam

12:30pm ET

Atromitos vs. AZ Alkmaar

Maccabi Haifa vs. FC Astra Ploiesti

Minsk vs. Standard Liege

1:00pm ET

Esbjerg vs. St Etienne

Molde vs. FK Rubin Kazan

Nomme Kalju vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

St Gallen vs. Spartak Moscow

SV Salzburg vs. VMFD Zalgiris

1:30pm ET

FK Kukesi vs. Trabzonspor

2:00pm ET

Apollon Limassol vs. Nice

Elfsborg vs. FC Nordsjaelland

FH Hafnarfjordur vs. Racing Genk

Pandurii Targu-Jiu vs. Braga

Tromso vs. Besiktas

2:05pm ET

Swansea City vs. Petrolul Ploiesti

2:30pm ET

Chornomorets vs. Skenderbeu

Partizan Belgrade vs. FC Thun

Rijeka vs. VfB Stuttgart

Vojvodina vs. Sheriff Tiraspol

2:45pm ET

Udinese vs. Liberec

Zulte-Waregem vs. Apoel Nicosia

3:00pm ET

Grasshoppers vs. Fiorentina

3:05pm ET

Rapid Vienna vs. Dila Gori

3:30pm ET

Estoril vs. FC Pasching

Sevilla FC vs. Slask Wroclaw

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