UEFA Cup: French land former winners

UEFA Europa League


Paris Saint-Germain, Saint-Etienne and Nancy have all been drawn in groups containing former winners of the UEFA Cup, after Tuesday's draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.

The quality of this season's UEFA Cup was underlined by the draw handed out to France's trio of clubs still involved in the competition.

In Group A, League Cup winners Paris Saint-Germain were drawn against 1997 UEFA Cup winners Schalke 04, as well as Robinho's Manchester City, winners of the Cup Winners Cup in 1970, Spanish side Racing Santander and 1975 UEFA Cup finalists FC Twente from the Netherlands, who knocked out Ligue 1 side Rennes in the last round.

Saint-Etienne were drawn in Group G, where they will take on 2004 UEFA Cup champions Valencia, of Spain, Belgian outfit FC Brugges (1976 finalists), Norwegian side Rosenborg and Denmark's FC Copenhagen.

Nancy will play their four matches in Group H, where they will face 2005 champs CSKA Moscow, 2002 winners Feyenoord Rotterdam, Spain's Deportivo La Coruna and Polish outfit Lech Poznan.

The first group matches are scheduled for October 23.

Complete Draw:

Group A: Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Racing Santander, Twente

Group B: Benfica, Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Hertha Berlin, Metalist

Group C: Sevilla, Stuttgart, Sampdoria, Patrizan Belgrade, Standard Liege

Group D: Tottenham, Spartak Moscow, Udinese, Dinamo Zagreb, NEC Nijmegen

Group E: Milan, Heerenveen, Braga, Portsmouth, Wolfsburg

Group F: Hamburg, Ajax, Slavia Prague, Aston Villa, MSK Zilina

Group G: Valencia, Brugge, Rosenborg, FC Copenhagen, Saint-Etienne

Group H: CSKA Moscow, Deportivo La Coruna, Feyenoord, Nancy, Lech Poznan

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