UEFA Europa League draw.

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Updated: August 29, 2014

Besiktas have been drawn in GROUP C of the UEFA Europa League tournament.

The Black Eagles will be making a sooner than expected return to London England as they drew Tottenham Hotspur in the group stages, in addition the Eagles will travel to the capital city of Serbia to face Partizan Belgrade and the 4th team in the group is Asteras Tripolis of Greece.

  • Tottenham Hotspur beat AEL Limassol (5-1 aggregate) 1-2 away on Cyprus and had a convincing 3-0 victory in London.
  • Partizan Belgrade eliminated Neftçi Baku of Azerbaijan (5-3 aggregate) with a 3-2 home win in Belgrade and a 1-2 away win in Baku.
  • Asteras Tripolis probably had the biggest struggle getting in to the group stages of the Europa League, they advanced on the away goal rule (3-3 aggregate). Asteras beat Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israil in Tripoli 2-0 but lost in Tel Aviv 3-1.

Fun fact: Demba Ba has played 5 games against Tottenham Hotspur and scored 4 goals.

Beşiktaş and Tottenham will arguably be the two top favourites to win the group, the two faced eachother last in the 2006-2007 season, Tottenham won 0-2 in Istanbul, however the Black Eagles showed against Arsenal that they are ready to face an opposition and are able to hold their own. The Spurs have several great players like Emannuel Adebayor, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen. While the Black Eagles are still looking to add an additional playmaker and rightback to their ranks over the next two days before the closing of the transfer window.

The ‘favourite’ role however should not make us underestimate the other two teams in the group, Partizan Belgrade in particular. The Serbians have a very fanatical home crowd and the away game will definitely be a good test for our boys. Whilst a trip to Greece always holds some extra fire for any visiting Turkish team.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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