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Results from the UEFA Europa League group stage draw
By Kaan Bayazit
Updated: August 28, 2015
Today the group stage draw of the UEFA Europa League took place in Monaco, Beşiktaş were drawn in group H with Sporting Lisbon from Portugal, Lokomotiv Moscow from Russia and Europa League debutants Skënderbeu from Albania.
- Beşiktaş have never faced Sporting Lisbon before but have played against Portuguese opposition seven times in Europe, resulting in two victories, one draw and four defeats.
- Ricardo Quaresma faces the club where he went through the youth ranks with Sporting Lisbon, he joined FC Barcelona in 2003 from Sporting.
- Beşiktaş have faced Lokomotiv Moscow twice back in 2000 during the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, the Black Eagles won both games (3-0 and 3-1).
- Beşiktaş have played seven games against Russian opposition since 2000, they won three times, drew once and lost three times.
- Former Beşiktaş midfielder Manuel Fernandes plays for Lokomotiv Moscow.
- Beşiktaş never played agains Skënderbeu, but beat Albanian teams in both of their encounters (2-0, 1-0).
- Turkish sides have won all of their 12 games in European competition against Albanian sides, scoring 35 goals, conceding only three.
The complete results of the 2015-2016 UEFA Europa League group stage draw:
Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
I've been covering Turkish football and Beşiktaş in particular for several years. Followed the Süper Lig closely for over a decade. Frequent guest on the Turkish Football Weekly podcast. I've also done various media interviews concerning Beşiktaş in many different countries, from Costa Rica to The Netherlands. Born and raised in Belgium. Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International since 2013.