German teams to face tough oppositions in the Europa League

Tricky draws for Eintracht Frankfurt and SC Freiburg.

Today’s Europa League draw in Monaco ended in disappointment for VfB Stuttgart. The Swabians had a chance to be drawn as the team replacing Fenerbace Istanbul, but were unlucky.

The two German teams were also handed tough oppositions in the group stage, but both Eintracht Frankfurt and SC Freiburg are in with a good shout of surviving the group stages.

Christian Streich’s Breisgau Brazilians have probably been handed the toughest draw out of the two German teams. Freiburg are going to face off against two-time Uefa Cup winners FC Sevilla, three-time Czech champions Slovan Liberec and GD Estoril.

Frankfurt on the other hand side are facing 6 times French champions and Uefa Cup finalists Girondins Bordeaux, 2012 Champions League quarter finalists APOEL Nicosia and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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Officials from both sides were happy about the draw.

Christian Streich, head coach SC Freiburg:”This was a great draw. I have never been to Sevilla or the Czech Republic, and I don’t know anything about Praia. But, we don’t have to travel that far and that will surely help the team. The team is very happy about this. We are thinking about going on some trips this weekend to observe the other teams. It is our goal to play well on Thursday night and to give the fans a pleasurable experience.”

Fritz Keller, president SC Freiburg:”It’s a very difficult group and it is a footballing challenge. I’m looking forward to experiencing our fans and our opposition. I do think that we can reach something in this group.”

Heribert Bruchhagen, head of the board Eintracht Frankfurt:”All four teams are on the same level, there are no clear favorites and no underdogs. I think it is going to be a very even group. I’m looking forward to our fans and to the organisation. This time around we don’t have to plan any adventures trips. We are simply overjoyed to be part of this competition. We are going to do our utmost to progress to the next round.”

Bruno Hübner, sporting director Eintracht Frankfurt:”We are very happy about having reached the group stage first and foremost. We do have fantastic fans, and we said amongst ourselves: It doesn’t matter who we’ll face, this is going to be a highlight for us. We are going up against a club with a lot of tradition in Bordeaux and we are meeting the current Israeli champion Tel Aviv and the current Cypriote champion Nicosia. This is a very interesting group from a sporting perspective as well. This is going to be a sporting challenge for us, but it is possible to progress from this group.”

The full draw:

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The Europa League kicks off on September 19th and the final is played on May 14th at Juventus Stadium.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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