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Wolves discover Europa League opponents

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves have been drawn against Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League group stage.

Wolves are in the Europa League group stage (pics of Nuno and Raul Jimenez © AMA)

The draw was made in Monaco on Friday afternoon, hours after Wolves beat Torino 5-3 on aggregate to seal their passage through the qualifying rounds, with Nuno Espirito Santo's team drawn in Group K.

Besiktas finished third in the Turkish Super Lig last season. They play at the recently-rebuilt Vodafone Park stadium with a capacity of 41,000.

The home of Besiktas – Vodafone Park stadium

The Turkish side are regulars in the knockout stages of European competitions and reached the last 16 of the Champions League in 2018, as well as the Europa League quarter-finals a year earlier.

Portuguese outfit Braga qualified for the group stage after beating Bronby and Spartak Moscow in their two qualifying ties, after finishing fourth in the Portuguese top flight last season.

Braga's stadium is carved into a mountain

They play at the beautiful 30,000-capacity Municipal Stadium of Braga, which is carved into the side of a mountain.

Slovakian champions Slovan Bratislava complete the group. They also had to progress via the qualifiers, beating Feronikeli, Dundalk and POAK to reach the group stages, with the latter tie won on away goals last night.

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Slovakia also play their games at the home of Slovan Bratislava

The fixtures for the group stage matches, which will take place from September to December, will be announced later this afternoon.

The top two teams will qualify for the Europa League knockout phase, which takes place next year.

Group stage fixtures:

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Sep 19 Wolves v Braga

Oct 3 - Besiktas v Wolves

Oct 24 - Slovan Bratislava v Wolves

Nov 7 - Wolves v Slovan Bratislava

Nov 28 - Braga v Wolves

Dec 12 - Wolves v Besiktas

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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