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Europa League group stage draw - when is it and what time is it?

Take a look back at Sevilla's path to their third-straight UEFA Europa League trophy.
Europa League

The draw for the group stage of the Europa League takes place at midday BST, 7 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26.

The 48 teams are separated into four pots ranked in order of UEFA team coefficient, which is based on a club's performance in the Champions League and the Europa League over the past five years.

The 12 highest-ranked teams will be in pot 1, the next 12 in pot 2, then pot 3 with the lowest-ranked 12 in pot 4.

No team can play a club from their own association. Clubs from Russia and Ukraine cannot...

Granada striker Jose Angulo suspended over failed drug test

Angulo joined the Liga club from Independiente del Valle earlier this month.

Granada have suspended new signing Jose Angulo until further notice after it was confirmed the Ecuador international striker failed a drug test during the Copa Libertadores.

Angulo, 21, joined the Liga club from Independiente del Valle earlier this month, signing a five-year contract.

In a statement, Granada said: "Granada CF has received official communication from the South American Football Confederation that Jose "Tin" Angulo tested positive in an anti-doping test.

"The test was done during...

Arsenal working on Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi deals - Arsene Wenger

The ESPN FC crew discuss the rumours that Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi and Deportivo's Lucas Perez are set to sign for Arsenal.
ESPN FC's Brian McBride talks the club that needs to spend the most before transfer deadline day.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Arsenal's issues do not revolve around new defender Rob Holding, but rather their lack of strikers.

LONDON -- Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are closing in on signing striker Lucas Perez and centre-back Shkodran Mustafi but says the deals are yet to be completed.

"We are working on the deals," Wenger said on Friday at a news conference. "We are not close enough to announce to you today that they will sign for us. Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I'm 99 percent confident [we will]."

Arsenal moved on Thursday to trigger a £17 million release clause for Perez,...

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UEFA agrees to extra Champions League spots for top leagues

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti expresses his disapproval of the proposed changes to the UEFA Champions League format.

Europe's top four leagues will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, UEFA has confirmed.

The top four leagues in the UEFA coefficient ranking -- currently La Liga, the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A -- will see four teams enter the group stage without having to go through a qualification round.

Currently, La Liga, the Bundesliga and Premier League are guaranteed three group spots, with a fourth possible through the qualifying round, while...

Pep Guardiola 'was in his own world' at Bayern Munich - Thomas Muller

Werder Bremen have lost their last 13 meetings against Bayern, but can they turn the tables around this season?

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has said coach Carlo Ancelotti is closer to the players than his predecessor Pep Guardiola, telling Bild: "Pep was thinking about perfect solutions all day long."

Muller, 26, begins his eighth Bundesliga season with Bayern when the German champions host Werder Bremen on Friday.

Ancelotti is his fourth manager at the club after Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes and Guardiola.

"Ancelotti is a bit closer to the players. Pep was somewhat in his own world," Muller said.

"All...

Schalke confirm Serge Gnabry interest, play down Son Heung-Min link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to keep german winger Serge Gnabry at the Emirates.

Schalke have confirmed their interest in Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry, but have played down reports they could sign Tottenham winger Son Heung-Min.

The Royal Blues bolstered their squad on Thursday with the signings of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Benjamin Stambouli and Nabil Bentaleb, his former teammate at Tottenham.

But of reported interest in Son,Schalke's new sporting executive Christian Heidel was dismissive.

"I wondered where that rumour came from," Heidel told reporters in Gelsenkirchen on...