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FC Copenhagen and Aalborg handed good Europa League draws

For Champions League football, you'll have to head to Malmö


The two Danish teams managed to avoid the toughest groups and both have a chance to progress (Photo: UEFA)

August 29, 2014
14:00

by Christian Wenande


FC Copenhagen and Aab Aalborg managed to avoid the toughest groups as they were both handed decent Europa League groups today in Monaco.

The top-seeded Lions landed in Group B where they were joined by Belgian outfit Club Brugge, Italian club Torino and HJK Helsinki from Finland.

Bottom-seeded Aab were handed Ukrainian giants Dinamo Kiev, Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest and Portuguese surprise outfit Rio Ave.

READ MORE: Errors doom FC Copenhagen’s Champions League bid

A bridge not too far
For those yearning to see Champion League football and who were gutted when FCK and Aab crashed out in the playoffs, there is still a very good chance to take in the pinnacle of European football without too much trouble.

That’s because Malmö FF shocked their way into the group stages and football enthusiasts are just an Øresund Bridge trip away from being able to see the Swedish champions take on last year's runner’s up, Atletico Madrid, Italian giants Juventus and Greek stalwarts Olympiakos.

Those watering at the mouths will probably have to get tickets early because Malmö Stadium holds just 26,500 and there is bound to be loads of interest from both sides of the bridge, particularly as Malmö are the first Swedish side to qualify for the group stage since Helsingborgs IF in 2000.



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