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Last updated : 18 May 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor


Manchester City (1st in Premier League)

The Premier League champions go straight into the group stage. They will find out their group opponents on August 28. The first round of group matches is on September 16 & 17.

Liverpool (2nd in Premier League)

The Reds will return to Europe’s top table for the first time since 2009/10. Like City, they enter at the group stage so will begin their campaign in mid-September. However, their absence from the competition in recent years means a tough draw on August 28 likely awaits.

Chelsea (3rd in Premier League)

A top-three finish means Chelsea also enter at the group stage, the final matches of which are on December 9 & 10. Other match dates are September 30 & October 1, October 21 & 22, November 4 & 5 and November 25 & 26.

Arsenal (4th in Premier League)

The Gunners must enter at the play-off stage, needing to win a two-legged tie to reach the group stage. This tie will be against another ‘non-champion’. In previous years, Arsenal have beaten Fenerbahce and Udinese at this stage. The play-off draw will be held on August 8. The first leg will take place on August 19 or 20 - a few days after the start of the new Premier League season - with the second on August 26 or 27.

The 2014/15 final will be played in Berlin on June 6. It will be the first time since 1971 that the European Cup final has been staged in June and the latest final since the very first one back in 1956. 


Hull City (FA Cup runners-up)

Had Hull won Saturday's FA Cup final they would have gone straight into the Europa League group stages. But, by finishing runners-up, the Tigers will have to start in the third qualifying round, needing to win two, two-legged ties to reach the group stage. The third-qualifying round ties will take place on July 31 and August 7 – well before the start of the Premier League on August 16. They will be drawn on July 18.

Everton (5th in Premier League)

The Blues return to European competition for the first time since 2009/10. Arsenal's FA Cup triumph means Everton will go straight into the group stage, which starts on September 18. The draw takes place on August 29. Other group-stage matches will take place on October 2 & 23, November 6 & 27 and December 11.

Tottenham (6th in Premier League)

Arsenal's FA Cup win had something a silver lining for arch rivals Spurs - they will now enter the Europa League in the play-off stage rather than the third qualifying round. The dates for the play-offs are August 21 and 28, the draw for which takes place on August 8.

The 2015 Europa League final will take place in Warsaw on May 27. Third qualifying round entrants must play 19 matches if they are to win trophy.