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Champions League draw: Arsenal paired with Fenerbahce, Celtic set for trip to Kazakhstan

Meanwhile, Spurs have been drawn with Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League.

Neil Lennon's side face Shakhter Karagandy.
Neil Lennon's side face Shakhter Karagandy.

Updated 13.18

ARSENAL WERE HANDED a tricky tie against Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-off round, while Celtic face Shakhter Karagandy, after the draw was made on Friday at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon,

The Gunners, who reached the 2006 final where they lost 2-1 to Barcelona, will travel to Istanbul for the first leg to be played August 20-21 before returning to London for the second leg, scheduled for August 27-28.

Fenerbahce’s potential participation in the group stage though depends on a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, expected at the end of the month, having been banned from European competition by UEFA for match-fixing in domestic competition.

Meanwhile, seven-time winners AC Milan face Dutch runners-up PSV Eindhoven — a rematch of the 2004-05 semi-final which the Italians won on away goals — while French side Lyon will play Real Socieded of Spain.

German outfit Schalke were paired with Ukraine’s Metalist Kharkiv, who face a UEFA hearing into match-fixing claims next Tuesday that could determine whether they are eligible to take part in the competition.

In the champions route, Scottish title-holders Celtic were drawn against Shakhter Karagandy, which will see Neil Lennon’s men make a 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometre) trip to Kazakhstan.

Champions League Draw in full:

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Austria Vienna (AUT)

Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Basel (SUI)

Viktoria Plzen (CZE) v Maribor (SLO)

Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) v Celtic (SCO)

Steaua Bucharest (ROM) v Legia Warsaw (POL)

Lyon (FRA) v Real Sociedad (ESP)

Schalke 04 (GER) v Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)

Pacos de Ferreira (POR) v Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)

PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA)

Fenerbahce (TUR) v Arsenal (ENG)

In addition, the draw for the Europa League was made today, with Swansea being paired with Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti and Tottenham handed a potential banana skin against Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia.

Europa League Draw in Full:
Kuban Krasnodar (RUS) v Feyenoord (NED)

Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Nice (FRA)

IF Elfsborg (SWE) v Nordsjaelland (DEN)

Jablonec (CZE) v Real Betis (ESP)

Molde (NOR) v Rubin Kazan (RUS)

Zulte Waregem (BEL) v APOEL (CYP)

FC Aktobe (KAZ) v Dynamo Kiev (UKR)

Slask Wroclaw (POL) v Sevilla (ESP)

Rijeka (CRO) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)

Vojvodina (SRB) v Sheriff (MDA)

Rapid Vienna (AUT) v Dila Gori (GEO)

Swansea City (ENG) v Petrolul Ploiesti (ROM)

FC Salzburg (AUT) v Zalgiris (LTU)

Chornomorets Odessa (UKR) v Skenderbeu (ALB)

Trabzonspor (TUR) v FK Kukesi (ALB)

Tromso (NOR) v Besiktas (TUR)

Atromitos (GRE) v AZ Alkmaar (NED)

Qarabag (AZE) v Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) v PAOK (GRE)

Esbjerg (DEN) v Saint-Etienne (FRA)

FC Minsk (BLR) v Standard Liege (BEL)

Pandurii (ROM) v SC Braga (POR)

FH Hafnarfjordur (ISL) v Genk (BEL)

St Gallen (SUI) v Spartak Moscow (RUS)

Grasshopper Zurich (SUI) v Fiorentina (ITA)

Maccabi Haifa (ISR) v Astra (ROM)

Udinese (ITA) v Slovan Liberec (CZE)

Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Estoril (POR) v FC Pasching (AUT)

Nomme Kalju (EST) v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)

Partizan Belgrade (SRB) v FC Thun (SUI)

Note: The participation of Besiktas is subject to pending disciplinary and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) proceedings.

First legs to be played August 22, second legs August 29

First published at 11.20

Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

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