Brit septet draw EL opponents

Harry Redknapp’s men, in the competition after a successful foray

into the Champions League last season, qualified for the play-offs

automatically and will travel to Edinburgh on August 18, with the

return leg at White Hart Lane a week later. Hearts, who booked

their place in the play-offs with a 4-1 win over PAKS, are now

under the management of Paulo Sergio, who took the job earlier this

week following the shock exit of Jim Jefferies. It will be the

first ever competitive meeting between the two sides and, in

drawing each other, they avoided tricky-looking ties against the

likes of Spartak Moscow and Trabzonspor. Fulham’s reward for

getting past RNK Split with a comfortable 2-0 home win is a clash

against Ukrainian outfit Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Martin Jol’s side,

who have been in action in the competition since qualifying started

at the end of June, will play the first leg at the Dnipro Arena,

before returning to Craven Cottage. Scottish champions Rangers will

look to put their Champions League disappointment behind them

against Slovenian side Maribor. Darko Milanic’s team won the

Slovenian title for a ninth time last season, while Rangers were

surprise casualties from the Champions League when they went out to

Malmo in a two-legged play-off. Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic

will need to get the better of Swiss side FC Sion. Managed by

former France international Laurent Roussey, Sion lifted their 12th

Swiss Cup last season, while Celtic finished runners-up to Rangers.

Stoke are also facing a trip to Switzerland after being paired with

FC Thun, with the first leg at Arena Thun. Tony Pulis’ men are

making their first appearance in Europe after reaching the FA Cup

final last season, while Thun finished fifth and are coached by the

veteran Swiss Bernard Challandes. Carling Cup winners Birmingham,

who will compete despite their relegation to the Championship, will

juggle their second-tier slog with a clash against Portuguese club

Nacional. They finished sixth in the Portuguese Liga last season,

while Blues, who will head to Portugal for the first leg, have

endured a summer of turbulence, with manager Alex McLeish and a

number of key players moving on. Meanwhile, Irish side Shamrock

Rovers were given a tough assignment after being drawn out against

Partizan Belgrade, with the first game due to be played at the

Tallaght Stadium. Rovers were knocked out of the Champions League

qualifying stages by FC Copenhagen on Wednesday. Atletico Madrid

will begin their campaign against Vitoria. The 2010 winners are set

to host the first leg against the Portuguese Cup runners-up in the

opening leg on August 18, with the return match scheduled for seven

days later. Primera Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao will travel to

Turkish side Trabzonspor for the opening match of their play-off

tie, while Sevilla face a tricky tie against Hannover. Another

Bundesliga club, Schalke, will make the trip north to Finnish

champions HJK Helsinki. Braga, runners-up to Portuguese rivals

Porto in last season’s Europa League final, were drawn against

Swiss side Young Boys, Roma take on Slovan Bratislava, with Lazio

entertaining Macedonian club Rabotnicki in the opening leg. Two

Eredivisie teams were also in the draw. PSV Eindhoven will face SV

Ried over two legs while Aalesund are the opponents for AZ Alkmaar.

Ligue 1 big-spenders Paris St Germain were pitted against

Olympiacos Volou, the Greek club who were relegated from the Super

League after being implicated in the match-fixing scandal which

recently hit the country. Volou are currently appealing the

decision. Rennes will take on Crvena Zvezda, with Sochaux looking

forward to a trip to Ukraine in the opening leg of their match

agains Metalist Kharkiv.

Europa League play-off round draw: Maccabi Tel-Aviv v

Panathinaikos Atletico Madrid v Vitoria SC Shamrock Rovers v

Partizan Belgrade Metalist Kharkiv v Sochaux Besiktas v Alania

Vladikavkaz Rosenborg v AEK Larnaca Vorskla Poltava v Dinamo

Bucharest Bursaspor v Anderlecht Roma v Slovan Bratislava

Olympiakos Volou v PSG Legia Warsaw v Spartak Moscow Ekranas v

Hapoel Tel-Aviv PAOK v Karpaty Lviv Trabzonspor v Athletic Bilbao

HEARTS v TOTTENHAM NK Maribor v RANGERS Steaua Bucharest v CSKA

Sofia Nordsjaelland v Sporting Lisbon Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v

FULHAM Lokomotiv Moscow v Spartak Trnava Sion v CELTIC Slask

Wroclaw v Rapid Bucharest Litex Lovech v Dynamo Kiev Lazio v

Rabotnicki Nacional v BIRMINGHAM PSV Eindhoven v SV Ried Thun v

STOKE Aalesunds v AZ Alkmaar Vaslui v Sparta Prague AC Omonia v FC

Salzburg Zestafoni v Club Brugge Hannover v Sevilla HJK Helsinki v

Schalke Dinamo Tbilisi v AEK Athens Rennes v Crvena Zvezda Gaz

Metan Medias v Austria Wien Braga v Young Boys Standard Liege v

Helsingborgs Ties to be played on August 18 and 25.