Live Coverage: Europa League playoff draw - as it happened

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during the match against Southampton on May 4, 2013
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Sports Mole brings you coverage of the Europa League playoff draw, with Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City discovering their opponents.

Premier League outfits Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur have discovered their Europa League opponents for the next playoff round in today's draw in Nyon.

The Swans managed to reach the next round following an aggregate 4-0 victory over Malmo, while Spurs have entered this season's competition for the first time.

Tottenham will take on Dinamo Tbilisi over two legs while or Swansea will play Petrolul Ploiesti on August 22 and 29.

Discover how the draw unfolded with Sports Mole's coverage below:


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11.50amHello all, and welcome to the Europa League playoff draw live! We have two teams representing the Premier League in today's draw, with Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City eagerly awaiting news of their opponents.

11.52amThe Swans have managed to reach this phase of the qualifying rounds following a 4-0 aggregate win over Malmo. The victory will largely be down to new signing Wilfried Bony, who netted twice on his competitive debut for Swansea. I'm sure manager Michael Laudrup will be hoping to use his services for the next two-legged tie.

11.53amSwansea's inclusion in the second-tiered European competition was confirmed when they won the League Cup over Bradford City last season, while Spurs have entered the Europa League by narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification by finishing fifth in the table.

11.55amSpeaking of the Champions League... Tottenham's arch rivals Arsenal were drawn against Fenerbahce in the qualifying round, while Scottish champions Celtic will face Kazakhstan side Shakhter Karagandy over two legs.

11.58amSo, how does today's draw work? The 29 sides that advanced from the third qualifying round this week will be joined by teams that failed to progress into the same stage of the Champions League and a further 18 teams including the likes of Tottenham and Fiorentina.

12.03pmThe teams have been divided into six groups, which in turn have been split into seeded and unseeded teams. Once the draws are made, the ties will be played in two legs on August 22 and 29. Got it? Good. We're almost ready to get underway.

12.04pmWe're all getting a reminder of last year's final played between Chelsea and Benfica. As we all know, Chelsea came out on top, but they will be nowhere to be seen this year (not right now anyway...) as they were able to qualify for the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League table.

12.09pmWe are ready for the draw...

12.13pmFC Kuban Krasnodar vs. Feyenoord
Apollon Limassol FC vs. Nice
Elfsborg vs. Nordsaelland
Jablonec vs. Real Betis
Molde vs. Rubin Kazan

12.15pmZulte Waregem vs. APOEL
Aktobe vs. Dynamo Kyiv
Slask Wroclaw vs. Sevilla
HNK Rijeka vs. Stuttgart
Vojvodina vs. Sheriff

12.18pmRapid Wien vs. Dila Gori
Swansea City vs. Petrolul Ploiesti
Salzburg vs. VMFD Zalgiris
Chornomorets Odesa vs. KS Skenderbeu
Trabzonspor vs. FK Kukesi

12.20pmTromso IL vs. Besiktas
Atromitos vs. AZ
Qarabag FK vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. PAOK FC
Esbjerg vs. Saint-Etienne

12.22pmPandurii Targu Jiu vs. Braga
FH vs. Genk
Minsk vs. Standard Liege
St Gallen vs. Spartak Moskva
Grasshopper Club Zurich vs. Fiorentina

12.26pmMaccabi Haifa vs. FC Astra
Udinese vs. Slovan Liberec

12.26pmDinamo Tbilisi vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Estoril Praia vs. FC Pasching

12.29pmJK Nomme Kalju vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Partizan vs. FC Thun

12.30pmApologies, we had a few technical problems, but we're back on track! So, there we have it. Swansea will take on Petrolul Ploiesti in the playoff round while Tottenham face Dinamo Tbilisi.

12.32pmSpurs have avoided a tough clash against Slovan Liberec for a two-leg contest with Georgian outfit Dinamo Tbilisi. The club won the UEFA cup in 1981 but they have failed to become a threat in Europe in recent years, having failed to reach the group phase since 2006.

12.35pmWith regards to Swansea, they have been handed a relatively kind tie against Romania's FC Petrolul Ploiesti. Greek club Atromitos would have arguably been their toughest opponents for the playoff, but they've managed to avoid the side in the draw.

12.37pmSwansea begin their playoff at the Liberty Stadium, while Spurs will play the first leg away and the second leg at White Hart Lane. As previously mentioned, the ties will go ahead on August 22 and 29.

12.39pmWe're all wrapped up here, but make sure you stick around on Sports Mole for all the reaction!

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas on the touchline during the match against Southampton on May 4, 2013
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