Tottenham and Liverpool were both handed Italian jobs after being paired with Lazio and Udinese in today’s Europa League group-stage draw.
Spurs – denied a Champions League spot despite finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League after Chelsea’s European Cup triumph – were placed in Group J, which also contained Greek club Panathinaikos and Maribor of Slovenia.
Three-time winners Liverpool will also face mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and Swiss side Young Boys in Group A.
They and Tottenham were both top seeds but were arguably handed tougher groups than Newcastle, who were seeded third ahead of their first European campaign for six years.
The Magpies were in Group D along with Bordeaux, Club Brugge and Maritimo.
Liverpool Udinese Young Boys Anzhi
Atletico Madrid Hapoel Tel Aviv Plzen Academica
Marseille Fenerbahce Borrusia M’Gladbach AEL Limassol
Bordeaux Club Brugge Newcastle United Maritimo
Stuttgart FC Copenhagen Steuau Bucuresti Molde
PSV Eindhoven Napoli Dnipro AIK Solna
Sporting FC Basel Genk Vidoeton
Inter Milan Rubin Kazan FK Partizan Neftci
Lyon Athletic Club Sparta Prague Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
Tottenham Hotspur Panathinaikos Lazio Maribor
Bayer Leverkusen FC Metalist Kharkiv Rosenborg Rapid Vienna
FC Twente Hannover Levante Helsingborgs
First Group Stage matches to be played on Thursday September 2012