West Ham to face Anderlecht in Europa Conference League group stage

The two sides met in the 1975-76 European Cup Winners’ Cup final when the Hammers lost 4-2.

By Press Association Published: 26 August 2022 - 1.46pm

West Ham fans face a trip down memory lane after being paired with Anderlecht in the group stage of the Europa Conference League.

The two sides met in the 1975-76 European Cup Winners’ Cup final when the Belgian side won 4-2 in Brussels.

The Hammers, Europa League semi-finalists last season, have also been paired with Romania’s Bucharest-based FCSB and Danish side Silkeborg in Group B.

FCSB were previously known as Steaua Bucharest, who were crowned European champions in 1986.

Drawing Silkeborg means a quick return to Denmark for West Ham, who won 3-0 at Viborg on Thursday to complete a 6-1 play-off aggregate win.

David Moyes welcomed West Ham’s draw, saying: “I’ve just seen it and it’s good. I’m looking forward to it. There are some good teams in it.

“We’ve had quite a difficult draw with our group but we’re looking forward to it.”

Hearts look to have a tough-looking section in Group A.

Robbie Neilson’s side saw their Europa League ambitions dashed by a 3-1 play-off defeat to Zurich on Thursday.

Hearts will now play Istanbul Basaksehir, Fiorentina and Latvian champions RFS.

Istanbul Basaksehir, who progressed to the group stage with a play-off victory over Antwerp, include former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and Aston Villa loanee Bertrand Traore in their ranks.

Fiorentina finished seventh in Serie A last season and beat Dutch side Twente 2-1 on aggregate to reach the group stage.

Shamrock Rovers have been paired with Gent, Molde and Djurgardens in Group F.

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