West Ham will face Anderlecht in the group stage of the Europa Conference League



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

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, were also paired with Bucharest-based Romanian FCSB and Danish club Silkeborg in Group B.

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

Pulling Silkeborg means an early return to Denmark for West Ham, who won 3-0 at Viborg on Thursday to complete a 6-1 aggregate play-off victory.

David Moyes hailed the West Ham draw saying: “I just saw it and it’s good. I can not wait to be there. There are good teams in there.

“We had a pretty tough draw with our group but we’re looking forward to it.”

Hearts seems to have a tough section in Group A.

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

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

Istanbul Basaksehir, who qualified for the group stage with a play-off victory over Antwerp, have former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and Bertrand Traore on loan at Aston Villa 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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