Newcastle get Bordeaux, Brugge and Maritimo in Europa League

EUROPA LEAGUE: Alan Pardew
EUROPA LEAGUE: Alan Pardew

NEWCASTLE United know their opposition in their first assault on the Europa League.

Alan Pardew’s team were drawn against Club Brugge (Belgium), French outfit Bordeaux and Maritimo (Portugal) in Group D in the ceremony in Monaco this afternoon.

Newcastle reached the group stage thanks to a 1-0 win over Atromitos last night, edging out the Greeks 2-1 on aggregate.

Excitement is high on Tyneside after their return to European action.

Keeper Tim Krul, lucky not to concede what seemed a stonewall penalty, when he brought down Chumbinho last night, said: “It’s fantastic.

“It’s where this club deserves to be.”

The 24-year-old Dutchman added: “I want to be in these nights. It’s fantastic to be in Europe.

“Nobody really knew anything about Atromitos, but they’re a decent side.

“It’s a great experience. These kind of nights will make us stronger.

“We’re just looking forward to it. It’ll be a fantastic experience.”