The Europa League
After winning the FA Cup last season, Aston Villa have been admitted into the Europa League competition for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
However, unlike that year when they lost in the playoff rounds, Villa have skipped straight to the group stages with their win of the FA Cup, and groups were announced just today.
It is not the toughest group for the Villans but also definitely not the easiest. Bayer Leverkusen and Girondins Bordeaux will be looking to qualify and take as many points as they can from the group, and David Beckham's side will have to look out for them. The last club in the group is Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.
Beckham has expressed his excitement at managing Villa into the Europa.
"I can't wait," he said. "Leverkusen and Bordeaux are very important and well-supported clubs and to play them for a serious competitive game will be very interesting. This is my first time in the Europa as a manager and I want to do well."
Villa captain Ciaran Clark has also pushed his team to give their all in the European competition.
"The last few times where we were given the honour of European qualification, we lost in the playoff rounds, or dropped out early. This time, we want to show that we really want to win this and believe we can. All of us have an eye on the Final in Estádio do Dragão and hopefully we can get there."