Europa League 19/20 - Everything You Need To Know

DeeGer10

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#1
We will find out who we face on Tuesday 18th June for the 1st round and the following day for the potential 2nd round opponent.

We go in at Europa League Qualifying Round 1 - I know Aberdeen went in the 2nd round last season but due to coefficient dropping that's not the case this season.

Our 1st game will take on July 11th unless there is fixture clash involving our opponents which could switch dates

QR1 11th &18th July
QR2 25th & 1st August
QR3 8th & 15th August
Play-off 22nd & 29th August

Draw dates for QR3 - 22nd July and Play-off round 5th August

Group stage draw 30th August


We will be seeded in the draw for both the 1st and 2nd round. Draws are being done over two days on 18th for 1st round and 19th for 2nd round.

Who could we face in round one? - Here are all the unseeded teams.

Universitatea Craiova - Craiova, Romania - Qualified as 4th in Romanian League - Capacity 30983 - Can fly direct from Luton - Bucharest 246km away.

DAC Dunajska Streda - Dunajska Streda, Slovakia - Qualified as 2nd in Slovak league - Capacity 12700 - Closest major airport Bratislava 50km

MFK Ruzomberok - Ruzomberok, Slovakia - Qualified as 3rd in Slovak League - Capacity 4876 - Closest Airport Krakow, Poland 169km (direct from Glasgow) and Ostrava Czech Republic 185km (Stansted)

La Fiorita *p - Montegiardino, San Marino - Qualified as 2nd in San Marino - Capacity 3446 (not home stadium) - Closest Airport Bologna 130km

B36 Torshavn - Torshavn, Faroe Islands - Qualified as Cup Winner - Capacity 5000 - Closest major airport no idea would likely be a chartered flight.

Chikhura Sachkhere -Sachkhere, Georgia - Qualified as 4th in league, Currently 15 games into season sitting 5th - Capacity 2000 - Closest Airport Tbilisi 148km

OFK Titograd - Podgorica, Montenegro - Qualified as 4th in Montenegro - Capacity 1250 - Closest Airport Podgorica.

Mura Murska Sobota (Mura) - Murska Sobota, Slovenia - Qualified as 4th in Slovenia - Capacity 5400 - Closest airports Graz Austria 103km, Zagreb Croatia 150km, Ljubljana Slovenia 200km, Vienna Austria 200km

DVSC Debrecen - Debrecen, Hungary - Qualifed as 3rd in Hungary - Capacity 20000 - Closest Airport Kosice Slovakia 190km, Cluj Romania and Budapest approx 240km - Cluj takes an hour longer driving

Torpedo Kutaisi - Kutaisi, Georgia - Qualified as Georgian Cup Winner - Capacity 14700 - Closest Major Airport Kutiasi (Kopitnari) WizzAir Fly from Luton - Tblisi 250km

Progrès Niederkorn *p - Luxembourg - 4th in Luxembourg need to win Preliminary round - Been before so should be knowledge.

Milsami Orhei - Orhei, Moldova - Qualified as 2nd in Moldova -11 games into season currently 4th - Capacity 3023 - Closest major airport Chisinau 63km

Honvéd Budapest - Budapest, Hungary - Qualified as 4th In Hungary - Capacity 8000 - Closest Airport Budapest.

Flora Tallinn - Tallinn, Estonia - Qualified as 3rd in Estonia - Capacity 14400 - Closest Airport Tallinn.

FK Liepaja - Liepaja, Latvia - Qualified as 4th in League - 13 games into new season sitting 6th - Capacity 5000 - Closest airport Palanga Lithuania 66km (Wizz Air from Luton) Riga 209km

Cliftonville *p - Everyone knows - Capacity 3000?

Hibernians FC - Paola, Malta - Qualified as 2nd in League (Lost play off game to Valletta if reading correctly) - Capacity 8000 - Closest Airport Malta International 6km

KR Reykjavik - Reykjavik Iceland - Qualified as 4th in Iceland - 6 games into new season sitting 3rd - Capacity 2500 - Closest Airport Reykjavik

Balzan FC - Malta - Qualified as Cup winner - Capacity 6000 - Closest Airport Malta International

KF Laçi - Laci, Albania, - Qualified as 5th in Albania - Capacity 5000 - Closest Airport Tirana

Shamrock Rovers - Everybody Knows - Qualified as 3rd - 19 games into new season and 2nd.

Siroki Brijeg - Široki Brijeg, Bosnia - Qualified as 3rd in Bosnia - Capacity 5628 - Closest major airport Sarajevo, Bosnia 121km or Dubrovnik, Croatia 156km (I think)

Europa FC *p - Gibraltar - Cup winners - Capacity 2500 - Closest major airport Malaga 136km

Connah's Quay - Wales - Qualified as 2nd in Welsh League - Capacity 1200 - 20 miles from Liverpool. European games played at Rhyl 3000 capacity.

NSI Runavik *p -Faroe Islands - Qualified as 2nd in Faroes Capacity 2000 - Closest airport again no idea how we're getting there.

Banants Yerevan - Yervan, Armenia - Qualified as 3rd/4th in Armenia not confirmed - Capacity 6000 - Closest airport Zvartnots 13km Tiblisi 291km

St. Patrick's Athletic - Ireland - Qualified as 5th (Waterford failed 3 year rule)- 19 games into new season 5th - Capacity 5300 (2800 seated)

FK Shkupi - Skopje, Macedonia - Qualified as 4th in Macedonia - Played in National Stadium 33k - Closest major airport Skopje - Thessaloniki is an option

Akademija Pandev - Strumica, Macedonia - Qualified as Macedonia Cup Winner - Capacity 1500 - Closest Airports Skopje 138km Thessaloniki 145km so right in the middle - Fun Fact team name translates to Academy Pandev and is owned by Goran Pandev - Founded 2010

Makedonija GjP - Skopje, Macedonia - Qualified as 5th (Vardar refused UEFA Licence) - Probably play in National Stadium 33k or Skopje Training Centre 3k - Closest major airport Skopje - Thessaloniki is an option.

Petrocub Hîncesti - Hincesti, Moldova - Qualified as 3rd in Moldova - Currently 11 games into new season sitting 5th - Capacity 2672 - Closest Airport Chisinau 28km

Speranta Nisporeni - Nisporeni, Moldova - Qualified as 4th in Moldova - Currently 11 games into new season sitting 3rd - Capacity 2500 - Closest Airport Chisinau 84km

FK Kukësi - Kukes, Albania - Qualified as 2nd/3rd/4th Albania (Skenderbeu are banned and Flamutari never got UEFA Licence so guaranteed to be in) - Capacity 5000 - Nearest Airport with UK option I think is Skopje 161km - Tirana is closer 132km but quick check shows no options.

KF Teuta Durrës - Durres, Albania - Qualfied as 2nd/3rd/4th Albania (Skenderbeu are banned and Flamutari never got UEFA Licence so guaranteed to be in) - Capacity 13000 - Tirana is close 35km but quick check shows no options.
Podgorica, Montenegro is 175km - Google tells me there's a ferry from Bari 12 times a week takes 8-9 hours overnight price looks reasonable.

KuPS Kuopio - Kuopio, Finland -Qualified as 3rd in Finnish League - currently 10 games into new season sitting 3rd - Capacity 4700 - Nearest major airport Helsinki 380km - Tampere is 314km - Best option would be flight to Helsinki then
Kupio direct. (45min flight)

RoPS Rovaniemi- Rovaniemi, Finland - Qualified as 2nd in Finnish League - currently 10 games into new season sitting 9th - Capacity 4700 - Nearest major airport, I think Helsinki again and onward flight even though its 800km away.

Inter Turku - Turku, Finland - Qualifed as Finnish Cup winner - Currently 10 games into new season sitting 1st (played 1 more games than 2nd who are a point behind) - Capacity 9300 Closest Airport Wizzair/Air Baltic fly to Turku so there's options with stopovers from London £134 return for example dates of 1 leg otherwise Helsinki 170km (regular train every 30 mins)

Breidablik - Kópavogur,Iceland (20 mins drive from Reykjavík) - Qualified as 2nd in Iceland - Currently 6 games into new season sitting 2nd - Capacity 3000 - Closest Airport Reykjavik

Radnik Bijeljia - Bijeljina, Bosnia - Qualifed as 5th in Bosnia (Zeljeznicar failed to get UEFA licence) - Capacity 6000 - Closest Airport Tuzla (Wizz Air), Osijek 116km, Belgrade 129km and Sarejevo 195km

Stumbras Kaunas - Kaunas, Lithuania - Qualified as 4th in Lithuania - Capacity 9180 - Nearest major airport is Kaunas.

KI Klaksvik *p - Faroe Islands - Qualified as 4th in Faroes - Capacity 2600 (500 seated) - No idea how to get there.

FC Prishtina *p - Pristina Kosovo - Qualified as 2nd in Kosovo - Capacity 13000 - Closest airport Pristina - Skopje 100km away

RFS Riga - Riga, Latvia - Qualified as 3rd in Latvia - Capacity 1000 - Closest Airport Riga

Jeunesse d'Esch - Luxembourg - Qualified as 3rd in Luxembourg league - Capacity 5400 - Airport options include Luxembourg City, France and Belgium all reasonable travel distance.

Lori Vanadzor -Vanadzor, Armenia - Qualified as 5th in Armenia (see post #130 for explanation) - Capacity 4000 (new redevelopment unsure when opening) - Closest Airport Yerevan 122km or Tblisi 171km

Gzira United - Malta - Qualified as 3rd - Capacity 2000 - Closest airport Malta International

Trans Narva - Narva, Estonia - Qualified as Cup Winner - Capacity 2200 - nearest major airport St Petersburg, Russia 148km, Tallinn is 212km.

Zeta Golubovci - Podgorica - Qualified as 3rd in Montenegro - Capacity 4000 - Closest Airport Podgorica - I believe we played them in CL qualifying

*p - Assuming the top seed qualifies from preliminary.

NOTE: This is information I researched myself and the capacity is for their home stadium. It's likely some of the games will be switched to different venues. Please let me know of any errors.

Seedings for round 1 and 2 (above list mostly in order of round 1 seedings)



Seedings for round 2 - (Note we're seeded and picture assumes top seed qualifies from R1)
 
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Gibraltar Loyal

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#9
Well done OP but you can fly direct to Gibraltar from Manchester and London so no need to fly to Malaga. Although not a lot of hotels in Gib plenty across border in La Linea.
 

DeeGer10

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#10
Well done OP but you can fly direct to Gibraltar from Manchester and London so no need to fly to Malaga. Although not a lot of hotels in Gib plenty across border in La Linea.
Yeah I know, forgot to say that. I tried to pick somewhere suitable for the masses. I'd imagine if we were drawn in Gib then it would be mayhem trying to get the direct option.
 

rfb1872

Active Member
#13
Awesome work OP.

Bit of a head v heart situation, head says get something easy with minimal travel eg Connahs Quay, heart says let's go take over a Finnish fishing village in the arctic circle
 

Arkanoid

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#19
Welsh team would be great...as long as they moved it to Swansea/Cardiff 15k Bears easy making that trip...set that wee team up for the season and let us batter into a very comfortable 2 legged win
 

Teddy bear

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#22
Welsh team would be great...as long as they moved it to Swansea/Cardiff 15k Bears easy making that trip...set that wee team up for the season and let us batter into a very comfortable 2 legged win
Possibly moved to tranmere or Chester, it's a lot closer.
Hopefully we get "easy" games with minimal travel.
 

DeeGer10

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#23
I'm sure we get split into a group of 5 the day before the draw, so our potential opponents are narrowed down.
Yeah that’s true usually the night before, same thing with the 2nd round draw, there’s usually a 2 hour break and we find out the groupings then.
 

MrSteve83

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#24
Well in OP, not the easiest task-I’ll give it 48hrs before it’s copied and pasted into the mainstream Scottish tabloids, lazy b@stards
 

Graemeh89

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#31
Finland or Gibraltar would be ideal. Would rather avoid a longer trip to Albania , Romania , Georgia etc , although I spent a few months living in Malta years ago and it’s a great place , Would be good to go back.
 

rangeral

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#33
Steven Gerrard’s side will start their season on July 25 instead of July 11, which will certainly help the Gers prepare better for the 2019-20 campaign.
Rangers assistant manager McAllister, who was appointed in the role in the summer of 2018, has suggested that Celtic winning against Hearts next weekend will help the Gers.
McAllister told The Sunday Post: “That would have a big effect on when our first game is. You work back off that in terms of your pre-season organisation. “The extra two weeks would benefit us”
He has been misinformed we start in QR1 as previous posted on a number of threads
 

rangeral

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#36
@bigy @rangeral

I’d like to make one super opening post if character limit allows it and use information from the threads you guys started too. I will credit you in the opening post and see if we can get some merging/close threads to keep every thing in one place.
Admin would do something cut and paste existing threads because it is becoming an issue
 

rangeral

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#37
I will take Gary Mac’s word until i see official confirmation from Rangers
Ok you do that you will be apologising to a few folk on here

https://spfl.co.uk/news/european-places-201920-45771

EUROPEAN PLACES 2019/20

CELTIC, RANGERS, KILMARNOCK AND ABERDEEN WILL BE PLAYING IN EUROPEAN COMPETITION NEXT SEASON...

Ladbrokes Premiership champions - Celtic
Enter: Champions League qualifying round 1
Dates: July 9/10 & July 16/17

Ladbrokes Premiership runners-up - Rangers
Enter: Europa League qualifying round 1
Dates: July 11 & 18

Ladbrokes Premiership third place - Kilmarnock
Enter: Europa League qualifying round 1
Dates: July 11 & 18

Ladbrokes Premiership fourth place - Aberdeen
Enter: Europa League qualifying round 1
Dates: July 11 & 18
 
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#43
I actually think going in at the 1st round is preferential as going through gives you momentum going into the second round.

Shkupi were an ideal test for us last year.

Off topic, but I think the manager may set the squad up to be a little more direct this season to fit the tactical demands of the league......as such the European results may take the backseat this year. I think Walter suffered from this at times during his reign
 
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