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The Europa League draw awaits

Date Published: Monday, 18th June, 2018 - 10:30am

This Wednesday will see representation from Connah's Quay Nomads head to UEFA Headquarters at Nyon to find out who we will face in the First Qualifying Round of the 2018-19 Europa League.

The day will see Club Secretary Trevor Green and Finance Manager, Tom Houghton head to the headquarters ahead of the draw.

The draw
In regards to the format of the draw, the teams will initially be split up into smaller groups meaning we will know a shortlist of teams we could face at around 9:30am on the day. At this stage, all teams will be assigned a number from 1-10 - Seeded teams will be numbered 1-5 and unseeded teams will be numbered 6-10.

The draw will then take place and see a series of numbered balls be placed into the hat - the numbers will then be drawn out at random and all teams who were assigned number x will play all teams numbered y. For example if the first ball draw is number 6 and the second ball drawn is number 2, all teams numbered 6 will play all teams numbered 2.

Delegates from each team will then meet to organise the arragement of the exact dates and times of the fixtures, but we expect to be playing on Thursday 12th and 19th of July.

Additionally, the draw for the Second Qualifying Round is also made on the same day, meaning that should we progress, we will already know our opponents.

Who could we face?

FC Copenhagen (Denmark)
Stadium: Telia Parken (38,065 capacity)
Club Co-Efficient: 34.000
European History: FC Copenhagen have played over 190 games in Europe against some of the biggest teams in Europe including Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and are regular Group Stage qualifiers in both the Europa League and Champions' League. In 2015, Copenhagen faced Newtown in the Second Qualifying Round, knocking them out 5-1 on aggregate.

Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Stadium: Partizan Stadium (32,710 capacity)
Club Co-Efficient: 17.000
European History: Partizan Belgrade have a storied history in Europe, including coming Runners up the European Cup Final to Real Madrid in 1966. In 2009, Rhyl faced Partizan and lost out 12-0 on aggregate, following an 8-0 and 4-0 defeat to the Serbs.

Lech Poznan (Poland)
Stadium: INEA Stadion (43,269 capacity)
Club Co-Efficient: 7.000
European History: The Polish side have competed in over 90 European games, including the 2010-11 Europa League campaign which saw them in a group with Juventus, FC Salzburg and Manchester City - it was during this time that Manchester City fans adopted the now famous "Poznan" goal celebration of turning their backs to the field and jumping in unison.

Dundalk (Ireland)
Stadium: Oriel Park (4,500 capacity)
Club Co-Efficient: 5.500
European History: Dundalk have played in over 60 European games, gaining huge success in the 2016-17 season, qualifying for the Group Stages of the Europa League for the first time which saw then grouped with Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

FK Ventspils (Latvia)
Stadium: Ventspils Olimpiskais Stadions (3,200 capacity)
Club Co-Eficient: 3.750
European History: Ventspils have played over 30 ties in European competition including matches against Welsh sides TNS, Llanelli and most recently Airbus, when Andy Morrison was part of the setup in 2013.

Rangers (Scotland)
Stadium: Ibrox (50,817 capacity)
Club Co-Efficient: 3.725
European History: Rangers are regular qualifiers for Group Stages in both the Champions' League and Europa League and are on time winners of the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup in 1972 when they defeated Dynamo Moscow 3-2 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

NK Rudar Velenje (Slovenia)
Stadium: Ob Jezeru (2,341 capacity)
Club Co-Efficient: 2.900
European History: Rudar have played 18 European games since 1995 in the Intertoto Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and Europa League including matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Red Star Belgrade.

Full list of Seeded Teams that The Nomads could face
FC Copenhagen, Maribor, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Partizan Belgrade, Molde, Apollon Limassol, Dinamo Minsk, Lech Poznan, FH, Dundalk, Zalgiris, Gabala, Osijek, Mordsjaelland, Vardar, Trencin, Slovan Bratislava, Beitar Jerusalem, Anorthosis Famagusta, Dinamo Tbilisi, Viitorul Constanta, Gronik Zabrzre, AIK, Nomme Kalju, BK Hacken, Kesla, Netci Baku, Slavia Sofia, CSKA Sofia, Levski Sofia, Ventspils, Radnicki Nis, Spartak Subotica, Shaktyor Soligork, Rangers, Hibernian, Kairat, Irtysh Pavoldar, Tobol, Fola Esch, Sarpsborg 08, Rabotnicki, Sarajevo, Domzale, Mladost Podgorica, Zeljeznicar, Rudar Velenje.

Andy Morrison's thoughts ahead of the draw
"There are obviously teams you would hope to avoid - when there are over 20 teams we could face who are ranked higher in Europe than Glasgow Rangers, you begin to see the challenge ahead. Whoever we face, our preparation will be the same - we have shown in beating Stabæk and Helsinki in our last two campaigns that we fear no-one. Whoever plays us, might not have heard of Connah's Quay before the tie, but they certainly will remember us after it."

Stay tuned to The Nomads' website and social media channels this week as we find out who we play on Wednesday.


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