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The Nomads potential Europa League opponents

Nomads' potential European opposition revealed

Date Published: Monday, 18th June, 2018 - 9:53pm

The groups have been decided ahead of the UEFA First Qualifying Round draw on Wednesday and we now know who we could potentially face this July.

Connah's Quay Nomads have been selected as ball number nine in the draw, while the five team opposing us are;
1 Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (Iceland)
2 Nordsjælland (Denmark)
3 AIK (Sweden)
4 Ventspils (Latvia)
5 Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Belarus)

1 - Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar
Stadium: Kaplakriki (6,500 capacity)
Club Co-efficient: 5.500
European History: First played in Europe in 1990 losing out 5-3 to Dundee United in the UEFA Cup. Since then have played over 62 games in European qualification, however hve never qualified for Group Stages proper in either the Champions' League or Europa League. Once faced Haverfordwest County in the 2004 season, winning 4-1 on aggregate.

2 - Nordsjælland (Denmark)
Stadium: Right to Dream Park (10,300 capacity)
Club Co-efficient: 5.190
European History: The Danes have played 24 games in European competition with their last outing in the 2013-14 Europa League where they lost out to Swedish side Elfsborg. Their gratest achievement was qualifying for the Champions' League group stages in 2012-13 which saw them in a group with Chelsea, Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk.

3 - AIK (Sweden)
Stadium: Friends Arena (50,622 capacity)
European History: The Swedes have been fairly regular competitors in European competition since their first entry in the 1964 International Football Cup (the precursor to the now defunct Intertoto Cup). Most recently reached the Europa League Group Stages in 2012-13 where they faced Dnipro, Napoli and PSV Eindhoven. Two years ago, faced Bala Town in the First Qualifying Round winning 4-0 on aggregate.

4 - 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.

5 - Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Belarus)
Stadium: Stroitel Stadium (4,200 capacity)
Club Co-efficient: 3.750
European History: Have played in Qualifying Rounds since the early 2000's never progressing to the Group Stages of both the Europa League and Champions' League. Have twice faced sides from Northern Ireland, firstly Omagh Town in 2003 and latterly Glenavon in 2015 - on both occassions, defeating them.

Make sure you stay tuned on Wednesday to find out who we will be going up against.


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