06 August 2022

Pairs connected for play-off

We are currently in the middle of the third qualifying phase of the three European international club tournaments, however before the kick off (this Tuesday) the confederation has conducted the draw for the final one. One interesting detail was done during the ceremonies: for the first time two pairs are written twice which are going to be played with each other in two (different) competitions, however the opponents would not and cannot be the same.

Only the winners from the penultimate phase will progress through to the last elimination duels. The current 2021-22 champions from Denmark and Turkiye are the two new participants in the Champions league tournament, and those clubs have formed the only known pair of the play-off stage as well. Schedule for leg one games are 16 and 17 August, while everything will be decided seven nights later.

Qarabag or Ferencvaros - Sheriff or Viktoria.
Bodo/Glimt or Zalgiris - Ludogorets or Dinamo Zagreb (this is the same pair from Europa league, but there the losers from both duels are going to battle each other).
Maccabi Haifa or Apollon (Limassol) - Crvena zvezda or Pyunik.
Kobenhavn - Trabzonspor.
Dynamo Kyiv or Sturm - Benfica or Midtjylland.
Union Saint-Gilloise or Glasgow rangers - Monaco or PSV.

Europa league awaits the losers from the predecessor competition. From the ten upcoming matches: one duel is instantly familiar, whilst the other nine have to wait until its completion. Dates for this event are only two: 18 and 25 August.

Dnipro-1 - AEK (Larnaca) or Partizan.
Gent - Omonia.
Austria Wien - Fenerbahce or Slovacko.
Linfield or Zurich - Hearts.
Maribor or HJK - Silkeborg.
Malmo or Diddeleng - Sivasspor.
Qarabag or Ferencvaros - Samrock Rovers or Skupi.
Maccabi Haifa or Apollon (Limassol) - Olympiacos or Slovan.
Crvena zvezda or Pyunik - Sheriff or Viktoria.
Ludogorets or Dinamo Zagreb - Bodo/Glimt or Zalgiris (this pair is exactly identical from Champions league where the winners of both matches will battle each other, but in reverse order).

First and second leg for the Conference league is exactly the same like the predecessor. Losing teams from there are going to play at this event. As it stands from now, there is not known a single duel upfront, so each club will learn its rival next week.

Maribor or HJK - Shakhtyor or Cluj.
Rigas futbola skola or Hibernians - Linfield or Zurich.
Víkingur (Reykjavík) or Lech - Malmo or Diddeleng.
Samrock rovers or Skupi - Ballkani or KI.
Zrinjski or Tobol - Olympiacos or Slovan.
CSKA Sofia or Saint Patrick's athletic - Brondby or FC Basel.
Vaduz or Konyaspor - Neftci or Rapid Wien. 
Spartak Trnava or Rakow - Slavia Praha or Panathinaikos.
APOEL or Kyzylzhar - Sepsi or Djurgardens.
Maccabi Tel Aviv or Aris (Thessaloniki) - Nice.
Zorya or Universitatea - Lugano or Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Breidablik or Basaksehir - Lillestrom or Antwerp.
Dunajska Streda or FcsB - Viking or Sligo rovers.
AEK (Larnaca) or Partizan - Levski or Hamrun.
Fiorentina - Twente or Cukaricki.
Villarreal - Hajduk or Vitoria.
Koln - Fehervar or Petrocub.
West ham - Viborg or B36.
KuPS or Young boys Bern - Paide or Anderlecht.
Fenerbahce or Slovacko - AIK or Skendija.
Molde or Kisvarda - Wolfsberger or Gzira.
Dundee or AZ - Riga or Gil vicente.


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