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2013-14 Champions League & Europa League draws
   June 24, 2013 (5:09 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

UEFA held its draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of Champions League and Europa League for next season on Monday.  Here is a quick look at who some Americans will be facing in the early rounds (first and second qualifying rounds).  For a look at the full draws, check that out here and here.

Champions League

Danijal Brkovic – Željezničar
The Bosnian-American forward will enter Champions League in the second qualifying round (played over two legs on July 16-17 & July 23-24)  after winning last season’s Bosnian Premier League.  Brkovic played in 10 games last season, scoring once, and his team will face Czech Liga champions FC Viktoria Plzeň.  Željezničar are making their sixth appearance all-time in Champions League, but have moved past the second round only once (made it to the third qualifying round in 2002-03).

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Goalkeeper Petr Cech was born in Plzeň and grew up in the FC Viktoria Plzeň youth system before signing with FK Chmel Blšany in 1999.

Josh Gatt – Molde FK
Josh Gatt and Molde have been struggling this season, but maybe they can spark something with an appearance in Champions League.  It will be interesting to see if Gatt will stay in Norway to play with Molde or will miss some Champions League games due to the Gold Cup in the US.  Molde drew League of Ireland Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers in the second qualifying round.  This will be Molde’s third all-time appearance in Champions League, losing in the third qualifying round last season and making it to the group stage in 1999-00.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  Sligo Rivers are a co-operative venture, owned by the people of Sligo.

Europa League

Mikkel Diskerud – Rosenborg
Much like Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud is another player who could either still be in Europe playing in these games or he will be missing them due to the Gold Cup.  Rosenborg enter this year’s Europa League in the first qualifying round (played over two legs on July 4 & July 11) after finishing third in last year’s Tippeligaen.  2013-14 marks Rosenborg’s 14th appearance in Europa League, playing at least one game in the tournament in seven of the previous eight seasons.  They will square of with IFA Premiership (Northern Ireland) runners-up Crusaders FC.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  Crusaders lost to Rosenborg, 4-0 on aggregate, in the first qualifying round of Europa League in 2012-13.

Bryan Gerzicich – Hapoel Tel Aviv
After making the move from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv this summer, Bryan finds himself in the second qualifying round of Europa League (played over two legs on July 18 & July 25).  Hapoel Tel Aviv finished third in the Israeli Premier League and they will be facing the Bulgarian side PFC Beroe Stara Zagora.  This will be Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 13th all-time appearance in Europa League after making it to the group stage in 2012-13.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  PFC Beroe Stara Zagora won the now defunct Balkans Cup (an international competition for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1994) a record four times (1967-68, 1969, 1981-83 & 1983-84).

Tony Taylor – AC Omonia
It looks like Tony Taylor is making a move to the Cyprus side pending a physical (more on this later).  AC Omonia enter the competition in the second qualifying round after finishing third in last year’s Cypriot First Division.  They will play the winner of Domžale (Slovenia) and Astra Giurgiu (Romania) from the first roundAC Omonia is one of the four biggest clubs in Cyprus, but has yet to ever qualify for a European group stage (Champions League or Europa League).

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Domžale):  Domžale was formed in 1921 and is one of the oldest Slovenian clubs.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Astra Giurgiu):  Astra Giurgiu was known as Astra Ploiești until 2012 when it was moved from Ploieşti to Giurgiu by owner Ioan Niculae.

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Matt Benson

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9 Responses to “2013-14 Champions League & Europa League draws”

  1. William says:

    So I guess Everton got hosed because the EPL is sending Wigan and Swansea?? Awesome! They should do well! /sarcasm

  2. Jon says:

    Complaint: The Wikipedia fun fact on Domzale wasn’t fun.

  3. Matt says:

    1) Their wikipedia page sort of sucked and didn’t really have anything good.
    2) I was also semi-rushing to get this done before I had to leave to do some stuff.

  4. Jon says:

    Complaint: My complaint about the Domzale fun fact not being fun was dismissed too easily.

  5. daniil says:

    Ugh, brutal draw for zeljeznicar T-T
    And a cushy, marshmellowy draw for molde ^.^
    Although the way molde are playing it seems quite unlikely they’ll get to the group stage.

  6. Trent Hill says:

    “Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Sligo Rivers are a co-operative venture, owned by the people of Sligo.”

    This is sort of common in the League of Ireland. Sligo are a decent side, actually, could be an upset in the making.

  7. daniil says:

    Looked up who sligo have and was suprised to see Pascal Millien, a haitian who I’ve seen play live for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
    They’ve never won a european tie, sligo, out of 7 chances. Some of there recent losses seem pretty close. The only one I remember following was a 2008 tie between them and Vorskla, a strong ukrainian team who shelled themselves up and won 2-0.
    I don’t think sligo will win. Molde are avery open team who are good at scoring lots of goals against weaker opposition.

  8. Trent Hill says:

    Daniil, I’d side with you here. But I think Sligo COULD get something out of it. They’re playing better ball than they probably ever have.

    Pascal Millien went to Sligo Rovers after Ryan Godda Thompson, another Tampa player, told him about the opportunities he had (he was a keeper with Shamrock Rovers).

  9. daniil says:

    Have to admit I don’t keep up with ireland, gotta have a soft spot for them. I hope they do themselves proud (but don’t win, go gatt!)

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