Europa League 2018/19

Europa League 2018/19

Cliftonville will make their return to the Europa League this summer and, as ever, cliftonvillefc.net is delighted to present the web’s most detailed guide to our full list of potential First Qualifying Round opponents.

The information below is the most accurate update as per the time of publication and is subject to continual amendment as the various domestic Leagues and Cup competitions across Europe reach their conclusions, which can sometimes have a knock-on effect regarding certain nations’ seeding stature.

Supporters are advised to make regular checks to this section, which will be periodically updated to reflect the latest standings, thus bringing a clearer picture as to the identity of Cliftonville’s European opponents.

What round will Cliftonville enter the competition at?
Cliftonville will enter the 2018/19 Europa League at the First Qualifying phase.

When is the draw?
The draw for both the First Qualifying Round will take place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Wednesday, June 20.

Will Cliftonville be Seeded or Unseeded for the draw?
Cliftonville’s status has not yet been confirmed and, though the final decision is dependant upon the strength of as-yet-undetermined First Qualifying Round entrants, it is anticipated that the Club’s UEFA Coefficient of 2.500 will result in an Unseeded position.

Will the draw be regionalised?
UEFA will divide the teams into geographically-linked pots just before the draw takes place, however the arbitrary nature of the process means no potential opponents can be ruled out until virtually the last minute.

When will the matches be played?
The First and Second Legs of the First Qualifying Round are currently scheduled for July 12 and 19 respectively, however these dates remain subject to change and supporters are warned against making any travel arrangements until advised to do so by the Club.

When and where is the Final?
Wow, you’re optimistic! The 2018/19 Europa League Final will be played on May 29, 2019, at The Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan – to where there are, unfortunately, no direct flights from Belfast.


 

First Qualifying Round

First Leg: Thursday, July 12 Second Leg: Thursday, July 19

Seeded teams

AIK Stockholm (Sweden)
Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus)
Beitar Jerusalem (Israel)
BK Hacken (Sweden)
CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)
Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia)
Dundalk (Ireland)
FK Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Fola Esch (Luxembourg)
Gabala (Azerbaijan)
Hafnarfjardar (Iceland)
Irtysh Pavlodar (Kazakhstan)

Kairat Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Lech Poznan (Poland)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
Molde (Norway)
Nomme Kalju (Estonia)
Osijek (Croatia)
Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
Rangers (Scotland)
Sarpsborg (Norway)
Shakhtor Saligorsk (Belarus)
Slavia Sofia (Bulgaria)
Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)

Tobol (Kazakhstan)
Vardar (Macedonia)
Ventspils (Latvia)
Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania)
TBC (Azerbaijan)*
TBC (Azerbaijan)*
TBC (Belarus)*
TBC (Bulgaria)*
TBC (Cyprus)*
TBC (Denmark)*
TBC (Denmark)*
TBC (Poland)*

TBC (Romania)*
TBC (Scotland)*
TBC (Serbia)*
TBC (Serbia)*
TBC (From Unclassified)
TBC (From Unclassified)
TBC (From Unclassified)
TBC (From Unclassified)
TBC (From Unclassified)
TBC (From Unclassified)
TBC (From Unclassified)

* Azerbaijan: Kesla, Netfci, Sumgayit or Zira; Belarus: Dynamo Brest or Dinamo Minsk; Bulgaria: Cherno More, Levski Sofia or Lokomotiv Plovdiv; Cyprus: AEK Larnaca or Apollo Limassol; Denmark: Aarhus, Copenhagen, Nordjaelland or SonderjyskE; Poland: Gornik, Wisla Krakow or Wisla Plock; Romania: Astra, Universitatea Craiova or Viitorul; Scotland: Aberdeen or Hibernian; Serbia: Mladost, Radnicki or Spartak Subotica.

Unseeded teams

Balzan (Malta)
Banants (Armenia)
Buducnost (Montenegro)
Chikura (Georgia)
Cliftonville
Coleraine
Connah’s Quay Nomads (Wales)
Derry City (Ireland)
Gandzasar (Armenia)
Glenavon
IBV (Iceland)
Ilves (Finland)

KuPS (Finland)
Lahti (Finland)
Liepaja (Latvia)
Luftetari (Albania)
NSI Runavik (Faroe Islands)
Petrocub (Moldova)
Progres Niederkorn (Luxembourg)
Riga (Latvia)
Samtredia (Georgia)
Shamrock Rovers (Ireland)
Siroki Brijeg (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Stjarnan (Iceland)

Stumbras (Lithuania)
Trans Narva (Estonia)
TBC (Albania)*
TBC (Albania)*
TBC (Armenia)*
TBC (Hungary)*
TBC (Luxembourg)*
TBC (Macedonia)*
TBC (Moldova)*
TBC (Montenegro)*
TBC (Preliminary Round)^
TBC (Preliminary Round)^

TBC (Preliminary Round)^
TBC (Preliminary Round)^
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)
TBC (Unclassified)

* Albania: Laci or Partizani Tirana; Armenia: Alashkert or Shirak; Hungary: Debrecen, Ferencvaros, Haladas, Honved, Mezokovesd, Paks, Puskas Akademia, Ujpest or Videoton; Luxembourg: Hostert or Racing; Macedonia: Akademija Pandev, Pelister, Rabotnicki, Shkendija, Sileks, Shkupi. Moldova: Milsami Orhei or Zimbru; Montenegro: Igalo, Mladost or Zeta.

^ Preliminary Round: Bala Town (Wales), B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands), Birkirkara (Malta), Cardiff Met (Wales), Cefn Druids (Wales), Drita (Kosovo), Endogarny (Andorra), Europa (Gibraltar), Folgore (San Marino), Gibraltar United (Gibraltar), Gzira United (Malta), KI Klaksvik (Faroe Islands), La Fiorita (San Marino), Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar), Mons Calpe (Gibraltar), Prishtina (Kosovo), Sant Julia (Andorra), St Joseph’s (Gibraltar), Trakai (Lithuania), Tre Fiori (San Marino), Vellaznimi (Kosovo)

Unclassified teams (Seedings TBC)

DAC (Slovakia)
Levadia Tallinn (Estonia)
Milsami Orhei (Moldova)
Vaduz (Liechtenstein)

Zeljeznicar (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Zilina (Slovakia)
TBC (Hungary)*
TBC (Hungary)*

TBC (Macedonia)*
TBC (Montenegro)*
TBC (Slovenia)*
TBC (Slovenia)*

TBC (Slovenia)*
TBC (Preliminary Round)
TBC (Preliminary Round)
TBC (Preliminary Round)

* Hungary: Debrecen, Ferencvaros, Haladas, Honved, Mezokovesd, Paks, Puskas Akademia, Ujpest or Videoton; Macedonia: Akademija Pandev, Pelister, Rabotnicki, Shkendija, Sileks, Shkupi. Montenegro: Igalo, Mladost or Zeta. Slovenia: Aluminij, Domzale or Olimpija.

^ Preliminary Round: Bala Town (Wales), B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands), Birkirkara (Malta), Cardiff Met (Wales), Cefn Druids (Wales), Drita (Kosovo), Endogarny (Andorra), Europa (Gibraltar), Folgore (San Marino), Gibraltar United (Gibraltar), Gzira United (Malta), KI Klaksvik (Faroe Islands), La Fiorita (San Marino), Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar), Mons Calpe (Gibraltar), Prishtina (Kosovo), Sant Julia (Andorra), St Joseph’s (Gibraltar), Trakai (Lithuania), Tre Fiori (San Marino), Vellaznimi (Kosovo)