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2020/21 UEFA Champions League Qualifiers

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Seedings
The 34 teams were divided equally between seeded and unseeded clubs in accordance with the club coefficient rankings.

Group 1

Seeded
Celtic (SCO)
Legia Warszawa (POL)
Ferencváros (HUN)

Unseeded
Djurgårdens (SWE)
Winner of preliminary round: Drita (KOS)/Linfield (NIR)
KR Reykjavík (ISL)

Group 2

Seeded
Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Sheriff (MDA)
Sarajevo (BIH)

Unseeded
Fola Esch (LUX)
Connah's Quay (WAL)
Europa (GIB)

Group 3

Seeded
Ludogorets (BUL)
CFR Cluj (ROU)
Omonia (CYP)

Unseeded
Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)
Ararat-Armenia (ARM)
Floriana (MLT)

Group 4

Seeded
Astana (KAZ)
Qarabağ (AZE)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)

Unseeded
Dynamo Brest (BLR)
Riga (LVA)
Tirana (ALB)
Sileks (MKD)

Group 5

Seeded
Molde (NOR)
Dundalk (IRL)
Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Sūduva (LTU)

Unseeded
Flora Tallinn (EST)
KÍ (FRO)
Celje (SVN)
KuPS (FIN)

How the draw will work
The UEFA administration formed groups for the draw to avoid clubs without an approved stadium being drawn against each other, in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee.

For each group, two pots are prepared; one for the seeded teams and the other for the unseeded teams.

For each group, the balls containing the names of the seeded teams will be placed in one bowl and the balls containing the names of the unseeded teams will be put into another bowl. One ball will be taken from each bowl and placed in a large empty bowl in the middle, where they will be shuffled.

The club drawn first plays the single leg of the tie at home if no fixture reversals apply.

The same procedure is carried out with the remaining balls to complete all the pairings of the first group and then repeated to determine the pairings for the remaining groups.

What happens next?
Ties take place on 18 or 19 August, with extra time and a penalty shoot-out if required. Winners advance to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round; all losing sides progress to the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Draw for the First Qualifying round takes place at 11am GMT today.

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Celtic to play Reykjavik

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First qualifying round ties: 18/19 August
Ferencváros (HUN) vs Djurgården (SWE)
Celtic (SCO) vs KR Reykjavík (ISL)
Legia Warszawa (POL) vs Drita (KOS)/Linfield (NIR)
Sheriff (MDA) vs Fola Esch (LUX)
Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL) vs Sarajevo (BIH)
Crvena zvezda (SRB) vs Europa (GIB)
Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) vs Ludogorets (BUL)
Ararat-Armenia (ARM) vs Omonia (CYP)
Floriana (MLT) vs CFR Cluj (ROU)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) vs Riga (LVA)
Qarabağ (AZE) vs Sileks (MKD)
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) vs Tirana (ALB)
Dynamo Brest (BLR) vs Astana (KAZ)
Molde (NOR) vs KuPS (FIN)
Flora Tallinn (EST) vs Sūduva (LTU)
Celje (SVN) vs Dundalk (IRL)
KÍ (FRO) vs Slovan Bratislava (SVK)

Dundalk get probably the toughest tie they could have got, drawn away to Slovenian champions Celje. 

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Champions Path
Group 1

Seeded
Celtic (SCO)/KR Reykjavík (ISL)
GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Young Boys (SUI)

Unseeded
Floriana (MLT)/CFR Cluj (ROU)
Ferencváros (HUN)/Djurgården (SWE)
KÍ (FRO)/Slovan Bratislava (SVK)

Group 2

Seeded
Legia Warszawa (POL)/Drita (KOS)/Linfield (NIR)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)/Riga (LVA)
Molde (NOR)/KuPS (FIN)

Unseeded
Celje (SVN)/Dundalk (IRL)
Flora Tallinn (EST)/Sūduva (LTU)
Ararat-Armenia (ARM)/Omonia (CYP)

Group 3

Seeded
Dynamo Brest (BLR)/Astana (KAZ)
Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)/Ludogorets (BUL)
Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Europa (GIB)
Qarabağ (AZE)/Sileks (MKD)

Unseeded
Midtjylland (DEN)
Sheriff (MDA)/Fola Esch (LUX)
Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL)/Sarajevo (BIH)
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)/Tirana (ALB)

League Path
Seeded
Beşiktaş (TUR)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
Rapid Wien (AUT)

Unseeded
PAOK (GRE)
AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)

Second round draw later this morning. Celtic fans' eyes probably lit up when seeing Cluj as a possible opponent in the draw...

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Champions Path
Floriana (MLT)/CFR Cluj (ROU) vs GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Young Boys (SUI) vs KÍ (FRO)/Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Celtic (SCO)/KR Reykjavík (ISL) vs Ferencváros (HUN)/Djurgården (SWE)
Flora Tallinn (EST)/Sūduva (LTU) vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)/Riga (LVA)
Legia Warszawa (POL)/Drita (KOS)/Linfield (NIR) vs Ararat-Armenia (ARM)/Omonia (CYP)
Celje (SVN)/Dundalk (IRL) vs Molde (NOR)/KuPS (FIN)
Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)/Ludogorets (BUL) vs Midtjylland (DEN)
Dynamo Brest (BLR)/Astana (KAZ) vs Connah's Quay Nomads (WAL)/Sarajevo (BIH)
Qarabağ (AZE)/Sileks (MKD) vs Sheriff (MDA)/Fola Esch (LUX)
Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)/Tirana (ALB) vs Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Europa (GIB)

League Path
AZ Alkmaar (NED) vs Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
PAOK (GRE) vs Beşiktaş (TUR)
Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) vs Rapid Wien (AUT)

Another home draw for Celtic, and potentially for Dundalk too.

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Linfield may be the first, and probably not last, team to get a bye because of the pandemic. Can only imagine what might be different if it happened to a team like Milan or Tottenham.

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Irish champions Dundalk lost to Slovenian champions Celje last night in Hungary, and have 'parted company' with their manager this morning. Quite a brutal world.

The draw is almost set for next week, with the only tie remaining being played tonight.

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Champions Path

CFR Cluj (ROU) vs GNK Dinamo (CRO)
Young Boys (SUI) vs KÍ (FRO)/Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
Celtic (SCO) vs Ferencváros (HUN)
Sūduva (LTU) vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Legia Warszawa (POL) vs Omonia (CYP)
Celje (SVN) vs Molde (NOR)
Ludogorets (BUL) vs Midtjylland (DEN)
Dynamo Brest (BLR) vs Sarajevo (BIH)
Qarabağ (AZE) vs Sheriff (MDA)
Tirana (ALB) vs Crvena zvezda (SRB)

League Path

AZ Alkmaar (NED) vs Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
PAOK (GRE) vs Beşiktaş (TUR)
Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) vs Rapid Wien (AUT)

 

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Slovan Bratislava to become the next team thrown out the Champions League because of positive Covid tests.

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Mad how they've still got the team they're playing warming up and seemingly not told them that Bratislava won't be turning up xD

 

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Besiktas losing against PAOK. Thought they'd be certs to qualify.

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Celtic losing to Ferencvaros early on...

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

Celtic losing to Ferencvaros early on...

DId you see that AZ scored 3 goals after 90 minutes to come back from 1-0 and beat Plzen? xD

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9 minutes ago, Stan said:

Celtic losing to Ferencvaros early on...

And no Eduoard in the team.

Has Ajeti and Klimala, their other strikers on the bench, and have Ryan Christie playing as a striker... Thoroughly odd team selection here.

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14 minutes ago, Eco said:

DId you see that AZ scored 3 goals after 90 minutes to come back from 1-0 and beat Plzen? xD

It went to extra time mate xD

AZ scored in 5th minute of stoppage time to take it to ET.

12 minutes ago, ScoRoss said:

And no Eduoard in the team.

Has Ajeti and Klimala, their other strikers on the bench, and have Ryan Christie playing as a striker... Thoroughly odd team selection here.

Edouard leaving :ph34r:

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Just now, Stan said:

It went to extra time mate xD

AZ scored in 5th minute of stoppage time to take it to ET.

Ah, soccerway didn't say as much, just that they scored all the goals in ET. haha, I suppose that makes more sense. 

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

It went to extra time mate xD

AZ scored in 5th minute of stoppage time to take it to ET.

Edouard leaving :ph34r:

He's injured. But doesn't mean he's not leaving... Especially if it finishes this way.

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26 minutes ago, ScoRoss said:

He's injured. But doesn't mean he's not leaving... Especially if it finishes this way.

If Celtic lose do they drop in to Europa League or is that it for them in Europe this season?

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Ryan Christie scores an equaliser.

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15 minutes ago, Stan said:

If Celtic lose do they drop in to Europa League or is that it for them in Europe this season?

Think every team in Champions League qualifying just drops into the Europa League qualifiers if they get knocked out.

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Celtic behind again... An embarrassing performance by them tonight.

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And Celtic are out of the CL already. 

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Celtic out the Champions League.

Every club interested in Eduoard will have their ears pricked up now...

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I'm guessing it does also count, but as another 'shock', Legia Warsaw have been knocked out to Cypriots Omonia and Ludogorets lose to Midtjylland.

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Two years in a row that Celtic have fallen apart at home in the Champions League.

£8 million worth of strikers on the bench, and Lennon doesn't make a sub until the 78th minute.

Scott Brown is clearly done at this level and offered them nothing in attack and was too slow to deal with their counter attacks. And still... Is on for the entire match.

As for their new £5 million goalkeeper, their second goal isn't a great look for him.

11 minutes ago, Stan said:

I'm guessing it does also count, but as another 'shock', Legia Warsaw have been knocked out to Cypriots Omonia and Ludogorets lose to Midtjylland.

Poland are 29th in the UEFA coefficient, Cyprus are 16th. Polish clubs have a horrific record in European competitions.

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9 minutes ago, ScoRoss said:

Two years in a row that Celtic have fallen apart at home in the Champions League.

£8 million worth of strikers on the bench, and Lennon doesn't make a sub until the 78th minute.

Scott Brown is clearly done at this level and offered them nothing in attack and was too slow to deal with their counter attacks. And still... Is on for the entire match.

As for their new £5 million goalkeeper, their second goal isn't a great look for him.

Poland are 29th in the UEFA coefficient, Cyprus are 16th. Polish clubs have a horrific record in European competitions.

Wow, didn't know there was that big a gulf!

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

Wow, didn't know there was that big a gulf!

The Cypriot league seems to have a lot of shady ways of 'paying' players. Ridiculously low attendances, but always seems to be lots of Spanish and South Americans kicking about, with very high turnover in players.

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Celtic. Hahaaaaaaaaaa.

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Lennon's angry post-match comments are quite telling. 

'if you don't want to be here leave'. 

A reporter asks if that is to do with knowing players don't want to be at the club, Lennon says 'in some cases yes'... 

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27 minutes ago, Stan said:

Lennon's angry post-match comments are quite telling. 

'if you don't want to be here leave'. 

A reporter asks if that is to do with knowing players don't want to be at the club, Lennon says 'in some cases yes'... 

He's looking for players that are hungary.

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