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three draws, a multitude of options for the F91 and the RFCU

The F91 and the RFCU will know this Monday their potential opponent in the 3rd round of the Champions League or the Europa League for the first and the Conference League for the second.

It is not one, but two draws that the Dudelangeois will follow this Monday. Depending on whether they win their double confrontation with FC Pyunik or lose it, Carlos Fangueiro’s men will play either the 3e round of the Champions League, with a first leg on August 2 or 3 and a return leg on August 9 or 10, i.e. that of the Europa League, on August 4 and 11.

In the first case, the F91 already knows its five potential opponents, for some particularly strong given its non-seeded status in group 2 of this draw. Like the Red Star of Belgrade, victorious in the competition in 1991, present twice in the group stage in recent history (2018/2019 and 2019/2020) and who will enter the competition during this 3e round of C1.

The other options? The winner of the duel between the Finns of HJK ​​Helsinki and the Czechs of Viktoria Plzen, three participations in the group stage in the last ten years, or that of the confrontation between Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania) and the Swedes of Malmö, the training club of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, present, him, three times in the last eight seasons, including the last.

The F91 seeded in C3?

It is much more vague in the Europa League, where the ten losers of the matches of 2 will be donated.e round counting for the Way of Champions, the table which only brings together the national champions, including the F91, and where a full draw will be made.

These ten meetings? Ferencvaros (Hungary) – Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) – Shkupi (Macedonia), Qarabag (Azerbaijan) – FC Zurich (Switzerland), HJK Helsinki – Victoria Plzen, Linfield (Northern Ireland) – Bodo/Glimt ( Norway), Zalgiris – Malmö, Ludogorets (Bulgaria) – Shamrock Rovers (Ireland), Maribor (Slovenia) – Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Maccabi Haifa (Israel) – Olympiakos (Greece) and Pyunik – F91, so.

Depending on the draw, the dudelangeois staff could always meet with Fola, released last year in the Conference League by Linfield, Sébastien Thill, who leaves 18 months in Tiraspol, Enes Mahmutovic, first pursuer of Ludogorets in Efbet League with the CSKA Sofia, Christopher Martins, opponent and main competitor of FC Zurich with the Young Boys of Bern until last January, Lars Gerson, a great connoisseur of Norwegian football now dominated by Bodo / Glimt, or Vahid Selimovic, who faced the Olympiakos four times with OFI Crete in the past two seasons.

But facing one of these teams would be synonymous with bad luck for the F91: apart from Zurich (7,000, against 25,000 for Qarabag), all of them, in view of their UEFA coefficient much higher than that of their opponent, leave favorites of their 2e round of the Champions League, where those of Dudelange (8,500) and Pyunik (4,750) draw a more balanced and undecided confrontation.

In other words, if all the bigwigs hold their rank, only two of the nine teams present in the draw will have a better UEFA coefficient than Dudelange at 3e Europa League round: the loser of Sheriff (22,500) – Maribor (14,000), and that of Ferencvaros (15,500) – Bratislava (13,000).

Racing enters the scene

If he were to be eliminated by Pyunik, but the mathematical logic was respected everywhere else, the F91 would thus have a 77% chance of inheriting an opponent with an equal UEFA coefficient (HJK Helsinki) or less than his. Response from noon in Nyon, at the UEFA headquarters, the scene of draws that do not only interest the Dudelangeois.

Automatically qualified for 2e round of the Conference League in its capacity as winner of the Luxembourg Cup, the RFCU, which makes its C4 entry this Thursday (8 p.m.) against Cukaricki, 3e of the last Serbian championship, will also know his potential opponent at 3e turn today.

Not seeded either, the capital club will face in case of qualification Twente, 4e Eredivisie last season, or the winner of one of the following duels: Molde (Norway) – Elfsborg (Sweden), Rapid Vienna (Austria) – Lechia Gdansk (Poland), Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) – Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) and Levski Sofia (Bulgaria) – PAOK (Greece).

In the event of a defeat against the Serbs (return match on Thursday 28 at 8 p.m.), it will however already be over for the European adventure of the Racingmen, already eliminated from the outset last year, at 1er turn this time, by the Icelanders of Breidablik (2-3, 3-0), for the debut on the bench of Jeff Saibene. Can his successor Farudin Kuduzovic change the situation?



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