TNS and the Champions League.



Friday, 19 Jun 2015, 12:13

The draw for the first and second round of the Champions League qualifiers will be held on Monday the 22nd of June, with The New Saints entering the draw as the top seeded side for the first round.

The first round qualifiers will be held over two legs, the first on the 30th of June or the 1st of July, with the second leg on the 7th or 8th of July.

8 teams will go into the pot for Monday’s first round draw, with four seeded and four unseeded. The teams who go into the draw are as follows:

Seeded teams
The New Saints
Levadia Tallinn
Pyunik Yerevan
FC Santa Coloma

Unseeded teams
Crusaders Belfast
B36 Torshavn
Lincoln Red Imps

If The Saints successfully proceed into the second round, they will join another 33 teams which include Celtic, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb and Molde FC of Norway.

Possible Clubs TNS could meet in the 1st round:

Crusaders F.C. (Northern Ireland)

The Crusaders of Belfast, Northern Ireland compete in the Danske Bank Premiership and are current league champions – ending the 2014/15 season with 82 points from 38 games.

The ‘Hatchmen’ play at the 3,383 capacity Seaview ground and have won the Northern Ireland Premier league a total of 5 times.

Regularly in Europe, Crusaders have competed against the likes of Fulham, Rosenborg and Ekranas in recent years – although losing all the ties. The Last time the Belfast side met a Welsh team in Europe – Newport beat the Crusaders 4 – 0 over 2 legs in 1980/81 Cup Winners Cup competition.

The Current Crusaders side boast forward Jordan Owens, who scored 26 goals for the Crue last season and has 1 international cap for Northern Ireland, coming in a 2 – 0 defeat against Wales in the 2011 Nations Cup.

B36 Tórshavn (Faroe Islands)

Based in Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands, the B36 are last years Effodeildin (Faroe Premier League) champions. They’ve Won the league title 10 times and play at the 5,000 capacity Gundadalur ground.

The B36’s last 2 European encounters have been against Linfield of Northern Ireland – in the Europa League first round qualifiers last season and again in the Champions League first round qualifiers in 2012/13 – losing to the Northern Ireland side on both occasions.

The team have several Faroese internationals including defender Odmar Færø and midfielder Róaldur Jakobsen. The B36 also boast the Effodeildin all time top scorer and one time Liverpool trialist, Jákup á Borg. Borg became the leagues all time top scorer in April with 148 goals – Borg also has 61 caps and 2 international goals.

Of interest to TNS supporters – Adrian Ciéslewiz brother, Lukasz plays as a forward for the club.

Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar)
Lincoln Red Imps are the most successful side of the GFA Premier League. Winning 21 league titles – 12 of those in a row between 2003-2014.

They Play at the 5,000 capacity Victoria Stadium – where the Gibraltar national side also use for International friendly matches.

The Gibraltar international Forward Kyle Casciaro plays for the side – who scored the winner in Gibraltar’s 1-0 victory over Malta in June 2014.

S.S. Folgore (San Marino)

Founded in 1972, Folgore have won 4 league championships.

Folgore have twice appeared in European competitions, firstly back in 2000 in a UEFA cup first round qualifier against Basel losing 12–1 over 2 legs and secondly against Budućnost Podgorica in last season’s Europa league first round qualifier – losing 5 – 1 on aggregate.

The current team include Sammarinese Internationals Cristian Brolli (9 caps), Luca Tosi (7 caps) and forward, Adolfo Hirsch (8 caps).