Danish clubs handed easy first European hurdles
It seems like only yesterday that the curtain came down on the Superliga, but the Danish clubs are already gearing up for next season. And the first step will be the early qualification rounds in the European club competitions.
Superliga champions FC Midtjylland are in for an easy task in their first Champions League qualification hurdle as they will take on either FC Lincoln (Gibraltar) or Santa Coloma (Andorra) in their second round fixture. The first match will be played on July 14-15, with the second leg a week later.
FC Copenhagen, who will enter the Europa League in the second qualification round, will play either Newtown AFC (Wales) or Valletta FC (Malta).
The first match will be played on July 16, with the return leg on July 23.
Brøndby IF and Randers were also handed good draws in the first qualification round of the Euro League. The Boys from Vestegnen will take on AC Juvenes-Dogana (San Marino), while the Blue Horses will face UE Sant Julia (Andorra).
Both teams play their first legs on July 2, with Brøndby playing at home and Randers starting away. The second legs will then be played the following week.
Should Brøndby and Randers prevail as expected, they will face much sterner competition in the second qualification round.
Brøndby will face either FK Atlantas Klaipeda (Lithuania) or PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), while Randers will be in for an all-Nordic clash against either Elfsborg (Sweden) or FC Lahti (Finland).