The Europa League second qualifying round draw was held last week, despite only knowing 27 of the 91 participants. The second qualifying round is the first round that will feature losing clubs from the preliminary and first qualifying round of Champions League – the “Champions Path” – with 47 winners from Europa League’s first qualifying round joining the 27 clubs that qualified directly for this round.
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We won’t know all the clubs participating in the round until 18 July – for matches that kick off on 25 July – so this post will be updated as winners/losers are determined in the various matches all over Europe through the first few weeks of July.
Like we did with the first qualifying round, we’ll break the second qualifying round into three parts. The club listed first plays host to the first leg. This is also the first round where the “famous” clubs starts showing up – even in Europa League – so there will definitely be some noteworthy clubs on the list.
Again, you can check here to see how all the new clubs qualified for Europa League. And away we go…
BYE: Loser of Sarajevo/Celtic (Champions League first qualifying round)
There is one fewer loser coming over from the first qualifying round of Champions League because Chelsea’s Champions League victory vacated a group stage berth since they had already qualified based on league position (3rd in the English Premier League).
Tre Penne was the first club to join Europa League from Champions League qualifying when it lost 1-0 to FC Santa Coloma in the preliminary round. It comes to Europa League hoping to extend its European stay, and will get two matches in its attempt to do so. During its last visit to Europa League (2017-18), it lost to FK Rabotnički 7-0 on aggregate – including 6-0 at home.
Sūduva held Red Star Belgrade to a scoreless draw in leg one of the Champions League first qualifying league, but couldn’t take advantage in leg two, losing 2-1 in a match that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. They also lost to Red Star Belgrade in Champions League last season, and reached the playoff round in last season’s Europa League competition.
Match 2: Loser of BATE Borisov/Piast Gliwice v Loser of Dundalk/Riga FC
Match 3: Loser of Partizani/Qarabağ v Sheriff Tiraspol
Sheriff Tiraspol got off to a slow start in their Champions League first qualifying round matchup against Saburtalo Tbilisi, losing 3-0 to the European rookies. They made up for it in leg two, erasing the deficit with three goals in 11 minutes, but they would ultimately lose 4-3 on aggregate. Last season, they made it to the playoff round of Europa League, losing to Qarabag.
Match 4: Loser of Ararat-Armenia/AIK v Lincoln Red Imps
For the second consecutive season, the Lincoln Red Imps lost to the Kosovo champion in the preliminary round, falling 1-0 to Feronikeli (from Pristina, Kosovo no less). Playing in this round last season, the Lincoln Red Imps lost to The New Saints, and will be looking for their first victory in a Europa League match.
Match 5: Loser of Valur/Maribor v Loser of Ferencváros/Ludogorets Razgrad
Match 6: Loser of Slovan Bratislava/Sutjeska Nikšić v Feronikeli
It was the debut season for Feronkeli in UEFA competition, and they advanced to the first qualifying round by winning the preliminary round playoff. They were in good position to advance on away goals in that round too, until The New Saints scored a late goal to advance 3-2 on aggregate. This is their first visit to Europa League as well.
Match 7: FC Santa Coloma v Loser of Astana/CFR Cluj
FC Santa Coloma could not take advantage of a man advantage in the Champions League preliminary round final, falling to Feronikeli 2-1. It was the second consecutive season they lost to a Kosovan team during the preliminary round. If they win in this matchup, they would advance past the second qualifying round in Europe for the first time ever.
Match 8: HB Tórshavn v Loser of Linfield/Rosenborg
HB hasn’t had much luck in Europe recently, having failed to win a match since the first qualifying round of the 2014-15 Champions League. They’ve been outscored by 16 goals in nine UEFA matches since that victory, and we not helped by their performance in the last round, a 5-2 loss (on aggregate) to HJK.
Match 9: Shkëndija v F91 Dudelange
After scoring on a penalty kick in the 61st minute in their Champions League first qualifying round match against Nomme Kalju, Shkëndija seemed poised to advance in that tournament. Instead, after surrendering a goal in added time that allowed Kalju to advance on away goals, Shkëndija finds themselves in Europa League a little earlier than last season (they came over last season after three rounds in the “senior” tournament).
F91 Dudelange reached the group stage of Europa League last season, so maybe they just wanted to go on a repeat trip this season? They are mirroring their start to last season’s trip, losing in the first round of Champions League and coming over to Europa League. And it’s not like they “lost” a match last round, with Valletta advancing on away goals after they drew in both matches.
Match 1: Winner of St Patrick’s Athletic/IFK Norrköping v Winner of Liepāja/Dinamo Minsk
Match 2: Winner of Laçi/Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Winner of Široki Brijeg/Kairat
Match 3: Arsenal Tula v Winner of Speranța Nisporeni/Neftçi Baku
Arsenal Tula is making its European debut in this match after finishing 6th in the Russian Premier League last season.
Match 4: Espanyol v Winner of Stjarnan/FCI Levadia
Espanyol last played in Europe in the 2006-07 iteration of the UEFA Cup, the precursor to Europa League. It finished as the runners-up to fellow Spanish club Sevilla. They qualified for that tournament after winning the Copa del Rey the previous season, but have not found much success in La Liga until last season, finishing in 7th place.
Match 5: Winner of DAC Dunajská Streda/Cracovia v Atromitos
Greek club Atromitos is back in the Europa League second qualifying round for the second straight season. Last season, they lost to Dynamo Brest. Prior to that, it qualified for four consecutive Europa League tournaments from 2012-13 to 2015-16, with its best performance coming in the final season of the stretch, when it won a round before losing to Fenerbahçe in the playoff round.
Match 6: Winner of Cliftonville/Haugesund v Sturm Graz
Sturm Graz will be playing in its third straight Europa League, though it did start out in Champions League last season. There, the Austrian club lost to Ajax, followed up by a loss to AEK Larnaca in the third qualifying round of Europa League. It has reached the group stage in Europa League as recently as 2011-12, however.
This concludes part one of our second qualifying round preview. As stated previously, we’ll be updating the various matchups as the clubs are determined over the course of the next month. Click here to continue on to the next part.
Until next time…
Last Update: 16 July 2019 at 6:00pm EST.