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. (Click here for Part 1) 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…
Match 7: Winner of AEK Larnaca/Petrocub Hîncești v Winner of Ružomberok/Levski Sofia
Match 8: Winner of Europa/Legia Warsaw v Winner of KuPS/Vitebsk
Match 9: FC Utrecht v Winner of Akademija Pandev/Zrinjski Mostar
FC Utrecht is an irregular participant in Europe, with its most recent visit coming in 2017-18. Prior to that, it played one round in 2013-14 and reached the group stage in 2010-11. During the 2017-18 competition, it made it through to the playoff round, losing to Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Match 10: Winner of Pyunik/Shkupi v Jablonec
Jablonec is making its second consecutive appearance in Europa League, though it will be starting the tournament much earlier this year. Last season, the club made its debut in a European group stage, which it qualified for directly as the third place finisher in the Czech First League. It finished fourth in its group behind Dynamo Kyiv, Rennes, and Astana with a 1-2-3 record.
Match 11: Lechia Gdańsk v Winner of Brøndby/Inter Turku
Lechia Gdańsk begins its march towards playing the Europa League final in its home stadium in this round. This will be the club’s debut in Europa League, and it’s only other appearance in European competition was an appearance in the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983-84.
Match 12: Winner of Zeta/Fehérvár v Winner of Breiðablik/Vaduz
Match 13: Gabala v Winner of Dinamo Tbilisi/Engordany
Gabala has qualified six straight Europa League tournaments, with its best result coming in 2016-17. That season, the club qualified for the group stage, and though it finished last, it was the second consecutive year that it had qualified for the group stage. Last season, however, the club lost to Progrès Niederkorn in the first qualifying round.
Match 14: Yeni Malatyaspor v Winner of Olimpija Ljubljana/RFS
This is the European debut in all competitions for Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor as they just reached the Süper Lig for the first time during the 2017-18 season.
Match 15: Winner of Flora/Radnički Niš v Eintracht Frankfurt
German club Eintracht Frankfurt reached the semifinal of Europa League last season, losing to eventual champion Chelsea on penalty kicks. This year’s competition will also mark the 40th anniversary of Eintracht Frankfurt’s UEFA Cup championship from 1979-80.
Match 16: Winner of Balzan/Domžale v Winner of Malmö FF/Ballymena United
Match 17: Winner of Molde/KR v Winner of Čukarički
Čukarički found little difficulty with Banants in the first qualifying round, dominating over two legs to win 8-0 on aggregate. A win for the Serbians in this one would mean their first trip to the third qualifying round of Europa League ever.
Match 18: Winner of Aberdeen/RoPS v Winner of Fola Esch/Chikhura/Sachkhere
Match 19: Antwerp v Viitorul Constanța
One of three matches this round featuring clubs that won’t have had to play prior to the matchup. Royal Antwerp is the oldest club in Belgium but has only played in the Belgian First Division since 2017 (in their most recent return to the top division). They last played in Europe in the 1994-95 UEFA Cup (now Europa League), losing two matches to Newcastle United. Viitorul Constanța will be playing in Europe for the fourth consecutive season, with last season being the first time that they won a round in any competition.
Match 20: Winner of Narva Trans/Budućnost Podgorica v Zorya Luhansk
Zorya Luhansk is playing in Europa League for the sixth straight season, and has back-to-back appearances in the group stage in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Last season, they came up just short, losing in the playoff round to Leipzig.
Match 21: Winner of CSKA Sofia/Titograd v Osijek
Osijek is in their third straight Europa League competition, with their farthest advance coming in the first year of the run, a playoff round loss to Rapid Wien. Last season, they lost in this round to Rangers after defeating Petrocub Hîncești in the first qualifying round.
Match 22: Torino v Winner of Debrecen/Kukësi
Torino wasn’t expecting to play in the tournament, finishing 7th in Serie A this past season. But with Milan’s ban due to a violation of financial fair play rules, they get the nod here. It will be their first trip to Europa League since an appearance in the Round of 16 during the 2014-15 tournament. Prior to that, they haven’t reached European competition since the 1992-93 UEFA Cup, which followed their loss in the final the previous season.
This concludes part two 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 final part.
Until next time…
Last update: 16 July 2019 at 1:40pm EST.