Late last night UEFA released the groups for the Second Qualifying Round of the UECL.
Following yesterday’s First Qualifying Round draw of the UECL, today we will also discover our Second Qualifying Round opponents if we were to overcome Northern Irish side Larne FC. In all there will be 108 teams competing in the Second Qualifying Round, and as usual groups are split with seeded and unseeded teams. To find out which teams will be competing in the Second Qualifying Round, take a look at the following link – UEFA Europa Conference League SQR
The Lakesiders, along with Larne FC have been placed in ‘Group 5’ for the Second Qualifying Round, this time with the Lakesiders as a unseeded team due to the coefficients of others clubs in the group. Therefore the five seeded teams we could face depending on our result against Larne FC are as follows:
- Santa Clara (Portugal)
- Hibernian (Scotland)
- Gent (Belgium)
- F91 Dudelange (Luxembourg)
- AGF Aarhus (Denmark)
Santa Clara are a professional Portuguese football club who reside in Ponta Delgada, Azores. The club was founded exactly a 100 years ago to this year, and they currently compete in the Primeira Liga. This will be only their second time competing in a European competition, after competing in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002. The club was promoted to the top division in Portugal in the 2017/18 season, after struggling to get back to the top tier for 15 straight seasons. The Portuguese side qualified for the Second Qualifying Round of the UECL after placing in 6th place in the Primeira Liga.
Hibernian are a professional Scottish side that are based in Leith, an area of Edinburgh. They compete in the Scottish Premiership, and qualified for this tournament by finishing 3rd in the league, behind Celtic and Rangers. Hibs have a long proud European history, having been the first British club to participate in a European competition back in in 1955, and reaching the semi-final of the competition, bowing out to French side Reims. There’s no doubt they’ll be hoping to go far in the competition.
Gent may need no introduction, however they’re a professional Belgian club who compete in the Belgian First Division A. The club was originally founded as a gymnastics association in 1864, but in 1900 it was known as a football association. Again they have a proud European history, first competing in Europe 1964 where they would taste defeat to West Ham United over two legs. Most recently, Gent made the group stages of the Europa League last season, but finished fourth in the group that contained 1899 Hoffenheim, Red Star Belgrade and Slovan Liberec. Just like Hibernian, they will be hoping to go far in this competition.
F91 Dudelange are a professional Luxembourger club that compete in the Luxembourg National Division. The club was founded in 1991 and have gone on to win their National Division on 15 occasions and the Luxembourg cup eight times. Dudelange made history in the 2018/2019 Europa League by becoming the first club from the country to reach the group stage of a European competition, then a year later replicated the same feat and went one better by winning a group stage match over Cypriot side APOEL. The club started their European journey back in 1993, where they competed in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, but were defeated over two legs by Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.
AGF Aarhus are a professional Danish side who were founded as a sports club in 1880, and then a football club in 1902. The club competes in the Danish Superliga which is the top flight of Danish football, and qualified for this competition by winning a Play-Off match against Aalborg BK where AGF managed a 3-1 win on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra time. AGF also were one of the first club’s to compete in the European Cup in 1955, losing to eventual runners up Stade Reims of France. They have also faced Welsh opposition before, where they defeated Cardiff City in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup over two legs beating them 6-1 on aggregate.
The draw for the Second Qualifying Round will be live on UEFA.com where you can watch it all unfold from 12:30pm GMT. We know our opponents for the First Qualifying Round, but who could we face in the Second Qualifying Round?