St Patrick's Athletic handed daunting trip to Poland for Champions League qualifier
Published 23/06/2014 | 16:23
Airtricity League champions St Patrick's Athletic have been handed a tough draw in their second round Champions League qualifer.
Liam Buckley's men will take on back-to-back Polish champions Legia Warsaw over two legs with the first leg taking place on July 15/16 and the return leg at Richmond Park a week later.
Legia are coached by former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers defender Henning Berg.
Celtic will play Icelandic champions KR Reykjavik in their opening Champions League qualifier.
With Celtic Park out of commission because of the Commonwealth Games, Ronny Deila is set for a Murrayfield debut as manager with Celtic picked out first in the draw for the second qualifying round, although the final details are yet to be confirmed.
The first leg will take place on July 15-16 with the second leg the following week.
Celtic are set to come up against a former player in striker Kjartan Finnbogason, who joined the Glasgow club from KR in 2004 aged 17 but failed to make a first-team breakthrough under Martin O'Neill and then Gordon Strachan.
The forward moved to Norway in 2007 and scored one goal in eight appearances during a loan spell at Falkirk in 2009 before eventually returning to KR, where he is their top European goalscorer with eight strikes.
The top goalscorer in their title-winning campaign, Gary Martin, was also released by Strachan, at Middlesbrough.
KR currently sit fourth in the league, four points off the top, after taking 16 points from nine games.
Elsehwere in the draw, Northern Irish champions Cliftonville were picked out first against Hungarian side Debreceni.
Welsh side The New Saints are due to open their campaign in Slovakia against Slovan Bratislava.
Among the six teams playing in the first qualifying round are Lincoln Red Imps of UEFA newcomers Gibraltar. They face HB Torshavn of the Faroe Islands with the winners then taking on Partizan Belgrade.
Deila was reasonably happy about the draw.
"It could be worse and it could be better," the Norwegian said. "It's an okay draw.
"Reykjavik are a good team and Icelandic football has improved a lot in the last few years.
"We have to treat them with respect but we are favourites and we are going to do everything to win the game."
Meanwhile, league leaders Dundalk will fancy their chances against Luxembourg side AS Jeunesse Esch in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.
Derry City face Aberystwyth Town of Wales while Sligo Rovers were handed a tie against Banga of Lithuania.
The draws for the UEFA Champions League First and Second Qualifying rounds are as follows:
Santa Coloma v Banants
Lincoln FC v HB Torshavn
Fiorita v Levadia Tallinn
Tie to be played 1/2 and 8/9 July
BATE v Skenderbeu
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Santa Coloma/Banants
Dinamo Tbilisi v FK Aktobe
Zrinjski Mostar v Maribor
FC Sheriff v Sutjeska
Sparta Prague v Fiorita/Levadia Tallinn
Malmo FF v Ventspils
Slovan Bratislava v TNS
Celtic v KR Reykjavik
Cliftonville v Debrecen
Partizan Belgrade v Lincoln FC/HB Torshavn
Legia Warsaw v St Patrick's Athletic
Rabotnicki v HJK Helsinki
Dinamo Zagreb v VMFD Zalgiris
Ludogorets Razgrab v F91 Dudelange
Valletta v FK Karabakh
Stromsgodset v Steaua Bucuresti
Tie to be played 15/16 and 22/23 July
The draw for the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying round is as follows:
Gyori ETO v IFK Gothenburg/CS Fola Esch
Neman v FH Hafnarfjordur/Glenavon
UE Sant Julia/FK Cukaricki v SV Grodig
Aberdeen/Daugava Riga v Groningen
SS Folgore/Buducnost Podgorica v Omonia Nicosia
Differdange 03/FK Atlantas v FC Shirak/Shakhter Karaganda
Derry City/Aberystwyth v Shakhtyor Botev
Plovdiv/Libertas v SKN St Polten
Molde v ND Gorica
Hapoel Beer Sheva v RNK Split/FC Mika
CFR Cluj v Jagodina
Bursaspor v Turnovo/Chikhura Sachkhere
Mlada Boleslav v Kabala/Siroki Brijeg
Ruch Chorzow v FC Vaduz/College Europa
Asteras Tripolis v RoPS
FK Lovcen/Zeljeznicar v UE Santa Coloma/Metalurg Skopje
Liberec v MFK Kosice
Motherwell v Stjarnan/Bangor City
Neftci v SL Koper/Celik
Luzern v St Johnstone
Zulte Waregem v Zawisza Bydgoszcz
Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Pyunik/FC Astana
Hajduk Split v Jeunesse Esch/Dundalk
Fram/JK Nomme Kalju v Lech Poznan
Vikingur/Daugava Daugavpils v Tartu FC Santos/Tromso
Hibernians/Spartak Trnava v Zestafoni B36
Linfield v AIK
NK Rudar/Laci v Zorya Luhansk
Sillamae Kalev/Honka Espoo v FC Krasnodar
AS Trencin v Vojvodina Kairat
Almaty/FK Kukesi v Esbjerg
Dinamo Minsk v MyPa/IF Fuglafjordur
Petrolul Ploiesti v Sioni Bolnisi/KS Flamurtari
Crusaders/FK Ekranas v VPS/IF Brommapojkarna
HNK Rijeka v Sliema Wanderers/Ferencvaros
Rosenborg/Jelgava v Banga/Sligo Rovers
CSKA Sofia v FK Shkendija 79/FC Zimbru
Veris Chisinau/Litex Lovech v Diosgyor/Birkirkara
IF Elfsborg v FC Tiraspol/Inter Baku
Ties to be played 17 and 24 July