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SLIGO'S OPPONENTS: MOLDE FK (Norway)

WHO ARE THEY?

A minor provincial club for the first few decades of their existence, Molde came to the fore in the mid-90s and were league runners-up five times before landing their first league championship in 2011, adding a second title a year later.

ANY FAMOUS NAMES?

Their manager is fairly well-known, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; still fondly regarded at Manchester United from his time there. He has been in charge since 2011 and with two titles in two seasons has made a real name for himself. They have seven Norway internationals in the squad as well as senior caps from Finland, USA and Nigeria.

CURRENT FORM? Not so good, Molde are second-bottom in the 16-team Norwegian league with just two wins from 13 games and only Sandnes Ulf (who have Ireland U21 cap Seán McDemott in goal) are below them.

EUROPEAN RECORD? Mixed, they have reached the group stages of the Champions League (1999/2000) and the Europa League (last season) but they have only qualified for Europe three times in the last seven seasons.

GOOD DRAW FOR THE FANS? Not great, anyone who has visited Norway will know how expensive basics like beer, taxis and eating out will cost. A DIY trip for fans will be expensive and complicated – Molde is 360km away from Oslo and there are limited flights. Return flights from Dublin are more than €600, so Sligo fans are likely to go on the club's charter.

HAVE SLIGO A CHANCE?

Given Molde's current domestic league form anything is possible, but Irish clubs have a bad record against Norway teams. Molde have some senior internationals (including one who played in Norway's 2-1 win over Ireland in 2010) and it's hard to see Sligo coming though this one.


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