Tuesday 10 December 2019

Dutch flavour to Hull City's historic Slovakian trip

Steve Bruce will take his Hull City side to Slovakia for their first taste of European football, where they will face AS Trencin. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images
Steve Bruce will take his Hull City side to Slovakia for their first taste of European football, where they will face AS Trencin. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Hull City are facing a club with close links to Dutch giants Ajax for their historic first foray into European football.

The Tigers face Slovakian side AS Trencin in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg tonight with Hull boss Steve Bruce targeting a place in the group stage.

Trencin are a small club who have only been in the top flight of Slovakian football for three seasons.

The club is owned by former Dutch international Tschen La Ling, who has made the most of his links with his old club Ajax, with a number of players moving to Slovakia from Holland including Brazilian defender Ramon da Silva and Nigerian midfielder Simon Moses.

The match against Hull is taking place in Zilina, and Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass are in line for their competitive debuts for the Tigers. New signings Andy Robertson and Harry Maguire are ineligible.

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