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Yep its that time of year as the journey begins again.

A few changes to the early stages this year. Only 6 clubs will qualify for the group stage instead of the normal 10.

The is a semi-final/final stage to the Preliminary Qualifying Round.


Semi Finals ( 1 leg) (26th June)

FC Santa Columa (Andorra) v FC Dritia (Kosovo)
La Florita (San Marino) v Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar)

Final - Winner of Semi Final 1 v Semi Final 2 (one leg) (29th June)


First Qualifing Round


FC Torpedo Kutaisi vs FC Sheriff

KF Shkendija vs The New Saints

FK Suduva vs APOEL FC
NK Olimpija Ljubljana vs Qarabag FK

F91 Dudelange vs Videoton FC

Winner of preliminary round vs Malmo

HJK Helsinki vs Vikingur

Ludogorets vs Crusaders

Cork City vs Legia Warsaw

Valur Reykjavik vs Rosenborg

FK Kukesi vs Valletta FC

FC Flora Tallinn vs Hapoel Beer Sheva

FK Spartaks Jurmala v FK Crvena Zvezda

Alashkert FC vs Celtic FC


Second Qualifying Round Draw

FK Spartaks Jurmala / FK Crevena Zvezda v FK Suduva/ APOEL

Bate Borisov v HJK Helsinki/Vikingur

KF Shkendija/The New Saints v FC Torpedo Kutaisi/FC Sheriff Tiraspol

Cork City/Legia Warsaw vs Spartak Trnava/HSK Zrinjski

Alashkert/Celtic v Valur Reykjavik/Rosenborg

FC Astana/FK Sutjeska v FC Midtjylland

Ludogorets/Crusaders v F91 Dudelange/Videoton FC

FK Kukesi/Valletta FC v NK Olimpija Ljubljana/Qarabag

CFR Cluj v Winners of the Premlinary Rd/Malmo

GNK Dinamo v FC Flora Tallinn/ Hapoel Beer Sheva

PAOK v FC Basel

Ajax v Sturm Graz
 
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Looks as if that Celtic will meet Rosenborg for the second successive season should they both progress through their ties.
 
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Cork City lost 1-0 away at Legia Warsaw yesterday, for anyone who's interested. Doesn't change much, they still need to score at home.
 

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Cork City lost 1-0 away at Legia Warsaw yesterday, for anyone who's interested. Doesn't change much, they still need to score at home.
It was the home leg last night I think.

Comfortable 3-0 win for Celtic last night against the Armenians.
 

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Could have gone either way, great performance from Cork given the opposition but I can't see them winning away.
 

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One of Vales failed foreign experiment who became a cult hero (because he was so useless!) scores a hat rick in the Champions League...

Well done Big Reg!
 

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Easy win for Celtic against a team of Armenian road sweepers, Rosenberg will no doubt be a much tougher test.
 

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One of Vales failed foreign experiment who became a cult hero (because he was so useless!) scores a hat rick in the Champions League...

Well done Big Reg!
Who was that and who was the hat-trick for?
 

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Rigino Cecilla for Suduva against Apoel
That is actually a really good result for a Lithuanian club seeing that Apoel and other Cypriot clubs progress a lot further in Europe than Lithuanian clubs do.
 

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A real disappointment for APOEL going out 3-2 Suduva of Lithuania.
Definitely a shock as Lithuania has a UEFA country coefficient place of 41 and Cyprus of 19.
Despite not going through, TNS’s 4-0 must be one of the best ever by a League of Wales club.
 

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Celtic 2-0 up in the second leg against the Armenians but a little naive to pick up a red card!
 

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Looks like they'll be facing Rosenborg in the second qualifying round, could have been easier for them.
 

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FC Astana to Win vs Midtjylland
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PAOK Thessaloniki to Win vs Basel
19:00
Dinamo Zagreb to Win vs Hapoel Beer Sheva

RISKY!
 

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FC Astana to Win vs Midtjylland
18:30
PAOK Thessaloniki to Win vs Basel
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Dinamo Zagreb to Win vs Hapoel Beer Sheva

RISKY!
I'd say that all 3 of your bets to win are underdogs in these ties!
 

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FC Astana to Win vs Midtjylland
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PAOK Thessaloniki to Win vs Basel
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Dinamo Zagreb to Win vs Hapoel Beer Sheva

RISKY!
Good call! You're more up on European footie than I am, it appears.
 

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Good result for Celtic to take to Norway.
 

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Bit of an early scare but a very good result in the end against a tricky opponent for Celtic, they should get the job done over in Norway. The next round will be a real tough test though, a trip to Greece isn't the most friendly atmosphere.
 

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Wow. Basel crash out 5-1 on agg to PAOK tonight. Means if Benfica fail to qualify Liverpool will move up to Pot 2 in the CL Draw.

Celtic currently 0-0 in Norway with around 55 minutes gone in Norway.
 

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Full Time - 0-0. Celtic through.


Third Qualifying Round Draw

Celtic v AEK Athens
Red Bull Salzburg v Shkendija
Red Star Belgrade v Spartak Trnava
Qarabag v BATE
Astana v Dinamo Zagreb
Malmo v Videoton

Standard Liege v Ajax
Benfica v Fenerbahce
Slavia Prague v Dynamo Kiev
PAOK v Spartak Moscow
 

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Solid result for Celtic, didn't catch the game but reports seem to suggest they weren't great but effective enough to get the job done, hopefully AEK Athens will do them next round. Aren't they the Greek champions? Be a tough test and they could have definitely had easier at this stage. Benfica V Fernerbache is a fantastical game for this stage of the competition.
 

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As much as I despise Malmö 1FF it would be great to see a Swedish team in group stage.
They should be able to kick out Vidi FC, they got a few good players.

Johan Dahlin is a decent goalkeeper, they got a couple of good old-timers in defense like Safari and Bengtsson with Oscar Lewicki a very underrated DMC.

Up front Rosenberg, Carlos Strandberg and Marcus Antonsson should be able to score some goals.
 

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Basel going out was a bit surprising..they have been regulars in CL group stages..
 

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