Saturday, 17 June 2017

Key dates for your Rangers diary - Europa League 2017/2018

 Article by: Richard for Ibrox Noise

Lesser supported teams usually make a loss in the early qualifying rounds if they are unlucky enough to draw a fellow small team that most supporters don’t want to go to see. Some of the 100 teams are very far away and very awkward to get to, but giants Rangers have their travel club that will go to most of the away games.  

We are Rangers and I implore all our Loyal Blue Brigade to back the team to the hilt and try and sell the home gate out, to help the boys get through to the second round and also make Rangers a profit.

This Monday 19 June at 12:00 will be the draw for the first qualifying round. 100 sides enter the first qualifying round with Rangers in the top half of the draw as one of the 50 seeded clubs.

This Monday 19 June at 1.30pm will be the draw for the second qualifying round
This round features 66 teams (the 50 qualifying teams from the first qualifying round as well as 16 new entrants), and again it is split into seeded and unseeded teams (33 of each).

Rangers will be unseeded for this second round stage, with the 16 new entrants plus the winners of the 17 ties with the highest seeded clubs from the first qualifying rounds the seeded clubs in this instance.

Aberdeen come in at this stage, who obviously Gers can’t face due to country protection. Here are the 100 - 1st Round clubs.

Siroki Brijeg – Bosnia and Herzegovina - CS Fola Esch – Luxembourg - Differdange 03 – Luxembourg
Shkendija Tetovo – Macedonia - Nova Gorica – Slovenia - Sutjeska Niksic – Montenegro - FK Liepaja – Latvia
 Dunav Ruse – Bulgaria - Pyunik Yerevan – Armenia -Partizani Tirana – Albania - FK Jelgava – Latvia
Mladost Lucani – Serbia - Shamrock Rovers – Republic of Ireland - Flora Tallinn – Estonia- Balzan FC – Malta
Chikhura Sachkhere – Georgia-Lincoln Red Imps–Gibraltar-SJK Seinäjoki–Finland-VPS Vaasa – Finland
Cork City–Republic of Ireland-Zeta Golubovci–Montenegro-B36 Torshavn–Faroe Islands-Bangor City – Wales
MFK Ruzomberok – Slovakia - Derry City – Republic of Ireland -Zaria Balti – Moldova - SK Tirana – Albania
Valur Reykjavik–Iceland-FK Trakai–Lithuania-Bala Town–Wales- Progrès Niederkorn – Luxembourg
Vasas Budapest–Hungary-Tre Penne–San Marino-Torpedo Kutaisi – Georgia-Suduva Marijampole – Lithuania
Atlantas Klaipeda–Lithuania-Gandzasar Kapan–Armenia-Connah’s Quay–Wales- Coleraine – Northern Ireland
Dinamo Batumi–Georgia-NSI Runavik–Faroe Islands-UE Santa Coloma–Andorra- Folgore – San Marino
Pelister Bitolan–Macedonia- Ballymena United–Northern Ireland- Floriana – Malta - KI Klaksvik – Faroe Islands
Sant Julià – Andorra- St Joseph’s FC – Gibraltar- FC Prishtina – Kosovo

19 Jun ‘17: First and second qualifying round draws

29 June ‘17: First qualifying round, first leg
6 Jul ‘17:     First qualifying round, second leg

13 Jul ‘17:   Second qualifying round, first leg                                                                         
14 Jul ‘17:   Third qualifying round draw
20 Jul ‘17:   Second qualifying round, second leg

Rangers could play one of these 11 teams…

Utrecht–Holland-Galatasaray–Turkey-Luzern–Switzerland-Panionios – Greece
Mlada Boleslav – Czech Republic-Astra Giurgiu–Romania- Brondby–Denmark
Sturm Graz–Austria-Hajduk Split–Croatia-Apollon Limassol – Cyprus
Gabala – Azerbaijan

27 Jul ‘17:   Third qualifying round, first leg
3 Aug ‘17:  
Third qualifying round, second leg

4 Aug ‘17: Play-off draw

17 Aug ‘17: Play-off round, first leg
24 Aug ‘17: Play-off round, second leg

You never know, Rangers might even get as far as this…

We shall see.

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