In the picture, the goal joy of Slovan players Source: TASR/Martin Baumann
BRATISLAVA – The group stage of the third year of the European Conference League will start with Wednesday’s pregame on the field of the French Lille and 15 matches on Thursday.
For the first time in history, two teams from Slovakia will appear simultaneously in the groups of one of the European club competitions. Spartak Trnava will start its action in the H-group on the turf of Ludogorca Razgrad, Slovan Bratislava is waiting for the home match of the A-group with Klaksvík.
The team from the Faroe Islands continues their successful season, becoming the first representative from the country to return to the group stage of the UEFA league. “We are writing history, but we are not done yet” commented coach Magne Hoseth.
28 countries are represented in the EKL group stage, the Serbian team Čukarički will be among the newcomers: “I can’t wait for these matches. They will be big challenges for us and we have to look at them with respect, but positively.” said coach Igor Matič.
EKL favorites will include Aston Villa, led by coach Unai Emery. His business card is decorated with three titles in the Europa League with Sevilla and one with Villarreal.
We want to write a new successful chapter
“European confrontation games have always given me a lot as a coach and I am very grateful for them. Every day when I go to the training ground I see the trophy for Aston Villa’s victory in the European Cup 1982. It is good to remember that. Now we want to write a new successful chapter, “ Emery commented to uefa.com.
His team will start in one of the “paper” strongest groups with Alkmaar, Legia Warsaw and Mostar. Aston Villa’s players would like to build on the success of Premier League competitor West Ham United, who triumphed in the EKL in the 2022/2023 season.
He defeated Fiorentina 2:1 in the Prague final. The Italian team is in the basic F-group, in which they will start the first match on the lawn of Belgian KRC Genk, in which Slovak midfielder Patrik Hrošovský also plays.
21.00 ŠK SLOVAN BRATISLAVA – KÍ Klaksvík
21.00 Maccabi Tel Aviv – Breidablik
21.00 Zorja Luhansk – KAA Gent
21.00 Viktoria Plzeň – FC Ballkani
21.00 Dinamo Zagreb – FC Astana
21.00 Club Bruggy – Besiktas Istanbul
21.00 FC Lugano – FK Bodö/Glimt
18.45 Legia Warsaw – Aston Villa
18.45 HŠK Zrinjski Mostar – AZ Alkmaar
18.45 KRC Genk – ACF Fiorentina
18.45 Ferencváros Budapest – Čukarički
18.45 Eintracht Frankfurt – FC Aberdeen
18.45 HJK Helsinki – PAOK Thessaloniki
18.45 Ludogorets Razgrad – FC SPARTAK TRNAVA
18.45 Fenerbahce Istanbul – FC Nordsjaelland
Author: © List Source: TASR
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