Irish clubs set to learn European opponents

Updated: Friday, 21 Jun 2013 17:05

Four Airtricity League clubs will be represented in the first and second qualifying rounds draws of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League on Monday.

Sligo Rovers go into the hat for the second qualifying round of the Champions League and Drogheda United and St Patrick’s Athletic feature in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

Derry City will enter the Europa League qualifying competition at the second qualifying round.

Sligo are entering the top level of European club competition for the first time in 36 years after winning the league last season.

They are unseeded in the draw and could face the likes of Celtic, Steaua Bucharest and BATE Borisov.

Bit o' Red chairman Tony Quinn has said the ticket sales for next month's Champions League date show the anticipation for the game.

Less than 1,000 home tickets remain for the leg in the 3,900-capacity Showgrounds despite their opponent not yet being known. 

Quinn said: "We have had a very busy and exciting week with 2,000 tickets bought in the first three days of sales and several hundred in the latter part of the week.

"It is fantastic to know even prior to the draw that we have will have such a huge level of support when the game comes around in July."

Joining Pat's and Drogheda in the first round Europa League will be Norwegian side Rosenborg who have qualified 11 times for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

The Saints are seeded in the first round draw and will also be seeded in the second round if they advance.

FAI Ford Cup winners Derry City will join the competition along with clubs like Rubin Kazan, Red Star Belgrade and IFK Gothenborg.

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of the Champions League will take place at 11am Irish time in Nyon and the draw for the first qualifying round of the Europa League will commence at noon with the second qualifying round draw at 1.30pm.