What awaits our Hungarian teams in Europe?


The draw for the Champions league and Europa league qualifiers was made in Nyon today at UEFA headquarters and here at Hungarianfootball.com, Gaby Kovács takes a closer look at our teams opponents.


Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round

KF Skenderbeu Korce vs Debrecen (1st leg – 17/07/12, 2nd leg – 24/07/12)

Europa League 1st Qualifying Round

MTK vs Senica (1st leg – 05/07/12, 2nd leg – 12/07/12)

KS Flamurtari vs Honved (1st leg – 05/07/12, 2nd leg – 12/07/12)

Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round

Slovan vs Videoton (1st leg – 19/07/12, 2nd leg – 26/07/12)

APOEL vs MTK/Senica (1st leg – 19/07/12, 2nd leg – 26/07/12)

Anzhi vs KS Flamurtari/Honved (1st leg – 19/07/12, 2nd leg – 26/07/12)


UEFA Champions League second qualifying round:

KF Skënderbeu Korçë vs Debrecen        

Debrecen face the Albanian champions from the south eastern city of Korçë, where they will meet at the 12,000 capacity Stadiumi Skënderbeu. The club was founded in 1909 and is named after Albania’s greatest hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu. They are three times Superliga champions with their two most recent coming back to back in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Last season they also won the Albanian cup for the 4th time in their history, beating Tirana 1-0. They are managed by former Czech international Stanislav Levý who has been in charge since October 2011, and his predecessor Shpëtim Duro led them to their first participation in European football last season where they faced Cypriot side APOEL at this stage, losing 2-0 at home and 4-0 away. Debrecen have never faced Albanian opposition before and last made the group stages back in 2009 where they played Liverpool, Lyon and Fiorentina.


Europa League first qualifying round:

KS Flamurtari Vlorë vs Budapest Honvéd

Time to brush up on your Albanian as Honvéd face the Superliga 3rd placed finishers from the 2nd largest port in Albania. Founded in 1923, the club have won the league just once back in 1991 and have been cup winners on three occasions, most recently in 2009. They are managed by Shkëlqim Muça who has a reputation as one of the finest Albanian players of all time, scoring 87 times in 92 appearances for Tirana and earning 23 international caps. They play in the Flamurtari Stadium which holds 13,000 and is no stranger to hosting European matches. Last season Vlorë beat FK Budućnost of Montenegro before losing to Czech side FK Baumit Jablonec in the 2nd qualifying round. The previous year they were knocked out by Scottish side Motherwell 8-2 on aggregate. Honvéd in their long European history have also never faced an Albanian side before and were last in European competition back in 2009 where they lost to Turkish side Fenerbahçe 6-2 on aggregate at the 3rd qualifying round stage. The winner of this tie will face Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala in the next round.


FK Senica vs MTK Budapest

A trip across the border into north west Slovakia faces newly promoted MTK. Playing at the Futbalový štadión, Senica were founded back in 1921, but most recently merged with Inter Bratislava in 2009 which saw them jump from a 4th division club to the top flight. They are managed by former goalkeeper Zdeněk Psotka and last season finished 4th in the Super liga. They have never won a trophy and on one occasion finished league runner up in 2010-11 and were cup runners up in 2011-12. Their stadium only has a capacity of 4500 so it remains to be seen where they will play the tie. MTK last played a Slovakian side in 1990 where they lost 4-0 on aggregate to SK Slovan Bratislava in the Inter Toto Cup. In recent years MTK last played in Europe in the Champions League 2nd qualifying round where they lost to Turkish side Fenerbahçe 7-0 on aggregate. The winner of this tie will face Cypriot side APOEL in the next round. Interestingly, the two sides met in a friendly last week in Budapest, where Senica ran out winners by a score of 3-2.


Europa league Second qualifying round:

ŠK Slovan Bratislava vs Videoton

A visit to the Slovakian capital for Paulo Sousa’s men where they face the former UEFA cup winners and 10 times Inter Toto Cup winners. Founded in 1919 they are the most successful club in Slovakian history and have been managed by former national team head coach Vladimír Weiss since 2011. They play at the Stadion Pasienky which has a capacity of 13,000. Last year they defeated Roma in a playoff to qualify for the Europa League group stage where they faced Athletic Bilbao, Red Bull Salzburg and Paris Saint Germain, taking just a point from a 0-0 draw with PSG. Videoton’s last appearance in Europe was in 2011 where they lost 4-3 on aggregate in the Champions League to Austrian side Sturm Graz.

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