Hungarian teams in Europe 2015 and (hopefully) 2016

If you are planning your holiday around our teams annual crashing out of European competition, you may want to hold on a little bit longer!

So, here’s how the draw worked out for us…..

Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round:

The New Saints or B36 Tórshavn vs Videoton

Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League champions, The New Saints, won the title with ease. From 32 games, they won 23, drew 8 and lost 1. Scoring 90 goals and conceding 24, the gap to second place was a huge 18 points. They have qualified for Europe in the last 16 seasons and have been victorious twice before, firstly knocking out Irish side Bohemians before losing to Belgian giants Anderlecht and secondly, a 2-1 aggregate win over Northern Irish side Cliftonville before bowing out at the hands of the Danes, FC Midtjylland. TNS play at Park Hall in Oswestry where the capacity is around 2000, with 1000 seats.

B36 Tórshavn are the current champions of the Faroe Islands Premier League. They won the title by just one point and had a record of 19 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses from their 27 matches. They last made it to the 2nd qualifying round in the 2006-07 season where they lost to Turkish side Fenerbahçe. In their last two European campaigns they have met Northern Irish side Linfield, losing just once over the 4 legs and drawing the other 3. Based in the capital, they play at the Gundadalur Stadium which has a capacity of 5000. bizarrely, B36 are already 16 games into the current season so match fitness won’t be a problem!

Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round:

Go Ahead Eagles vs Ferencváros

The Dutch side from Deventer qualified for Europe via the fair play route after FC Twente withdrew. It may soften the blow for them after being relegated from the Eredivisie last season via the play offs to De Graafschap. They have played in Europe only once before in their history, back in the 1965-66 season where they lost to Scottish side Celtic. Currently playing in Emmen at the Jens Vesting stadium whilst their ground is developed, it has a capacity of 8600.

Debrecen vs FK Sutjeska Nikšić

A trip to Montenegro for Loki who face the league runners up who have been champions twice before in recent seasons. In the last two seasons in Europe they where knocked out by Moldovan side FC Sheriff Tiraspol, drawing just 1 of the 4 legs. Sutjeska play home games at the Gradski stadium which has a capacity of 5214.

MTK Budapest vs FK Vojvodina

The Serbian Super League side finished 4th last season and are no strangers to Hungarian opposition in Europe. In 2013 they knocked out Budapest Honvéd very comfortably at the 2nd qualifying round stage, winning 5-1 on aggregate before going on to lose to FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the play off round. They have met MTK before in Europe back in the 1987-88 Inter Toto Cup where they won 5-0 on aggregate. They play at the Karađorđe Stadium which boasts a capacity of 14458.