Toon One Of 193 Clubs In Europa League
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Tuesday, 29th May 2012
So who do you want Newcastle to face in the UEFA Europa League?
193 clubs from 53 nations will participate in the competition, making it a right endurance test for the winners.
Newcastle will not enter the competition until the play-off round – which precedes the Group Stage – and won’t learn who they will face until the play-off round draw is made on August 10 (at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).
There will be 62 teams in the play-off round, with only the 19 clubs listed below already assured of their place at that stage of the competition.
Alongside those 19 teams, there will be 29 winners from Europa League third qualifying round ties, plus 14 losers of Champions League third qualifying round ties.
Play-off first leg ties will be played on August 23 (the FA Premier League season begins on Saturday, August 18).
Second leg ties to be played August 30.
Here is a rundown of the 19 teams who will enter the competition in the play-off round alongside United:
Belgium – Lokeren
Denmark – FC Midtjyllan
England – Newcastle United
France – Bordeaux
Germany – Stuttgart
Greece – AEK Athens
Israel – Hapoel Tel Aviv
Italy – Lazio
Holland - PSV Eindhoven
Holland – AZ Alkmaar
Portugal – Sporting
Romania – Dinamo Bucharest
Russia – CSKA Moscow
Scotland – Heart of Midlothian
Switzerland – Luzern
Turkey – Trabzonspor
Ukraine – Metalist Kharkov
Ukraine – Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Spain – Levante
The teams below enter the Europa League at the first qualification round stage, and must win three games to reach the play-off stage at which Newcastle enter the competition.
Andorra - FC Santa Coloma
Faroe Islands - EB Streymur (Faroe Islands Cup winners 2011)
Liechtenstein - USV Eschen/Mauren
Luxembourg - Differdange 03
Malta - Birkirkara
San Marino - La Fiorita
Azerbaijan - FK Baku