We may only be one month on from the Champions League final but qualifying for the 2023/24 campaign has already started.
Manchester City claimed their first European Cup last month by beating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul, capping off just the second-ever Treble for an English side in men’s football. Pep Guardiola’s side are already favourites to reclaim their crown, having been most-favoured at the start of every campaign, but before their defence officially starts in the group stage we’ve got a lot of qualifying rounds to go through.
Qualifying has already started and three teams have said goodbye to the Champions League, with Atletic Club d’Escaldes (Andorra), Tre Penne (San Marino) and Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro) dropping in the preliminary round.
The first qualifying round sees some familiar names start their quest to reach the group stage, including Ludogorets, Sheriff Tiraspol and Shamrock Rovers, who all have to overcome first leg defeats and Qarabag and Maccabi Haifa, who both have one foot in the next round. The first qualifying round ties are played across two legs, with the winners going through to the Champions Path second qualifying round. The losers drop into the Europa Conference League Champions Path, with 13 going to the second qualifying round and two receiving a bye into the third qualifying round.
The second qualifying round will see the League Path included, with Genk, Servette, Dnipro-1 and Panathinaikos already knowing their fate. We also welcome Galatasaray, Molde, FC Copenhagen, Aris Limassol and Dinamo Zagreb to the Champions Path, with ties set to be played 25/26 July and 1/2 August.
In the third qualifying round, Sparta Prague, AEK Athens, Rangers, Braga, PSV Eindhoven, Sturm Graz, Marseille and TSC all arrive with ties set for 8/9 August and 15 August. And finally, the play-off round with Young Boys and Antwerp the final entries and the ties set for 22/23 and 29/30 August.
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Champions League first qualifying round fixtures | Second leg
All kick-offs in UK time
Tuesday, July 18
Struga vs Zalgiris (4pm) – 0-0 on aggregate
Flora vs Rakow (6pm) – Rakow lead 1-0 on aggregate
Maccabi Haifa vs Hamrun (6pm) – Maccabi Haifa lead 4-0 on aggregate
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Farul Constanta (6pm) – Farul Constanta lead 1-0 on aggregate
BATE vs Partizani (7pm) – 1-1 on aggregate
TNS vs Hacken (7pm) – Hacken lead 3-1 on aggregate
Zrinjski vs Urartu (7pm) – Zrinjski lead 0-1 on aggregate
Breidablik vs Shamrock Rovers (8:15pm) – Breidablik lead 1-0 on aggregate
Wednesday, July 19
Valmeira vs Olimpija Ljubljana (4pm) – Olimpija Ljubljana lead 2-1 on aggregate
Dinamo Tbilisi vs Astana (5pm) – 1-1 on aggregate
Ferencvaros vs Klaksvik (5pm) – 0-0 on aggregate
Qarabag vs Lincoln Red Imps (5pm) – Qarabag lead 2-1 on aggregate
Hesperange vs Slovan Bratislava (7pm) – 1-1 on aggregate
Ludogorets vs FC Ballkini (7pm) – Ballkani lead 2-0 on aggregate
Larne vs HJK (7:30pm) – HJK lead 1-0 on aggregate
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