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Busy couple of weeks for Greek teams in Europe

Busy couple of weeks for Greek teams in Europe

Over the next two weeks, five Greek clubs will complete in a total of ten European matches while all five teams will also enter Monday’s UEFA Champions and Europa League playoff draws.

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The qualifying rounds of both the UEFA Champions and Europa League are in full swing as the third qualifying round is set to begin this week. PAOK will enter the action in the Champions League on Tuesday when they host last year’s Champions League semi-finalists, Ajax, in a difficult test while Olympiacos will look to keep up the momentum on Wednesday when they travel to Turkey to face last year’s Turkish Super Lig runner-ups, Basaksehir.

On Thursday, all three Greek teams in the Europa League will travel for their first leg matches in the third qualifying round. AEK begin their quest for the group stages away to Craiova, Aris will face Molde of Norway, and Atromitos travel east to matchup against Poland’s Legia Warszawa.

The following week, both PAOK and Olympiacos will play their return legs on Tuesday, August 13 while AEK and Aris look to finish the job at home on Thursday, August 15. Atromitos will play their second leg match against Legia at the Peristeri Stadium one day prior on Wednesday, August 14.

Tuesday, 6-Aug

20:00: PAOK - Ajax (OPEN TV)

Wednesday, 7-Aug

20:45: Basaksehir - Olympiacos (TBA)

Thursday, 8-Aug

19:15: Craiova - AEK (TBA)
20:00: Molde - Aris (TBA)
22:00: Legia Warszawa - Atromitos (TBA)

Tuesday, 13-Aug

21:30: Ajax - PAOK (OTE Sport)
21:30: Olympiacos - Basaksehir (Novasport)

Wednesday, 14-Aug

19:00: Atromitos - Legia Warszawa

Thursday, 15-Aug

21:00: AEK - Craiova (Novasport)
21:30: Aris - Molde (TBA)

UCL AND UEL PLAYOFF DRAWS

Before all the action above, all five Greek teams will enter Monday’s UEFA Champions and Europa League playoff draws. PAOK will enter both the UCL and UEL draws due to the fact that they will compete in the UEL playoffs if eliminated by Ajax. Olympiacos have already secured a place in the Europa League group stages even if the Reds are eliminated in the UCL third qualifying round.

The Champions League playoff draw will begin at 13:00 and will include PAOK and Olympiacos.

PAOK will be seeded in the draw for the Champions Path:

Seeded Sides

PAOK (GRE) / Ajax (NED)
CFR Cluj (ROU) / Celtic (SCO)
Crvena zvezda (SRB) / København (DEN)
GNK Dinamo (CRO) / Ferencváros (HUN)

Unseeded Sides

Young Boys (SUI)
APOEL (CYP) / Qarabağ (AZE)
Slavia Praha (CZE)
Maribor (SVN) / Rosenborg (NOR)

Olympiacos will be unseeded in the draw for the League Path:

Seeded Sides

Krasnodar (RUS) / Porto (POR)
Club Brugge (BEL) / Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)

Unseeded Sides

Başakşehir (TUR) / Olympiacos (GRE)
Basel (SUI) / LASK (AUT)

The Europa League playoff draw will begin at 13:30 and will include PAOK, AEK, Aris, and Atromitos. PAOK and Atromitos will be speeded in the draw (Atromitos due to Legia’s high coefficient) while both AEK and Aris will be unseeded. Below are the possible opponents for all four teams.

PAOK

Seeded (teams eliminated from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round champions path)

Match 4: APOEL (CYP) / Qarabağ (AZE)
Match 5: PAOK (GRE) / Ajax (NED)
Match 6: Maribor (SVN) / Rosenborg (NOR)

Unseeded (UEFA Europa League third qualifying round champions path winners)

Winner match 6: Sutjeska (MNE) / Linfield (NIR)
Winner match 7: Ludogorets (BUL) / The New Saints (WAL)
Winner match 8: Sarajevo (BIH) / BATE Borisov (BLR)
Winner match 9: Astana (KAZ) / Valletta (MLT)
Winner match 10: Slovan Bratislava (SVK) / Dundalk (IRL)

AEK (GROUP 2)

Seeded

1: Sparta Praha (CZE) / Trabzonspor (TUR)
2: Feyenoord (NED) / Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
3: AEK Larnaca (CYP) / Gent (BEL)
4: Luzern (SUI) / Espanyol (ESP)

Unseeded

5: Universitatea Craiova (ROU) / AEK Athens (GRE)
6: Rijeka (CRO) / Aberdeen (SCO)
7: CSKA Sofia (BUL) / Zorya Luhansk (UKR)
8: Norrköping (SWE) / Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)

ARIS (GROUP 3)

Seeded

1: Royal Antwerp (BEL) / Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
2: Brøndby (DEN) / Braga (POR)
3: Vaduz (LIE) / Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
4: Malmö (SWE) / Zrinjski (BIH)
5: Partizan (SRB) / Malatyaspor (TUR)

Unseeded

6: Thun (SUI) / Spartak Moskva (RUS)
7: Molde (NOR) / Aris Thessaloniki (GRE)
8: Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926 (BUL) / Strasbourg (FRA)
9: Mariupol (UKR) / AZ Alkmaar (NED)
10: Neftçi (AZE) / Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv (ISR)

ATROMITOS (GROUP 1)

Seeded

1: Pyunik (ARM) / Wolverhampton Wanderers (ENG)

2: Legia Warszawa (POL) / Atromitos (GRE)

3: FCSB (ROU) / Mladá Boleslav (CZE)

4: Haugesund (NOR) / PSV Eindhoven (NED)

Unseeded

5: Torino (ITA) / Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)
6: Ventspils (LVA) / Vitória SC (POR)
7: Austria Wien (AUT) / Apollon Limassol (CYP)
8: Midtjylland (DEN) / Rangers (SCO)

 

by Sarantos Kaperonis

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