UEFA Champions League: Valletta paired with FC Lusitans of Andorra

Champions Valletta will be facing FC Lusitans of Andorra in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The draws were held at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on Monday.

The Citizens will be playing the first leg at home on July 3 or 4. The return leg will be played in Andorra a week later.

Lusitanos won the title after finishing two points ahead of FC Santa Coloma and three ahead of UE Santa Coloma. This was their first league title in the history of the club after being promoted to the top division in 2000. Last season, they also reached the cup final but lost to FC Santa Coloma.

This is their third consecutive participation in UEFA competitions. In season 2010/11, they were eliminated from the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League after losing 5-0 and 0-6 to Rabotnicki Skopje of FYR Macedonia. Last year, they also played in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round, losing 5-1 to NK Varazdin of Croatia away from home and 1-0 at home.

The only occasion on which clubs from Malta and Andorra met each other was in the UEFA Champions League 2010/11 when Birkirkara eliminated FC Santa Coloma.

Should they qualify, they will meet FK Partizan Belgrade of Serbia.

This would be Partizan’s fourth visit to Malta after eliminating Rabat Ajax from the first round of the UEFA Cup 1984/85 with an aggregate score of 4-0, Hibernians in the UEFA Cup 1990/91 5-0 and Sliema Wanderers in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup 2000/01 5-3.

First qualifying round draw (03/04 and 10/11 July)
F91 Dudelange (LUX) v SP Tre Penne (SMR)
Valletta FC (MLT) v FC Lusitans (AND)
Linfield FC (NIR) v B36 Tórshavn (FRO)

Second qualifying round draw (17/18 and 24/25 July)
KS Skënderbeu (ALB) v Debreceni VSC (HUN)
NK Maribor (SVN) v FK Željezni?ar (BIH)
MŠK Žilina (SVK) v Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (ISR)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v FK Vardar (MKD)
AEL Limassol FC (CYP) v Linfield FC (NIR)/B36 Tórshavn (FRO)
Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL) v FK Ekranas (LTU)
FC Flora Tallinn (EST) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
The New Saints FC (WAL) v Helsingborgs IF (SWE)
HJK Helsinki (FIN) v KR Reykjavík (ISL)
Molde FK (NOR) v FK Ventspils (LVA)
F91 Dudelange (LUX)/SP Tre Penne (SMR) v FC Salzburg (AUT)
FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) v FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Neftçi PFK (AZE) v FC Zestafoni (GEO)
Ulisses FC (ARM) v FC Sheriff (MDA)
Valletta FC (MLT)/FC Lusitans (AND) v FK Partizan (SRB)
FK Budu?nost Podgorica (MNE) v WKS ?l?sk Wroclaw (POL)