Prague, Czech Republic – Slovan Bratislava, Legia Warsaw and Budapest-based Ferencváros have all qualified for the Europa League play-off round which will take place during the next two weeks. Having qualified as Czech champions, Slavia Prague will play its Champions League play-off against Romanian champions CFR Cluj on Tuesday.
The four teams are the only Central European clubs left with a chance of competing in European competitions this year after Czech sides Sparta Prague, Viktoria Plzeň and Mladá Boleslav were all eliminated last night in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Polish, Slovak and Hungarian teams in the Europa League play-offs
On Tuesday, Slovak champions Slovan Bratislava, the first and so far only club of the former Czechoslovakia to win a European cup competition, beat Irish side Dundalk to qualify for the Europa League play-offs.
Polish side Legia Warsaw, who finished second of the Ekstraklasa last season, also qualified after beating Greek side Atromitos on Wednesday. The Slovak and Polish clubs now will have the daunting task of respectively facing Greek champions PAOK and the Glasgow Rangers for a place in the Europa League group stage.
Despite a strong run which saw them beat Bulgarian champions Ludogorets and Malta’s Valetta FC, Hungarian champions Ferencváros, based in Budapest’s ninth district, eventually lost to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League third qualifying round. They will now play Lithuanian side Sūduva for a chance to play in the Europa League this season.
The first legs will take place next Thursday with the return leg taking place the following week. The Stadion Energa in Gdańsk will host the Europa League final this year.
Slavia Prague for a place in the Champions League
For its part, Slavia Prague will play Romanian champions CFR Cluj for a spot in this year’s Champions League group stage. Fans will have high hopes for their Czech champions after last season saw them dramatically beat five-time Europa League champions Sevilla and reach their first European quarter-final in nineteen years before losing to Chelsea.
Champions League Play-Off
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague (20-28 August)
Europa League Play-Off
Sūduva vs Ferencváros (22-29 August)
Slovan Bratislava vs PAOK (22-29 August)
Legia Warsaw vs Glasgow Rangers (22-29 August)