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Davies and Randers FC placed in Europa League third qualifying round

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Just minutes after the conclusion of Friday morning’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw, the Europa League had a third round draw of their own.

The qualifying round could feature up to three Americans, as Charlie Davies and Randers FC were drawn while Rosenborg BK (Mix Diskerud) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (Bryan Gerzicich) still have to earn their place in the third round. Teams will play their third round games on August 1 and August 8.

Rosenborg currently trails, 1-0, on aggregate against St. Johnstone and Hapoel Tel Aviv leads Beroe of Bulgaria, 4-1, on aggregate in the second qualifying round.

Notable teams also drawn in the round include Sevilla of La Liga, Stuttgart of the Bundesliga, and Swansea City of the English Premier League.

Here’s the full list of the Europa League third qualifying round draw:


FC Chornomorets Odesa (UKR)/FC Dacia Chisinau (MDA) vs. FK Crvena Zvezda (SRB)/ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (ISL)
Swansea City AFC (ENG) vs. Malmö FF (SWE)/Hibernian FC (SCO)
Sevilla FC (ESP) vs. FK Mladost Podgorica (MNE)/FK Senica (SVK)
AS Saint-Étienne (FRA) vs. FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/FC Milsami Orhei (MDA)
FC Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ)/NK Široki Brijeg (BIH) vs. Udinese Calcio (ITA)
FC Petrolul Ploieşti (ROU)/Vikingur (FRO) vs. Vitesse (NED)
HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)/FK Turnovo (MKD) vs. FC Dila Gori (GEO)/Aalborg BK (DEN)
FK Jablonec (CZE) vs. Strømsgodset TF (NOR)/Debreceni VSC (HUN)
FK Ventspils (LVA)/AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX) vs. Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR)/FC Khazar Lankaran (AZE)
Skonto FC (LVA)/FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) vs. FC Zürich (SUI)
FK Kukësi (ALB)/FK Sarajevo (BIH) vs. FC Metalurh Donetsk (UKR)
Qarabağ FK (AZE)/GKS Piast Gliwice (POL) vs. Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP)/Gefle IF (SWE)
FC Dinamo Minsk (BLR)/NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO) vs. Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR)/Derry City FC (IRL)
IL Hødd (NOR)/FC Aktobe (KAZ) vs. Breidablik (ISL)/SK Sturm Graz (AUT)
FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)/CS Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu (ROU) vs. PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (BUL)/Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
HNK Rijeka (CRO)/Prestatyn Town FC (WAL) vs. NK Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)/MŠK Žilina (SVK)
WKS Śląsk Wrocław (POL)/FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) vs. Club Brugge KV (BEL)
Randers FC (DEN) vs. FK Jagodina (SRB)/FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
Tromsø IL (NOR)/FC İnter Bakı (AZE) vs. FC Differdange 03 (LUX)/FC Utrecht (NED)
Asteras Tripolis FC (GRE) vs. SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
IFK Göteborg (SWE)/AS Trenčín (SVK) vs. FC Astra Ploieşti (ROU)/AC Omonia (CYP)
VMFD Žalgiris (LTU)/FC Pyunik (ARM) vs. FC Honka Espoo (FIN)/KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
Motherwell FC (SCO) vs. FC Kuban Krasnodar (RUS)
HŠK Zrinjski (BIH)/PFC Botev Plovdiv (BUL) vs. VfB Stuttgart (GER)
GD Estoril-Praia (POR) vs. Hapoel Ramat Gan FC (ISR)
FK Vojvodina (SRB)/Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN) vs. Bursaspor (TUR)
Skoda Xanthi FC (GRE)/Linfield FC (NIR) vs. KR Rejkyavík (ISL)/R. Standard de Liège (BEL)
AC Sparta Praha (CZE)/BK Häcken (SWE) vs. FC Thun (SUI)/FC Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO)
Valletta FC (MLT)/FC Minsk (BLR) vs. Rosenborg BK (NOR)/Saint Johnstone FC (SCO)


What do you think of this draw? How do you like Randers’ chances? Do you see Rosenborg progressing while Diskerud is on international duty? Do you see Hapoel advancing farther? Which matches stand out to you?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Todd T

    Yeah I have lost track and forgotten that he was still with Randers. Is he even playing?


  • BFBS

    I watched him play against Aalborg a few months ago (he started, that’s why I thought it was worth watching). His touch was poor, and he wasn’t able to muscle defenders off. Sadly, the CD9 that was powering through the heart of Mexican defense at Azteca is probably not coming back.


  • Jay

    According to Wikipedia he’s had 23 league appearances with Randers and 0 goals, not looking good for him…


    • KNPonder

      In fairness to Charlie (and if my memory is correct), I recall seeing a lot of <5 minute cameos for him in the summaries from last season. 23 appearances sounds like a lot, but I bet total minutes played was real low. With that said, there is probably a good reason he wasn't seeing a lot of time . . . that is an issue to itself.


  • Jason

    Yeah…he’s nothing more than a time-wasting sub. It’s sad, but hey, yo make your bed you gotta sleep in it.


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