Saints join Hammers in Europa League

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europa-league-1418338658Southampton have qualified for the 2015/16 Europa League thanks to Arsenal’s win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The Saints will enter the competition at the third qualifying round stage, meaning their season will start on Thursday 30th July. The second leg will take place on Thursday 6th August.

This means Liverpool  who finished sixth in the Premier League will now join Spurs in the group stages of the competition in which 48 teams complete with the first group match scheduled for 17th September.
Meanwhile West Ham will have to go the long way around by entering at the first qualifying round with the first game on 2nd July.
The first qualifying round contains a total of 104 teams selected from  31 domestic cup winners,  35 domestic league runners-up, 35 domestic league third-placed teams and finally 3 teams which qualified via Fair Play ranking.
Teams in the first qualifying round draw are due to take place on 22nd June and include:

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  • navajoHAMMER says:

    Make it through the qualifying rounds and likely to be drawn against them or spuds…

  • bubs says:

    Southampton deserved to go through they played good football all season,they were tipped by most to go down,

  • Dainon17 says:

    oh ill be so happy if we get one of the Danish teams 🙂

    Great beer
    Beautiful women
    & they are not so good at football

  • bubs says:

    I am sure you can find cheaper on,share a min bus to Harwich,boat to
    Holland bike ride to Denmark pick up H on route stop at b & b takes 9 days but you save
    £4 .62 p it on Banjo tours .com
    Only problem Kevin drives the Mini bus and H is on the back of the tandem

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