Saints join Hammers in Europa League

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:
Europa League  First Qualifying Round
Romania Botoșani (8th) Hungary Debrecen (4th) Iceland FH (2nd) Liechtenstein Vaduz (CW)
Israel Beitar Jerusalem (4th) Slovenia Koper (CW) Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík (4th) Northern Ireland Glentoran (CW)
Cyprus Apollon Limassol (3rd) Slovenia Celje (2nd) Latvia Jelgava (CW) Northern Ireland Linfield (2nd)
Cyprus Omonia (4th) Slovenia Domžale (3rd) Latvia Skonto (2nd) Northern Ireland Glenavon (3rd)
Denmark Brøndby (3rd) Slovakia Žilina (2nd) Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala (6th)[Note LVA] Wales Bala Town (2nd)
Denmark Randers (4th) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (3rd) Montenegro Mladost Podgorica (CW) Wales Airbus UK Broughton (3rd)
Croatia Hajduk Split (3rd) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (4th) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (2nd) Wales Newtown (P-W)
Croatia Lokomotiva (4th) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (CW) Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (3rd) Armenia Ulisses (2nd)
Poland (2nd/3rd) Moldova Dacia Chișinău (2nd) Albania Laçi (CW) Armenia Shirak (3rd)
Poland (4th) Moldova Saxan (5th)[Note MDA] Albania Kukësi (2nd) Armenia Alashkert (4th)
Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk (3rd) Azerbaijan Inter Baku (2nd) Albania Partizani Tirana (3rd) Estonia Nõmme Kalju (CW)
Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino (4th) Azerbaijan Gabala (3rd) Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis (2nd) Estonia Sillamäe Kalev (2nd)
Scotland Aberdeen (2nd) Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku (CW/4th) Lithuania Atlantas (3rd) Estonia Flora Tallinn (3rd)
Scotland St. Johnstone (4th) Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi (CW) Lithuania Trakai (4th) Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta (CW)
Sweden AIK (3rd) Georgia (country) Dinamo Batumi (2nd) Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički (CW) Faroe Islands HB (2nd)
Sweden Elfsborg (4th) Georgia (country) Spartaki Tskhinvali (4th) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (3rd) Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík (4th)
Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora (2nd) Kazakhstan Kairat (CW) Republic of Macedonia Renova (4th) San Marino Juvenes/Dogana (2nd)
Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia (3rd) Kazakhstan Aktobe (2nd) Republic of Ireland St Patrick’s Athletic (CW) San Marino La Fiorita (3rd)
Norway Rosenborg (2nd) Kazakhstan Ordabasy (4th) Republic of Ireland Cork City (2nd) Andorra Sant Julià (CW)
Norway Odd (3rd) Bosnia and Herzegovina Olimpic (CW) Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers (4th) Andorra Lusitanos (2nd)
Norway Strømsgodset (4th) Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar (2nd) Luxembourg Differdange 03 (CW) Gibraltar College Europa (2nd)
Serbia Čukarički (CW) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (3rd) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (3rd) Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles (FP)
Serbia Red Star Belgrade (2nd) Finland SJK (2nd) Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn (4th) England West Ham United (FP)
Serbia Vojvodina (4th) Finland Lahti (3rd) Malta Birkirkara (CW) Republic of Ireland UCD (FP)
Hungary Ferencváros (CW) Finland VPS (4th) Malta Valletta (2nd)
Hungary MTK Budapest (3rd) Iceland KR (CW) Malta Balzan (4th)

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

5 comments on “Saints join Hammers in Europa League

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

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

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

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

  4. I am sure you can find cheaper on wetpants.com,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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