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Bhoys face tough Braga clashes
16 Jul 2010 - 11:42:08
Celtic have been handed a very difficult tie against Braga in the third qualifying round of the Champions League as they attempt to reach the lucrative group stages of the competition.
The Bhoys, now under the stewardship of Neil Lennon, finished second in the SPL last term, but face a Braga side that led the Portuguese League for long spells in 2009-10 before eventually losing out to Benfica in the title race.
Braga have never secured their domestic title although they were the last winners of the InterToto Cup in 2008 and won the Portuguese Cup in 1966.
Their current squad includes a host of Brazilians and they are coached by 40-year-old former Parma, Barcelona and Lazio central defender Fernando Couto, who only took on the role last month.
The first leg of the encounter will be played in Portugal on 27-28 July with the second leg taking place in Glasgow a week later.
Other notable matches in the third qualifying draw are:
Ajax v PAOK
Dynamo Kyiv v Gent
Young Boys v Fenerbahce
Unirea Urziceni v Zenit St Petersburg
Bohemians or TNS v Anderlecht.