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Faroe Islands trip awaits City
01 Jul 2008 - 13:21:04
Manchester City will take on EB/Streymur of the Faroe Islands in the opening stages of the UEFA Cup following the draw for the first qualifying round of the competition.
The Citizens booked their place in Europe via last season's Fair Play table and have been handed a trip to the Faroes after avoiding the likes of fellow British and Irish sides Glentoran, Cliftonville, Cork and St Patrick's in the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
The first leg will take place on July 17 at a venue to be confirmed, while the Citizens will host the reigning Faroe Islands cup holders at Barnsley's Oakwell ground on July 31.
Their City of Manchester Stadium home is out of action as a summer of non-football related events has left the pitch in need of being re-laid.
Mark Hughes' side must overcome EB/Streymur and then one further team in the subsequent second qualifying round before booking their place in the first round proper.
Fellow Premier League sides Everton, Portsmouth and Tottenham will all enter the tournament at that stage.
Meanwhile, defender Micah Richards has admitted the City players are relishing a somewhat surprise European campaign next season.
"It's something new for the boys and something we're very much looking forward to," he told the club's official website.
"We missed out on the chance for Europe a few years back when Robbie Fowler missed a penalty against Middlesbrough, but this time, whether it's lucky or not we're in there via the Fair Play League.
"I think all in all though for our efforts at the beginning of the season and the way we played all season we deserve to be in there.
"It can only be good for the club and hopefully we can have a good run in the UEFA Cup."