From Swansea to Tel Aviv

03 June 2013 04:33
Now that domestic competitions have finished, Motherwell fans can examine the list of likely opponents in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Europa League. We could travel anywhere from Wales to Israel!

The 58 teams at this stage of the competition will be seeded so we can anticipate facing one of the 29 highest ranked sides.  Before the draw competitors will be split into groups of 10 or 12 (half seeded and half unseeded).   Motherwell's UEFA coefficient is 7.038 and that places us 10th in the unseeded group.  Assuming seeded teams win their earlier rounds our opponent will come from this list :-



vfb Stuttgart

Ger 59.922

Rubin Kazan **

Rus 58.266


Esp 55.105

Standard Liege **

Bel 45. 880


Ita 42.829

Club Brugge

Bel 36.880

Hapoel Tel-Aviv **

Isr 29.575

Sparta Praha **

Cze 29.245

AS Saint Ettiene

Fra 26.800

Lech Poznan

Pol 23.650

Trabzorispor **

Tur 21.400

AaB Aalborg **

Den 19.640

Anorthosis Famagusta **

Cyp 17.366

Rosenborg BK

Nor 16.835

FC Zurich

Sui 16.785

Swansea City

Eng 16.592

MSK Zilina *

Svk 15.841


Tur 14.900

FC Utrecht

Ned 13.945

Maccabi Haifa **

Isr 13.575

Rapid Wien

Aut 13.075

Metalurg Donetsk

Ukr 12.451

Levski Sofia

Bul 11.950

Estoril Praia

Por 11.833

Sturm Graz **

Aut 11.575

Omonia Nicosia ‘

Cyp 10.366

Chernomorets Odesa *a

Ukr 9.951

Vitesse Arnhem

Ned 9.945

DVSC Debrecen **

Hun 9.850



* ** Assumes success in earlier rounds


Data from Bert Kassies brilliant site.

Top seeds are Stuttgart while the lowest standing possibility is Debrecen from Hungary.  The shortest journey will be to Swansea while the longest would be to Tel Aviv in Israel. 

The identities of the pre-draw groupings is made known ahead of the draw (on Friday 19 July) so keen travellers will be able to make some hasty preparations in the event that the draw provides a single opponent.  The 2nd Qualifying Round will be complete on Thursday 25 July so it might be that we will have as little as one week to make arrangements for the expedition.

Source: FirParkCorner