Caught out by an earlier draw date this year, it’s time to look at what members of the UEFA 102 Club might cross my path over the next twelve months.
You need to ask what it is? Well, 102 clubs have played in the Final of a European Club competition and this is my progress trying to see them all. Not very well might I add.
There were no new members this year, so we stay at 102.
Linfield are unseeded in the European Cup and can draw Celtic (already got), Red Star Belgrade (yes please, crap from a chance of progressing point of view, but from a seeing Red Star Belgrade point of view, bloody brilliant) or Slovan Bratislava.
Dundalk are seeded and can be drawn against a member club in Ferencvaros.
If wither of them progress to the 2nd Round, a potential tie against Dinamo Zagreb (already got) could await.
If either get to the 3rd Round, Ajax (already got) could await.
There are unsurprisingly lots of member clubs already in the group stages, too many for me to list. I might do an updated post if Linfield get that far.
In the UEFA Cup, Ballymena United and Cliftonville have to go into a Preliminary Round. Now assuming they both get through, they will be unseeded in the 1st Round draw, as will St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers.
I’ll be in Dublin on the night of the 1st Leg, so this will have an interest for me.
Possible opponents include : Steaua Bucharest, Malmo, Aberdeen (got), Rangers (got) and Dinamo Tblisi.
Cork City and Crusaders will be seeded and won’t face a member club.
It gets fun in the 2nd Round with AS Roma (got), Eintracht Frankfurt, Espanyol (got), Wolves (got) and AZ joining in.
In Round 3, Braga (got), Feyenoord (got), Austria Vienna and Royal Antwerp could await.
2018-2019 saw me not add a single member to my pitiful total of 36.
The full list of clubs is below. Clubs I have seen are in bold with the year first seen in brackets.
1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
1. FC Magdeburg
Aston Villa (1993)
Atlético Madrid (2011)
Birmingham City (2010)
Carl Zeiss Jena
Dinamo Zagreb (2008)
Dundee United (2013)
Leeds United (1999)
Manchester City (2000)
Manchester United (1993)
Newcastle United (1993)
Nottingham Forest (1996)
PSV Eindhoven (2015)
Real Madrid (2003)
Red Star Belgrade
Stade de Reims
Tottenham Hotspur (2010)
West Ham United (1997)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2010)
Zenit Saint Petersburg