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UEFA 2011 CL and EL play-off draw

UEFA 2011 CL and EL play-off draw

NYON, Switzerland. Aug 5 (PSN) – The play-off round draw for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League took place on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA Europa LeagueAll three Polish sides have learned who they will face in the play-off phase.

For the UEFA Champions League draw, Polish champions Wisła Kraków will travel to Cyprus to face local champion APOEL FC. Wisła will play the first leg at home.

“We should not forget that APOEL played in the Champions League two years ago and they had three draws during that campaign. All our possible opponents were difficult, but the draw is not so bad. I will definitely be speaking to Maciej Żurawski, our former player who played in Cyprus and knows their football well. I know it can be hot there but we have players who are used to high temperatures so it does not worry me, nor does the fact we are at home first. My team are experienced enough to play well home and away.” Wisła coach Robert Maaskant told UEFA.

The first legs will be played on August 16/17  and the returns a week later. The ten winners will join the 22 automatic entrants in the UEFA Champions League group stage, the draw for which is held in Monaco at 17.45CET on Thursday August 25. The losers will take part in the UEFA Europa League group stage. 

Meanwhile, the UEFA Europa League saw that qualification to the group stage here may seem a little more difficult to advance. Polish vice champions Śląsk Wrocław will play Romanian outfit FC Rapid Bucureşti, with the first leg being played in Poland.

Legia Warsaw FC have been drawed to face FC Spartak Moscow. The first leg will also be played in Poland.

The first legs will be played on August 18, with the returns to follow a week later. The 38 play-off winners will join the ten defeated sides from the UEFA Champions League play-offs in the group stage, which starts on September 15. The group stage draw takes place in Monaco on August 26.

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