As Sunday’s UEFA Europa League Preliminary Round draw edges closer, it’s time to complete our look at the teams we could be facing on August 20th.
On Wednesday, we looked at four of the eight clubs that we could be drawn against, and today it’s time to find out more about the other half – in order of coefficient.
As before, there’s the caveat that UEFA are set to group teams for the draw due to Covid-19 travel regulations, but that information will not be released until Saturday.
Tre Penne – San Marino
Tre Penne have been one of San Marino’s most regular European competitors in recent seasons – they’ve been in Europe seven times in the past ten years, winning the Campionate Sammarinese di Calcio four times in that period.
They met The New Saints in 2016-17, losing 5-1 on aggregate to the team from Oswestry. In last season’s tournaments, they entered the Champions League Preliminary Round where they lost 1-0 in their first match, against FC Santa Coloma of Andorra (one of Barry’s other possible opponents), and were then knocked out of the Europa League by Suduva of Lithuania.
Last season, they were placed third in the San Marino Championship, and had reached the semi-final of the Coppa Tittano after winning 11-0 over two legs in the quarter-finals, but, like in many other countries, both league and cup competitions were abandoned.
NSI Runavik – Faroe Islands
NSI Runavik are also experienced entrants to European competition, despite not having won much of the Faroe Islands silverware. They won the league title in 2007, and the cup three times in their history, most recently in 2017. Nevertheless, this will be their sixth consecutive season on the continental front.
The Faroe Islands play a summer season, so NSI’s qualification is based on finishing third in last season’s championship. They were knocked out of the cup in the first round by eventual winners, HB. At the time of writing, they’re fourth in the 2020 season after 15 matches – but as the top four are all within eight points of each other, there’s little to read into that.
In last season’s Europa League Preliminary Round, they faced Ballymena United of Northern Ireland, losing 2-0 in the away leg and drawing goal-less at home. They’re fond of some high scores, though – the previous season they were beaten 12-5 by Hibernian of Scotland, with one game ending 4-6, and, before that, were eliminated by 5-4 on aggregate by Linfield.
HB Torshavn – Faroe Islands
Havnar Boltfelag are the third of the possible Faroese clubs who could come out of the hat against Barry, and were last year’s Faroe Islands Cup winners, winning the final 3-1 against Vikingur Gota.
That was HB’s 27th cup success. They’ve also won the Faroese Championship on 23 occasions, most recently in 2018. Last season, they finished fourth in the league, whilst this season they are currently topping the league table – five points clear of KI Klaksvik.
In last season’s Europa League, they were narrowly defeated 3-2 on aggregate by Linfield, having been eliminated from the Champions League by HJK Helsinki. Their best European result came in 2014 when they knocked out Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar, winning the home leg 5-2. Lincoln Red Imps, of course, are another possible opponent for Barry in this season’s Europa League.
UE Engordany – Andorra
UE Engordany of Andorra are the lowest ranked of the eight seeded clubs in the Preliminary Round. Finishing third in the Primera Divisio which ended in July, they qualified through the league after Inter d’Escaldes completed the league and cup double. It must have been a strange experience for them watching the conclusion to the cup, knowing that their local rivals Inter Escaldes reaching the final would secure them a European spot!
In recent years, they’ve seen success in winning the 2019 Copa Constitucio and were runners-up in the league the previous season.
Engordany have not played as much European football as some of Barry’s other possible opponents but they have the impressive record of winning preliminary round ties in the past two seasons – knocking out Sammarinese opponents on both occasions. They beat Folgore 3-2 in 2019 at this stage and La Fiorita 3-1 last year. However, they were comfortably defeated in the following First Qualifying Round matches.