Good UCL and UEL draw for all Macedonian teams

Shkendija got the Estonian champion while Akademija Pandev, Makedonija GjP and Shkupi will face Zrinjski, Alashkert and Pyunik in the Europa League.

photo by UEFA: Shkendija is being drawn

Macedonian champions Shkendija got a dream draw for the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League. They were the first pair to be drawn in the draw and got to play against Estonian champions Kalju from the capital city of Tallinn. Shkendija was seeded in the draw and avoided the better opponents. Keep in mind that our champions starts from the 2nd round since the 1st consists only of the four lowest ranked national league champions.

Estonia Kalju vs Shkendija Macedonia
Macedonia Shkendija vs Kalju Estonia

The first leg is scheduled for 9/10 July with the return for the 16/17.

If Shkendija eliminates the Estonians then in the 3rd round will face the winner of the clash between Scottish giants Celtic and Bosnian champions Sarajevo.

Scotland Celtic / Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo vs Estonia Kalju / Macedonia Shkendija

It is interesting that due to the format changes from this season if Shkendija gets eliminated in any round will then continue in the Europa League. If Shkendija gets eliminated by Kalju will play in the UEL 2nd qualifying round against the losing side of the clash between Dudelange of Luxembourg and Valletta of Malta.

All Macedonian teams that entered the Europa League draw were unseeded. Still everyone for a great draw. Despite the unseeded position, no team is favorite in the three clashes. Cup winners Akademija Pandev was paired with Bosnian side Zrinjski who back in 2007 was eliminated by Rabotnichki in the UEFA Cup. Both Makedonija GjP and Shkupi got Armenian opponents. Unlike Alashkert, Pyunik is well known to the Macedonian fans as they have so far faced Macedonian teams three times and in each occasion they managed to win the tie. Pobeda, Teteks and Vardar were their victims. It’s now up to Shkupi to break that negative record.

Macedonia Akademija Pandev vs Zrinjski Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski vs Akademija Pandev Macedonia

Armenia Alashkert vs Makedonija GjP Macedonia
Macedonia Makedonija GjP vs Alashkert Armenia

Armenia Pyunik vs Shkupi Macedonia
Macedonia Shkupi vs Pyunik Armenia

The UEL first leg matches are scheduled for 11 July white the returns a week later. But It is sure that some matches will be moved for a different date since all Macedonian teams will be using the same stadium, the National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje. Even Akademija Pandev is forced to play there as UEFA isn’t satisfied with the conditions at the Mladost stadium in their home town of Strumica.

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