Georgian clubs learn European fate
Draw in Switzerland throws up interesting ties
Author: By Alastair Watt
On June 20, the draws were made for the first and second qualifying rounds of European football’s two major club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
The four Georgian clubs who qualified for European competition of league position or cup victory in season 2010-11 will face opposition from Cyprus, Armenia and Moldova at the first hurdle on the way to qualifying for the tournaments proper.
Current league champions FC Zestafoni were drawn against Moldovan side Dacia Chisinau in the Second Qualifying round of the Champions League. Both teams are taking part in Europe’s premier competition for the first time.
Dacia were founded in 1999 and, in their short history, have already yielded useful European experience having won their first major European tie in last season’s Europa League against FK Zeta of Montenegro.
Under the stewardship of the Ukrainian born Igor Dobrovolski, who earned over 40 caps combined for USSR, CIS and Russia in his playing career, the Moldovans boast a multi-cultural squad.