Cork City draw Legia Warsaw in Champions League qualifiers
John Caulfield’s side will host the Polish champions in the first leg
Cork City will take on Legia Warsaw of Poland in the Champions League first qualifying round. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho
John Caulfield’s side were unseeded in the draw and will now face the current Polish champions who have lifted the title the last three years in a row.
Exact dates and times are to be confirmed but qualification begins on July 10th and 11th with Cork to play at home first before making the trip to Poland for the away leg on July 17th or 18th. Confirmed dates and kick off times will be confirmed later on Tuesday.
It will be the third time an Irish side have faced Legia in four years after they saw off St Patrick’s Athletic in 2014 and Dundalk in 2016.
The Polish side will be heavily fancied to go through after getting to the playoff round last year where they were beaten by Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova and the season before they got to the group stages where they met Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon.
If Cork do manage to upset the odds and go through they will then face two more rounds of qualification if they are to become the first ever Irish side to reach the group stages.
The Leesiders will receive a minimum of €800,000 for their European campaign, and will proceed to the third qualifying round of the Europa League if they are beaten by Legia.
Rovers and Derry City could meet Rangers in the first round of qualifying while an array of heavyweights lie in wait should they progress to the second round – including Sevilla and Premier League side Burnley.
The Irish sides in the Europa League draw will earn a minumum of €240,000 with subsequent rounds worth €260,000, €280,000 and €300,000.
Champions League first qualifying round draw (matches to be played July 10th/11th and 17th/18th)
Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) v Sheriff (MDA)
Shkëndija (MKD) v The New Saints (WAL)
Suduva (LTU) v APOEL (CYP)
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v Qarabag (AZE)
Winners of the preliminary round v Malmö (SWE)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v Crusaders (NIR)
Cork City (IRL) v Legia Warszawa (POL)
Valur Reykjavík (ISL) v Rosenborg (NOR)
Flora Tallinn (EST) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
Spartaks Jurmala (LVA) v Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Alashkert (ARM) v Celtic (SCO)
Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Zrinjski (BIH)
Astana (KAZ) v Sutjeska (MNE)