Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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Saints could go to the Well

A GLAMOUR tie with Motherwell could await The New Saints in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.
Mark McGhee's side finished seventh in the Scottish Premier League - two places and five points outside the Europa League spots. But they will join Hearts, Aberdeen and Scottish Cup finalists Falkirk in the revamped and renamed UEFA Cup thanks to their disciplinary record, after finishing second in the Fair Play League behind Celtic.
The Saints will be hoping to make it third time lucky, after drawing big fishes Manchester City and Liverpool in Europe over the past six years.
Most clubs from a total of 23 possible opponents on the seeded side of the draw are now known and officials from TNS, and fellow qualifiers Bangor City (who go straight into the second qualfying round) and Llanelli, will be in Switzerland on June 22 to learn their fate.
The other sides that the Saints could face from an open draw are: Rosenborg BK (NOR), Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP), Helsingborg IF (SWE), Spartak Trnava (SVK), Slaven Koprivnica (CRO), FC Lahti (FIN),Vetra Vilnius (LIT), Sligo Rovers (IRL), Dinaburg Daugavpils (LAT), Rudar Velenje (SLO), Dinamo Minsk (BLS), MTZ-Ripo Minsk (BLS), FK Sarajevo (BOS), Haladas Szombathely (HUN), FC Zestafoni (GEO), Zimbru Chisinau (MOL). Keflavik (ISL) and Fram Reykjavik (ISL).
As-yet unknown clubs from Denmark, Israel, Poland and Georgia will also be in the hat.

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