Swansea to face either Malmo or Hibernian in Europa League third qualifying round
Michael Laudrup had been concerned over long-haul travel and will therefore be relieved by this morning's draw
League Cup winners Swansea City will face either Malmo or Scottish side Hibernian in their Europa league third qualifying round after the draw was made in Nyon today.
The Swans will play the first leg at the Liberty Stadium on August 1, which will be of relief to manager Michael Laudrup who was worried about long-haul travel before the season starting .
Other big names in the draw were 2005 and 2006 champions Sevilla, as well as Italian side Udinese Calcio.
The Andalusian club will face either Montenegrans Mladost Podgorica, or Slovakian side Senica, with the Italians travelling to either Irtysh from Kazakhstan or Bosnia and Herzegovina to play Siroki Brijeg.
French club AS Saint-Etienne will host either Belarus club Shakhtyor or Milsami, from Moldova.
The draw for the third qualifying round of the Champions League also took place today as several big-name sides found out their fate.
Zenit will face Danish side FC Nordsjaelland, who fans of Chelsea will remember having been drawn in the same group last season, and PSV have been drawn against Belgian Champions League debutants SV Zulte Waregem.
Turkish side Fenerbahce, having successfully appealed against their European ban for domestic match-fixing, have got Austrian side FC Salzburg, while Lyon will play Grasshopper club. Finally, if Celtic build on their first leg 3-0 victory over Cliftonville, they will face either IF Elfsborg or FC Daugava Daugavpils.
Europa League (selected)
Matches will be played on 1st and 8th August
Motherwell vs. Kuben Krasnodar
Valletta / Minsk vs. Rosenborg / St Johnstone
Swansea City vs. Malmo / Hibernian
Matches will be played on 30/31 July and 6/7 August
FC Nordsjaelland vs. Zenit St Petersburg
SV Red Bull Salzburg vs. Fenerbahce
PAOK Salonika vs. FC Metalist Kharkiv
PSV vs. Zulte-Waregem
Lyon vs. Grasshoppers
Basel vs. Gyori Eto / M. Tel Aviv FC
Sligo Rovers / Molde vs. The New Saints / Legia
Slovan Bratislava / Ludogorets vs. FC Shirak / FK Partizan
Dinamo Tbilisi / EB Streymur vs. Steaua Bucuresti / Vardar
Apoel Nicosia vs. Birkirkara / Maribor
Celtic / Cliftonville vs. IF Elfsborg / FC Daugava
BATE / Shakhter Karagandy vs. Neftci PFK / KS Skenderbeu
FK Austria Vienna vs. FK Ekranas / FH Hafnarfjordur
HJK Helsinki / Nomme Kalju vs. Plzen / FK Zeljeznicar
CS Fola Esch / Dinamo Zaqreb / FC Sheriif / FK Sutjeska
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