On this date - July 17

Posted : 17th July 2020 at 00:02:29

Today Linfield will discover whether our opponents in the Champions League preliminary tournament in Geneva (behind closed doors) on August 8 will be the champions of San Marino or the champions of Andorra, with the winners of that game playing again on August 11 meeting the winner of the other semi final which will feature the other seeds - the champions of Kosovo.

The tournament winner will progress to the first round proper of the Champions League on August 18/19.

Linfieldfc.com looks back at 3 European games played on this July 17 date in recent years - one against Norwegian opponents and the other 2 against Swedish opponents.

A year ago on July 17 Linfield lost a Champions League 1st round 2nd leg tie 4-0 away to Rosenborg of Norway and as a result dropped into the Europa League.

The team line up in Trondheim was as follows

Gareth Deane, Chris Casement, Jimmy Callacher, Ross Larkin, Matthew Clarke, Jamie Mulgrew, (Stephen Fallon 58’), Bastien Hery, Niall Quinn, Jordan Stewart (Kirk Millar 74’), Daniel Kearns and Shayne Lavery (Andrew Waterworth 57’)

On this July 17 date in 2014 a late Andy Waterworth goal gave Linfield a 1-0 win against AIK of Sweden in a Europa League 2nd round 1st leg tie at Mourneview Park.

The team line up was

Tuffey, Richards, Hegarty, Lowry, Thompson (Waterworth ’74), Carvill, Aaron Burns, M. Clarke, Mulgrew (Ward 21), Reece Glendinning (Callacher '80) and Sproule

On this July 17 date in 2007 Linfield drew 0-0 at home to Elfsborg of Sweden in a Champions League 1st round 1st leg tie.

The team line up was

Mannus, Douglas, O'Kane, Murphy, Bailie, McAreavey (Mouncey 77), Gault, Mulgrew, Curran, Dickson (Ferguson 87) and Thompson (Stewart 79)

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