Welsh clubs in Europe


[Left] Llanelli score against Motherwell and [right] Nicolas Anelka of Manchester City and Chris
King of TNS in the 2004 Uefa Cup tie at the City of Manchester Stadium [Phil Blagg].


Inaugural champions of the League of Wales in 1992/93, Cwmbran Town were the first club from the domestic league to compete in Europe. Barry Town were the first to win a European tie, after beating FC Dinaburg from Latvia and Visutas Budapest from Hungary in the 1996 Uefa Cup. They repeated the feat in 2001, beating Shamkir from Azerbaijan. In 2005, both Carmarthen Town and Rhyl also won first qualifying round ties in the same competition.
Llanelli again improved the domestic record in 2006 by beating Swedish outfit Gefle IF 2-1 on their own ground, qualifying for a second qualifying round tie with Odense.
The most high profile European ties in recent years have involved TNS, who drew Manchester City in the 2004/5 Uefa Cup and Liverpool in the 2005/6 Champions Leage.
Four Welsh Premier clubs now qualify for European competitions.
In 2010, champions The New Saints played in the second qualifying round of the Champions League and won a superb 4-1 aggregate victory over Irish outfit Bohemians, before performing creditably in ties against Anderlecht (Champions League) and CSKA Sofia (Europa League).
In the Europa League, runners-up Llanelli lost out by the odd goal to FK Tauras of Lithuania, whilst European debutants Port Talbot were no match for TPS Turku of Finland, losing 7-1 on aggregate.
Welsh Cup winners Bangor City went straight into the second qualifying round of the same competition and reversed their previous season's result against Honka Espoo of Finland, winning 2-1 at Wrexham after a 1-1 draw in Finland. But they were beaten 10-3 by Maritimo from Madeira in the third round.

EUROPEAN CALENDAR 2014
23 June 2014 Draw for 1st and 2nd qualifying round Champions League
23 June 2014 Draw for 1st and 2nd qualifying round Europa League
1/2 July 2014 1st qualifying round Champions League, 1st leg
3 July 2014 1st qualifying round Europa League, 1st leg
8/9 July 2014 1st qualifying round Champions League, 2nd leg
10 July 2014 1st qualifying round Europa League, 2nd leg
15/16 July 2014 2nd qualifying round Champions League, 1st leg
17 July 2014 2nd qualifying round Europa League, 1st leg
18 July 2014 Draw for 3rd qualifying round Champions League
18 July 2014 Draw for 3rd qualifying round Europa League
22/23 July 2014 2nd qualifying round Champions League, 2nd leg
24 July 2014 2nd qualifying round Europa League, 2nd leg
29/30 July 2014 3rd qualifying round Champions League, 1st leg
31 July 2014 3rd qualifying round Europa League, 1st leg
5/6 Aug 2014 3rd qualifying round Champions League, 2nd leg
7 Aug 2014 3rd qualifying round Europa League, 2nd leg

The third Europa League spot for Welsh Premier clubs is determined by a play-off involving the clubs finishing in third to seventh places (or eighth if the Welsh Cup winners finish in one of those positions).

Welsh Premier Football