Eight potential opponents for FC Köln in the UEFA Conference League play-off

For the first time since the 2017/18 season, FC Köln will be competing on the European stage. 

Having finished 7th last season, the billygoats achieved a UEFA Conference League play-off spot.

The draw will be made in Switerzland on Tuesday afternoon with Köln facing one of eight potential opponents. 

The tie will be a two-legged affair with the first fixture played on August 18th and the final leg on August 25th. 

So who are Köln’s potential opponents? 

The list includes FC Lugano (Switzerland), Hapoel Beer Sheva (Israel), Fehervar FC (Hungary), Petrocub Hincesti (Moldova), Spartak Trnava (Slovakia), Rakov Czestochowa (Poland), Levski Sofia (Bulgaria), and Hamrun Spartans (Malta).

Some fans may be forgiven for never hearing of some of the teams on this list. 

Whichever way you look at it, it’s a favourable tie for the Bundesliga side who will be expected to reach the group stages regardless of who they draw. 

Though away trips to Israel, Poland, and Hungary may prove tricky due to hostile atmospheres, Steffen Baumgart’s team possess enough ability and experience to navigate themselves through both legs of the fixture. 


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