Debutants FC Rostov, Hapoel Beer Sheva from Israel and Dundalk from the Republic of Ireland are dreaming to enter to the group stage but first they must win their respective opponents, so far they have made a great performance.
After making a great campain last season in the Russian Premier League battling for the championship until the last matchday, FC Rostov now aims to enter the big scenario in Europe, the group stage, they eliminated RSC Anderlecht from Belgium, after a home draw they got a great victory in Brussels, now they face AFC Ajax.
Hapoel Beer Sheva defied all the odds and eliminated Sheriff Tiraspol and Olympiacos and now they will visit Celtic Park to play vs Celtic FC.
Dundalk eliminated FH from Iceland and then they shocked everyone by eliminating the team who was favorite in the polls: BATE Borisov from Belarus, now in the playoffs they will play vs another team who dreams to enter to the group stage after several years of trying, Legia last appearance wa 20 years ago and now they see this is the right time to qualify, this match will be for sure very interesting.
Many of them are promoted for the first time, others return to the 1st division after many years of being in 2nd division
Germany: SC Freiburg (2.Liga Meister) , Rasenballsport Leipzig
Spain: CD Leganes, Deportivo Alaves, CA Osasuna
France: FC Metz, AS Nancy Lorraine, Dijon
Switzerland: FC Lausanne Sport
Russia: FC Gazovik Orenburg, Arsenal Tula, FC Tom Tomsk
Italy: Cagliari, Crotone, Pescara
England: Hull City, Burnley, Middlesbrough
Scotland: Rangers FC
Slovakia: 1.FC Tatran Presov
Teams who competed in thwir respective league last season but were relegated and now in this 2016-17 they are competing in 2nd division
Germany: Hannover 96, Eintracht Frankfurt played relegation vs 1.FC Nurnberg and they won and saved from being relegated
Switzerland: FC Zurich
England: Newcastle United FC, Aston Villa
Russia: Dinamo Moscow
Italy: Hellas Verona
France: Stade Reims
Poland: Gornik Zabrze
Czech Republic: Sigma Olomouc, Banik Ostrava
France Ligue 2, Matchday 3
Tours 1-3 Racing Strasbourg
Racing won their 2nd match in a row after they won 1-0 vs Niort in the Coupe de la Ligue last August 9
Their first match ended 0-0 vs Bourg en Bresse and in their 2nd match in Stade de la Meinau they won 1-0 vs Amiens.
France Ligue 1 Matchday 1
FC Metz return to the Ligue 1 started with an amazing home victory 3-2 vs Lille LOSC