UEFA Champions League 2016-17 playoffs

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.

Promoted teams that will play 1st division in 2016-17 season

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

Poland:Arka Gdynia

 

 

Important teams in Europe that now play in 2nd Division

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

Portugal:Academica Coimbra

Weekend review

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