Valletta FC face Keflavik FC in the first leg of the UEFA Europa league Published on: 22-06-2009
Valletta FC were drawn against Keflavik FC of Iceland in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. Valletta FC will play the first leg at home on the 2 nd July while the second leg will be played on the 9 th July.
Last season Keflavik FC placed second in the Iceland Premier League. Keflavík’s baptisim in European football was in 1965 after becoming champions the previous year. The team were drawn against Hungarian side Ferencváros in the European Cup. The Hungarians won 9-1 and 4-1 for a 13-2 aggregate win. In the early 70´s Keflavík were the envy of other Icelandic teams when they were drawn against several top sides, including Everton in 1970, Tottenham Hotspur in 1971 and Real Madrid in 1972.
Keflavík´s first victory in European competition came against Swedish side Kalmar FF in the 1979-1980 UEFA Cup. Keflavík won the home match 1-0 and progressed to the second round for the first time, winning on away goals.
The winner of the clash between Valletta FC and Keflavik FC will face Irish side St. Patrick’s Athletic.