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Clarets paired with Aberdeen in Europa League

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Up the Clarets all but crashed this afternoon as we awaited the draw for the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Would we be going to Eastern Europe, maybe Scandinavia or one of the Baltic States? No, we are going to North East Scotland to face Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen.

I’ve only been to the Granite City once. That was back in the 1970s. It wasn’t for a football match either and the weather was such that I suffered from sun stroke.

Hopefully, my second visit will enable me to watch Burnley play an away game in European competition for the first ever time. As the draw, delayed for over 45 minutes, got underway, and Aberdeen were one of the five possibles, it seemed almost inevitable that it would be a trip to Scotland and that’s what happened.

Aberdeen, like us, had an excellent 2017/18 season, finishing second in the Scottish Premiership which allowed them to join the Europa League at the second qualifying round stage.

Following the draw, their manager Derek McInnes, who was linked with Burnley both as a player and manager, said: “We’ll be playing against a team that has done exceptionally well in what is regarded as the best league in the world.

“It should be a fabulous contest, there are favourites in every tie and they’re seeded for a good reason. We know we’ll be big underdogs for this one but, rest assured, we’ll be doing all we possibly can to cause an upset.”

“There will be a terrific atmosphere at Pittodrie and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a sell out.”

That first leg at Pittodrie is expected to be played on Thursday 26th July with the home le a week later.

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Burnley tie is 'fantastic', says Aberdeen boss McInnes

ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes believes his side will be ‘big underdogs’ for their Battle of Britain Europa League clash with Burnley.

The Clarets‘ return to Europe after 51 years away has seen them paired with the Dons for a Europa League second qualifying round tie.

The first leg will take place at Pittodrie on Thursday, July 26, with the return at Turf Moor a week later.

McInnes steered Aberdeen to second in the Scottish Premiership last season but he insists Sean Dyche’s side will be heavy favourites to progress to the third qualifying round.

“It’s a fantastic draw. We’ll be playing against a team that has done exceptionally well in what is regarded as the best league in the world,” the Dons boss said.

“It should be a fabulous content. They are favourites in every tie and they’re seeded for a good season.

“We know we’ll be big underdogs for this one, but rest assured we’ll be doing all we possibly can to cause an upset.

“There will be a terrific atmosphere at Pittodrie and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a sell out.”

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Burnley v Aberdeen, as Gerrard learns Rangers’ UEL opponents

Date published: Wednesday 20th June 2018 2:39

Burnley, Aberdeen, Hibs and Rangers have all learned their opponents in their opening Europa League qualifying round.

Rangers will kick-off Steven Gerrard’s reign with an opening Europa League qualifier against FK Shkupi.

The former Liverpool and England skipper will take his first steps in senior management when Gers host the Macedonian minnows at Ibrox on July 12.

Shkupi, based in the capital Skopje, finished fourth in last season’s Macedonian First League.

The Light Blues will make the return trip to their 6,000-capcity Cair Stadium on July 19 as they begin what they hope are four qualifying rounds on the way to the group stages.

The Light Blues suffered a humiliating defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn under former boss Pedro Caixinha last year, but avoided a repeat clash as they were kept apart as the draw for the first qualifying round was made in Nyon.

Ladbrokes Premiership rivals Hibernian face a trip to the Faroe Islands after they landed NSI Runavik in their Europa League opener, with the first leg set for Easter Road.

Northern Irish outfit Glenavon kick-off their qualifiers against Molde of Norway, Coleraine take on Serbian side Spartak Subotica, while Cliftonville face Danes Nordsjaelland.

Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads are to play Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus, while Cefn Druids, should they progress past Lithuanians Trakai in their preliminary qualifier, will meet FC Irtysh of Kazakhstan.

Bala Town, who also face a preliminary qualifier against Tre Fiori of San Marino, will be rewarded with a tie against NK Rudar Velenje of Slovenia if they can overcome their first hurdle.

Dundalk – who became the first team from the Republic of Ireland to win a group stage game back in 2016 – will look to take their first step back to that stage when they take on Levadia Tallinn of Estonia, while Derry City face Belarusians Dinamo Minsk and Shamrock Rovers prepare to battle Swedes AIK.

Burnley will face Aberdeen in their first European tie in more than 51 years after the two British clubs were paired together

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Burnley to face Aberdeen in Europa League second qualifying round with first-leg at Pittodrie on July 26 before return at Turf Moor a week later


It will be the first European match for the Clarets in 51 years after their top seven Premier League finish last season

BURNLEY have drawn Scottish side Aberdeen in the Europa League.

The Clarets and Dons have both been seeded in the second round qualifying draw.

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Sean Dyche’s Burnley have drawn Aberdeen in the Europa League

And the Battle of Britain was confirmed when the pair were pulled out of the hat against each other this afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland.

Premier League Burnley will travel to Pittodrie for the first-leg on Thursday, July 26.

The two will lock horns again a week later at Turf Moor on Thursday, August 2.

Sean Dyche secured the club European football for the first time in 51 years after guiding them to seventh last season.


The Clarets qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years after finishing seventh last season

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Burnley will play Derek McInnes’ Dons away in the first-leg

It was only the third time in their history that they have qualified for Euro competition.

Aberdeen earned their spot by finishing second in the Scottish top-flight.

The Dons are managed by Derek McInnes and are no strangers to the competition.

They have played in the Europa League for the last four seasons but have only managed to reach the third qualifying round each time.

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Burnley face Aberdeen in Europa League second qualifying round

Premier League side Burnley will play Scottish Premiership runners-up Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

The Clarets travel to Pittodrie on 26 July before hosting Derek McInnes’ side at Turf Moor on 2 August.

Burnley finished seventh in England’s top flight last season to secure European football for the first time in 51 years.

The Dons reached the third qualifying round of the Europa League last season.

Aberdeen famously defeated Real Madrid in the 1983 Cup Winners’ Cup final with Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.

They also won the European Super Cup that year, beating German side Hamburg.

After Burnley’s European future was secured, boss Sean Dyche had a pub near the club’s stadium named after him.

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Aberdeen to face Burnley in the Europa League second round qualifier

Aberdeen face a Battle of Britain clash with Burnley after the Europa League draw was made today.

Derek McInnes’ squad have been handed a tough task in Sean Dyche’s Premier League side.

The Dons welcome Sean Dyche’s men to Pittodrie for the first leg on Thursday, July 26, with the return at Turf Moor a week later.

It’s possibly the hardest tie Aberdeen could have been given. Atalanta, Alkmaar and Molde were other potential opponents and perhaps the easiest game would have been against Glenavon or Birkikara should those sides have reached the second qualifying round.

Rangers, meanwhile, will take on CS Petrocub from Moldova or Croatian side NK Osijeck should they progress past Schkupi in the opening qualifier.

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Hibs have also been handed an easier passage than Aberdeen, with Neil Lennon’s men taking on Asteras Tripolis of Greece.

Burnley will represent a huge challenge for the Pittodrie club who have reached the third qualifying round for the past four successive rounds.

Dyche steered the club to a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League, with Chris Wood their top scorer on 11 goals. poll loading Will Aberdeen progress past Burnley? 0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Burnley to face Aberdeen in all-British Europa League second qualifying round tie

Burnley will face Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League .

The Clarets will go to Pittodrie to take on their Scottish Premier League opponents on July 26, with the return leg taking place at Turf Moor on August 2.

Sean Dyche’s men enter the competition having finished seventh in the Premier League last season, while Aberdeen were runners-up to Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, finishing nine points behind the champions.

The winners of the tie will then face two more ties – in the third qualifying round and the playoff round – before they can enter the Europa League proper, for which Chelsea and Arsenal have already qualified for from the Premier League.

Burnley return to Europe for the first time in 51 years (Image: Getty Images Europe) Dons boss Derek McInnes will take on Sean Dyche (Image: Ian MacNicol)

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Burnley are playing in Europe for the first time in 51 years in the 2018/19 campaign.

Their previous campaign saw them reach the quarter-finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, in which they beat Stuttgart, Lausanne-Sport and Napoli, only to lose 3-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt in the last eight.

Aberdeen beat Bosnian side Siroki Brijeg in the Europa League second qualifying round last season, but lost to Cypriot side Apollon Limassol at the next stage.

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Aberdeen set for Battle of Britain with English rivals Burnley in Europa League qualifier

ABERDEEN face a mouthwatering Battle of Britain showdown with English rivals Burnley in the Europa League next season.

The Pittodrie club, second in the Ladbrokes Premiership for the fourth year running last season, were drawn to play the Turf Moor outfit in the second qualifying round of the competition this afternoon.

Derek McInnes’s side will take on Sean Dyche’s team at home on July 26 and then travel to Lancashire for the rematch on August 2.

Burnley secured a European place for the first time in 51 years last season when they finished seventh in the Premier League.

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Burnley’s European tour begins in… Scotland

Date published: Wednesday 20th June 2018 1:18

Burnley will face Aberdeen in their first European tie in more than 51 years after the two British clubs were paired together in the Europa League second qualifying round.

At Wednesday’s draw in Nyon, the Clarets were handed home and away clashes with the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership side, which will take place on July 26 and August 2.

Burnley secured their place in Europe for the first time since they reached the Fairs Cup quarter-finals in 1967 by finishing seventh in last season’s Premier League, while Aberdeen were runners-up to Celtic north of the border.

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Burnley to face Aberdeen in Europa League

Burnley have been handed a tie with Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Last season, Sean Dyche‘s side were the surprise package of the Premier League and the Clarets’ reward for finishing in seventh place is an all-British tie with Aberdeen.

The first leg will take place at the Scottish side’s home Pittodrie on July 26 with the return fixture being staged at Turf Moor on August 2.

Rangers will face either Petrocub or Osijek if they successfully overcome Macedonian side Shkupi in the first qualifying round, which takes place on July 12 and July 19, while Hibernian will play Asteras Tripolis if they defeat Runavik.

The winner of the tie between Cliftonville and Nordsjaelland will face either Shamrock Rovers or AIK, while Coleraine will play Sparta Prague if they can get the better of Spartak Subotica.

Connah’s Quay face the prospect of meeting Lech Poznan if they can overcome Shakhtyor Soligorsk and the Polish giants can beat Gandzasar-Kapan.

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Clarets face Battle of Britain in the Europa League

BURNLEY will face a Battle of Britain tie in the Europa League second qualifying round after being drawn against Aberdeen.

The Clarets will travel to Pittodrie on Thursday, July 26, for their first taste of European football in 51 years. Derek McInnes will then bring the Dons to Turf Moor a week later, on August 2.

The fixture isn’t the one most of the Clarets faithful were looking for, with dreams of a foray into the continent quashed.

It could also prove to be a difficult task for Sean Dyche’s side, with Aberdeen finishing second in the Scottish Premiership last season.

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Aberdeen to face EPL side Burnley in Europa League

Draw: Aberdeen have learned their fate. SNS Group Aberdeen have been drawn to play against English Premier League side Burnley in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. The Premiership runners-up face a tough task against Sean Dyche’s side, who are returning to Europe for the first time in 51 years. Burnley have been on the rise in recent years and won promotion to the English top flight for the 2016/17 season. On their return they finished 16th in the league and built on that last season, rising to seventh place and European qualification. The first leg will be played on July 26 with the return match on August 2.

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Europa League draw: Hibs and Rangers find out their qualifying round opponents as Aberdeen draw Premier League side Burnley

THE draw for the qualifying rounds of the Europa League has taken place.

It includes a mouth-watering cross-border clash between Aberdeen and Burnley.

The Dons, who come into the competition in the second qualifying round thanks to their second place finish last season, will face the Premier League side on Thursday July 26 and Thursday August 2.

It is yet to be decided which will be the home leg and which will take place at Turf Moor.

CONFIRMED | The Dons have been drawn against Premier League side Burnley in the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round Draw#StandFree

— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) June 20, 2018

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard’s first competitive match as Rangers boss will see his side face Macedonia’s FK Shkupi in the first qualifying round.

The first leg is at Ibrox on July 12, with the return leg pencilled in for a week later in Skopje.

However, fans are urged to wait for final confirmation of the dates as two other teams in the Macedonian capital have been drawn to play at home that evening also.

FK Shkupi finished fourth in Macedonia’s top flight last season.

Should Rangers progress to the next round, they’ll face the winner of CS Petrocub (Moldova) v NK Osijeck (Croatia).

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Hibs have been drawn against NSí Runavík of the Faroe Islands, with the first leg at Easter Road on July 12 and the second on July 19.

Their opponents finished fourth last year in the Faroe Islands Premier League and currently sit third after 14 games of this campaign.

Asteras Tripolis of Greece would await Neil Lennon’s side in the next round.

Hibernian will play NSÍ Runavík of the Faroe Islands in the First Qualifying Round of the Europa League.

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Aberdeen land Burnley in Europa League draw

The Europa League trophy

Aberdeen have drawn Burnley in the Europa League second qualifying round.

The two-legged tie, which will signal the start of the Dons 2018/19 season, gets under way with the first leg on Thursday, July 26, and the return seven days later.

The details for both legs of the tie have still to be confirmed.

Sean Dyche’s side finished seventh in last season’s English Premier League will provide a formidable test for the Reds.

The draw at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland were delayed by 45 minutes and the draw is one of the toughest possible for Derek McInnes’ team.

When the draw did begin it was revealed that the Dons could face Burnley, Italian side Atalanta, Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar, the winner of the first round tie between Glenavon from Northern Ireland and Norwegians Molde or the winner of the first round tie between Lithuania’s Zalgiris Vilnius and a preliminary round winner.

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West Ham United, Burnley considering move for Amiens forward Moussa Konate?

Amiens forward Moussa Konate has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for both West Ham United and Burnley.

Konate has just enjoyed a successful campaign in Ligue 1, with 13 goals and one assist coming from 33 appearances in France’s top flight.

The 25-year-old is currently representing Senegal at the World Cup and according to France Football, both the Hammers and Clarets are considering an approach for the player after the tournament.

West Ham are currently assessing their attacking options, with Javier Hernandez‘s future currently in doubt and Jordan Hugill unproven at Premier League.

Burnley are looking to strengthen after earning a spot in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, and Konate would offer another option alongside Chris Wood and Sam Vokes.

Konate still has three years remaining on his contract at Amiens.

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Liverpool transfer news: Reds stepping up interest in Burnley’s Nick Pope

The Burnley goalkeeper has been named as a possible alternative to £80million-rated Alisson of Roma, who has been widely touted as Liverpool’s first choice target in goal this summer.

But the Daily Mirror say that the Merseyside outfit see Pope, reportedly valued at £18m, as a viable alternative to Alisson – who is also being linked to Real Madrid – after the 26-year-old’s excellent form for the Clarets last term.

With No 1 Tom Heaton out injured, Pope more than filled the void for Sean Dyche’s side and shone across 35 Premier League appearances, keeping 12 clean sheets and producing numerous sublime stops.

Pope, who was only on loan at Bury in League Two as recently as 2014-15, even earned himself a call-up for England’s 23-man World Cup squad and made his international debut against Costa Rica in a warm-up friendly.

Named as Burnley’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year, Pope’s form has put him on the radar of Liverpool as they search for a keeper to at least compete with, if not replace, Loris Karius.

The German has come under scrutiny since an horrific display against Real Madrid in a 3-1 Champions League final defeat at the end of May.

Despite the promise Karius showed in the months before that having been installed as No 1 in January over Simon Mignolet, Jurgen Klopp is said to be on the search for a new man to take the gloves.

And the Mirror say that Liverpool have been sounding out whether Pope would be a good fit within their squad with Klopp known to demand personalities who fit into the team’s tight-knit atmosphere and subscribe to the hard-working mentality his playing style demands.

The Mirror say that as well as Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson, who has been strongly linked with an Anfield switch since the turn of the year, Stoke City’s Jack Butland is another who has been monitored.

Butland – also in Russia with Gareth Southgate’s England squad – is however viewed as being worth £30m by the Potters despite their recent relegation to the Championship.


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Wells has 'no regrets' over Clarets move

NAHKI Wells insists he has ‘no regrets’ over his move to Burnley last summer and intends to stay and fight for his Turf Moor future.

The striker moved to the Clarets in a £5million deadline day switch from Huddersfield last August, but suffered a frustrating first campaign in East Lancashire.

The 28-year-old arrived having undergone surgery on a foot injury and didn’t feature until December, going on to play just 46 minutes in nine substitute appearances in the Premier League.

But Wells insists the chance to move to Burnley was one he couldn’t reject and he insists he wouldn’t make a different decision if he could rewind the clock.

“I probably could have stayed and featured far more at Huddersfield. But I couldn’t turn down the opportunity of moving to a more established Premier League club,” Wells told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.

“There was uncertainty at Huddersfield; I had a year left on my contract and there was also a lot of political stuff going on behind the scenes that people don’t know about.

“I’ve no regrets at all. It’s easy to have regrets and it was nice to see Huddersfield stay up. It would have been a bit easier in hindsight being at Huddersfield and I could have had a far better season.

“Looking back I wouldn’t change my decision; I’m just disappointed with how it panned out. I just look at this as being one of the bad years of my career, although there were still a lot of positives. I’ve been playing in front of 70 and 80,000 every other week. It’s a great experience.”

West Brom have been linked with a move for Wells recently, with the striker below Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes in the pecking order up front at Burnley.

But Bermudan-born striker has no plans to give up on his Premier League dream and is now ready to try and force his way into Sean Dyche’s plans for next season.

“If you’d have asked me a few months ago whether I’d be in this mindset and so excited about the new

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West Bromwich Albion 'reject Burnley's bid for Jay Rodriguez'

West Bromwich Albion have reportedly turned down Burnley‘s opening bid for Jay Rodriguez.

The 28-year-old has attracted attention from other clubs following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship.

Burnley are believed to have made an approach for the striker, as well as his teammate Craig Dawson.

According to the Daily Mail, the Clarets have tabled a £12m bid for Rodriguez, but the Baggies have no intention of accepting that figure.

The former Southampton forward, who began his career at Burnley, moved to The Hawthorns in 2017.

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Burnley and West Ham battling to recruit Senegal international

West Ham and Burnley are said to be battling over the signing of Senegal international Moussa Konate.

According to claims from France Football, the Premier League duo are prepared to lock horns as the race to sign Konate heats up this summer.

The forward is currently plying his trade out in France with Ligue 1 outfit Amiens. Konate enjoyed a rather successful 2017/18 season on an individual basis, netting an impressive total of 13 goals.

Konate is currently out in Russia with the Senegal squad as they look to impress at the World Cup. The 25-year-old featured as Aliou Cisse’s men defeated Poland 2-1 in their opening group stage game.

West Ham are understood to be keen on adding attacking options to their squad after bolstering their defence with the signings of Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop in recent times.

Konate would provide a cheap option for the Hammers, also, with the report from France Football indicating that he’d be available for as little as €15m this summer.

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West Ham and Burnley after 13 goal Ligue 1 forward, club want minimum €15m

If France Football are to be believed on Tuesday, West Ham and Burnley could end up in a bidding war for a Ligue 1 forward this summer.

The player targeted by both the Hammers and the Clarets is Amiens’ Moussa Konaté, who enjoyed a very good first season in Ligue 1 with the promoted side, scoring 13 goals in 33 league appearances.

The 25-year-old arrived from FC Sion last summer for around £3m after spells with Maccabi Tel Aviv, FK Krasnodar and Genoa, meaning the French club aren’t all that keen to see their top scorer leave so soon.

As well as West Ham and Burnley, a club from Saudi Arabia are said to be after the Senegal international, who is currently with his country in Russia for the World Cup.

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Also able to play a bit wider if needs be, Konaté is valued at around €15m by Amiens, which is the minimum France Football believe he’ll be allowed to leave for.

If he has a good World Cup and Senegal go far, that price could also go up…

Something for Manuel Pellegrini and Sean Dyche to think about.

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Liverpool 'step up interest in Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope'

Liverpool have reportedly turned their attention to Burnley‘s Nick Pope in their search for a new goalkeeper.

The Reds have conducted background checks on the England international to establish whether he would be a suitable replacement for their out-of-favour stopper Loris Karius, according to The Mirror.

Liverpool are said to be keen to learn more about Pope’s personality and mentality before they push forward with a bid.

Burnley reportedly value the 26-year-old, who replaced the injured Tom Heaton between their sticks last September, at around £18m.

The Merseyside outfit have also been linked with Roma’s Alisson and Jack Butland of Stoke City.

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