Manchester City badgeNew Manchester City manager Mark Hughes will take his side to the Faroe Islands next month for the first leg of their Uefa Cup first round, first qualifying round tie.

City will meet EB/Streymur on the 17th July with the return leg in the UK two weeks later.

City, who claimed a European place thanks to their position in the Fair Play table, will play the home leg at Barnsley’s Oakwell ground, as the City of Manchester is having a new pitch laid after a recent concert by Bon Jovi. Appropriate really as given City’s Premier League firepower, their opponents will doubtless be living on a prayer.

Meanwhile, last year’s beaten Uefa Cup finalists Rangers will face either Andorra’s Santa Colona or FKB Kaunas of Lithuania in the Champions League second qualifying round in July and August.

Northern Ireland’s Linfield face a tough first qualifying round test with Dinamo Zabreb of Croatia while Welsh side Llanelli have been paired with Latvian team Ventspils.

Drogheda United from the Republic of Ireland are also involved in the competition and have been handed a tie with Latvian side Levadia.

Walter Smith’s side are at home in the first leg of their second qualifying round, which is set to be played on 29th or 30th July, while the return tie is scheduled for 5th or 6th August.

The first qualifying round ties are set to be played during the weeks of 17th and 25th July.

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