Scottish Champions Glasgow City were drawn in Group 5 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round against Serbian Champions ŽFK Spartak Jaffa. They will also face Faroe Island and Maltese Champions, KÍ Klaksvík and Mosta FC respectively.
Glasgow City General Manager, Laura Montgomery, stated: “We are really excited about the Champions League draw and Europe continues to be our main focus for success each season. Whilst we remain one of the few amateur clubs in the competition, we constantly compete and challenge with some of the best fully professional sides in Europe and we are confident of doing well yet again this year.”
We caught up with Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black at City’s kit launch at Greaves Sport on Friday. On the draw, the former Montrose player and manager, said: “We are really pleased with the draw to be honest, in terms of going back to a country that we know. It’s good for us in terms of training facilities and we know what to expect, the food, we know what to expect. The facilities we know, and most importantly the climate as well.”
“So I’m quite happy with that. The draw itself, it’s probably fair to say that we could have been drawn against stronger teams, but that’s no disrespect to these clubs.
“But all in all we have to be quite happy.”
Glasgow City were in the number one seeds for the draw, and Eddie paid tribute to the hard work of the players, over the past few seasons.
Eddie added: “To be fair, it’s been a reward for all the work we have done over three years of qualification matches. We have only lost twice to Duisburg and Bayern Munich.”
City have never faced Serbian Champions Spartak Jaffa, and they know very little about the other opposition. But will be sorting that out before the games. But they have faced a Serbian side before.
Eddie continued: “We faced ZFK Masinac, the Champions of Serbia in 2008, when we played them on their own patch, so we can imagine the standard.”
Asked if Glasgow City could progess into the knock out stages or further, Eddie said: “I think the biggest problem we’ve got is belief in ourselves, that we are actually better than we believe sometimes. It’s a kind of Scottish trait I think.”
Eddie hopes that they can take their domestic form into their European campaign, but as Eddie mentioned: “It all depends on the luck of the draw. If you could draw a team lower down in the 16 seeds, if you can qualify, it’ll help.”
Glasgow City may be an amateur club in name, but their fight, desire and work rate is professional as Eddie testifies too: “These girls train every night, so they are professional in terms of their commitments towards scoring in games and the financial aspects they don’t get the same gains as these clubs and that then hits home and they have to go out to work rather than recover in their rooms. That’s the only difference to be honest.”
Glasgow City kick off their Women’s Champions League campaign against Serbian champions ZFK Spartak Jaffa on 11th August, two days later they play Mosta FC of Malta and on the 16th they play KÍ Klaksvík of the Faroe Islands.