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Glasgow City off to Holland for Champions League qualifying group

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SWPL champions Glasgow City have been drawn in Group 8 for their UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying group, in what is ‘an exciting and challenging group’ according to Glasgow City assistant coach Donald Jennow.

The draw this afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland, would see Glasgow City drawn against Dutch champions FC Twente ’65, Croatian champions WFC Osijek and Maltese champions Birkirkara FC.

Despite City being top seeds in the group, it has been labelled as the toughest group in the opening stages, with City needing to be on top form to qualify to the last 32 for the third successive year.

Jennow commented: “For the second year in a row, one of the most anticipated days in our season has thrown us an exciting and challenging group. Our hosts FC Twente qualified for this year’s tournament as winners of the newly formed Dutch/Belgian league. In bringing the two leagues together the two Associations have created a more competitive environment which will benefit the clubs when it comes to European competition. Our Scottish internationalists will be familiar with some of their players from competing against the Dutch in the Cyprus Cup. Holland is a nation who develop athletic, technical players with the well documented ‘Total Football’ as their foundation.

“Osijek are a team we faced last year and had to work very hard to beat in the qualifying round. They are as strong a pot three team as there is and we are well aware of the challenge they will pose.

“Maltese champions Birkirkara beat another of our previous opponents Mosta to the title to earn their place in the Qualifying Round. I have no doubt they will be well prepared for the game and all national champions are used to winning so we will have to ensure we perform at a high level consistently in all three matches.

“Is this a difficult draw? Yes. Am I excited about it? Absolutely. As a club we work tirelessly to give ourselves the opportunity to test ourselves against the best in Europe. As top seeds in the qualifying round our aim is a simple one – Qualify. Our preparations for the qualifying round kicked in a few weeks ago, but I wouldn’t be surprised if tonight’s training session sees the girls a little bit more fired up.”

The group games will take place between the 8th August and 13th August 2013.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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