HKK’s first Champions League qualifier FK Budućnost Podgorica has not celebrated any more in the Europeans.
Intermediate year The Helsinki Football Club, which will return to football European games, will start its work on Tuesday at its home field.
The reigning champion of Montenegro, FK Budućnost Podgorica, will compete against Töölö’s artificial turf in the match of the first qualifying round of the Champions League.
Budućnost is by far the most successful club in the short history of independent Montenegro, which was a standard name even in the Yugoslav League before independence. Last season, it left its arch-enemy FK Sutjeska behind with a crushing 28-point gap.
“Budućnost is a good and in many ways a typical Balkan team. The team has a lot of spherical quality and decisive players. I look forward to a steady match pair, ”he estimates On HJK’s website head coach Toni Koskela.
Montenegro since independence in the mid-2000s, Budućnost has been in the euro fields almost every year. His country’s championship team has won five times.
Last year, Budućnost lost to the Bulgarian Ludorogets in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.
After that, the team defeated FC Astana, also known to HJK, in the European League and lost to FK Sarajevo. This was the first time Budućnost had advanced to the third opponent on the Euro pitch.
Budućnost website midfielder Miloš Raičković says that the team will arrive in Finland full of confidence, although HJK is considered a strong team.
“Overall, attack is their strongest weapon, while defense is a weaker component,” Raičković estimates.
HJK will be given a small advantage on Tuesday, at least for Budućnost coming to the match directly from his practice period. The new season of the country’s main series will not start until the end of July, so Budućnost’s feel for the game may be a question mark.
The artificial turf of Töölö Stadium is also usually a more unfamiliar platform for opponents from the south.
Budućnost plays its own home games on the natural grass at Stadion pod Goricom with more than 15,000 seats, but usually no more than 4,000-5,000 spectators have arrived at Euro matches.
One Finnish team has visited Podgorica before, not least in the first qualifying round of the Champions League. Tampere United beat Budućnost 2-1 in Ratina in the summer of 2008, and TamU applied for a draw from Montenegro.
European the football union’s uefa europel system underwent the biggest change of its time this season. The new Conference League will be launched as the third competition, with FC Inter, KuPS and Honka participating in the qualifiers this year.
Due to the change, winning the first pair of matches would be very important for HJK. Teams losing in the first qualifying round of the Champions League will be relegated directly to the Conference League qualifiers.
From the second round onwards, the losers will continue their skies in the Europa League, from which they can still continue at a loss in the Conference League.
In practice the above means that in order to reach the group stage of the europels, HJK would have to defeat Budućnost after overthrowing only one of the next three opponents.
With the victory, HJK would face the winner of the pair between Malmö FF and Riga FC in the next round. The former Captain of Huuhkaji recently joined the Malmö team Niklas Moisander, while HJK-backed winger plays in Riga Mikael Soisalo.
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With a loss, HJK’s opponent in the second round of the Conference League would be Havnar Bóltfelag from the Faroe Islands. Both Riga and HB are familiar to HJK from the other summer’s Euro fields.
HJK-Budućnost Podgorica on Tuesday 6.7. from 7 p.m. ISTV is showing a match as a live broadcast described in Finnish free of charge.