Here’s who West Ham will face in this month’s UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round.
The Europa Conference League draw took place this afternoon, with West Ham participating as a solo club from the Premier League, along with Dundee United.
After finishing seventh last season, the Irons will enter the competition in their second year in the playoff stage.
David Moyes’ side will be confident of long-awaited success in Europe this season after reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League last time out, but they must first get through the play-offs before they can compete in the group stage.
Who will West Ham face in the playoffs?
With 22 draws in today’s draw, West Ham face both Viborg FF or B36 Torshavn in the play-off round this month.
The two sides are yet to meet in their third qualifying round, due to take place next week, to determine who will face the Premier League club next.
When are West Ham playoff games?
West Ham and Viborg FF/B36 Torshavn meet for the first leg of the Europa Conference League play-off round at the London Stadium on Thursday 18 August before their away game a week later on Thursday 25 August to travel.
Who is Viborg FF?
Viborg FF is a football team from Denmark that finished seventh in the regular season of Danish Superliga last season.
This meant they then progressed to the relegation round where they finished first, leading them to face the fifth-placed team from the Championship round in a play-off match to bid for a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference secure league.
The Greens defeated AaB Fodbold on penalties and have since defeated Lithuanian club FK Suduva to advance to the third qualifying round.
Viborg has few trophies to their name in their 126-year history – winning both the Danish Cup and the Danish Super Cup in 2000 before being named Danish Premier League champions in 2021.
Who is B36 Torshavn?
B36 Torshavn is a team from the Faroe Islands that finished fifth in Betri deildin last season.
The club was founded in 1936 and has won eleven Premier League titles and seven Faroe Islands Cups.
B36’s last trophy came last year but they haven’t won the league since 2005.
They have previously played in both the Champions League and Europa League but failed to qualify, most recently being knocked out by CSKA Sofia in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League last season.
What are the other play-off matches?
The teams competing in this year’s Europa Conference League should logically be ‘easier’ than those who lined up alongside West Ham in the Europa League.
While there are a number of relatively unknown clubs, the likes of Malmö FF, Nice, Fenerbahce and Villarreal will also feature in the play-offs.
Here are the rest of the play-off fixtures:
• NK Maribor/HJK Helsinki – FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk/CFR 1907 CLUJ
• RFS/Hibernians FC vs. Linfield FC/FC Zurich
• Vikingur Reykjavik/Lech Poznan versus Malmo/F91 Diddeleng
• West Ham v Viborg FF/B36 Torshavn
• Kuopion Palloseura/BSC Young Boys v Paide Linnameeskond/RSC Anderlecht
• Fenerbahce SK/FC Slovacko v AIK/KF Shkendija
• Molde FK/Kisvarda FC vs. Wolfsberger AC/Gzira United FC
• Dundee United FC/AZ Alkmaar – Riga FC/gil Vicente FC
• PFC CSKA-Sofia/Saint Patrick’s Athletic v Brondby IF/FC Basel 1893
• FC Vaduz/Konyaspor – Neftçi PFK/SK Rapid Wien
• FC Spartak Trnava/Rakow Czestochowa vs. SK Slavia Praha/Panathaikos FC
• Apoel FC/FC Kyzylzhar Petropavlovsk v Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe/Djurgardens IF
• Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC/Aris Thessaloniki FC v OGC Nice
• FC Zorya Luhansk/Universitatea Craiova vs. FC Lugano/Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC