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Qarabag FC to face French team

14 December 2021 10:15 (UTC+04:00)
Qarabag FC to face French team

By Laman Ismayilova

Qarabag football club will face the Olympique Marseille in February.

The UEFA Europa Conference League knockout round play-off draw was held in the Swiss city of Nyon.

The first playoff match will be held on February 17, the return match on February 24.

The runners-up in the group will compete with the football clubs ranking third in the Europa League group stage.

The UEFA Europa Conference League is an annual football club competition organized by UEFA for eligible European football clubs.

Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It is the third tier of European club football, after the Champions League and the Europa League.

Introduced for the 2021–22 season, the league serves as the bottom level of the existing UEFA Europa League competition, which was reduced from 48 to 32 teams in the group stage.

The winners of the competition are awarded a position in the Europa League the following season, unless they qualify for the Champions League.

UEFA had reportedly considered adding a third-tier competition since 2015.

In 2018, UEFA announced that the competition – provisionally known as "Europa League 2" or just "UEL2" – was to be launched as part of the 2021–24 three-year competition cycle.

The official name of the competition, "UEFA Europa Conference League", was announced on in 2019.

Formed in 1987, Qarabag is an Azerbaijani professional football club, based in Baku, that competes in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the top flight of Azerbaijani football. The club originates from Agdam, but has not played in its hometown since 1993 due to the First Nagorno-Karabakh War. The club is now based in Baku.

Qarabag was founding members of the Azerbaijan Premier League in 1992. One season later, it won their first league championship, becoming the first non-Baku-based club to win the Premier League title.

Qarabag is one of the two teams in Azerbaijan, along with Neftchi PFK which has participated in all Premier League championships so far.

After beating the Netherlands club Twente in 2014, Qarabag qualified for the 2014-2015 UEFA Europa League group stage for the first time in its history and became the second Azerbaijani team reaching the European competitions group stage.

In 2017, Qarabag became the first Azerbaijani club to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League after beating Danish club Copenhagen and drew in the Group C alongside Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Roma.

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