Partizan Belgrade last played in the Champions League in the 2003/04 season.

They will join the 22 teams already confirmed in the group stages, a figure including Liverpool, Chelsea, Rangers and Manchester United, who were beaten by Barcelona in the final last month.

The stadium's name is Partizan Stadium, although it was known as JNA Stadium (Serbian: Stadion JNA (Stadion Jugoslovenske narodne armije, "Stadium of the Yugoslav People's Army")) for most of its history, and even today, a lot of football fans in all countries of the former-Yugoslavia call it by its old name. Partizan supporters sometimes call it "Fudbalski hram" (The Temple of Football).[79]

Under the new format devised by UEFA president Michel Platini, five clubs from the 'Champions Path' will reach the group stages next season, with Partizan one of those likely to be involved.

Partizan youth academy is one of the most renowned and export oriented in Europe. CIES (University of Neuchâtel International Centre for Sports Studies) Football Observatory report of November 2015 ranks Partizan Belgrade at the top place of training clubs out of the 31 European leagues surveyed.[13]

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Seventeen second qualifying round winners will be joined by Olympiakos, Slavia Prague and FC Zurich in the next stage on a path that will eventually see five sides make it through to the final 32.

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Partizan played Real Madrid in the 1966 European Cup final at the Heysel Stadium, losing 2-1, after eliminating Manchester United in the semi-finals.

Overall, Partizan have won 41 official titles including 26 national championships, 13 national cups, 1 national super cup and 1 Mitropa Cup.[3]

Including all European competitions, midfielder Saša Ilić holds the club record for the most appearances, with 105, and is also the club's second place goalscorer with 15 goals, behind Brazilian striker Cléo who scored 16 goals.

While Maccabi are not quite the same class as that team, they should have too much for Allan McDonald's men, who ousted Linfield as Northern Ireland champions last term.

First qualifying round draw: UE Sant Julià (AND) v SP Tre Fiori (SNM) Hibernians (MLT) v FK Mogren (MNE)

Irish league winners Bohemians only just missed out on a seeding for the draw.

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Most of us, young generals who played and loved football, we gathered and agreed to start a football club. We did not argue over what the name would be. We were Partisans, it was most natural to call our club Partizan.

FK Partizan is a professional association football club based in Belgrade, Serbia. Founded in 1945, they were the first Yugoslav and Serbian club to enter European competition, playing the European Cup in the 1955–56 season. They opened the competition in a match against Sporting CP on 4 September 1955. They also became the first Eastern European club to play in the European Cup final, losing by Real Madrid in 1966.

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The consequences appear pretty fatal too as they must come through a two-legged tussle with Austrian champions Salzburg, the first leg away from home on either July 14 or 15, with the deciding matches set to be played the following week.

Rhyl, though, will have home advantage in the first leg.

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Glentoran do not even have that consolation after being handed a similarly arduous tie against Maccabi Haifa, who famously beat Manchester United in the group stages in 2002.

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2016.

Only official matches included (European Cup / Champions League, Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Cup / Europa League and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup matches).

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The Serbian team held Marseille, Real Madrid and eventual winners Porto at home but finished bottom of their pool.

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The Welsh Premier champions will play the Serbian double winners in the first leg at Belle Vue on 14 or 15 July before the return on 21 or 22 July.

Below is a list of Partizan managers from 1945 until the present day.[120]


It leaves Rhyl facing an almost impossible task to knock out the Serbian champions, who include Adem Ljajic in their squad.

Ljajic is set to join former team-mate Zoran Tosic at Manchester United in January after impressing Sir Alex Ferguson.

Another 15 teams, including Celtic and Arsenal, are in a separate section, with five making it through from that part of the draw as well.