Number: 2A four-time league champion as a player, Qarabağ coach Gurbanov became the second man after Arif Asadov to win the title as a coach too.   

At that level 35 winners are joined in the final play-off round by another 41 clubs, including the 15 losing teams for the Champions League third qualifying round, on 20 and 27 August, for a place in the group stages.

Zaqatala City Stadium is a football stadium in Zagatala, Azerbaijan. It is currently used as club's home stadium and holds 3,500 people.

The Steelmen will play their home legs at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium since work is done on the Fir Park pitch, while Llanelli may move their home tie to the nearby Parc y Scarlets rugby ground.

"I'm delighted with the draw," said Motherwell chairman John Boyle.

Welsh side TNS face Fram from Iceland, while Northern Irish pair Linfield and Lisburn meet Randers of Denmark and Zestafoni of Georgia, respectively.

Welsh side Bangor meet Finnish outfit Honka and Northern Ireland's Crusaders face Macedonia's Rabotnicki.

Simurq has a large fanbase in relation to its comparative lack of success on the pitch. Simurq supporters have played a vital role in the clubs long term stay at Zaqatala.[11][12]

Scottish Cup runners-up Falkirk will play Vaduz of Liechtenstein at the second qualifying stage.

Qarabağ FK ended a 21-year wait for their second Azerbaijani title, sewing up the Premyer Liqasi with two matchdays to spare after a 4-1 home victory over second-placed İnter Bakı PİK. Champions for the past three seasons, Neftçi PFK ended the campaign in fourth but took solace from winning the cup final against Qäbälä FK, who achieved a top-three finish for the first time.

Aberdeen will be seeded for the third qualifying round draw on 17 July, along with English Premier League outfit Fulham.

The tournament then progresses to the Round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Simurq PIK (Azerbaijani: Simurq Peşəkar Idman Klubu) was an Azerbaijani football club based in Zaqatala.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa, Everton and Hearts enter at the next stage, the draw for which is on 7 August.

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In 2009, club's debut in European competitions was not very successful as they were eliminated in the 1st qualifying round of UEFA Europa League by Bnei Yehuda.[2][3] The 2009–10 season for club was not successful, even though the team had good start before the winter break. After the winter, club began to fall in the standings and won only 8th place, while coach Roman Pokora dismissed after a string of poor results.

From those ties, 38 winners will be joined by 10 losing sides from the Champions League play-off round in 12 groups of four teams.

Promoted: Araz-Naxçıvan PFK*subject to final confirmation from AFFA

The tournament replaces both the Intertoto Cup and the Uefa Cup, with three qualifying rounds and a play-off round being held before the group stages.

"They are back to training early and so from a logistical view it's ideal although it's still going to be a tough game.

The Albanian Cup winners famously defeated Barcelona 1-0 in a Uefa Cup tie on their home ground 12 years ago, only to lose the away leg 4-1.

"But we will concentrate on the first round only. It's a bit previous to be deciding that you are going to go through. It's an old cliche I know, but we will take one round at a time."

After playing each other on a home and away basis, the top two teams in each of the 12 groups progress to the Round of 32, being joined by eight teams who finish third in their Champions League group.

Quote"For me, there is no difference in a team finishing second or fifth. I recognise just two titles: the title and the cup. I made history in Azeri football and if I am wrong, dear journalists, please take your phones and hit me on the head with them. I am the encyclopaedia of Azeri football."Neftçi coach Boyukaga Hajiyev reminds the media who is the font of all football knowledge in Azerbaijan


During the summer of 2015 the club folded due financial problems.[9]

The club was founded in 2005 and participated in the Azerbaijan First Division. The club's first season was very successful, and in the 2006–07 season, the club was participating in the Azerbaijan Premier League.[1] After its debuting season in the Premier League of Azerbaijan, Simurq finished 9th out of 14 clubs.

The winner of Motherwell and Llanelli will take on Flamurtari Vlore (ties on 16 and 23 July).

In 2013, the club unveiled an official crest, designed by Azerbaijani graphic designer Elnur Sharifli from Poland.[10]

The Azerbaijani magazine Football+ recognized Simurq as the "Surprise of the Year" of the 2006–07 season based on polling results.[1] In 2007–08 season club has made another step forward, and finished the season at 7th place. The club gained third place in Azerbaijan Premier League 2008-09, by making the best indicator of the team in its history.

Since the club's foundation, Simurq have had only one crest. It was officially adopted for the start of the 2006–07 season and based on a mythical sacred Phoenix firebird with castle background. It sterms from the club's name Simurq, which means Phoenix in Azerbaijani language. The new home and away kits were unveiled on June 2013 for the 2013–2014 season. The home kit is black and yellow stripes and the away kit is white, with Joma being the kit manufacturer.

European places*Qarabağ FK – UEFA Champions League second qualifying roundNeftçi PFK – UEFA Europa League second qualifying roundİnter Bakı PİK – UEFA Europa League first qualifying roundQäbälä FK – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

"It takes a large part of the uncertainty out of the equation and it also suits the players.

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In their only previous match against Scottish opposition Vaduz lost out to Livingston on the away goals rule in a Uefa Cup qualifier seven years ago.

Falkirk embark on their first ever European campaign against opponents who were relegated from the Swiss Super League last season.