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West Ham’s Europa League opponents “frozen” by draw of “millionaire team” Hammers

UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League - Q1 and Q2 Qualifying Round Draw

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 24: The name FC Lusitans is seen during the UEFA Champions League Q1 qualifying round draw at the UEFA headquarters on June 24, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

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You might know the history of West Ham United. Premier League club, plays at the Boleyn Ground, 120 years old, three FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup.

It’s unlikely you have the details on their first qualifying round opponents for the UEFA Europa League.

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So we’ll fill you in: FC Lusitanos is from Andorra, and they’ve existed since 1999. They play a 20-match domestics season and, as for Europe, they have no wins, seven losses and one draw in eight appearances across the Champions League and Europa League, being out scored 33-4.

And those opponents were Rabotnicki, NK Varazdin, Valletta and EB/Streymur. So with all due respect to that quartet, you can understand why the club is concerned to face the Hammers.

Here’s their general secretary,
from the BBC:

Diogo Fosta said he was “frozen” when his team were paired with the Hammers.

Lusitans qualified for the Europa League by finishing second in the Andorran league, while West Ham topped the Premier League Fair Play table.

“We are a humble team - not very famous. We are going to play against a millionaire team,” said Fosta.

At least that’s the general secretary, and not someone who will feature in the matches on July 2 and 9, and surely the players are very interested in impressing Wes t Ham’s brass. We’ll see how this goes.

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