European season – AZ plays in the second qualifying round of the Conference League against SP Tre Penne from San Marino or FK Tuzla City from Bosnia and Herzegovina. That is what the draw in Nyon on Wednesday showed.
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The diptych is on 21 and 28 July. AZ plays first. If the team of coach Pascal Jansen continues, the third preliminary round and the play-offs must be survived in August for a place in the main tournament, which starts at the beginning of September.
Tre Penne grabbed last season by a defeat in the final of the play-offs just next to the national title in San Marino. The club became champion four times, of which in 2019 for the last time.
In the Bosnian league, Tuzla City also finished second, far behind the unapproachable HSK Zrinjski Mostar. The club has never celebrated a championship at the highest level.
AZ was strongest in playoffs
AZ finished fifth last season and secured the ticket for the second Conference League preliminary round by successively beating sc Heerenveen and Vitesse in the play-offs. The Alkmaarders play for the fifth consecutive season European.
Last season, AZ played in the main tournament of the Conference League after elimination in the Europa League play-offs. The two-time national champion was eliminated in the eighth finals by FK Bodø/Glimt.
On behalf of the Netherlands, FC Twente (third qualifying round Conference League), Feyenoord (group stage Europa League), PSV (third preliminary round Champions League) and Ajax (group stage Champions League) will also play in Europe next season.