FC meets Favre team Nice, Partizan and Slovacko

In the group stage of the Conference League, 1. FC Köln will face off against top French club OGC Nice, coached by Lucien Favre. That was the result of the draw in Istanbul on Thursday. From 9 September, FC will also meet Serbian runners-up Partizan Belgrade and 1. FC Slovacko from Uherske Hradiste in the Czech Republic.

Heavyweights like West Ham United or FC Villarreal, who conquered Bayern last year, were spared the FC. The third European Cup will only be played for the second time.

“It sounds appealing, but we’re particularly pleased that we’re here. The opponents don’t really matter,” said coach Steffen Baumgart.

Cologne won the ticket on Thursday with a 3-0 (1-0) win in the play-off second leg at FC Fehervar. FC collects almost three million euros for the success.

The group stage starts on September 8th and ends on November 3rd. The group winners qualify directly for the round of 16, the runners-up play an intermediate round against the third-placed in the Europa League. In 2021/22 Union Berlin took part in the premiere of the third highest European tournament, but did not progress beyond the group stage.

Conference League: The preliminary round groups at a glance

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Basaksehir West Ham United Villarreal FC partisan
AC Fiorentina FCSB Beer Sheva 1. FC Cologne
Hearts of M RSC Anderlecht Austria Vienna OGC Nice
RFS Silkeborg IF Lech Posen FC Slovakia
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Alkmaar KAA Gent Slavia Prague FC Basel
Apollo Molde BK CFR Cluj Slovakian Bratislava
FC Vaduz Shamrock Rovers Sivasspor Zalgiris Kaunas
Dnipro Djurgardens KF Ballkani FC Pyunik

1. FC Köln: The Conference League opponents in shorthand

  • Partizan Belgrade – Achievements: 10x Serbian champion, 7x Serbian cup winner – Placement in the 2021/2022 season: Vice champion. – Stars: Gomes, Vujavic, Jovic. – Trainer: Petric (since 2022)
  • OGC Nice – Achievements: 4x French champions, 3x French cup winners – Placement in the 2021/2022 season: Fifth. – Stars: Gouiri, Pepe, Todibo. – Coach: Favre (since 2022)
  • 1 FC Slovacko – Achievements: 1x Czech Cup winner – Placement in the 2021/2022 season: fourth. – Stars: Havlik, Nguyen, Kohut. – Coach: Svedik (since 2018)(SID)


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