Dinamo Bucharest will make its debut in this season’s Europa League preliminaries this evening, playing at home against Croatia’s NK Varazdin. This is the second consecutive year in which Dinamo faces a Croatian team. Last year Croatia’s Hajduk Split eliminated Dinamo from the competition (1-3 first leg, 3-0 second leg). NK Varazdin finished the Croatian championship on 11th place but qualified for Europa League because it reached the Croatian Cup final. NK Varazdin lost the final, being defeated by Dinamo Zagreb in two legs, aggregate score 8-2.
Dinamo head coach Liviu Ciobotariu promises that the team will not relive the Hajduk nightmare. “Dinamo will not repeat the 2010 accident. I don’t like to talk about favourites and underdogs, but I believe Dinamo is better than Varazdin. We have the first chance to qualify but it won’t be easy. They form a young team willing to make a name for itself. Davor Vugrinec, a player that experienced the Italian championship, is the main menace,” Ciubotariu stated.
In another preliminary fixture, after eliminating Finland’s KuPS Kuopio, Gaz Metan Medias will play an away game against Germany’s FSV Mainz. Brazil’s Eric de Oliveira and fullback Florin Lazar will not play for Gaz Metan.
Twente defeats FC Vaslui
Having qualified for the third preliminary round of the Champions League after runner-up Poli Timisoara was excluded from European competitions, FC Vaslui had a poor start in the CL preliminaries. The team coached by Viorel Hizo was defeated on Tuesday in The Netherlands by Twente, in the first leg of the third preliminary round, score 2-0. Janko scored twice.