Posted on 20 June, 2016

Balzan FC drawn to play against Neftci PFK, a team from Azerbaijan in the preliminary round of the UEFA Europa League.

Monday 20th June 2016 – Today, at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon Switzerland, Balzan FC were drawn to play against Neftci PFK a team from Baku, Azerbaijan.

Balzan FC were drawn to play their first match against Neftci PFK away, in Baku Azerbaijan, on Thursday 30th June 2016.

However since all the three Maltese teams who qualified to play in the Europa League were drawn to play away, one team have to play home at the Hibernians Stadium on the Thursday 30th June 2016. We have to wait for a decision to be taken by UEFA to establish which Maltese team is to play its first game home in Malta.

The second leg will be played on Thursday 7th July 2016. The venue will depend on where the first leg is going to be played.

Neftçi PFC Baki : Neftçi Peşəkar Futbol Klubu), commonly known as Neftchi or Neftçi, is an Azerbaijani football club based in the capital, Baku, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

Founded in 1937, the club has won 8 Azerbaijan Premier League, 6 Azerbaijan Cup and 2 Azerbaijan Supercup titles. The club is one of the two teams in Azerbaijan, along with Qarabağ which has participated in all Azerbaijan Premier League championships so far.[citation needed]

In 2012, Neftchi Baku became the first Azerbaijani team to advance to the group stage of a European competition, beating APOEL of Cyprus 4–2 on aggregate in the play-off round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.  Neftchi plays its matches at the Bakcell Arena