Who could Aberdeen face in the Europa League third qualifying round if they beat Siroki Brijeg?


Aberdeen have progressed beyond the Europa League second qualifying round for three consecutive seasons – beating FC Groningen, HNK Rijeka and FK Ventspils.

And with Rangers and St Johnstone limping out at the first time of asking this year, the onus is firmly on Derek McInnes’ men to make it four out of four.

The new look Dons are at home to Bosnia’s Siroki Brijeg on Thursday and have the opportunity to set up a glamour tie if successful over the two legs.

We take a look at some of the teams they could face if they qualify for the third round.

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde

The Basque club are one of three teams who have never been relegated from the Spanish top flight – alongside European heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Bilbao are no strangers to football in continental competition, having played in the Europa League in five of the last eight seasons and the Champions League in 2014-15 after beating Napoli in the play-offs.

AC Milan


The San Siro side need no introductions. Perhaps not the greats they once were but AC Milan still boast quality in the form of internationals Gianluigi Donnarumma and Riccardo Montolivo.

They are still forking out money in the transfer market having splashed out big bucks on quality players such as Atlanta’s Andrea Conti and Andre Silva from Porto this summer.

Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce’s Hasan Ali Kaldirim and Celtic’s Callum McGregor

A notoriously hostile environment, Aberdeen will want to avoid this trip if they progress to the next round. Fenerbahce and Galatasaray supporters are renowned for making their grounds an incredibly difficult haunt for travelling teams.

Celtic played them in the Europa League in 2015, managing two score draws in the group stage.

Fenerbahce finished third in the Süper Lig last season but with players of Robin van Persie’s pedigree on the books, they are not to be scoffed at.

Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos’ UEFA Champions League Qualifying win over Motherwell

The Greek giants are no strangers to Scottish football.

Motherwell were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Panathinaikos in the Champions League qualifiers in 2012, while Aberdeen met them in the UEFA Cup group stage in 2007.

They play in the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in Athens, which has a capacity of 16,003. The heat would add to the trickiness of an away tie with temperatures reaching as high as 38 degrees Celsius at this time of year.

Everton

Everton’s Ross Barkley

The Merseyside team are on a bit of a high after securing the return of Wayne Rooney. The calibre of player on the books at Goodison Park is there for all to see. Ross Barkley, Morgan Schneiderlin, the list goes on.

However, they didn’t do as well as they had hoped under manager Ronald Koeman last season, finishing seventh, and Aberdeen might just fancy their chances,

Who else could Aberdeen face?

Zenit St Petersburg, Osterund or Galatasaray, Sparta Prague, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Braga, Gent, PAOK, Krasnodar, Bordeaux, Marseille, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel Aviv or KR Reykavik, Freiburg, Astra Giurgiu or Zira, Austria Wien, Midtylland or Ferencvaros, Panathinaikos, Maritimo, Sion, Hajduk Split or Levski Sofia, Dinamo Minsk or Rabotnicki, Lech Poznan or Haugesund, Apollon Limassol or Zaria Balti, HJK or Shkendija, Mlada Boleslav or Shamrock Rovers.

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