FCK dates and possible opponents in European qualification campaign

F.C. Copenhagen will enter the second round of UEFA Champions League qualification this summer after winning the Danish Superliga title. It means the club is six matches away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage.

Of course, qualification for the Champions League is never easy. Should the team fall at any stage then they will drop down to qualifying for the UEFA Europa League, and then the UEFA Conference League.

FCK need to win just one qualifying round to secure European group stage football for next season. Here's how the bracket unfolds:

Europæisk kvalifikation sommeren 2023

Who can FCK fans in UCL Q2?
FCK will be seeded throughout the UEFA qualifying rounds and are in the Champions path for the UCL. There are 40 teams in Champions League Q2 qualifying, meaning 20 fixtures will be drawn. Most teams here will come from Q1, which means there are a lot of potential opponents for the Lions.

If we assume that all seeded teams in Q1 win their fixtures, then the list of our possible Q2 opponents can be reduced to:

  • Maccabi Haifa F.C., Israel
  • FK Žalgiris, Lithuania
  • HJK, Finland
  • FC Flora, Estonia
  • Shamrock Rovers, Ireland
  • The New Saints, Wales
  • Olimpija Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Zrinjski Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Aris Limassol, Cyprus
  • BATE Borisov, Belarus
  • FK Astana, Kazakhstan

There are several old names here whom we have faced before in European qualification (HJK, Shamrock Rovers, The New Saints, BATE Borisov) and training matches (FC Flora, FK Astana).

As for the next rounds, we recommend that fans check out the options on Bert Kassie's website. His comprehensive pages gives fans a view of what qualification will look like if we drop into Europa League or Conference League qualification.


FCK European qualification calendar

21 June
Draw for Q1 and Q2 of the Champions League (FCK enter at Q2).

11/12 July and 18/19 July
Q1 matches in the Champions League are played

24 July
Draw for Q3 in all tournaments

25/26 July and 1/2 August
Q2 matches in the Champions League are played

7 August
Draw for the playoff round in all tournaments

8/9 and 15 August
Q3 in the Champions League is played

10 and 17 August
Q3 in the Europa League is played

22/23 and 29/30 August
Playoff in the Champions League is played

24 and 31 August
Playoffs in the Europa League and Conference League are played

31 August
Draw for group stage of the Champions League

1 September
Draw for group stage of Europa League and Conference League