First hurdle Tre Fiori of San Marino then Ekranas of Lithuania for Valletta

Monday, June 20, 2011, 12:47

by Sandro Micallef

Malta Champions Valletta FC will make their UEFA Champions League debut for the 2011/12 season in the first qualifying round against Tre Fiori of San Marino who won also the domestic league in their state.

The home and away games against the team from San Marino will be played on either the 28th or 29th of June with the return match on either the 5th or 6th July. Both teams will decide the dates during a meeting later on today. Valletta FC  are today represented in Nyon the House of European Football by their President Victor Sciriha.

 Valletta are favorites to pass to the second qualifying round which will eventually see them through against FC Ekranas Champions of Lithuania.  The draws for the third qualifying round will be made on July 15.

In a telephone interview minutes after the draw the Valletta coach Jesmond Zerafa said “We think we had an ideal draw for the first Qualifying Round, we shall play away against Tre Fiori and if we keep on the good upbeat work we can make it”.

Asked to comment about the possibility to face Ekranas of Lithuania in the second qualifying round Zerafa said; “I do not know much about this team but as we speak my collaborators have already started  compiling the necessary information for me. I do not want to think of the game against the Lithuanian team but for the time being we should only concentrate on winning on aggregate against Tre Fiori then we take it from there” Zerafa said.

Valletta will play away to Tre Fiore in the first Leg of the first qualifying round but should they progress they will host Ekranas first in Malta then play the return match in the Eastern country.

The UEFA Europa League draws will be made at 13:00hrs CET

Tre Fiori

Società Polisportiva Tre Fiori, also known simply as S.P. Tre Fiori, is a professional football club based in Fiorentino, San Marino. The club, formed in 1949, has been awarded 7 national championship titles and 6 national cup titles, making them one of the most successful clubs in the history of San Marino football, and are the reigning Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio champions. Although, the club have not been successful in European competition, Tre Fiori currently hold the record for most goals scored in European competition by a Sammarinese team; three goals, all scored in the UEFA Champions League. They currently play in Girone B of the Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are yellow and blue.

S.P. Tre Fiori are currently playing in the highest Sammarinese league, Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio, where they have played the majority of the seasons during their existence. The club was most successful during the 1990s when they won three Sammarinese championships and two Trofeo Federale titles. The club first won Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio in 1988 and took their latest title in 2011.

S.P. Tre Fiori have long-standing rivalries with several other clubs; the most notable of these is with neighbours F.C. Fiorentino.

European record

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 1QR Andorra UE Sant Julià 1–1 1–1 2–2 (p)
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 1QR Montenegro FK Rudar Pljevlja 0–3 1–4 1–7

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