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Newcomers enthralled by play-off challenge

Published: Friday 10 August 2012, 16.39CET
UEFA Champions League debutants AEL Limassol FC, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC, Málaga CF and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach spoke of their excitement after the play-off draw.

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Published: Friday 10 August 2012, 16.39CET

Newcomers enthralled by play-off challenge

UEFA Champions League debutants AEL Limassol FC, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC, Málaga CF and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach spoke of their excitement after the play-off draw.

The 20 teams in the UEFA Champions League play-offs now know who stands between them and a coveted place in the group stage.

For clubs such as AEL Limassol FC, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC, Málaga CF and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, all of whom are experiencing Europe's premier club competition for the first time, the draw prompted outpourings of excitement.

AEL, hoping to emulate domestic rivals APOEL FC's achievement of reaching the quarter-finals last season, spoke of having waited "44 years for something like this", Hapoel described being in the hat as "amazing" and Gladbach said they are looking forward to facing a "great team" in FC Dynamo Kyiv.

UEFA.com was on hand after the ceremony to round up the reaction to the draw at the House of European football. To hear more, watch the video above.

Last updated: 27/11/12 11.21CET

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