Qualifying round draws start road to Milan

The 2015/16 season has begun with the first and second qualifying round draws in Nyon, Celtic FC and FC Steaua Bucureşti among the sides discovering their first opponents.

First and second qualifying round draws ©Getty Images for UEFA

The draws for the first and second qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League have been made in Nyon, with former European champions FC Steaua Bucureşti and Celtic FC among the 38 sides discovering their fate.

2015/16 UEFA Champions League list of participants

First qualifying round draw
Lincoln FC (GIB) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)
Crusaders FC (NIR) v FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
FC Pyunik (ARM) v SS Folgore (SMR)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO) v The New Saints FC (WAL)

• Ties will be played on 30 June/1 July and 7/8 July.

Second qualifying round draw
Hibernians FC (MLT) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
APOEL FC (CYP) v FK Vardar (MKD)
Qarabağ FK (AZE) v FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)
FK Sarajevo (BIH) v KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
NK Maribor (SVN) v FC Astana (KAZ)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v Dundalk FC (IRL)
HJK Helsinki (FIN) v FK Ventspils (LVA)
FC Midtjylland (DEN) v Lincoln FC (GIB)/FC Santa Coloma (AND)
Molde FK (NOR) v FC Pyunik (ARM)/SS Folgore (SMR)
Malmö FF (SWE) v FK Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)
Celtic FC (SCO) v Stjarnan (ISL)
FK AS Trenčín (SVK) v FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU)
FK Partizan (SRB) v FC Dila Gori (GEO)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Milsami Orhei (MDA)
CS Fola Esch (LUX) v GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
KF Skënderbeu (ALB) v Crusaders FC (NIR)/FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
B36 Tórshavn (FRO)/ The New Saints FC (WAL) v Videoton FC (HUN)

• Ties will be played on 14/15 and 21/22 July.

Draw key facts
• Midtjylland, Stjarnan, Milsami Orhei, Astana, Trenčín and Dila Gori are all making their first appearances in the European Cup.

• BATE, Ludogorets, Malmö, APOEL and Maribor were all in 2014/15 group stage.

• BATE (2008/09, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15), Debrecen (2009/10), Partizan (2010/11), APOEL (2009/10, 2011/12), Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12, 2012/13), Celtic (2013/14), Steaua (2013/14), Ludogorets (2014/15), Malmö (2014/15) and Maribor (2014/15) have all reached the group stage having started in the second qualifying round.

2015/16 UEFA Champions League draw schedule
Dates subject to change

2015/16 UEFA Champions League match calendar
StageDates
First qualifying round, first leg30/06–01/07/15
First qualifying round, second leg07–08/07/15
Second qualifying round, first leg14–15/07/15
Second qualifying round, second leg21–22/07/15
Third qualifying round, first leg28–29/07/15
Third qualifying round, second leg04–05/08/15
Play-off round, first leg18–19/08/15
Play-off round, second leg25–26/08/15
Group stage, matchday one15–16/09/15
Group stage, matchday two29–30/09/15
Group stage, matchday three20–21/10/15
Group stage, matchday four03–04/11/15
Group stage, matchday five24–25/11/15
Group stage, matchday six08–09/12/15
Round of 16, first leg16–17/02/16 and 23–24/02/16
Round of 16, second leg08–09/03/16 and 15–16/03/16
Quarter-finals, first leg05–06/04/16
Quarter-finals, second leg12–13/04/16
Semi-finals, first leg26–27/04/16
Semi-finals, second leg03–04/05/16
Final (San Siro, Milan)28/05/16