Newcastle Get Atromitos Of Greece In Europa League Play-Off


Newcastle were drawn against Greek club Atromitos this afternoon at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, for a two legged tie to qualify for the Europa League group stage, and the two games will be played on Thursday nights, on August 23rd and August 30th.


Atromitos Football Club was founded in May, 1923, and is based in Peristeri in Athens, and they play in the Super League Greece, and last season they finished in a respectable 4th place.

They finished behind Champions Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and PAOK Salonika in that order, and were tied on 50 points with PAOK Salonika. Here’s the league table from last season.

Atromitos play in blue and white stripes with blue shorts and blue socks, and their Peristeri Stadium has a capacity of 10,200.

Newcastle were among 31 seeded sides for the draw in made in Switzerland at 12:30pm today, and in total, there are 62 teams in this round of the competition, and in the same draw Liverpool drew Hearts of Scotland.

Newcastle will play in Athens in the first leg, since Atromitos were first out of the hat, and then the second leg will be at St. James’ Park one week later.

Newcastle will have a tough first two weeks of the season with league games on August 18th (Tottenham home), August 25th (Chelsea away) and 2nd September (Aston Villa home), and with two Europa league ties squashed in between on August 23rd and August 30th against Atromitos.

So that’s 5 games in the first 15 days of the season for Newcastle, and it looks like Alan Pardew will rely on a number of fringe players and youngsters to ensure Newcastle qualify for the groups stages of the tournament.

Players likely to play in the Europa league are Steve Harper, James Perch, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano and Sammy Ameobi, if he’s fit.

We must get through this qualifying round to get to the group stages of the competition.

Comments always welcome.



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184 comments so far

  • hoppernufc

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Get in!

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    that was quick

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  • Belfast-Toon

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Happy days, better than fc anzi!

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  • Super Magpie

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    We should walk through both games, but you never know. I’ve never heard of them and if we drew with olympiakos with a reserve team then we really should be winning comfortably here.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    pardew, your forgetting the time difference, ed saw it 7 hours ago but didnt want to spoil it for us

    i think thats how it works

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  • geordie157

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Decent draw, could have been worse. Not sure how strong the Greek league is.

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  • nobby sol

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    shefki kuqi’s younger brother plays for them!

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Bit mad these gitts. Big on hooliganism but it’s nothing we ain’t seen before. Away draw first is better imo because we get the worst over with straight away.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    I think this is quite a nice draw for us. Who did Liverscum get.

    ouch 5 games in 15 days. Thats quite heavy on. Hopefully we can manage it. Hoping to see Abeid show his full quality tomorrow.

    Reckon we should save one of the Senegal boys for the qualifiers though. At least after the Spuds game. I’m confident our defense can cover but we’ll need a good attacking threat.

    Our youth handled Braga and Olympiakos well. Im confident.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10
  • JAMSHA

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    final a team that we can beat… but will always be tough too beet the spartns

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  • Sholadona

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    No Visa required for those who are planning to go

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  • Super Magpie

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    We should be playing the fringe players in these games, I think we’ll see if we can get the game moved back a day. I hope we can because we’ll have two 4 hour flights and then Chelsea 2 days later.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon1978

    Agreed. and we have a slight bit more breathing space around the first leg.

    Fixtures around second leg are horrible.

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  • Phil K

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Far from a doddle, but it could have been worse, more volatile regions with psychotic islamacists, or loony locals, whereas here, the usual few hooligans, but in Athens, Greek history, holiday weather, and we can take the piss out of them being propped up by the Germans financially

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Liverpool got Hearts I believe

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  • Super Magpie

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Who did the Bindippers get? Inter? Athletico? 🙂

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    could be a tricky tie.

    because we don’t know anything about them. and they will definitely know everything about us.

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  • Phil K

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    The Spartans duffed up the Athenians in the Pellopenissian wars, so we should get past them OK

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  • Phil K

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Hearts v Scouse Mirror-Kissers

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  • tomnewcastle

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    myonly fear is that the younger players may not be able to handle it as we have chelsea a few days after so we won’t risk playingthe first team.

    But good draw better than anzhi machalalcafackmairanamca

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #22

    What a f***** weird way to conduct a draw.lol

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  • markmac

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Never heard of them, anyone know if have they ever played a English side before? and do they have any players we either know or have to look out for?

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  • AshtreeKid

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    had they pre-drawn what pot we were in then?

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #25

    We shouldn’t take a win for granted…

    Remember pride goes before a fall!

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  • pawl250

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Currently games are to be held on 23rd and 30th August.

    We are apparently appealing to the opponent now known Atromitos if we can move the game to Wednesday which will be 22nd and 29th August.

    This is because our appeal for the PL games on Saturdays after failed.

    I would expect tickets to go on sale sometime late next week when date has been confirmed.

    I would imagine Pardew will send a young team over to Greece for away leg, see how the do and respond with a strong team at home if needed. This will allow our bigger players the time off.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #27

    I dont know what was going on.

    It was like a computer made the draw or something.lol

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Now we know our draw i would like the people up top to think we will get through and get in some players soon to cope with these fixtures coming up

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  • hattambenarfa

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Rather than debuchy what would people think of azpilicueta?

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  • martoon

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t know if it is a good sign but the predicitive text on my phone when I try to type Atromitos comes up as Atrocious 🙂

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #31

    First awaygame, if I could pick a team. Need to rest players and give the squadplayers a chance.

    —————–Krul—————–
    Tavernier-Willy-Perch-Raylor
    ———Gosling—–Bigi———-
    Obertan—–Abeid——Sammy
    —————-Shola—————-

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  • pawl250

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    eaststandgeordie1982 –

    I doubt it works like that. If you scenario was true then the transfer window would still be open after the 2nd leg. This would mean they can make last day signings should we DEFINITELY go through rather than guessing.

    Lets hope this is not what the board are waiting for otherwise it will be a long 3 weeks!

    I hope we sign 2 players – Douglas, Debuchy

    If we dont sign them I wont cry, I will have trust in the team we have. I personally think it is a STRONGER team than this time last year!

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  • hattambenarfa

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Pappiss good over perch, perch bench for first team

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Hattam

    Ok, I haven’t seen Good play 🙂 Hope he get some games this year.
    Fergie and vuckic should get some minutes too!

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  • hoppernufc

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Apparently we’re trying to Change the legs around so we can play at home for the first leg

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  • stu.toon

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Anybody else think it’s worth a pop at signing Adam Johnson? Initially on loan with a view to buy, surely city would be open.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Pawl i think we might of been waiting to see who we got and i think we will get through so i imagine pardew and co will also think the same now we can get the right players in, didnt mean wait until we get through.

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  • hattambenarfa

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeah I think fergie is injured but vuckic should

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Stu.toon

    Would love to see adam johnson in a toonshirt! Great winger imo

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  • hattambenarfa

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #40

    We have more priorities than lw, where marv gutti sammy benny fergie ba can play

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