Everton will play Ruzomberok in Europa League qualifier

Thursday, 20 July, 2017 69comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton's opponents for the third qualifying round of the Europa League have been confirmed as MFK Ruzomberok after they beat SK Brann this evening.

The Slovakian club were trailing the Norwegians 1-0 going into the second leg but they turned the tie on its head by winning 2-0 in Brann to set up a meeting with the Blues in the next round.

The first leg is at Goodison Park next Thursday evening, with the return match in Slovakia the following week.  

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James Morgan
1 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:05:49
It's these kind of European giants you dream of playing!
Philip Abbott
2 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:07:09
Their ground only holds 4,800.
Charlie Lloyd
3 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:13:30
3rd last season in the Slovak league. Capacity of 4,800 according to Wikipedia.
Steve Hopkins
4 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:16:03
Any idea who's got the Europa League TV rights this season and do they normally show the qualifiers when the Brits are involved?
Lee Jackson
5 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:16:08
Tiny ground with no seating at either end by the looks of it. Still, there is a Tesco at one end so not too alien.
Andrew Thompson
6 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:21:57
BT show Europa League matches Steve, but they hadn't put it in their schedule when I checked earlier. Maybe they were waiting till opponents confirmed? I am sure they showed West Ham's qualifiers last season.
Iakovos Iasonidis
7 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:22:15
Let's get past our 2 qualification rounds and I am sure we will come across some European giants at the group stage. Unknown entity this Ruzomberok but they seem to have some fighting spirit in them.
Steve Hopkins
8 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:29:28
Thanks, Andrew; like you, I checked their schedule the other day but no sign of it.
Steve Hopkins
9 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:31:34
I'm sure we'll be fine; can't help but feel slightly nervous though. We've come a long way since that embarrassing night in Bucharest a few years ago but this has a similar feel to it.
David Booth
10 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:37:33
Biatch of a place to get to.

Flying to Krakow seems the best/only option – then a couple of hours on a coach/train. That's assuming one can grab a ticket from what will be our tiny allocation.

However, with a decent pair of binoculars, you'd get a good view from the mountain that overlooks the ground (stadium would be too grand a description)...

Steve Hopkins
11 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:42:13
Got to love the stadium pics on wikipedia, apparently Ružomberok was the second choice after Kirkby for the Tesco Dome


Roman Lizuch
12 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:51:14
I didn't expect this, but it´s a nice chance to see my Toffees live. I feel very sorry for all of you who will need to travel from England. So don´t mind one cheeky bastard that will go on about 25 miles long trip by a car.
Rob Halligan
13 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:51:44
Only holds about 4,800. We should get at least 1,000 tickets for that.
Tony Everan
14 Posted 20/07/2017 at 20:56:25
A good win next Thursday will be enough, we have away goals in us with the skill from midfield and pace up front.

We will surely have too much for the Ruzzers.

Harry Wallace
15 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:04:24
Need a big win in first leg. It's like an FA Cup tie with a lower-league team.
Colin Glassar
16 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:08:23
Beautiful women and great beer.
Jay Woods
17 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:08:27
It's a 14-hour drive from my house in Riga (according to Google Maps). Knackering but doable on a long day.
Rob Halligan
18 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:24:45
Hotel and flights sorted. Not bad price considering.
Tony Abrahams
19 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:35:15
Which route are you taking, Rob?
Rob Halligan
20 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:38:30
Liverpool to Krakow. Train to Ruzomberok. Then return flight from Krakow to Manchester.
Neil Thomas
21 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:43:27
Jay (#17),

I've just been on Google maps too. From my house, it's a 14-day walk and my car's at the garage at the moment so I'm quickly packing a rucksack now...

Gerry Quinn
22 Posted 20/07/2017 at 21:51:38
It's 5,700 miles for me!

However, the best news is that I have sold the house here in Houston and will be back in Aberdeen looking to buy a house in Turriff on the 20th August - YES! Oh for a sausage butty! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Lee Jackson
23 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:00:41
Where in Houston were you Gerry? I was in Spring for 7 years, moved to Washington last October though.
Stan Schofield
24 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:09:25
Gerry, an Aberdeen Angus sausage butty? I'm in Stonehaven.
Brian Williams
25 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:14:45
Gerry (#22).

You big in oil, Gerry?

Gerry Quinn
26 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:34:27
I'm big in water too, Brian. :)
Gerry Quinn
27 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:42:39
I have been Survey Manager for offshore construction companies (Technip, Acergy, Subsea 7, EMAS and now Subsea 7 again!) – over here for 17 years. Have reached 66 – retirement age, and have seen our grandkids/kids once in 3 years – too expensive to fly them over all the time (hate airlines attitude unless you use them a lot). Had enough – time to retire, play golf and walk our 4 month old Golden Retriever puppy, Quinny – American Kennel Club name "QuinnyMacQuinnFace" :)
Gerry Quinn
28 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:43:24
Oh, and watch the boys from closer distances.
Brian Cleveland
29 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:45:09
Brian, what kind of kinky question is that to ask a man?

BTW, I watched the game today and they really deserved the win. They had a lot of the ball and put in a lot of effort. Brann just seemed to want to hold that 1 goal lead from the first leg and never tried anything until after they went 2 down, with 10 minutes to go; too little too late. And didn't threaten much even then.

I was surprised; I thought Brann were supposed to be the better team with a European pedigree.

At least we won't have to run through any more Brann jokes!

Gerry Quinn
30 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:48:05
And... driving on the left (managed to do that wrong once coming out of B&Q thinking it was Lowe's last time I was in Aberdeen. Also, will have to buy an automatic – wife and I have left hands and legs that hang useless when we drive around Houston!!!!
Brian Williams
31 Posted 20/07/2017 at 22:57:29
Brian. It's a sort of "in joke"... well it was when I was still "big in oil".

Silly offshore humour!

Denis Richardson
32 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:02:05
How the fuck did Brann get knocked out??

Not too concerned apart front the fact the place is in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully we can get a big win at Goodison Park in the first leg that renders the return leg a bit meaningless so a few of the senior players don't have to travel out.

Their stadium holds less than 5k!

Mike Keating
34 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:02:06
I will miss the First Leg...

Is it on Freeview?

Peter Gorman
35 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:03:43
Happy for you, Roman, hope the team does the job convincingly. I still remember Bucharest so I'll be optimistic with caution.
Derek Knox
36 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:22:04
Okay, we are having a laugh, but beware of the banana skin!

Everybody assumed, including myself, that Brann would go through, how wrong were we all?

If they've pulled off one upset, who says they can't lift their game, and do it again.

They are an unknown quantity!

Unless anyone tells me any different, I will consider them as a genuine contender, and treat them with respect as such.

Complacency has been the undoing of many sides in European Competitions.

Let's face it they are not exactly a team of part timers, and even if they were, this is their chance on the television, to prove something.


Mark Dunford
37 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:24:27
You can fly from London to Poprad which is much nearer than Krakow. This place is in the Tatra mountains so very picturesque with good beer, a lethal cocktail of sorts called tatra tea and lots of pork. Did some work in nearby Kezmarok about 8 years ago. Hard to get about so I'd fly to nearest possible airport.
Andy Williams
38 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:26:06
Have a few Pivos for me, Roman. I worked in Slovakia for two years. Taught all my classes all the Everton songs. They all ended up with scouse accents and blues fans. I suppose the prices have gone up a lot since '96. Used to go out on a Sunday, have about 6 pints and a meal, and change out of £1.50!
James Peter
39 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:56:17
I'm 'living the dream' myself and, although this away has fell in my time off, I'm on a family holiday. Fingers crossed we get through and get to the groups so I can get to at least one European away this season.
Kieran Kinsella
40 Posted 21/07/2017 at 00:05:38
I wasn't at the game but I was in Bucharest at the dentist during that 5-1 drubbing. It was embarrassing but worse than that the locals were embarrassed for me. I tried to explain "It's OK, it's a David Moyes thing," but their pitying looks still haunt me.
Nigel Johnson
41 Posted 21/07/2017 at 00:12:30
It's a good draw for us but I still think we need to sign an out-and-out big striker quickly. I also think we need to sign a class centre-back. I think the team is missing at least 2 key positions. We need that focal point up top.
David Israel
42 Posted 21/07/2017 at 00:39:51
Good for you, Roman #12! I hope you enjoy it.

A few people on here fearing a repetition of Bucharest. Apart from the fact that 'History happens first as tragedy, and repeats itself as farce', Dynamo Bucharest, for all their shortcomings, were probably a much better team than this outfit whose name I have yet to memorise, and we were certainly much poorer and with a much poorer manager (in more ways than one).

Five-nil at Goodison is my prediction. Ronald to rest most of the team for the away leg, where we'll get an honourable 1-1 draw.

Brian Porter
43 Posted 21/07/2017 at 01:25:11
Stan (#24). Smallish World. I used to live not far from Stonehaven in Banchory. Loved it up there.

Both my sons were born in Scotland, the eldest was born in the old Kincardine O'Neil War Memorial Hospital and the second one in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The youngest is also sadly buried in Banchory Cemetery so we have strong links with your beautiful part of Scotland.

I really miss the morning rolls from the bakers up there. Can't get them down here.

Jamie Sweet
44 Posted 21/07/2017 at 02:51:16
Nigel (#41),

If anyone has seen the video of Sandro Ramirez banging in absolute rockets from all angles in training then I am quietly confident we may already have such a striker.

However, we do definitely need at least one more front man, probably two, for what will be a long tough season, starting next week.

Roman Lizuch
45 Posted 21/07/2017 at 06:55:42
Classic Slovak lager beer is about €1 per 0.5 L. But if you want something more interesting like IPA then I will be not surprised if you find a proper "beer pub" with 15 different beers in Ruzomberok. These are on the rise in Slovakia, haha.
Tony Abrahams
46 Posted 21/07/2017 at 09:12:37
Three year old twins, and the kids are off school, so I don't know how I'm going to work this one? I wasn't the slightest bit interested in going to Brann, but this trip seems like there will be a lot more fun involved.

Planes, trains and automobiles always makes for a lot more adventure, but I think I'll see how the first leg goes before I make any plans!

A long hard season, is what all the big teams plan for Jamie, so hopefully our squad isn't finished just yet?

Arild Andersen
47 Posted 21/07/2017 at 09:17:17
Nothing works in Norwegian football at the moment. My 11-year-old son and I had the trip from Oslo planned after Brann won in Slovakia... only for them to totally screw up at home.

He is gutted, had looked forward to finally see his heroes Baines & Davies in real life. Hopefully some young Slovakian Blues will have a great night with their favourite team in town.

Arild Andersen
48 Posted 21/07/2017 at 09:21:38
Oh, and Ruzomberok must not be underestimated. They were good on the ball and had a lot of determination. And the mental strength to win away from home.
Jim Potter
49 Posted 21/07/2017 at 09:42:53
Arild – old Everton would have screwed up your plans (not Brann) – new Everton will hopefully give your 11-year-old something else to smile about this season.

Feeling so optimistic!

Stan Schofield
50 Posted 21/07/2017 at 09:43:02
Brian @43: So sorry to hear about your youngest son. Banchory is a lovely place. My wife and I recently walked from Banchory to Aboyne on the Deeside Way. We also did a walk on and around Scolty Hill, beautiful.

We moved here a few years ago, from Warrington, because of the oil industry, but I'm now retired. So I don't see the blues as frequently. When folks find I'm from Liverpool, they often ask if I'm blue or red, and being blue seems to get a warm response, so they seem to like Everton up here.

Gordon Scott
51 Posted 21/07/2017 at 10:18:29
Brian (#43) & Stan (#24)

It is indeed a small world, I grew up in Stonehaven, Father still lives locally in Drumlithie.

Tim Sharpe
52 Posted 21/07/2017 at 10:24:29
I've been in Scotland for 21 years now, lived in Inverurie, and now Dundee. A lot of clubs have Everton connections in one way or another (Big Dunc, John Collins, McFadden, Goughy, David Weir, Stubbsy to name a few).

It's much easier being English, when you're an Evertonian. :)

Stan Schofield
53 Posted 21/07/2017 at 11:12:15
Gordon, we visit the Castleton Farm Shop quite regularly, near Drumlithie, which is another lovely place.

Tim, my local, the Marine Hotel on the harbour, has a head chef who's an Evertonian. We use a plumber, a local lad, who's also an Evertonian. The only 'reds' I'm aware of are Aberdeen supporters!

Jack Convery
56 Posted 21/07/2017 at 13:59:46
I wanted Brann – constipation now beckons.

Seriously though, the aim for the 17-18 season must be to finish top 4. I'd use this competition to give squad players / kids a chance. We have bigger fish to fry.

John G Davies
57 Posted 21/07/2017 at 14:24:03

The reward for winning this cup is the same as finishing top 4, a Champions League place.

I think it's our most realistic chance to get Champions League. Difficult to get past three clubs this season. I would target this cup.

Kieran Kinsella
58 Posted 21/07/2017 at 14:30:51
I did some digging. The town they're from has a population just about large enough to fill the Walkers stadium. They have been around for 111 years but slowly rose to the top flight within the last decade.

They wear outfits like Wolves based on the request of their sponsors but used to have outfits like Norwich. No big story about being bankrolled by a billionaire. No big name players. Mostly Slovak players with a Bosnian striker.

Jim Knightley
59 Posted 21/07/2017 at 14:36:43
John (#57),

We are some way off Chelsea, Man City, Spurs and Man Utd too now, with their signings and the likely upturn in Mkhitaryan's form. Liverpool and Arsenal have more class and goals in them too, even if our defensive part of the team can compete and better them, especially in Liverpool's case.

On the other hand, we could get into the latter stages of the Europa League playing teams that will be weaker than us. Then it is a lottery; United had it easy this season but Liverpool had it very hard the season before.

Whatever happens, if we can get into the later stages then we can win it. It is more likely than top 4 in a much improved Premier League. (It would have been more likely 2 or 3 seasons ago but the quality is picking up again.)

Russ Quinlan
60 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:13:44
Welcome to Teuchter land Gerry!!

I'm in Fyvie (originally from Wallasey) which is a spit fae Turra!

Brian Williams
61 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:29:31
Watch out for flying rowies!
Paul Tran
62 Posted 21/07/2017 at 18:34:14
Stan (#50). Agreed. We've lived in Nairn on the Moray Coast for 7 years. Lots of warmth when I tell people I'm a Blue. I know one red, who to be fair, is actually a Scouser.
Gerry Quinn
63 Posted 21/07/2017 at 19:32:40
We lived in Udny Green, near Pitmedden, Ellon, for 14 years before moving to the US guys, well familiar with Aberdeenshire – hence the move back.
Terry White
64 Posted 21/07/2017 at 20:26:18
My mother was born in Aberdeen. We had many a summer holiday there, my Dad driving overnight to get us there early in the morning. We stopped at Stonehaven to get a cold water wash so we could look better when we showed up at my Gran and Grandpa's door!
Andrew Presly
65 Posted 22/07/2017 at 03:18:45
My Dad is from Methlick, near Ellon. Nice to see a few Dons showing themselves on here! Hopefully we get to Pittodrie in the group stages.

We're also unavoidably linked to Aberdeen via Andy Nicholls's literary classic "Scally", detailing hi jinks following a friendly in the mid nineties. It gets its own chapter.

Keith Conchie
66 Posted 22/07/2017 at 12:36:10
Game is live on ITV4 Thursday for anyone not going.
Antony Matthews
67 Posted 22/07/2017 at 12:37:41
Match is live on itv 4 7.30uk time for those not going.
Dermot Byrne
68 Posted 22/07/2017 at 12:40:11
Thanks for ITV times, lads.
Lewis Roll
69 Posted 22/07/2017 at 12:58:59
Does anyone know where the link to purchase todays friendly is? I can't find it anywhere on the homepage! Thanks
Andy Osborne
70 Posted 23/07/2017 at 09:33:24
Anyone know if it is being show live in Australia? If so, which channel?
Barry McNally
71 Posted 23/07/2017 at 20:24:51
Ruzomberok were beaten 2-1 away to FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce in their first league game of the season. Zlaté Moravce finished 10th of 12 teams last season – Ruzomberok finished second.
David Currie
72 Posted 24/07/2017 at 17:54:57
Anyone know if they are showing the game in USA? I live just outside San Diego, CA.

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