City Drawn Against Romanian Side FC Timisoara
Manchester City has been drawn against little known Romanian side FC Timisoara in the Europa League play-off round.
The first leg is to be played on Thursday 19 August at the 32,019 capacity Dan Paltinisanu stadium before playing the return leg a week later.
Blues' boss Roberto Mancini commented...
'It will be a difficult game and any team from Romania will provide stiff opposition, particularly on their own ground.'
'We will look forward to both legs and obviously look to ensure we move to the group stages of the competition.'
FC Timisoara - Wikipedia
Fotbal Club Timisoara is a Romanian football club which was established in 2002 and is currently playing in Romania's top league, Liga I.
Before 2002 the team played in the third and the second league under the name of AEK Bucuresti. The club was rebranded when the owner Anton Dobos moved the team to Timisoara after obtaining promotion to Liga I, finishing 1st in the 2001-02 season of Liga II, Seria 1.
However, there was an issue regarding the club's rights to the records of the team that played at Timisoara in the top Romanian league for 35 seasons in the 20th century, FC Politehnica Timisoara. There is an ongoing trial at this moment to resolve the entire problem.
Dan Paltinisanu Stadium & Surrounding Area