Blog post by: Andrew Howard (Head of Competitions) / @theandrewhoward
The last fortnight has seen tangible progress for the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.
From our 8 UEFA matches to date, we have won 5, drawn 1 and lost two. To put that into context, last season we drew one and lost seven!
The New Saints won both of their Champions League legs against the Faroe Islands champions and now face Hungarian champions Videoton next week (Tuesday, 14 July).
Newtown won 2-1, both home and away against Valetta of Malta, progressing to the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round.
Airbus UK Broughton had the toughest draw against a strong Croatian team, Lokomotiva Zagreb, and lost 3-1 last week. However, they gained an excellent 2-2 draw yesterday evening away, as they were knocked out.
Bala Town won 2-1 on Thursday night (9 July) but a last kick of the game goal by Differdange saw Bala crash out in heartbreaking fashion 4-3, where away goals would have seen Bala through.
TNS and Newtown both sold out their matches to 1,150 and 1,400 capacity. Bala had over 1,000 for their match.
The financial rewards for the clubs to date are:
TNS – €750,000
Newtown – €410,000
Bala and Airbus – €200,000
We have also gained 1.375 coefficient points this season, which helps our club UEFA rankings. The highest in my 13 seasons involved was 0.825.
So with all the excellent news with Euro Qualifiers, top ten rankings, Champions League Final; we are also experiencing some great highs on the domestic front too. Long may it all continue!
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