Crusaders have been drawn against Bulgarian side PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad in the First Qualifying Round of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.

More commonly known as Ludogorets, they clinched the First League courtesy of a seven-point gap over second placed CSKA Sofia and have held the domestic title since the 2011/12 campaign.

Managed by former Peru national team boss Paulo Aurtuori, Ludogorets are experienced European campaigners of late and reached the last 32 of the most recent UEFA Europa League eventually going out to Italian giants Milan. Other opponents in recent years have included Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Based in the north east of the country, Ludogorets are represented at the current FIFA World Cup in Russia by Polish midfielder Jacek Góralski.

The first leg, in Ludogorets, is scheduled to be played on 10th/11th July, with the return a week later. However, Crusaders fans are strongly advised to wait for confirmation from the club on the order of home and away legs plus dates before booking travel.

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