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14 Jun 2022

Linfield have been paired with Welsh champions The New Saints in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Better known as TNS, the Oswestry-based side are no strangers to these shores and as recently as last season knocked Glentoran out of the inaugural Conference League following a draw at The Oval and a 2-0 win back on home turf. They also accounted for Cliftonville in the Europa League a decade prior to that.

The dominant side in Wales in recent years, TNS have finished in the top two of the Cymru Premier for all bar one of the last 21 seasons and, for a spell in the last decade, lifted the title on eight consecutive occasions as well as securing five league and cup doubles during that run.

The Blues will be away for the first leg, with the return at Windsor Park expected to be a week later. The ties are currently scheduled to be played in early July but fans are strongly advised not to make any travel plans until exact details are confirmed by the clubs and UEFA.