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Crusaders will play Wolves in Europa League if they can beat first round opponents B36 Torshavn

Crusaders captain Colin Coates lifts the Irish Cup (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Crusaders captain Colin Coates lifts the Irish Cup (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Who will Linfield face in the second round of European football this summer?
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Crusaders will get the chance to play Premier League giants Wolves in the Europa League if the Irish Cup winners can see off Faroe Islands side B36.

Stephen Baxter's side take on B36 Torshavn in the first qualifying round of the Europa League and the prize on offer was revealed in the second qualifying round draw, which awarded the winners a tie against Wolves.

Should Crusaders make it through, they are scheduled to travel to Molineux on Thursday, July 25 before hosting their English opponents a week later on Thursday, August 1.

Wolves are embarking on their first European campaign in almost 40 years after finishing seventh in the Premier League table last season.

The task now for Baxter's men is to make sure they get the better of B36 in the first qualifying round.

B36 made it through two rounds of the competition last season by seeing off St Joseph's from Gibraltar and OFK Titograd from Montenegro. They were eventually beaten 8-0 on aggregate by Besiktas.

They played Linfield in the Europa League qualifiers in 2014. The Blues won 3-2 on aggregate thanks to two goals from Michael Carvill, who left the Crues earlier this summer, and one from Jamie Mulgrew.

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Torshavn are currently in the middle of the Faroese season, which runs from March to October.

The last time Crusaders progressed through a Europa League round was back in 2014 but they did make it through one round of the Champions League a year later.

The Crues played against English opposition as recently as 2011, when they were beaten 7-1 on aggregate by Fulham with Timmy Adamson equalising during what turned into a 3-1 home defeat in the first leg.

Before that, of course, there was the 1976 meeting with eventual champions Liverpool in the European Cup. Liverpool won the tie 7-0, including a 5-0 rout at Seaview.

Rangers could be heading for Ireland for the Europa League second qualifying round. If Cork City manage to see off both Cardiff Met and Progres, they will earn the right to face Rangers, providing the Scottish giants see off Prishtina or St Joseph's.

Ballymena United and Cliftonville also found out their potential opponents t if they manage to make it through both the preliminary and first qualifying rounds.

The Reds can land a tie against Austrian side Sturm Graz, but only if they beat both Wales' Barry Town and Swedish side Haugesund.

If they can beat both NSI Runavik and Malmo, United will face Sloevnian team Domzale or Balzan from Malta.

Linfield, we do know, WILL play a second round of European action this summer, win or lose against Rosenborg.

Should the Blues defeat the Norwegian champions, of course, they will progress to the Champions League second qualifying round, where they will play either Belarus side BATE Borisov or Polish champions Piast Gliwice. Linfield would play whichever team wins their Champions League first qualifying round tie.

If they're beaten, they have a second bite at the European cherry in the Europa League second qualifying round, where they will face either Finnish side HJK Helsinki or the Faroe Islands' HB Torshavn. Linfield would play whichever team loses their Champions League first qualifying round tie.

Here are today's draws as they happened:

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