Scottish champions Glasgow City have made history by becoming the first domestic side to reach the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club competition - the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Glasgow City reached the last 32 after comfortably topping Group 5 with convincing wins over Spartak Jaffa (Serbia), Mosta (Malta) and Klaksvik (Faroe Islands). They now face Valur Reykjavik of Iceland over two legs, the first being played at Petershill Park on Thursday 29 September at 7.45pm. Tickets priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions are now available from www.tickets-scotland.com or direct from the stadium itself.
The clash at Petershill Park is also the first UEFA Women’s Champions League tie to be played in Scotland and will see the famous Champions League anthem played. To make their achievement even more remarkable Scotland is one of the few countries in Europe that has an amateur league meaning players have to balance football with their careers, education and social lives.
City head coach, Eddie Wolecki Black said: “We are really looking forward to the match. The team more than deserve to have reached this far in the competition and it would be fantastic to have the support of Glasgow and Scotland behind us to try and help us get to the last 16. I am confident that anyone who comes along to see us for the first time on the night will be impressed by our entertaining style of play as we always remain true to our attacking philosophy. It is a historic occasion for the City and one our players will treasure for a very long time.”
The Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Not only have City done themselves and Glasgow proud with their outstanding performances in this year’s Champions League but they are flying the flag for Scotland. To reach the knockout stages is a remarkable achievement and we are all looking forward to their clash with Valur Reykjavik. I am sure the people of Glasgow and beyond will come out and roar them onto another famous win.”
Scottish FA Women’s national coach, Anna Signeul said: “The Scottish FA is right behind Glasgow City. They are doing Scotland proud with their fantastic success in the UEFA Women's Champions League. We hope the public get right behind them on the night and enjoy women's football at its best.”
Glasgow City have dominated Scottish football in recent years having won the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) five times since they were formed in 1998, including the last four seasons in a row. City currently sit nine points clear at the top of the league having won every league match they have played this season.
Their attentions will turn to Europe later this month when they will be hoping to reach the last 16 by overcoming Valur Reykjavik. And the Petershill Park based club are calling on the people of Glasgow to come out on to roar them on to victory before the return leg in Iceland the following week.