UEFA Champions League play-off round begins: Trabzonspor away to Copenhagen

In the 2022-2023 season play-off round of the UEFA Champions League, Trabzonspor will face Copenhagen on the road today.

In the number one organization of European football at club level, the teams that make the rounds will stay in the UEFA Champions League groups. Eliminated teams will continue their way in the UEFA Europa League groups.

The first matches of the play-off round will be held on 16-17 August, and the second legs will be held on 23-24 August.

We want to win both games

The Danish team will be a guest in Copenhagen. Trabzonspor’s coach Abdullah Avci said that they are making all the preparations for Trabzonspor to be in the Champions League groups.

Abdullah Avcı made a statement with Andreas Cornelius, one of the Danish players of the team, at the press conference held at Parken Stadium, where the match will be played.

Sharing information about the Copenhagen team, Avcı said, “We will play with a team that has an important culture, European and Championship League culture. We will meet a club that has been playing the Champions League and Europa League groups for 22 years and has a very important experience, past and history. It has 14 championships and 8 cups in the Danish league. For a long time, they played with their previous teachers in the 4-4-2 formation. They have switched to the 4-3-3 formation for the last 1.5 years. They emphasized possession of the ball. A young team with an average age of 24. They can print at high intensity. They can use set pieces and be effective. The audience atmosphere is extremely effective.” used his statements.

Avcı noted that they analyzed Copenhagen’s strengths and weaknesses, worked on it, and made all preparations both for Trabzon and Turkey so that Trabzonspor could be in the Champions League groups after a long time.

“We are mentally and physically ready”

Noting that he left behind 21 months at the beginning of Trabzonspor, Avcı said, “Our process is constantly putting it on top of it. While starting the league this year, we are a self-confident team that won last year’s championship, won the super cup and went to their last 3 official matches without conceding a goal. Every match played in Europe has more difficulties. We are ready for this in any way, mentally and physically. I hope that on behalf of the country and Trabzonspor football, we want to perform this here in order to have the music of the Championships played in Trabzon again after a long time.” he said.

Andreas Cornelius, who stated that it was special to play against his old team Copenhagen, said, “Copenhagen made a bad start to the league this year. We want to win both games. It will be a tough game, but we can win.” said.

Trabzonspor completed the final preparations for the match

Meanwhile, Trabzonspor completed its final preparations with the training at Parker Stadium, where the match will be played.

In the training, the first 15 minutes of which were open to members of the press, under the management of coach Abdullah Avcı, the players did training, running and passing.

It was learned that the tactical work of the match was carried out in the closed part of the training.

Here is the schedule for the play-offs first leg:


22.00 Bodo/Glimt (Norway) – Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

22.00 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Trabzonspor (Turkey)

22.00 Rangers (Scotland) – PSV (Netherlands)


19.45 Karabakh (Azerbaijan) – Viktoria Plzen (Czech)

22.00 Maccabi Haifa (Israel) – Red Star (Serbia)

22.00 Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) – Benfica (Portugal)

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