Aberdeen have been handed their Europa League second and third qualifying round fate.

The Dons progressed through their first round tie with ease, brushing past Faroe Islands side Runavik with a 6-0 scoreline. Derek McInnes has targeted the group stage of this competition for the Dons but they will face two big hurdles to make the play-off round.

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Aberdeen face tough Europa League challenges. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Whilst seeded in the second qualifying round draw, Aberdeen got probably the hardest tie they could have recevied, an away trip to Norwegian side Viking Stavanger. Should they make it through that, a glamour tie away in Portugal with established European club Sporting Lisbon awaits.

NTOF takes a look at the confirmed and potential Europa League opponents for McInnes and his team.


Viking Stavanger

A tough tie for Aberdeen, the Norwegian side won’t make things easy for Aberdeen in round two. They qualified for the Europa League after a fifth place finish in the top flight of Norwegian football last term.

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A Viking task is confirmed. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Viking currently sit in 10th place in the Eliteserien. Inconsistent form means they haven’t been able to push up the table, although they did beat last season’s champions Molde most recently in a 3-2 victory. Veton Berisha is their danger man, scoring eight goals with three assists in 16 matches this season.

They are a decorated team, winning the Norwegian League eight times and Norwegian Cup six times. Their manager, Bjarne Berntsen, was vice-president of the Norwegian FA for a while, only to return to management with Viking in 2017.

This won’t be the first time Aberdeen have met Viking. The Dons faced them in 2015 when they won 2-1 in the Energy Cities Cup, Scott Wright scoring his first goal for the club on that night.

Sporting Lisbon

A massive tie for Aberdeen awaits if they can overcome their Norwegian opponents. Sporting are well-versed in Europa League football, reaching the knockout stages seven times since the 2010/11 season. On occasion, they have also featured in the Champions League group stages.

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Sporting Lisbon would be a huge ask. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Famed for bringing through top Portuguese talent like Cristiano Ronaldo and most recently Bruno Fernandes, Sporting have won 18 Portuguese League titles, 17 Portuguese Cups and one European Cup-Winners Cup.

Last season they finished fourth in the Primeira Liga, missing out on a group stage spot via goal difference to Braga, manager Ruben Amorim’s former side.

They have an abundance of talent, former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates being their captain, ex-Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and Brazilian youth international Wendell also amongst the players they possess.

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Coates is the skipper. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

It’d be a major achievement if Aberdeen got to this stage and managed to topple such an established European outfit.

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