Everything you need to know about West Ham United’s Europa Conference League play-off opponents Viborg and B36 Torshavn.
The Hammers will play the winners of a tie between Viborg of Denmark and B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round.
This season’s play-off round draw was made at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland this afternoon, where 22 ties were drawn, including the one pairing David Moyes’ Europa League semi-finalists with minnows Viborg or B36 Torshavn.
West Ham’s opponents must first face one another in a two-legged third qualifying round tie played over the next couple of weeks.
The first leg is in Denmark tomorrow (Wednesday 3 August) and the second being will be held in the Faroe Islands next Tuesday 9 August.
West Ham’s play-off round first leg will be played at London Stadium on Thursday 18 August, with the return leg scheduled to be played in either Viborg Stadium or Torsvøllur on Thursday 25 August.
West Ham will have to make do without captain Declan Rice for both legs after he was banned for comments made towards the referee in the tunnel when the Hammers lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final back in May.
Moyes will be absent for the home leg having also been handed a one-game European ban for volleying a ball at a ball boy in frustration during the same game.
We know the Conference League is very much geared towards the minnows of Europe, especially during the group stages.
And that has been confirmed by this draw which will have had West Ham fans – like us – scrambling for Google and Wikipedia to learn more about their potential opponents.
Well help is at hand thanks to the wonders of copy and paste.
Here is everything you need to know about West Ham United’s Europa Conference League play-off opponents Viborg and B36 Torshavn.
The club’s full name is Viborg Fodsports Forening.
Founded in 1896 – just under a year after West Ham – then Thames Ironworks.
They finished seventh in last season’s Danish Superliga.
Viborg play in green and white and are nicknamed ‘the greens’ and a shamrock is featured on the club’s crest.
The Viborg Stadium has a capacity of just under 10,000, all seated.
Viborg are managed by Jacob Friis and have only ever won one trophy in their 126-year history, the 2000 Danish Cup.
They beat Lithuanian side Suduva 2-0 on aggregate to reach this stage.
The club’s first ultra group was established in 2002, when a group of young adults established Fanatikos. In 2004 a new group, Shamrock Ultras, was born.
The currency is Danish krone and one English pound equates – at the time of writing – to 10kr.
The average cost of a local domestic pint of beer in Viborg is 40kr – around £4 (Numbeo).
The club’s full name is Bóltfelagið 1936 Tórshavn.
Founded in – you guessed it – 1936 – 41 years after West Ham.
They finished fifth in last season’s Beitri beildin Faroe Islands Premier League and are currently fourth in the 2022 table with seven wins from 15 games played.
B36 Torshavn play in an all white home strip and a light blue away kit with white shorts.
They are nicknamed B36, the white tigers and Hvítir – which means ‘whites’.
B36 Torshavn play at the Gundadalur Stadium which has a capacity of 5,000.
They are managed by Dan Brimsvik and have won 20 honours in their history, most recently the 2021 Faroe Islands Cup.
They beat Bosnian side Borac on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw in the first qualifying round before seeing off San Marino’s Tre Fiori 1-0 on aggregate to reach this stage.
B36 Tórshavn is one of the biggest football clubs in the Faroe Islands, and are said to be known for ‘playing technical and positive football’.
The Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark and so the currency is Danish krone. So like in Viborg, one English pound equates – at the time of writing – to 10kr.
The average cost of everything appears to be higher in the Faroe Islands where a local domestic pint of beer will set Hammers fans back 50kr – around £5 (Numbeo).