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Dundalk's Champions League Qualifier Will Be Played At The Aviva

Dundalk's Champions League Qualifier Will Be Played At The Aviva

Dundalk will attempt to be the first Irish team to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League and they will do so from the spiritual home of Irish football, Lansdowne Road the Aviva Stadium.

Following their incredible 3-0 victory over BATE Borisov earlier this week, Stephen Kenny's men are already guaranteed of a place in the Europa League group stages but will make Irish footballing history if they overcome their next two-legged tie - and land themselves a massive financial windfall while they're at it.

Oriel Park doesn't pass the standards required to be a host venue for European football, which is why the second leg against the Belarusians was played at Shamrock Rovers' Tallaght Stadium.

Stephen Kenny said of the news:

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We're delighted that our next game will be at the Aviva Stadium. The players want to play on the biggest stage and in the national stadium. What we dream of in this League to play in the Aviva Stadium and to have it full - that does not happen very often.

We experienced playing there with the FAI Cup Final last year so it is great to get to play in the Aviva Stadium again. We are very appreciative of the FAI's help in that regard.

Dundalk will find out tomorrow morning who their opponents will be with high profile opponents like Celtic and Red Bull Salzburg both possible opponents.

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John Balfe

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