Genk begins his European campaign on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk, whom the Limburgers achieve in the third preliminary round of the Champions League. Accustomed to C1, the Ukrainians will walk away with the label of favourites, but Limburgers, Belgium’s vice-champion and winner of the cup, hope to join FC Bruges in the group stage. Winning the dam against Sparta Prague or AS Monaco would still be necessary.
“We have worked all season to be here, and we will try to qualify against a good team,” Genk’s coach John van den Broome said in a pre-match press conference. “They’re great, but so are we. You always have a chance when you play your own game and stay focused and organized even against a more wealthy opponent.”