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    Default Has there ever been a part-time club in the Champions League Group Stages before?

    I'm asking this because I'm managing Havnar Bóltfelag at the moment who are a part-time club from the Faroe Islands and we got through the first two phases into the Champions Playoff. I barely got past NK Maribor of Slovenia in the first phase and I beat FC Basel 4-1 over the two legs in the second phase. Maccabi Haifa are the last club in my way from the first appearance of a Faroese club in the Champions League Group Stages, so I'm getting a bit excited.

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    That's pretty good going mate. I've never played as a part-time club apart from TMS in the Welsh league and got smashed in the first qualifying round. Good luck!! Let me know what happens!

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    Great job! Hope you make it through.

    Well, while I don't know about the Champions League, the Europa League certainly has, Shamrock Rovers last season for example.

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    I think Shamrock Rovers are a fully professional club.

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    What? The League of Ireland isn't professional is it? Convinced they said that every god damn time they were on telly during that run.

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    I'm pretty sure at least a couple of the Dublin clubs are professional, though most of the league is semi-pro.

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    Wiki says professional too, damn. Alright, then I have no idea :/

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    Ireland have had a few professional teams, although they did go bust, and I think Derry were kicked out of the league for producing false documents to hide their financial issues.

    Shamrock Rovers is a full professional club.

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    TNS is also a professional club, currently the only one in the WPL since Neath folded and the end of last season.

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    I'm fairly certain that there's never been a semi-pro team in the Champions League group stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler View Post
    I'm asking this because I'm managing Havnar Bóltfelag at the moment who are a part-time club from the Faroe Islands and we got through the first two phases into the Champions Playoff. I barely got past NK Maribor of Slovenia in the first phase and I beat FC Basel 4-1 over the two legs in the second phase. Maccabi Haifa are the last club in my way from the first appearance of a Faroese club in the Champions League Group Stages, so I'm getting a bit excited.
    I wonder if you made it!

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    Not in the Champions league yet but I brought my home town club from the depths of Irish football and now I'm in the Europa league group stages as a part time club, with a massive 1000 capacity stadium to rake in that money.

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