Atlético will officially kick off their 2011/12 campaign at the Vicente Calderón in less than a fortnight, when they take on Norwegian top flight side Stromsgodset on the 28th of July in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers.
The second leg of the fixture will take place on the 4th of August, at our opponent’s Marienlyst Stadium in Drammen, about an hour away from Oslo.
The teams were paired together in Friday morning’s draw in Nyon.
Stromsgodset enter the competition as the current Norwegian cup title-holders, a tournament they have won five times in their 104-year history. They currently sit in fourth place of the Norwegian Premier League.
When Rojiblanco manager Gregorio Manzano found out about the fixture, he expressed some concern about the advantage our rivals would have given that their domestic league is well underway.
“At first glance they’re an opponent unknown in European competition, but they are in the middle of their season in their country right now,” he told Atleti’s official site.
“This will be the most crucial factor of the tie, their conditioning against our lack of pace at the level of the competition we find ourselves in.
“Nonetheless, the quality and experience of our squad should be enough to overcome the fixture.”