FC Astana: From Across The Steppes To The Big Stage

FC Astana will take on Celtic in the 3rd round of qualifying of the UEFA Champions League in an effort to earn a place in the group stage of the competition for the second time.

As one of the remotest and smallest members of UEFA, the club has been on a relatively short but eventful journey since their inception seven years ago. The Panenka profiles the Kazakh club before they take of Brendan Rodgers’ team.

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Football in Gibraltar Keeps on Rocking

The tiny enclave with a population of just 30,000 gained UEFA membership in May 2013, allowing the British territory to take part in Euro 2016 qualifying and will next be competing for FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification starting in September 2016.

In an interesting twist, local domestic champions, the Lincoln Red Imps recently pulled off a major upset in a UEFA Champions second round qualifier against fellow Brits Celtic with the second leg due to be played next week.

 The Panenka looks at a strange mix of football and politics in the British satellite state.

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