Wolves back in Europe after 40-year absence

Wolves have qualified for the 2019/20 Europa League, marking the club’s return to major European competition for the first time in almost four decades.

The UEFA Cup finalists of 1972 are back in the tournament following Manchester City’s 6-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup final at Wembley this evening, which led to England's third Europa League spot to revert to the side which finished seventh in the Premier League. 

Wolves last took part in the competition back in the 1980/81 campaign, also when the Europa League was under the guise of the UEFA Cup. Unfortunately, a John Barnwell-led side fell at the first hurdle, in a 3-2 aggregate first round defeat to Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men will enter next season’s Europa League at the second qualifying round, with the first match in a two-legged tie scheduled to take place on Thursday 25th July. The second leg will be played on Thursday 1st August.

Wolves will find out their opponents during the draw for the second qualifying round which will take place on Wednesday 19th June.