Mainz - Kasper Hjulmand's first competitive game in charge of 1. FSV Mainz 05 will be against either Greek or Finnish opposition, after the draw for the third qualifying round of the UEFA League pitted die 05er against the winners of the tie between Asteras Tripolis FC and RoPS.

“We're looking forward to it, whoever we're up against. We've a lot of respect for both sides, who've each been training and playing competitively for a bit longer than us,” said Hjulmand, who joined Mainz in May as Thomas Tuchel's successor.

Group stage the target


“We know a bit about Greek and Finnish football, but not much about these two sides. We'll be starting to take a very close look at them,” the former head coach of 2012 Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland added.

Asteras, fifth in the Greek league last season, have a slight advantage for the second round return leg on 24 July after earning a 1-1 draw away to Finnish cup holders RoPS. Mainz host the victors in the first leg on Thursday 31 July, their seventh-place finish in the Bundesliga last season having earned them a berth in the third qualifying round. A place in the play-off round awaits the winners, after which the group phase of the tournament commences.