Everything you need to know about West Ham's Europa League opponents

General view of the UEFA Europa League trophy before the match

West Ham United will play either Shakhtyor Soligorsk or Domzale in Europa League qualifying and here is everything you need to know about them.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers were drawn to face the winners of the second round match between Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk and Solvenian team Domzale.

They will then face off in a two-legged third qualifying round tie to be played on July 28th and August 4th.

Should Slaven Bilic's side win they would then need to come through another two-legged play-off to make the Europa League proper.

Last season the Hammers were dumped out of the competition by FC Astra at the same stage they enter it this, having won first and second round games.

General view of the UEFA Europa League trophy before the matchThe Europa League trophy

Hammers taking Europa League a lot more seriously

With the move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium, the fact the club has a host of quality young players it is determined to blood in the competition and with potential Champions League qualification at stake West Ham will be taking the Europa League a lot more seriously this time around.

Shakhtyor Soligorsk and Domzale played out a 1-1 draw on Thursday night in Belarus and the second leg will be played this coming Thursday (July 21st).

But what do we know about the sides standing in West Ham's way in the third round qualifier?

Petrov (L) from CSKA Sofia as they fight for the ball during their UEFAShakhtyor Soliogorsk (yellow kit) are more experienced in Europe than the Hammers in the last decade

Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Founded in 1961, Shakhtyor Soligorsk are nicknamed the Miners, the Pitmen and the Moles.

They finished third in the Belarusian Premier League last season and play at the Stroitel Stadium with a capacity of 4,200.

The club is managed by their all-time top scorer Syarhey Nikifarenka and they have won the Belarusian Premier League once in 2005 and the Belarusian Cup twice in 2004 and 2014.

While they are very much minnows, Shakhtyor Soliogorsk are much more experienced in European competition than West Ham in recent years, playing in Europa League qualifying in each of the last six seasons.

For any West Ham fans planning on travelling to Belarus should Shakhtyor emerge victorious, the average cost of a meal in Soliogorsk is £6 per head while domestic beer costs just 76p on average with imported beer only £1.52 per bottle on average.

Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2008-07-30T205222Z_01_LJU03_RTRIDSP_3_SOCCER-CHAMPIONS.jpgDomzale manager and legend Luka Elsner (yellow) in his playing days for the club

Domzale

Founded in 1921, originally as SK Disk, Domzale are nicknamed Ravbarji (The Brigands) or Rumeni (The Yellows).

They play at Sports Park, Dom┼żale which has a tiny capacity of just 2,813 and are managed by one-time Slovenia international Luka Elsner, a Domzale legend.

Domzale have won both the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Supercup twice and the Slovenian Cup once and like Shakhtyor Soliogorsk are more experienced in European competition than West Ham in recent years having played Europa League football in four of the last five seasons.

For any West Ham fans planning on travelling to Slovenia should Domzale emerge victorious, the average cost of a meal there is under £6 per head while domestic beer costs £1.84 and imported beer £2.51 per bottle on average.

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