Who are Ajax’s Champions League opponents Sturm Graz?

Ajax have been drawn to face Austrian side Sturm Graz in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, but who are Sturm Graz?

Sturm Graz, also known as the Blackies, finished second in last years Austrian Bundesliga, finishing behind champions Red Bull Salzburg, to earn themselves a place in the Champions League qualifiers.

They will be looking to make it to the Group Stages of the competition for the fourth time in their history, with them most recently doing so in the 2000 – 01 season, finishing third in a group with Manchester United, Valencia and Panathinaikos.

Now managed by former Bayern Munich youth manager, Heiko Vogel, Sturm Graz will line up with Austrian Footballer of the Year, Peter Zulj.

Zulj scored 10 goals in the Austrian Bundesliga last season as well as getting 17 assists, catching the interests of English sides Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

The Blackies also have former Germany international Christian Schulz in their ranks, with the 35-year-old offering experience to the Austrian sides defence.

Ajax will certainly go into tie as massive favourites but will need to be careful if they want to play in the biggest club competition in the world.

Sturm Graz will travel to the Johan Cruijff Arena on the 24th of July for the first leg.


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