FC Sheriff will be experiencing the Champions League for the first time and by a stroke of luck, were drawn against one of the competition’s iconic clubs, 13-time winners Real Madrid.
Two other big-name sides complete what will be a tough group for the Moldovan newcomers, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk.
After securing their place in the group stage by beating Dinamo Zagreb in last night’s play-offs, coach Yuriy Vernydub says things just keep getting better and better for Sheriff “It’s an interesting group with giants from Italy, Spain and Ukraine.
I had a feeling that we would get Shakhtar – a team from my country. We will try to compete. I hope and believe in my players. We feel as though we are in a fairytale and we want it to last as long as possible”.