Derby County’s youngsters will make history on Wednesday when they compete in the club’s first ever game in the UEFA Youth League.
The honour comes as a result of an incredible 2018/19 campaign for Justin Walker’s side, and their reward for winning the Under-18 Premier League is a Round One tie with Belarusian side FC Minsk.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the first leg…
FC Minsk vs. Derby County
- UEFA Youth League
- Domestic Champions Path - Round One, First Leg
- Wednesday 2nd October
- Kick-off: 2pm (4pm local time)
- FC Minsk Stadium, Minsk, Belarus
Goalkeepers: Bradley Foster-Theniger, Harry Halwax
Defenders: Jordan Brown, Eiran Cashin, Jaden Charles, Kornell McDonald, Callum Minkley, Harrison Solomon.
Midfielders: Osazee Aghatise, Connor Dixon, Alex Matthews, Louie Sibley, Liam Thompson.
Forwards: Archie Brown, Bartosz Cybulski, Festy Ebosele, Eno Nto, Jack Stretton, Morgan Whittaker, Tyree Wilson.
Derby have entered the competition via the Domestic Champions path.
This draw included the domestic youth champions of the 32 best-ranked associations from UEFA’s coefficient rankings.
These 32 teams will compete in two rounds of home and away knock-out ties, before entering a play-off round which will include the second-placed teams from the group stage.
Should the tie end level after two legs, the team which scores more away goals will qualify for the next stage.
If both teams score the same number of goals both home and away over two legs, no extra-time will be played, and a penalty shoot-out will decide who progresses.
Justin Walker: “We’ve got a busy week ahead of us now, a three game week. It’s a really exciting time with different competitions.
“There’s a focus and an energy around the group and the result on Saturday helps to contribute towards that.
“We’re really looking forward to it. We know what is required - a team effort, a real togetherness.
“Everyone is going to need to contribute at some stage.”
HOW TO FOLLOW…
The full 90 minutes will be streamed live on FC Minsk's YouTube channel.
Alternatively, you can follow live updates from Belarus on Twitter at @DCFCAcademy.