The UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round pitted The New Saints with Faroese Champions B36 which had a special link for the Cieslewicz brothers.
Adrian and Lukasz are brothers and will on Wednesday, be playing against each other for the first ever time. The pair, 24 and 27, were born in Poland but grew up in the Faroes.
The Saints’ rapid winger is delighted with the draw and is relishing taking on his brother, ‘I’ve never played against my brother previously, so I was excited about that, but we want to go as far as possible and obviously I want the best for my brother and unfortunately one of the teams are going to be knocked out. I played together with him last year but I haven’t played against him, so it will be interesting.’
The former Wrexham forward, played for Torshavn last season after leaving Kidderminster Harriers and will revisit his old club when TNS travel to the Faroes, ‘It’s a Champions League game, so it doesn’t matter what level you play at – it’s a big occasion for everyone. I spent eight years over there before I moved to Britain, so I’ve got good memories.’
The winners of the first qualifying round will face Hungarian side Videoton FC in the next round – a match that the Polish Cieslewicz family were not hoping for, ‘We wanted Lech Poznan in the second round so someone would have played our home team. That didn’t happen, but it’s a big dilemma for my family now who they are going to support – my mum says she doesn’t even want to come to the game because she doesn’t know who to cheer on.’