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West Ham, new coach Bilic to start new season next week in Europa League in Andorra


NYON, Switzerland — West Ham and new coach Slaven Bilic will start their season in Andorra on July 2 in the Europa League first qualifying round.

The UEFA draw paired West Ham with Lusitans for a first-leg match more than five weeks before the English Premier League kicks off.

The return match in London is on July 9.

West Ham joined 101 teams in the draw Monday as reward for England being awarded an extra place through UEFA's fair play rankings last season.

A further 13 teams joined in the second qualifying round draw also being made later Monday.

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