It won’t be the same atmosphere as when Dundalk played their last Europa League game at the Aviva Stadium in 2016 but the stakes will be as high if not higher next Thursday when they step out against Klaksvikar Itrottarfelag of the Faroe Islands.
The prize for a win will be a place in the Group stages of the Europa League, a high profile across European football for the SSE Airtricity League and a minimum revenue boost of €3 million.
The opportunity has arisen after last night’s penalty shoot-out win in Moldova and while this year’s domestic campaign has not been a great one for the club that could all be about to change.
The game will be played behind closed doors but it would be hoped that the TV rights will become available perhaps for RTÉ to go again having shown Shamrock Rovers’ home tie against AC Milan.
The Islanders may not have a Zlatan in their ranks but the lure of such a big win would be a great boost for the game.