A Brentford XI will head out to Portugal to participate in the Atlantic Cup this week and three teams await in the Algarve, who will all provide tough tests for Neil MacFarlane’s group.
The competition runs as one group in a league format with the team that accumulates the most points lifting the trophy. Take a look below as we profile each team that The Bees will face.
Breiðablik- Thursday 4 February, 7:30pm kick-off, Estádio Algarve
The first opponent for Brentford is Icelandic side, Breiðablik. They arrive at the tournament as part of their preparations for their league campaign in April.
Their 2021 campaign saw them finish second in their league table, just one point behind the winners Víkingur Reykjavík. After their 22 games they collected 47 points with 15 wins, two losses and five defeats.
They have recently been taking part in Fótbolti.net Cup in Iceland where they have claimed three wins against, Keflavik, Leiknir Reykjavik and HK. They then lost their last match to Stjarnan 3-1 away from home.
The side were involved in the early stages of the Europa Conference League where they beat the likes of Racing Union and Austria Wien before they exited at the Third Qualifying Round stage against Aberdeen.
In charge of Breiðablik is Óskar Hrafn Thorvaldsson who had a playing career with KR Reykjavik and he also turned out for Iceland at senior level. He took charge of the side in 2020.
The Estádio Algarve will be the venue for Brentford's first two fixtures
Brøndby IF- Tuesday 8 February, 3:00pm kick-off, Estádio Algarve
Brøndby IF are next up for The Bees as they take on the Danish side, who are currently third in the Danish Superliga after 17 games going into their winter break.
The side are set to return to league action in late February when they face FC Nordsjælland on 20 February. They take on Valarenga in their first fixture of the Atlantic Cup.
The side have been playing in the Europa League this season and they have taken on Lyon, Rangers and Sparta Prague.
In charge of Brøndby is Neils Frederiksen, who took charge of the side in 2019. He has also been in charge of Lyngby, where he worked with Brentford player Christian Nørgaard, before he departed for Esbjerg in 2015. He took charge of Denmark Under-21s for four years and he took them to the European Championships in 2017 and 2019.
Halmstads BK- Friday 11 February, 11:00am, Venue TBC
The third and final opponents for The Bees are Swedish side, Halmstads BK. The side go into the tournament following relegation from the top tier of Swedish football in 2021. They will be readying themselves for a season in the Superettan and they will face FC Copenhagen and Valarenga in their other fixtures. Their league campaign begins begins on 5 April against Örgryte IS from Gothenburg. The side have played a couple of friendlies recently against Falkenberg, where they won 2-0, and Varberg as they lost 1-0.
In charge of the side will be Magnus Haglund. The Swedish former Goalkeeper has significant experience managing in Sweden having taken charge of the likes of Elfsborg in previous years and he has also managed Norweigian side, Lillestrøm SK.
There will be live coverage across our social media channels as well as highlights packages available after the matches.