Contenders aim to emulate Porto
Thursday, 19 June 2003
Three sides that have tasted European glory are among the 82 contenders lining up for the UEFA Cup qualifying round draw.
Romanian club FC Steaua Bucuresti and FK Crvena Zvezda of Serbia and Montenegro, winners of the European Champion Clubs Cup in 1986 and 1991 respectively, will be joined by the 1970 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup champions Manchester City FC. All three teams are seeded in the draw, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland at 14.00CET on Friday.
For the draw, the 82 entrants have been divided in half into seeded and unseeded sides, and then placed into ten different groups lettered A to J based on geographical criteria and in accordance with the club coefficient ranking list.
How it works
Groups A to I will have two bowls of balls each made up of four seeds and four non-seeds while Group J will have a bowl of balls containing five seeds and another bowl with five non-seeds. To determine the draw, a ball will be taken from each bowl and these will be shuffled in an empty bowl. The first team drawn will play the first leg at home against the second team drawn.
This procedure will be carried out until all 41 qualifying round ties have been decided. Any fixture reversals and changes of date will then be confirmed by UEFA at 15.30CET. The set dates for the two-legged ties are 14 and 28 August.
Aside from RC Lens and City, teams from Spain, Italy, England, Germany, France, Greece, Netherlands and Turkey all enter the UEFA Cup in the first round, together with the cup winners from Portugal, Russia, Czech Republic, Scotland, Ukraine, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Israel.
Champions League losers
In addition to these teams, the 16 losing sides in the Champions League third qualifying round will enter the competition in the first round, and the eight third-placed teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage will join in the third round. The UEFA Cup final will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on 19 May 2004.
UEFA Champions League first qualifying round draw
First leg matches: 16 July 2003
Second leg matches: 23 July 2003
Teams - seeded/unseeded
1 - HJK Helsinki (FIN) 11 - FC BATE Borisov (BEL)
2 - Skonto FC (LAT) 12 - Sliema Wanderers FC (MLT)
3 - Omonia AC (CYP) 13 - Barry Town AFC (WAL)
4 - Bohemian FC (IRL) 14 - FC Pyunik (ARM)
5 - FC Sheriff (MOL) 15 - KF Tirana (ALB)
6 - FC Dinamo Tblisi (GEO) 16 - FC Flora (EST)
7 - FK Leotar (BHZ) 17 - Glentoran FC (NIR)
8 - FBK Kaunas (LIT) 18 - CS Grevenmacher (LUX)
9 - KR Reykjavík (ISL) 19 - HB Tórshavn (FAR)
10 - FK Vardar (MKD) 20 - FC Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ)
UEFA Champions League second qualifying round draw
First leg matches: 30 July 2003
Second leg matches: 6 August 2003
Teams - seeded/unseeded
Celtic FC (SCO) Djurgårdens IF (SWE)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) AFC Rapid Bucuresti (ROM)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) NK Maribor (SLO)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) MK ilina (SVK)
Wisla Kraków (POL) Winners match 1
NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Winners match 2
Grazer AK (AUT) Winners match 3
FK Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) Winners match 4
FK Partizan (YUG) Winners match 5
CH (DEN)* Winners match 6
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) Winners match 7
PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL) Winners match 8
MTK Hungária FC(HUN) Winners match 9
PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) Winners match 10
*The championship in Denmark will be decided on Sunday.
So the team that partizan should "aviod" in the draw would be Djurgardens
and the best team to play would be would be FC Irtysh Pavlodar
.... so in conclusion it doesn't matter who we play as these teams really suck