Man City, Tottenham, Pompey and Villa get easy UEFA Cup ties, Everton get one of the toughest

The 2008/09 UEFA Cup first round draw was conducted today with the first leg to be played on Thursday 18 September 2008 with the second leg to be played on Thursday 2 October 2008.

Five days after the second legs the draw will be held for the group stage, the fixture dates for which are 23 October, 6 November, 27 November, 3/4 December and 17/18 December. The top three from each of the eight groups will be joined by the eight third-placed teams in the UEFA Champions League for the Round of 32 in February, with the eventual aim a place in the final at Istanbul’s Åžükrü SaracoÄŸlu Stadium on 20 May.

AC Milan (ITA) v FC Zürich (SUI)
FC TimiÅŸoara (ROU) v FK Partizan (SRB)
Hertha BSC Berlin (GER) v Saint Patrick’s Athletic FC (IRL)
FC Baník Ostrava (CZE) v FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) v BeÅŸiktaÅŸ JK (TUR)
Portsmouth FC (ENG) v Vitória SC (POR)
Kayserispor (TUR) v Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
Sevilla FC (ESP) v FC Salzburg (AUT)
VfL Wolfsburg (GER) v FC Rapid BucureÅŸti (ROU)
UC Sampdoria (ITA) v FBK Kaunas (LTU)
CS Marítimo (POR) v Valencia CF (ESP)
NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
Manchester City FC (ENG) v AC Omonia (CYP)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) v Club Brugge KV (BEL)
AS Nancy-Lorraine (FRA) v Motherwell FC (SCO)
Everton FC (ENG) v R. Standard de Liège (BEL)
SSC Napoli (ITA) v SL Benfica (POR)
AC Bellinzona (SUI) v Galatasaray AÅž (TUR)
NEC Nijmegen (NED) v FC Dinamo 1948 BucureÅŸti (ROU)
Real Racing Club Santander (ESP) v FC Honka Espoo (FIN)
APOEL FC (CYP) v FC Schalke 04 (GER)
PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) v Aston Villa FC (ENG)
FK Austria Wien (AUT) v KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
Vitória FC (POR) v SC Heerenveen (NED)
SK Brann (NOR) v RC Deportivo La Coruña (ESP)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) v SC Vaslui (ROU)
NK Slaven Koprivnica (CRO) v PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Brøndby IF (DEN) v Rosenborg BK (NOR)
PFC Cherno More Varna (BUL) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
Stade Rennais FC (FRA) v FC Twente (NED)
AFC Ajax (NED) v FK Borac (SRB)
Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG) v Wisla Kraków (POL)
FC København (DEN) v FC Moskva (RUS)
MŠK Žilina (SVK) v PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
BV Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Udinese Calcio (ITA)
SC Braga (POR) v FC Artmedia Petržalka (SVK)
Feyenoord (NED) v Kalmar FF (SWE)
Hamburger SV (GER) v AFC Unirea Urziceni (ROU)
Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) v AS Saint-Etienne (FRA)
FC Nordsjælland (DEN) v Olympiacos CFP (GRE)

Plenty of ties to talk about, but at the least I’d expect Spurs and Villa to get through – Everton have a very tough game against Standard Liege (they took Liverpool to extra time in the 2nd leg and with a bit more composure and experience could have been playing in the Champions League instead of the 5-time champions). Napoli are paired against Benfica and Udinese against Borussia Dortmund, two close ties.

Should be interesting this year, what with Milan and Ajax also in the mix for the title.

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  1. Peter London 29 August, 2008
  2. yu1mixer 30 August, 2008