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All set for group stage draw

Published: Sunday 2 October 2005, 1.46CET
The draw for the group stage of the UEFA Cup will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday beginning at 12.00CET.
Published: Sunday 2 October 2005, 1.46CET

All set for group stage draw

The draw for the group stage of the UEFA Cup will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday beginning at 12.00CET.

The draw for the UEFA Cup group stage will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday. Forty teams await their fate as procedures get under way at 12.00CET.

Famous names
The first round was completed last Thursday night, when a number of famous names experienced contrasting fortunes. Holders PFC CSKA Moskva won through in convincing fashion, completing a 6-2 aggregate triumph against FC Midtjylland, but the side they defeated in Lisbon in May, Sporting Clube de Portugal, failed to progress. Swedish team Halmstads BK overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit to win 3-2 at the Estádio José Alvalade and advance on away goals following a gripping 4-4 draw.

Winners eliminated
Two recent winners also saw their 2005/06 European campaigns reach an early conclusion, AFC Rapid Bucuresti ousting 2002 champions Feyenoord 2-1 overall, while Norway's Tromsø IL eliminated Galatasaray SK, who lifted the trophy in 2000. The likes of Bayer 04 Leverkusen - winners in 1988, Everton FC, FK Partizan and FK Austria Wien, semi-finalists last term, also bowed out, although the other side to lose in the last four in 2004/05, AZ Alkmaar, scored twice in the final eleven minutes to knock out FC Krylya Sovetov Samara on away goals following a thrilling 6-6 draw. There were more comfortable victories for AS Roma, US Città di Palermo, AS Monaco FC and RC Strasbourg, among others.

Top seeds CSKA
France are represented by five teams, while Italy, Russia, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria have three clubs still in contention. The qualifiers have been divided into five pools of eight sides based on their UEFA coefficient. CSKA Moskva are top seeds, and Tromsø bottom. A team from each seeding pool will be assigned to a group, although clubs from the same national association cannot be pitted together.

Computer draw
When the draw concludes - with eight sections of five teams - a computer draw will take place to determine the fixture schedule with factors such as stadium clashes and climatic conditions, as it is not possible to play in some northern countries in mid-December, taken into account.

Eindhoven finale
Each club will play two matches at home and two away on the following dates: 20 October, 3 November, 24 November, 30 November/1 December, 14/15 December. The winners, runners-up and third-placed sides from each group progress to the last 32 where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage. At this point, the traditional two-game format is used with the exception of the final. The competition climaxes at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven on 10 May 2006.

2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage participants
Pot Club (country) Coefficient
1 PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) 34.469
1 AS Roma (ITA) 73.191
1 VfB Stuttgart (GER) 58.166
1 AS Monaco FC (FRA) 53.324
1 Hertha BSC Berlin (GER) 46.166
1 FC Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) 38.469
1 Besiktas JK (TUR) 37.872
1 AZ Alkmaar (NED) 37.145
2 Sevilla FC (ESP) 36.326
2 Olympique de Marseille (FRA) 36.324
2 PAOK FC (GRE) 35.715
2 SK Slavia Praha (CZE) 35.223
2 FC Basel 1893 (SUI) 33.827
2 Middlesbrough FC (ENG) 32.864
2 RCD Espanyol (ESP) 29.326
2 RC Lens (FRA) 29.324
3 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 28.200
3 SC Heerenveen (ESP) 26.145
3 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR) 24.200
3 Hamburger SV (GER) 24.166
3 FK Crvena Zvezda (SCG) 21.012
3 Bolton Wanderers FC FC (ENG) 20.864
3 UC Sampdoria (ITA) 20.191
3 US Città di Palermo (ITA) 20.191
4 FC Steaua Bucuresi (ROU) 20.101
4 Brøndby IF (DEN) 19.676
4 Grasshopper-Club (SUI) 18.887
4 FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) 18.469
4 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL) 18.118
4 RS Strasbourg (FRA) 17.324
4 Stade Rennais FC (FRA) 16.324
4 PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL) 15.118
5 Vitória SC (POR) 14.739
5 PFC Litez Lovech (BUL) 14.118
5 Halmstads BK (SWE) 13.076
5 Vikin FK (NOR) 12.665
5 FC Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU) 12.101
5 AFC Rapid Bucuresti (ROU) 8.101
5 Maccabi Petach-Tikva (ISR) 7.218
5 Tromsø IL (NOR) 6.665

Last updated: 04/10/05 12.52CET

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