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Dates for next season's UEFA Cup

Published: Friday 20 June 2008, 14.32CET
The UEFA Cup final will be held in Istanbul for the first time next season and the road to Turkey begins with the first qualifying round draw on 1 July. uefa.com has the dates.
Published: Friday 20 June 2008, 14.32CET

Dates for next season's UEFA Cup

The UEFA Cup final will be held in Istanbul for the first time next season and the road to Turkey begins with the first qualifying round draw on 1 July. uefa.com has the dates.

The UEFA Cup final will be held in Istanbul for the first time next season and the road to Turkey begins with the first qualifying round draw on 1 July.

July start
Four years after the Atatürk Olympic Stadium staged Turkey's first major European final with the UEFA Champions League decider between Liverpool FC and AC Milan, the UEFA Cup showpiece will be held on Istanbul's Asian side at Fenerbahçe SK's Şükrü Saraçoglu Stadium on 20 May 2009. But the first qualifying round is on 17 and 31 July, with the draw on the first of the month, and the 74 participants include Fair Play entrants Manchester City FC, Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Nordsjælland.

Competition
Twenty-seven sides then begin in the second qualifying round, including the last eleven UEFA Intertoto Cup winners, and the eventual 32 teams successful in those ties will take on 48 first-round entrants, including 16 sides eliminated from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, for berths in the group stage, which runs from 23 October until 19 December. The top three in all eight groups, plus the third-placed teams in the eight UEFA Champions League pools, then begin the knockout phase. All the dates for the season are below.

2008/09 UEFA Cup draw schedule
Date
LocationDraw details
01.07.2008, 13.30CET
NyonFirst qualifying round
01.08.2008, 13.30CET (tbc)NyonSecond qualifying round
29.08.2008, 13.00CET (tbc)
MonacoFirst round
07.10.2008, 12.00CET
NyonGroup stage
19.12.2008, 13.00CETNyonRound of 32 and Round of 16
20.03.2009, 13.00CET
NyonQuarter-finals, semi-finals and final
2008/09 UEFA Cup match calendar
StageDates
First qualifying round, 1st leg17.07.2008
First qualifying round, 2nd leg31.07.2008
Second qualifying round, 1st leg14.08.2008
Second qualifying round, 2nd leg28.08.2008
First round, 1st leg18.09.2008
First round, 2nd leg02.10.2008
Group stage, Matchday 123.10.2008
Group stage, Matchday 206.11.2008
Group stage, Matchday 327.11.2008
Group stage, Matchday 403/04.12.2008
Group stage, Matchday 517/18.12.2008
Round of 32, first leg18/19.02.2009
Round of 32, second leg26.02.2009
Round of 16, first leg12.03.2009
Round of 16, second leg18/19.03.2009
Quarter-finals, first leg09.04.2009
Quarter-finals, second leg16.04.2009
Semi-finals, first leg30.04.2009
Semi-finals, second leg07.05.2009
Final (Şükrü Saraçoglu Stadium, Istanbul)20.05.2009
Last updated: 21/06/08 1.56CET

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