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League route: team profiles

Published: Friday 8 August 2014, 11.00CET
FC Porto will aim for a 19th group berth while Athletic Club will hope to end a 16-year absence: UEFA.com gives you all you need to know about the play-off league route teams.
League route: team profiles
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Published: Friday 8 August 2014, 11.00CET

League route: team profiles

FC Porto will aim for a 19th group berth while Athletic Club will hope to end a 16-year absence: UEFA.com gives you all you need to know about the play-off league route teams.

FC Porto will aim for a 19th UEFA Champions League group stage appearance while Athletic Club will hope to end a 16-year absence when they league route of the play-off draw is streamed live on UEFA.com from 12.00CET on Friday. UEFA.com profiles the ten contenders.

Seeded: Arsenal FC (ENG), FC Porto (POR), FC Zenit (RUS), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER), SSC Napoli (ITA)

Unseeded: Athletic Club (ESP), LOSC Lille (FRA), FC København (DEN), R. Standard de Liège (BEL), Beşiktaş JK (TUR)

Champions route profiles

Our live coverage begins at 10.00CET in the revamped UEFA.com DrawCentre.

Draw procedure
Balls containing the seeded teams will be placed in one bowl, with balls for the unseeded clubs positioned in another. A ball will be taken from each bowl and placed in a large empty bowl in the middle, where they will be shuffled. The first team drawn will play their first match at home, against the second side drawn.

The ten winners of the play-off round ties join 22 automatic entrants in the group stage draw in Monaco on 28 August.

SEEDED

Arsenal FC (ENG)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 9
• How they qualified: fourth in Premier League
• Group stage campaigns: 16 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2005/06)

European record against potential opponents:
v Athletic: never met
v LOSC: never met
v FCK: never met
v Standard: P4 W4 D0 L0 F15 A2
v Beşiktaş: never met

FC Porto (POR)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 10
• How they qualified: third in Portuguese Liga
• Group stage campaigns: 18 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
• Best European Cup performance: winners (1986/87, 2003/04)

European record against potential opponents:
v Athletic: P2 W0 D0 L2 F3 A5
v LOSC: never met
v FCK: never met
v Standard: P2 W1 D1 L0 F4 A2
v Beşiktaş: P4 W3 D1 L0 F7 A2

FC Zenit (RUS)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 23
• How they qualified: second in Russian Premier League)
• Group stage campaigns: 4 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: round of 16 (2011/12, 2013/14)

European record against potential opponents:
v Athletic: never met
v LOSC: P1 W0 D0 L1 F1 A2
v FCK: never met
v Standard: P2 W1 D1 L0 F4 A1
v Beşiktaş: P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 24
• How they qualified: fourth in Bundesliga
• Group stage campaigns: 8 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2002/03)

European record against potential opponents:
v Athletic: never met
v LOSC: never met
v FCK: never met
v Standard: never met
v Beşiktaş: P1 W1 D0 L0 F2 A1

SSC Napoli (ITA)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 31
• How they qualified: third in Serie A
• Group stage campaigns: 2 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Europa League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: round of 16 (1990/91, 2011/12)

European record against potential opponents:
v Athletic: never met
v LOSC: never met
v FCK: never met
v Standard: P2 W0 D1 L1 F2 A3
v Beşiktaş: never met

UNSEEDED

Athletic Club (ESP)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 37
• How they qualified: fourth in Spanish Liga
• Group stage campaigns: 1 (last appearance: 1998/99)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (1956/57)

European record against potential opponents:
v Arsenal: never met
v Porto: P2 W2 D0 L0 F5 A3
v Zenit: never met
v Leverkusen: never met
v Napoli: never met

LOSC Lille (FRA)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 49
• How they qualified: third in Ligue 1
• Group stage campaigns: 5 (last appearance: 2012/13)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: round of 16 (2006/07)

European record against potential opponents:
v Arsenal: never met
v Porto: never met
v Zenit: P1 W1 D0 L0 F2 A1
v Leverkusen: never met
v Napoli: never met

FC København (DEN)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 53
• How they qualified: second in Danish Super League)
• Group stage campaigns: 3 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: round of 16 (2010/11)

European record against potential opponents:
v Arsenal: never met
v Porto: never met
v Zenit: never met
v Leverkusen: never met
v Napoli: never met

R. Standard de Liège (BEL)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 59
• How they qualified: second in Belgian First League
• Group stage campaigns: 1 (last appearance: 2009/10)
• Last season: UEFA Europa League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: semi-finals (1961/62)

European record against potential opponents:
v Arsenal: P4 W0 D0 L4 F2 A15
v Porto: P2 W0 D1 L1 F2 A4
v Zenit: P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A4
v Leverkusen: never met
V Napoli: P2 W1 D1 L0 F3 A2

Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 141
• How they qualified: third in Turkish Super League)
• Group stage campaigns: 5 (last appearance: 2009/10)
• Last season: UEFA Europa League play-offs
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (1986/87)

European record against potential opponents:
v Arsenal: never met
v Porto: P4 W0 D1 L3 F2 A7
v Zenit: P1 W0 D1 L0 F1 A1
v Leverkusen: P1 W0 D0 L1 F1 A2
v Napoli: never met

Last updated: 14/10/14 12.09CET

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