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Lesser lights given chance to shine

Published: Thursday 20 June 2002, 14.50CET
The draw for the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first and second qualifying rounds will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, today.

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Published: Thursday 20 June 2002, 14.50CET

Lesser lights given chance to shine

The draw for the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first and second qualifying rounds will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, today.

The draw for the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first and second qualifying rounds will be held on Friday.

Madrid triumph
In all 72 teams will ultimately get the chance to emulate Real Madrid CF's success last month when they lifted the European Champions Clubs' Cup after winning 2-1 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Hampden Park final. Zinedine Zidane was the hero for Madrid, scoring the winner after Lucio had cancelled out an early goal from Madrid's Raúl González.

Dates set
The draw will take place at the NOGA Hilton Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. The first-leg matches in the first qualifying round will be played on 17 July, with the return games to follow a week later. The second qualifying round games will be played on 31 July and 7 August.

Chance to shine
With the likes of Madrid not joining the competition until the first group stage, the early rounds allow the focus to be on some of Europe's lesser lights. As such teams like Barry Town AFC, FC Sheriff Tiraspol and FBK Kaunas will no doubt relish the chance to test their skills against internationally recognised opponents like Brøndby IF, Club Brügge KV and SK Sturm Graz.

Old Trafford final
This 2002/03 Champions League final will be played on 28 May 2003. The honour of staging Europe's showpiece match has gone to Old Trafford in Manchester.

Clubs directly qualified for the UEFA Champions League first group stage
Draw: 29 August 2002 at 16:00CET (Monaco)
Pos Club Coeff.

1

Real Madrid CF (ESP) 147.233
2 Valencia CF (ESP) 106.233
3 Juventus FC (ITA) 91.334
4 Arsenal FC (ENG) 90.729
5 RC Deportivo La Coruña (ESP) 82.233
6 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) 81.495
7 Liverpool FC (ENG) 79.729
8 Galatasaray SK (TUR) 78.362
9 AS Roma (ITA) 77.334
10 Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 74.176
11 BV Borussia Dortmund (GER) 73.495
12 PSV Eindhoven (HOL) 63.082
13 FC Spartak Moscow (RUS) 59.645
14 Olympiakos Piraeus FC (GRE) 55.058
15 AFC Ajax (HOL) 48.082
16 RC Lens (FRA) 44.176
Seedings will be determined once all 32 participants are known. For the draw, the 32 participants will be divided into four seeding pots of eight clubs each.
Clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
Draw: 26 July 2002 at 12:00CET (Nyon, Switzerland)
First leg matches: 13-14 August 2002
Second leg matches: 27-28 August 2002
Pos Club Coeff.

17

FC Bayern München (GER) 133.495
18 Manchester United FC (ENG) 125.729
19 FC Barcelona (ESP) 116.233
20 Internazionale FC (ITA) 88.334
21 Feyenoord (HOL) 70.082
22 Milan AC (ITA) 69.334
23 FC Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) 57.645
24 AEK Athens FC (GRE) 52.058
25 Rosenborg BK (NOR) 47.737
26 Newcastle United FC (ENG) 43.729
27 SK Sturm Graz (AUT) 37.625
28 Celtic FC (SCO) 36.062
29 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) 34.124
30 AJ Auxerre (FRA) 32.176
31 FC Slovan Liberec (CZE) 29.312
32 FC Shakthar Donetsk (UKR) 23.979
33 KRC Genk (BEL) 21.762
34 Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) 19.362
Seedings will be determined prior to the draw.
Clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
Draw: 21 June 2002 at 12:00CET (Geneva, Switzerland)
First leg matches: 31 July 2002
Second leg matches: 7 August 2002
Pos Club Coeff.
35 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 59.979
36 AC Sparta Praha (CZE) 48.312
37 Club Brugge KV (BEL) 41.762
38 Boavista FC (POR) 36.124
39 Grazer AK (AUT) 25.625
40 Brøndby IF (DEN) 20.687
41 Maccabi Haifa (ISR) 18.666
42 Legia Warszawa (POL) 17.750
43 Lillestrøm SK (NOR) 15.737
44 FC Basel (SUI) 14.312
45 FK Partizan (YUG) 14.165
46 NK Zagreb (CRO) 12.520
47 PFC Levski Sofia (BUL) 11.582
48 NK Maribor (SLO) 10.916
49 FC Dinamo Bucuresti (ROM) 8.958
50 Hammarby IF FF (SWE) 8.620
51 MŠK Zilina (SVK) 7.832
52 Zalaegerszegi TE (HUN) 6.874
Clubs in bold are seeded for the draw
Clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
Draw: 21 June 2002 at 12:00CET (Geneva, Switzerland)
First leg matches: 17 July 2002
Second leg matches: 24 July 2002
Pos Club Coeff.
53 FC Skonto (LAT) 8.582
54 APOEL Nicosia FC (CYP) 4.666
55 Tampere United FC (FIN) 4.020
56 FC Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) 3.499
57 FC Sheriff Tiraspol (MOL) 2.582
58 ÍA Akranes (ISL) 2.416
59 FC Belshina Bobruisk (BLS) 2.041
60 FBK Kaunas (LIT) 1.915
61 Shelbourne FC (IRL) 1.665
62 FK Vardar (MKD) 1.498
63 Hibernians FC (MLT) 1.249
64 Barry Town AFC (WAL) 0.916
65 FC Flora (EST) 0.832
66 FC Pyunik (ARM) 0.666
67 FK Zeljeznicar (BHZ) 0.666
68 Portadown FC (NIR) 0.665
69 B36 Tórshavn (FAR) 0.582
70 KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB) 0.582
71 F91 Dudelange (LUX) 0.416
72 FC Zhenis Astana (KAZ) 0.000
Clubs in bold are seeded for the draw
Last updated: 21/06/02 13.44CET

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