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Trio of champions join the fray

Published: Friday 29 July 2005, 2.06CET
Manchester United FC, FC Internazionale Milano and AFC Ajax are all set for Friday's third qualifying round draw.
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Published: Friday 29 July 2005, 2.06CET

Trio of champions join the fray

Manchester United FC, FC Internazionale Milano and AFC Ajax are all set for Friday's third qualifying round draw.
The final hurdle before the UEFA Champions League group stage is almost upon us with tomorrow's draw for the third qualifying round.

Big names
The 14 winners from this month's second qualifying round will link up with the 18 sides entering at this stage, including former European champions Manchester United FC, FC Internazionale Milano and AFC Ajax. The draw will take place from 12.00CET at UEFA heaquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Automatic qualifiers
The ties will be played over two legs on 9/10 and 23/24 August, with the 16 victorious teams joining the 16 automatic qualifiers for the group stage, starting in September. In the third qualifying round, clubs from the same association cannot be drawn together. The one exception is holders Liverpool FC, who have special dispensation to play in this season's competition and could, therefore, face neighbours Everton FC.

Kept apart
Because of this rule, the winner of the FC Dynamo Kyiv-FC Thun tie will not be paired with either FC Shakhtar Donetsk or FC Basel 1893. The same applies to the Vålerenga IF-FC Haka duel, with the winner being kept apart from Rosenborg BK.

Seeding situation
The second qualifying round will be completed on Wednesday 3 August. If any team competing in this round has an individual coefficient entitling them to be seeded in the third qualifying round, the potential winner of their second qualifying round match will automatically be seeded for the third qualifying round draw.

2005 UEFA Champions League
Third qualifying round draw - 12.00CET, 29 July
First leg: 9/10 August
Second leg: 23/24 August

Seeded Unseeded
FBK Kaunas (LTU) /
Liverpool FC (ENG, holders)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Manchester United FC (ENG) Real Betis Balompié (ESP)
FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
Panathinaikos FC (GRE) Wisla Kraków (POL)
FC Artmedia Bratislava (SVK) / Celtic FC (SCO) Udinese Calcio (ITA)
Villarreal CF (ESP) FK Partizan (SCG) /
FC Sheriff (MDA)
Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
AS Monaco FC (FRA) Malmö FF (SWE) /
Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR)
AFC Ajax (NED) Everton FC (ENG)
Club Brugge KV (BEL) Shelbourne FC (IRL) /
FC Steaua Bucuresti (ROU)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) /
PFC Neftchi (AZE)
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) / Brøndby IF (DEN)
Rangers FC (SCO) F91 Dudelange (LUX) /
SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) /
FC Thun (SUI)
KF Tirana (ALB) /
Werder Bremen (GER) Debreceni VSC (HUN) /
HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
FK Rabotnicki (MKD) / FC Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP) / Trabzonspor (TUR)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) Vålerenga IF (NOR) /FC Haka (FIN)

Last updated: 31/01/12 5.26CET

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