Last season's UEFA Europa League runners-up Athletic Club and former European champions FC Internazionale Milano, Liverpool FC and Olympique de Marseille are among 18 clubs coming into the 2012/13 competition when the third qualifying round draw is made at 13.30CET on Friday in Nyon – and streamed live on UEFA.com.
Athletic, beaten in Bucharest by Club Atlético de Madrid in May, and the 17 other sides given byes through to this round will go into the draw along with the winners of the 40 second qualifying round ties which conclude next Thursday. In the seeding pots released on Friday morning, the teams are ranked by their coefficient or in the case of the second qualifying round ties by the higher of the two club coefficients involved – with 29 sides classified as seeded.
Those clubs are further split into five groups containing an equal number of seeded and unseeded contenders. Each seeded team will meet an unseeded team from within the same group. The matches will be played on 2 and 9 August.
The 29 third qualifying round winners will progress to join in the play-off draw on 10 August 19 so far exempted clubs and the 14 teams defeated in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. The eventual 31 play-off winners, the ten sides defeated at that stage of the UEFA Champions League and seven other exempted teams, including Atlético, will play in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Group 1: Seeded
Xäzär Länkäran FK (AZE)/KKS Lech Poznań (POL), FC Naftan Novopolotsk (BLR)/FK Crvena zvezda (SRB), FC Differdange 03 (LUX)/KAA Gent (BEL), PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)/FK Sarajevo (BIH), Olympique de Marseille (FRA), AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)/Videoton FC (HUN), Eskişehirspor (TUR)/Saint Johnstone FC (SCO), JJK Jyväskylä (FIN)/FK Zeta (MNE), VMFD Žalgiris (LTU)/VfB Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT), AIK Solna (SWE)/FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL), AC Omonia (CYP)
Group 2: Seeded
FC Dinamo Moskva (RUS), Bursaspor (TUR), BSC Young Boys (SUI)/FC Zimbru Chişinău (MDA), FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU), ND Mura 05 (SVN)/PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL), Liverpool FC (ENG)
NK Osijek (CRO)/Kalmar FF (SWE), FC Arsenal Kyiv (UKR), FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)/Sligo Rovers FC (IRL), FK Renova (MKD)/FC Gomel (BLR), Dundee United FC (SCO), Maccabi Netanya FC (ISR)/KuPS Kuopio (FIN)
Group 3: Seeded
Hannover 96 (GER), Athletic Club (ESP), SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA)/Legia Warszawa (POL), FC Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS)/Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN), Rosenborg BK (NOR)/FC Ordabasy Shymkent (KAZ), CS Marítimo (POR)
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/SV Ried (AUT), Servette FC (SUI)/FC Gandzasar Kapan (ARM), PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936 (BUL)/Vitesse (NED), İnter Bakı PİK (AZE)/Asteras Tripolis FC (GRE), NK Široki Brijeg (BIH)/Saint Patrick's Athletic FC (IRL), NK Slaven Koprivnica (CRO)/Portadown FC (NIR)
Group 4: Seeded
FC Metalurgi Rustavi (GEO)/FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE), APOEL FC (CYP)/FK Senica (SVK), sc Heerenveen (NED), FC Internazionale Milano (ITA), FC Dacia Chisinau (MDA)/IF Elfsborg (SWE), SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
FC Rapid Bucureşti (ROU)/Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN), AC Horsens (DEN), HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)/Skonto FC (LVA), FK Vojvodina (SRB)/FK Sūduva (LTU), Ruch Chorzów (POL)/FK Metalurg Skopje (MKD), KF Tirana (ALB)/Aalesunds FK (NOR)
Group 5: Seeded
FC Metalurh Donetsk (UKR)/FK Čelik Nikšić (MNE), PAOK FC (GRE), KRC Genk (BEL), FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)/Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP), FC Twente (NED)/FC Inter Turku (FIN)
FC Milsami Orhei (MDA)/FC Aktobe (KAZ), AGF Århus (DEN)/FC Dila Gori (GEO), Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)/FC Shirak (ARM), NK Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)/Tromsø IL (NOR), FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE)/Thór Akureyri (ISL)
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