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CSKA prepare for cup defence

Published: Friday 26 August 2005, 12.06CET
Holders PFC CSKA Moskva and last season's runners-up Sporting Clube de Portugal are among the 80 clubs involved in the UEFA Cup first-round draw at 13.00CET.
Published: Friday 26 August 2005, 12.06CET

CSKA prepare for cup defence

Holders PFC CSKA Moskva and last season's runners-up Sporting Clube de Portugal are among the 80 clubs involved in the UEFA Cup first-round draw at 13.00CET.

Eighty teams enter today's UEFA Cup first round draw at 13.00CET in Monaco knowing they are just one tie from the competition's group stage.

Different routes
All 32 winners from the second qualifying round go into the pots along with the 29 teams who received a bye to the first round, the three UEFA Intertoto Cup winners - Olympique de Marseille, RC Lens and Hamburger SV - and the 16 sides defeated in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Road to group stage
The teams are split into eight groups of ten, with five seeds in each pool to be drawn against any of the five unseeded clubs. The sides that emerge victorious from the two-legged ties, scheduled for 15 and 29 September, will then be divided up into eight pools of five, with the first of five group-stage Matchdays on 20 October.

CSKA defence
Holders PFC CSKA Mosvka and 2004/05 finalists Sporting Clube de Portugal are among the teams in the hat. Eight future contenders will not yet take part - that octet will join the competition in the last 32 after finishing third in their respective Champions League groups. However, two of the three Fair Play entrants - 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Viking FK - are involved.

French sextet
There are also five former European champions in the draw - FC Steaua Bucuresti, FK Crvena Zvezda, Feyenoord, Hamburg and Marseille, one of six French Ligue 1 sides in contention. The southern club are joined by Lens, AJ Auxerre, Stade Rennais, RC Strasbourg and AS Monaco FC - the team with the shortest journey to the Grimaldi Forum.


Group 1: Seeded Unseeded
AJ Auxerre (FRA) PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
PAOK FC (GRE) FC København (DEN)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) FC Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)
Hamburger SV (GER) FC Metalurh Donetsk (UKR)
Everton FC (ENG) Cork City FC (IRL)


Group 2: Seeded Unseeded
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) SC Braga (POR)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen (BEL)
FK Crvena Zvezda (SCG) FC Midtjylland (DEN)
Grasshopper-Club (SUI) Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN)


Group 3: Seeded Unseeded
Feyenoord (NED) 1. FSV Mainz 05 (GER)
Sevilla FC (ESP) Vitória FC (POR)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) Hibernian FC (SCO)
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR) AFC Rapid Bucuresti (ROU)
UC Sampdoria (ITA) NK Široki Brijeg (BIH)


Group 4; Seeded Unseeded
VfB Stuttgart (GER) Stade Rennais FC (FRA)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) Vitória SC (POR)
Wisla Kraków (POL) Vålerenga IF (NOR)
CA Osasuna (ESP) FC Krylya Sovetov Samara (RUS)
FC Steaua Bucuresti (ROU) NK Domžale (SLO)


Group 5: Seeded Unseeded
Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) RC Strasbourg (FRA)
FC Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS) Halmstads BK (SWE)
Middlesbrough FC (ENG) Xanthi FC (GRE)
Grazer AK (AUT) SK Brann (NOR)
US Città di Palermo (ITA) Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP)


Group 6; Seeded Unseeded
AS Roma (ITA) Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE)
Besiktas JK (TUR) PFC Litex Lovech (BUL)
FK Partizan (SCG) FC Baník Ostrava (CZE)
SC Heerenveen (NED) Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC (ISR)
KRC Genk (BEL) Malmö FF (SWE)


Group 7: Seeded Unseeded
AS Monaco FC (FRA) FK Teplice (CZE)
Hertha BSC Berlin (GER) Willem II (NED)
RCD Espanyol (ESP) Viking FK (NOR)
FK Austria Wien (AUT) FC Zürich (SUI)
Brøndby IF (DEN) APOEL FC (CYP)


Group 8: Seeded Unseeded
Galatasaray SK (TUR) FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
AEK Athens FC (GRE) Debreceni VSC (HUN)
RC Lens (FRA) Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski (POL)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) Tromsø IL (NOR)
Bolton Wanderers FC (ENG) PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv (BUL)

 
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