Former European champions Olympique de Marseille have been paired with BSC Young Boys of Switzerland at today's UEFA Cup second qualifying round draw in Nyon.
In all, 35 victorious teams from last night's first qualifying round ties were joined by a further 29 teams, including 1993 UEFA Champions League winners Marseille and ten others from the UEFA Intertoto Cup. The draw, in which no two teams from the same country could be pitted against each other, was conducted by Jean Fournet-Fayard, member of the UEFA club competitions committee, and Giorgio Marchetti, director of professional football.
Marseille and Young Boys met for the first time competitively a year ago in the UEFA Intertoto Cup third round, the French side winning 3-2 in Berne and 2-1 at home on their way to claiming the trophy. They succeeded in that competition this year with an away-goals victory against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Marseille coach Albert Emon said: "It will be another tough double-header [after Dnipro]. They'll aim to take their revenge one year on. They are probably one of the hardest teams we could draw. We know them, they know us." Young Boys sporting director Marcel Hottiger added: "The fixture against Marseille is a very interesting one. Marseille are difficult but also very attractive opponents. We have a slight chance and we want to take it."
The 32 survivors of the second qualifying round on 10 and 24 August will advance to the first round proper, to be staged over two legs on 14 and 28 September, where 48 other clubs will lie in wait, including holders Sevilla FC and the 16 sides eliminated in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The first-round winners will participate in the UEFA Cup group stage, with all dreaming of the final in Glasgow on 16 May 2007.
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