UEFA Europa League-Quarter-final draw-Nyon, Switzerland - Friday 15 March 2013 12.40CET




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İsmail Kartal, Fenerbahçe assistant coach: “First we topped our group, then we reached this stage after played against the teams who were the leaders in their domestic leagues. Lazio have great pedigree but we are in the quarter-finals now. We have to use our home advantage in the first leg. This is the first advantage. The second match in Italy will be played behind closed doors. That is a second advantage. We shouldn’t forget that Lazio are coached by Vladimir Petković who was formerly with Samsunspor in Turkey. Raul Meireles returns from suspension and that will be a boost too.”
Murat Yakin, Basel coach: "We are extremely excited about this draw. Tottenham Hotspur are a great team from a wonderful city. We have nothing to lose against them. We have earned the opportunity to play against teams like these. It's already a huge accomplishment to be in the last eight of the Europa League."
Rui Costa, Benfica director: "We are among the best eight teams; there was not much to choose from. Newcastle deserve all our respect but we trust in ourselves. We will give our best to go through. I felt that all the teams wanted to avoid us and that is a sign of respect for what we have been doing and shows our credibility in European football. We are well regarded and that's because of the good work we have been doing and our victories. We have shown that it makes no difference whether we are at home or away. That doesn’t worry me. We are going to prepare well and try to go as far as we can."
Kurban Berdyev, Rubin coach: "Like in the round of 32, we got probably the toughest opponent we could get. But it will act only as an extra motivation and will make this tie more attractive. We will try to give our best in the matches against a top English team and be at their level."
Roman Sharonov, Rubin captain: "Our next opponents are very tough in every sense. They are one of the best teams in the whole world. But every player dreams of playing against such a team. We have already played Barcelona and Internazionale Milano - now another top-level team awaits us. I hope this time we can play our home match in Kazan [not in Moscow like two previous home matches], with our fans behind us. If it is in Moscow, the fans will come to watch Chelsea, not us."
Pierre Webó, Fenerbahçe forward: “[Lazio are] a really good team. I see our chances are 50%. I have never played against Lazio in my career but I know some of their players. Our technical staff will give us the required information about them. The second leg in Rome will be played behind closed doors so this gives us a slight advantage."
Dirk Kuyt, Fenerbahçe forward: "It was exciting to watch the draw. There were a lot of good teams left. I watched it with my team-mates Raul Meireles and Pierre Webó at our training base. I think Lazio are a very good team but we're looking forward to playing against them. If we can give 100% on the field, we have a chance to beat them. I think the atmosphere will be great for the first match. That will be a big help before we finish it off the following week in Rome."
Former Chelsea reserve player Gökhan Töre now plays for Rubin as a winger.
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's a great draw for us. The Estádio da Luz is a great venue. I've been there and it's a fantastic stadium. Importantly, we are at home in the second-leg and that will give us an advantage. I'm sure we will have a full house for that. After what the stadium was like last night, I know it will be another brilliant atmosphere, and let's hope we can bring a result back from Benfica in the first-leg."
Basel’s record in 16 games against English clubs is W3 D5 L8 (W3 D2 L3 – W0 D3 L5 in England). Spurs’ five games against Swiss sides ended W3 D0 L2(W2 D0 L1 at home – W1 D0 L1 in Switzerland).
Chelsea have won all four of their previous games against Russian sides (W2 D0 L0 at home – W2 D0 L0 away), conceding just once in the process.
Newcastle’s 11 games against Portuguese sides ended W4 D5 L2 (W4 D2 L0 at home – W0 D3 L2 in Portugal).
Benfica’s 29 previous games against English sides have ended W9 D4 L16 (W6 D3 L5 at home – W3 D1 L11 in England). They have not won in their last five games against English sides.
Benfica have lost all five of their previous quarter-finals against English clubs – four in the European Cup and one in the UEFA Cup.
Beaten UEFA Cup finalists in 1997/98, Lazio last reached the quarter-finals of a UEFA competition in 2002/03, when they beat Fenerbahçe’s neighbours Beşiktaş JK en route to a UEFA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of FC Porto. Fenerbahçe have reached the quarter-finals of this competition for the first time, and have now appeared in the last eight of all three major UEFA club competitions. They lost to MTK Budapest on a replay in the 1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup last eight, then bowed out to Chelsea in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League quarters. They have yet to reach a semi-final.
UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw resultThe draw in full!
Fenerbahçe have played 13 games against Italian sides with the record W3 D0 L10 (W3 D0 L4 at home – W0 D0 L6 in Italy). They have won their last two home games against Italian sides without conceding, but have lost all of their previous games in Italy by margins of two goals or more. Lazio’s record in eight games against Turkish sides is W6 D1 L1 (W3 D1 L0 at home – W3 D0 L1 in Turkey).
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Newcastle were last in the quarter-finals of this competition in 2004/05, when they lost out to Benfica's Lisbon rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Stick around. We will have reaction from representatives of all the clubs in the coming hours.
Benfica avoided Tottenham in the draw, leaving open the possibility that they might be reunited in the semi-finals. The Eagles eliminated Spurs at that stage in the last four en route to winning the 1961/62 European Champions Clubs' Cup final in, where?
The last time Basel reached the quarter-finals, in 2005/06, they were eliminated by another English club Middlesbrough FC.
Interesting points...
will be visiting London for a second time, having lost 1-0 at Tottenham in the 2011/12 group stage. They won the return fixture 1-0.
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Benfica v Newcastle
.... and that's a full set of sides who are meeting for the first time.
Fenerbahçe v Lazio
Again, a first encounter!
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Tottenham v Basel
Again, the sides are meeting for the first time.
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For more like this, head to the UEFA Champions League draw centre.
Chelsea v Rubin first up...
The sides have never met before.
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Here goes...
All quarter-final games will kick off at 21.05CET, with the exception of Rubin's home game, which will kick off at 18.00CET.
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Patrick Kluivert: "The 1998 UEFA Champions League final was very important for Amsterdam and we are very happy to host the final of the UEFA Europa League as well. It was a great night between Madrid and Juve and we are happy that we can do this again."
We're watching a film of the eight contenders in action before final ambassador Patrick Kluivert comes out to help conduKevin Ashby: We're watching a film of the eight contenders in action before final ambassador Patrick Kluivert comes out to help conduct the #UELdraw.
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino's speech: We are now only 12 games away from the final and we know that, on Wednesday 15 May at the Amsterdam ArenA, a new name will be engraved on the UEFA Europa League trophy. It is a great venue for the final and all the clubs who are present at this stage of the competition will now have the clear objective of being there.
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino's speech: But the success of the competition doesn’t depend exclusively on the size of the audience. It also depends on what you might call the quality of the competition. Up till now, we have seen some spectacular matches and, as we reach the critical stages of the season, we have to make sure that we create the right conditions, so that the players can perform to the top of their abilities and the fans can fully identify with the UEFA Europa League.
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UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino's speech: The clubs who are going into this draw deserve congratulations for being here, as the first two knockout rounds of this season’s UEFA Europa League have been extraordinarily competitive. What’s more, geographically speaking, they have covered a wide area. No fewer than 11 national associations were represented in the round which was concluded last night – which is something very positive in terms of offering European football to as wide an audience as possible.
The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played on 4 April, when Newcastle's Vurnon Anita will celebrate his 24th birthday.
Hi team-mate Nile Ranger turns 23 on the day of the return fixtures - 11 April.
With two minutes to go the draws are closed and we're ready for the #UEL quarter-final draw. Live streaming on @UEFAcom.Kevin Ashby: With two minutes to go the doors are closed and we're ready for the #UEL quarter-final draw. Live streaming on @UEFAcom.
Interestingly, out of all the players left in the competition, Basel central defender Fabian Schär is the most valuable asset in the UEFA Europa League Fantasy Football game.
UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw ballsTen minutes to go until the draw ceremony begins.
Tottenham’s 4-1 defeat in Milan ended their unbeaten run in this season's competition. Lazio are now the only surviving team from the group stage with an unbeaten record, which stands at 10 matches – five behind Atlético’s competition record. Benfica, who transferred over from the UEFA Champions League before the knockout phase, have the only perfect record of four wins out of four in the 2012/13 knockout stage.
Two of the eight teams that transferred over to the competition from the UEFA Champions League after the group stage are through to the quarter-finals – Benfica and Chelsea. They will be hoping to emulate the feat of inaugural winners Atlético, who won the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League after entering in the knockout phase.
Tottenham beat another English side in the final – Wolvberhampton Wanderers FC – when they won the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1971/72, so they want to leave any further meetings with Premier League rivals until later in this competition.
“A derby would be nice in a way,” said striker Jermain Defoe, pondering a meeting with fellow Londoners Chelsea. “Still in a way it would be good to avoid English teams.” Goalkeeper Brad Friedel was less concerned last night, noting: “If Newcastle and Chelsea make it through, it would be probably nice to play somewhere else because they are in our league, but really it doesn't matter to us.”
European champions Chelsea are on target to complete their set of UEFA club competition trophies, having already won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Champions League. After last night's win against Steaua, midfielder Eden Hazard said: "Chelsea are a big club – we have to win titles and to qualify for the Champions League. There's a lot to do but we'll try to do it all." Defender David Luiz was unconcerned about the Blues' next task. "I don’t mind who we play next. There are some very difficult teams left in the competition so it is difficult to choose one. I wish to play in the next round and that’s all that matters, I don’t know who we will get. I just want to win the competition and I believe Chelsea have the quality to win it."
Just so you know, our streaming of the UEFA Champions League draw has begun. Feel free to go and watch that but promise to come back here afterwards.
More interesting news for the English clubs...
In each of the previous two seasons in which a country has taken three clubs to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, one of that number has gone on to win the trophy – Porto (Portugal) in 2010/11 and Atlético (Spain) in 2012/13. Indeed, that country also provided both finalists in each season, with SC Braga and Athletic Club as respective runners-up.
UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw ballsThe balls of destiny!
Basel are the only reigning domestic champions still in the competition. They have also played more European matches this season than any other surviving team (16), having begun their continental campaign in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
Defender Philipp Degen said: "We are ready for the quarter-finals, whoever we play. Our focus is to reach the semi-finals because it is a big chance for us and we will keep working for it."
Another nice stat. Óscar Cardozo’s two goals for Benfica in Bordeaux took his total in the UEFA Europa League to 16 from the group stage onwards – making him the second highest scorer outright in the competition since it evolved from the UEFA Cup in 2009/10, behind Falcao (31). He needs one more to match the record tally for one club, Falcao having scored 17 of his goals for FC Porto.
Defender Jardel likes the Eagles' chances of progressing further in the competition, explaining: "We have a great team and we are aiming to win every competition we're involved in."
Newcastle may be famous for flamboyant football, but the current side are very much of the less is more school - Alan Pardew's team have managed to get to the last eight this season despite averaging less than a goal a game in European competition this season, keeping clean sheets in their last four UEFA Europa League fixtures.
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is hoping to keep his Thursday night's special in the quarter-finals, saying: "To be honest, I'd like to avoid an English team. To keep the 'European' factor would be great." Forward Adam Campbell added: "I wouldn't mind Fenerbahçe - I've seen videos of their crowd and the atmosphere looks incredible there, especially on a European night. That would be a good trip."
Adrian Popa could not prevent his Steaua side being eliminated by Chelsea last night, but the Blues are not the midfielder's favourites to go on and win the competition. "Do I think Chelsea can win the Europa League?" he said. "See what happens with Tottenham – I think they are the favourites to win it."
Spurs certainly have pedigree on their side - having won the UEFA Cup in 1971/72 and 1983/84, they are the only side left in the competition who have lifted the trophy before.
As of last night, the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League has a new top scorer, with Libor Kozák’s hat-trick for Lazio moving him above SSC Napoli’s Edinson Cavani to eight goals.
The Czech forward is now feeling pretty confident as he looks ahead to the draw, saying: “It is going to be a great challenge for Lazio, for us and for the fans, and we will give it our best no matter who we face. I think everybody has seen how good we are and that we can make it all the way. If we have the mentality we showed today in the other games, then I think we will reach the final.”
UEFA Europa League trophyWhen the winning captain steps up to lift the trophy ion 15 May, they will have to find a few last scraps of energy as the UEFA Europa League Trophy is the heaviest of all the UEFA silverware. Tipping the scales at 15kg, it is 65cm high, 33cm wide and 23cm deep. The original trophy remains in UEFA's keeping at all times, with a full-sized replica awarded to the winning club. Any club which wins the trophy three consecutive times or five times in total receives a special mark of recognition, with the club then starting a new cycle from zero. This has yet to happen.
This season’s final will be held in the Netherlands, something which made reaching the last eight a little more special for Fenerbahçe forward Dirk Kuyt, who quite fancies a return to England, where he spent several successful years with Liverpool FC.
“If it was up to me, I'd like to play against an English team,” he said. “I know this year's final takes place in Amsterdam, which to me as a Dutchman obviously is an extra motivation, but we are not there yet – let's take the next games step by step.”
A special mention for Rubin, who are the only side in the last eight who have never reached this stage of a UEFA club competition before. Kurban Berdyev's side eliminated reigning UEFA Europa League champions Club Atlético de Madrid in the round of 32. Three Russian sides reached the round of 16, but only Rubin survived.
Following yesterday's win against Levante, forward José Rondón said: "We take it match by match. The knockout stages are pretty difficult and this is a difficult competition. There are teams with a lot of experience. I have no preference who we face now. It's all pretty much the same in the end – the competitive teams who have made it this far, have made it this far for a reason."
According to our sources, this is the first time we have ever had three English teams in the last eight of a UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League, though Liverpool FC, Leeds United AFC and Arsenal FC all reached the quarter-finals of the 1970/71 edition of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - the non-UEFA affiliated precursor of the competition.
You can win two expenses-paid tickets to the final in this competiton.
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Patrick Kluivert (UEFA Europa League ambassador)Patrick Kluivert will be helping to conduct today’s draw in his capacity as ambassador for the UEFA Europa League final on 15 May at the Amsterdam ArenA. Applications for neutral tickets ended on 18 January, but corporate hospitality packages are now on sale.
UEFA Europa League quarter-final drawFor the first time since 1995/96, there are no English clubs in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw, but there are three of them in the last eight of the UEFA Europa League, along with one team each from Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Switzerland. There were no English quarter-finalists in either 2010/11 or 2011/12.
This is an open draw. No teams are seeded and clubs can be paired with others from the same association. The first team drawn plays its first match at home, against the second team drawn. The same procedure is then repeated for the other quarter-final matches.
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