Beware Benfica and Basel

SL Benfica and FC Basel are the unseeded stars of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw.

Thirty-two teams
The 32 teams in the hat know that victory will bring them a cherished place in this season's Champions League group stage, with the chance of then progressing to the first knockout round in the spring.

Stellar names
Among the 16 seeded sides are a group of stellar names with a wealth of European trophies between them. They include Real Madrid CF (Spain), Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (England), Juventus FC and FC Internazionale (Italy), and last season's beaten finalists AS Monaco FC (France). European veterans such as PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), RC Deportivo La Coruña (Spain), FC Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) and Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Germany) are also seeded for the draw.

Unseeded clubs
These luminaries will be joined by 16 unseeded clubs, some of whom will have fought their way through the early qualifying rounds this season, and who will dream of slaying one of the giants. Portuguese outfit SL Benfica, former European Champion Clubs' Cup winners, and Swiss champions FC Basel – who performed with distinction in the Champions League two years ago - are among the strongest sides in this list.

Club rankings
Following 2004/05 Champions League regulations, the UEFA administration seeds teams for the third qualifying round in accordance with the club rankings established at the beginning of the season.

Automatically seeded
If any club in the second qualifying round has an individual coefficient which entitles it to be seeded in the third qualifying round, the winner of the second qualifying round match involving that club is automatically seeded for the third qualifying round draw.

Trio concerned
Three positions among the seeded sides are affected by this decision. The winners of the second qualifying round games featuring Club Brugge KV, AC Sparta Praha and Rosenborg BK are seeded for the third qualifying round draw because of the high individual club coefficient of the three teams. Clubs from the same association must not be drawn against each other.

Draw procedure
At the draw, the 16 balls containing the seeded teams will be placed in one bowl and the 16 balls containing the sides that are not seeded will be placed in another bowl. A ball will be taken from each bowl and put in an empty bowl in the middle, where they will be shuffled. The first team drawn will play its first match at home, against the second side drawn. This procedure will be repeated until all the pairings have been made.

Association clash
In the event of a clash between two clubs from the same football association, the club drawn second will be put on hold. In their place, another ball from the corresponding group pot (seeded or not) will be drawn. The ball put on hold will then be moved to the next match and placed as the visiting team. Another ball will then be drawn from the other group pot (seeded or not) and placed as the home team of this game. If the clash occurs with the last two clubs drawn, the club drawn second will be switched with the corresponding seeded or non-seeded team of Match 1.

UEFA Champions League
Third qualifying round draw participants

Draw to be made Friday 30 July 2004 at 12.00CET
Seeded clubs: Unseeded clubs:
Real Madrid CF FC WIT Georgia or
Wisla Kraków
Manchester United FC SL Benfica
RC Deportivo La Coruña FC Basel
Liverpool FC BSC Young Boys or
FK Crvena Zvezda
Juventus FC Grazer AK
FC Internazionale Maccabi Haifa FC
PSV Eindhoven FC Pyunik or
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Bayer 04 Leverkusen NK Gorica or
FC København
APOEL FC or
AC Sparta Praha
HJK Helsinki or
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC
AS Monaco FC KF Tirana or
Ferencvárosi TC
RSC Anderlecht MŠK Žilina or
FC Dinamo Bucuresti
Club Brugge KV or
PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv
HNK Hajduk Split or
Shelbourne FC
Rangers FC Skonto FC or
Trabzonspor
Rosenborg BK or
FC Sheriff
FC Baník Ostrava
PAOK FC PFC Neftchi or
PFC CSKA Moskva
FC Dynamo Kyiv Djurgårdens IF or
FBK Kaunas

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