Continental powers to learn fate

Past winners Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona and Juventus will hope to avoid unseeded giants such as Galatasaray AS in the final qualifying round draw.

The European Champion Clubs' Cup in the auditorium before today's draw
The European Champion Clubs' Cup in the auditorium before today's draw ©UEFA.com

Big names
Some of the continent's most famous teams will be among those anxious to learn their fate at UEFA headquarters, with former winners FC Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool FC, Olympique de Marseille and FC Steaua Bucureşti entering the draw as seeded teams along with big names such as Arsenal FC, FC Schalke 04, ACF Fiorentina and Olympiacos CFP. Not all 18 third qualifying round entrants have been seeded, however, meaning Club Atlético de Madrid, Galatasaray AS and SK Slavia Praha could find stiff opposition barring their route to the group stage.

Live broadcast
A total of 46 teams will feature in proceedings – to be transmitted live on uefa.com and Eurosport – with the 28 sides still competing in the second qualifying round due to discover their reward if they win through. Where second qualifying round ties feature a club with a coefficient entitling them to be seeded in the next round, the potential winner of the match involving that club has been automatically seeded in the draw, meaning real incentives for the likes of FBK Kaunas against Rangers FC or FC BATE Borisov versus RSC Anderlecht. Teams from the same country cannot be drawn together and games will be played on 12/13 and 26/27 August. The draw will be conducted by David Taylor, UEFA's General Secretary, and Giorgio Marchetti, director of competitions. The final will be played in Rome on 27 May.

2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Third qualifying round draw - 12.00CET, 1 August
First leg: 12/13 August
Second leg: 26/27 August
Seeded Unseeded
Liverpool FC (ENG) Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
FC Barcelona (ESP) FC Sheriff (MDA) /
AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
Arsenal FC (ENG) Drogheda United FC (IRL) /
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
FC Schalke 04 (GER) PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
Juventus (ITA) SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Rangers FC (SCO) /
FBK Kaunas (LTU)
Galatasaray AS (TUR)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) FC İnter Bakı (AZE) /
FK Partizan (SRB)
FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) Vitória SC (POR)
Panathinaikos FC (GRE) /
FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
NK Domžale (SVN) /
NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
IFK Göteborg (SWE) /
FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
Beitar Jerusalem FC (ISR) /
Wisla Kraków (POL)
Olympiacos CFP (GRE)
R. Standard de Liège (BEL)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) /
MTK Budapest (HUN)
FC Twente (NED)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Tampere United (FIN) /
FC Artmedia Petržalka (SVK)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) /
FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
Aalborg BK (DEN) /
FK Modriča (BIH)
ACF Fiorentina (ITA) SK Brann (NOR) /
FK Ventspils (LVA)
FC Spartak Moskva (RUS) Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP) /
SK Rapid Wien (AUT)

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