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Dortmund handed Austria test

BV Borussia Dortmund have been paired with double-winners FK Austria Wien in the UEFA Cup first round.

Tricky tie
Seven past winners of the European Champion Clubs' Cup were among the 96 teams in the draw, including a Dortmund side who face another tricky tie after losing on penalties in the final qualifying round of the Champions League in midweek to Club Brugge KV. FC Steaua Bucuresti, the champions of Europe in 1986, face England's Southampton FC in another eye-catching tie.

Spanish challenge
The top seeds in the draw, Valencia CF, will play AIK Solna of Sweden. FC Barcelona, who last won a European competition in 1997, begin their challenge against SKM Púchov of Slovakia, while the Primera División's other representatives, RCD Mallorca and Villarreal CF, meet APOEL FC and Trabzonspor respectively.

Olimpija for Liverpool
Liverpool FC, four-times champions of Europe and UEFA Cup winners on three occasions, most recently in 2001, will face Slovenian opposition in the form of NK Olimpija Ljubljana. The Premiership was also well represented, with Blackburn Rovers FC drawn against Gençlerbirligi SK and Manchester City FC against KSC Lokeren OV.

Vardar rewarded
FK Vardar of F.Y.R Macedonia enjoyed an excellent Champions League qualifying campaign, defeating Russian league leaders PFC CSKA Moskva before being denied a place in the group stage by AC Sparta Praha. Their reward is a tie against AS Roma. AC Perugia, fresh from their UEFA Intertoto Cup success, play Dundee FC of Scotland, while AC Parma, twice winners of the UEFA Cup in the 1990s, play FC Metalurh Donetsk of Ukraine.

Scandinavian tests
Norwegian champions Rosenborg BK - absent from the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 1994/95 - have been paired with Latvia's FK Ventspils. Sporting Clube de Portugal will face Sweden's Malmö FF, while another Scandinavian contender, Odense BK, will play former European champions FK Crvena Zvezda.

Match dates
Any tie reversals or changes of date will be announced at 14.30CET. Matches in the first round are due to be played on 24 September and 15 October. The eight clubs which finish third in their Champions League groups will enter the UEFA Cup in the third round.


UEFA Cup first round draw:
Team named first play at home in first leg
First leg: 24 September. Second leg: 15 October
1. AIK Solna v Valencia CF
2. FC Dinamo Bucuresti v FC Shakhtar Donetsk
3. Maccabi Haifa FC v NK Publikum
4. PFC CSKA Sofia v FC Torpedo Moskva
5. Dundee FC v AC Perugia
6. FK Cementarnica 55 v RC Lens
7. Newcastle United FC v NAC Breda
8. SL Benfica v RAA Louviéroise
9. Panionios NFC v FC Nordsjælland
10. Heart of Midlothian FC v NK Željeznicar
11. Udinese Calcio v SV Austria Salzburg
12. Gençlerbirligi SK v Blackburn Rovers FC
13. ŠKM Púchov v FC Barcelona
14. NK Dinamo Zagreb v MTK Hungária FC
15. Hapoel Ramat-Gan FC v PFC Levski Sofia
16. 1. FC Kaiserslautern v FK Teplice
17. FK Sartid v SK Slavia Praha
18. Villarreal CF v Trabzonspor
19. Grasshopper-Club v HNK Hajduk Split
20. Hertha BSC Berlin v Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski
21. Liverpool FC v NK Olimpija Ljubljana
22. Vålerenga IF v Grazer AK
23. CSF Zimbru Chisinau v FC Aris Thessaloniki
24. Ferencvárosi TC v FC København
25. NK Varteks v Debreceni VSC
26. Hamburger SV v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
27. FC Girondins de Bordeaux v FC Artmedia Petržalka
28. AS Roma v FK Vardar
29. Manchester City FC v KSC Lokeren OV
30. FC Spartak Moskva v Esbjerg fB
31. Wisla Kraków v NEC Nijmegen
32. UD Leiria v Molde FK
33. FK Austria Wien v BV Borussia Dortmund
34. AJ Auxerre v Neuchâtel Xamax FC
35. FK Ventspils v Rosenborg BK
36. Gaziantepspor v Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC
37. Odense BK v FK Crvena Zvezda
38. Sporting Clube de Portugal v Malmö FF
39. FC Utrecht v MŠK Žilina
40. FC Metalurh Donetsk v Parma AC
41. Myllykosken Pallo-47 v FC Sochaux Montbéliard
42. FC Schalke 04 v NK Kamen Ingrad
43. RCD Mallorca v APOEL FC
44. Southampton FC v FC Steaua Bucuresti
45. Feyenoord v FC Kärnten
46. FC PAOK v SFK Lyn
47. Malatyaspor v FC Basel
48. Brøndby IF v FK Viktoria Žižkov*

* Second leg to be played on Thursday 16 October