There was a positive reaction to the UEFA Cup qualifying draw, with club representatives looking forward to the ties.
The draw for the first qualifying round of the 2004/05 UEFA Cup was made earlier today, with 50 clubs learning who they must defeat over two legs if they are to advance to the second qualifying round and, subsequently, the first round of the competition proper.
Although they face one of the two champions in the draw, in Andorran league winners FC Santa Coloma, FK Modrica's representative Slavoljub Gojkovic is not fazed. "I'm very satisfied with the draw because we have one of the easier sides in the pot," Gojkovic said. "We have full respect for FC Santa Coloma although we know little about them."
NK Maribor have been drawn to face FK Sileks from F.Y.R. Macedonia. "We have never played against a Macedonian club before," Maribor vice-president, Alojz Frizel said. "I'm sure that the two games will be excellent contests. On paper, at least, Maribor are the favourites for this fixture."
Bohemian FC are looking forward to locking horns with Estonian opposition after they were drawn to face FC Levadia Tallinn. "We met [Estonian opposition] three years ago in the UEFA Champions League qualification - and we were the better side," said Bohemians FC managing director Gerry Cuffe. Bohemians defeated Levadia's Tallinn neighbours FC Levadia Maardu 3-0 in the first qualifying round in 2001.
Bohemian's Irish Premier Division rivals Longford Town FC have been handed an easier task, as they were drawn to face Liechtenstein team FC Vaduz. Vaduz's managing director Wolfgang Strunk was pleased with the fixture. "We will play an Irish team so we're delighted," Strunk said. "Obviously, I'm hoping to see our club get through to the next round, but regardless of the result, we can look forward to two terrific games."