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Tough test for title-holders

The draw for the first qualifying round of the 2004/05 UEFA Cup was not kind to the champions of San Marino.

The draw has been made for the first qualifying round of the 2004/05 UEFA Cup.

Fifty in the hat
There were 50 clubs in the hat for this round, divided into three geographical seeding groups - Northern, Southern-Mediterranean and Central-East. Among the first qualifying ties to catch the eye, Swedish side Östers IF's reward for topping the fair play rankings is a tie against Welsh club Total Network Solutions FC.

Fair play route
The two other sides to reach the competition through the fair play route - FC MIKA of Armenia and FC Illychivets Mariupil of Ukraine - will face Hungary's Budapest Honvéd FC and Armenia's FC Banants respectively.

Fate of champions
Andorran champions FC Santa Coloma face FK Modrica of Bosnia-Herzegovina while the other champions in the draw, San Marino's S.S. Pennarossa, face a tricky encounter against another Bosnia-Herzegovnian side in NK Željeznicar.

Further rounds
The 25 winners from the first qualifying round will progress to the second qualifying round, where they will be joined by a further 39 clubs. The 32 survivors of the second qualifying round will progress to the first round proper, where 32 other clubs lie in wait.

UEFA Cup first qualifying round draw
Team named first play at home in first leg
First leg: 15 July 2004
Second leg: 29 July 2004
FK Sileks (MKD) v NK Maribor (SLO)
NK Primorje (SLO) v Marsaxlokk FC (MLT)*
NK Željeznicar (BHZ) v S.S. Pennarossa (SMR)*
KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB) v FC Otelul Galati (ROM)*
FK Modrica (BHZ) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)
AC Omonia (CYP) v FK Sloga Jugomagnat (MKD)
FK Partizani (ALB) v Birkirkara FC (MLT)
FC Illychivets Mariupil (UKR) v FC Banants (ARM)
FK Shamkir (AZE) v FC Tbilisi (GEO)*
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
FC Shirak (ARM) v FC Tiraspol (MOL)
FC Nistru Otaci (MOL) v FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)
FC MIKA (ARM) v Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN)**
FK Dukla Banská Bystrica (SVK) v FK Karabakh (AZE)
FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Bohemian FC (IRL)***
Haverfordwest County AFC (WAL) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
Östers IF (SWE) v Total Network Solutions FC (WAL)
Portadown FC (NIR) v FK Žalgiris Vilnius (LIT)
B68 Toftir (FAR) v FK Ventspils (LAT)
FC Haka (FIN) v FC Etzella Ettelbrück (LUX)*
FK Ekranas (LIT) v F91 Dudelange (LUX)
FC Vaduz (LIE) v Longford Town FC (IRL)
B36 Tórshavn (FAR) v FHK Liepajas Metalurgs (LAT)
AC Allianssi (FIN) v Glentoran FC (NIR)
ÍA Akranes (ISL) v FC TVMK Tallinn (EST)

* Matches reversed
** First-leg match to be played on 13 July
*** Second-leg match to be played on 27 July