All set for group stage draw

The draw for the group stage of the UEFA Cup will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday beginning at 12.00CET.

Famous names
The first round was completed last Thursday night, when a number of famous names experienced contrasting fortunes. Holders PFC CSKA Moskva won through in convincing fashion, completing a 6-2 aggregate triumph against FC Midtjylland, but the side they defeated in Lisbon in May, Sporting Clube de Portugal, failed to progress. Swedish team Halmstads BK overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit to win 3-2 at the Estádio José Alvalade and advance on away goals following a gripping 4-4 draw.

Winners eliminated
Two recent winners also saw their 2005/06 European campaigns reach an early conclusion, AFC Rapid Bucuresti ousting 2002 champions Feyenoord 2-1 overall, while Norway's Tromsø IL eliminated Galatasaray SK, who lifted the trophy in 2000. The likes of Bayer 04 Leverkusen - winners in 1988, Everton FC, FK Partizan and FK Austria Wien, semi-finalists last term, also bowed out, although the other side to lose in the last four in 2004/05, AZ Alkmaar, scored twice in the final eleven minutes to knock out FC Krylya Sovetov Samara on away goals following a thrilling 6-6 draw. There were more comfortable victories for AS Roma, US Città di Palermo, AS Monaco FC and RC Strasbourg, among others.

Top seeds CSKA
France are represented by five teams, while Italy, Russia, Germany, Romania and Bulgaria have three clubs still in contention. The qualifiers have been divided into five pools of eight sides based on their UEFA coefficient. CSKA Moskva are top seeds, and Tromsø bottom. A team from each seeding pool will be assigned to a group, although clubs from the same national association cannot be pitted together.

Computer draw
When the draw concludes - with eight sections of five teams - a computer draw will take place to determine the fixture schedule with factors such as stadium clashes and climatic conditions, as it is not possible to play in some northern countries in mid-December, taken into account.

Eindhoven finale
Each club will play two matches at home and two away on the following dates: 20 October, 3 November, 24 November, 30 November/1 December, 14/15 December. The winners, runners-up and third-placed sides from each group progress to the last 32 where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League group stage. At this point, the traditional two-game format is used with the exception of the final. The competition climaxes at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven on 10 May 2006.

2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage participants
PotClub (country)Coefficient
1PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)34.469
1AS Roma (ITA)73.191
1VfB Stuttgart (GER)58.166
1AS Monaco FC (FRA)53.324
1Hertha BSC Berlin (GER)46.166
1FC Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)38.469
1Besiktas JK (TUR)37.872
1AZ Alkmaar (NED)37.145
2Sevilla FC (ESP)36.326
2Olympique de Marseille (FRA)36.324
2PAOK FC (GRE)35.715
2SK Slavia Praha (CZE)35.223
2FC Basel 1893 (SUI)33.827
2Middlesbrough FC (ENG) 32.864
2RCD Espanyol (ESP)29.326
2RC Lens (FRA)29.324
3FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 28.200
3SC Heerenveen (ESP) 26.145
3FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)24.200
3Hamburger SV (GER)24.166
3FK Crvena Zvezda (SCG)21.012
3Bolton Wanderers FC FC (ENG)20.864
3UC Sampdoria (ITA) 20.191
3US Città di Palermo (ITA)20.191
4FC Steaua Bucuresi (ROU)20.101
4Brøndby IF (DEN)19.676
4Grasshopper-Club (SUI) 18.887
4FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) 18.469
4PFC Levski Sofia (BUL) 18.118
4RS Strasbourg (FRA)17.324
4Stade Rennais FC (FRA) 16.324
4PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)15.118
5Vitória SC (POR)14.739
5PFC Litez Lovech (BUL) 14.118
5Halmstads BK (SWE)13.076
5Vikin FK (NOR)12.665
5FC Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)12.101
5AFC Rapid Bucuresti (ROU)8.101
5Maccabi Petach-Tikva (ISR)7.218
5Tromsø IL (NOR)6.665