VfB Stuttgart, Beşiktaş JK and Aston Villa FC are among 64 teams that will be battling it out on Thursday night when the UEFA Cup second qualifying round kicks off.
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The UEFA Cup second qualifying stage gets under way this Thursday with 64 teams battling it out to make the first round.
The clubs are split into regional groups and the draw, which took place on 1 August, includes the likes of VfB Stuttgart, Beşiktaş JK, Aston Villa FC and Rosenborg BK. Former European champions Villa are in the northern section, and travel to Iceland for their first leg with FH Hafnarfjördur while fellow UEFA Intertoto Cup winners and seasoned continental campaigners Rosenborg make the short trip to Sweden to face Djurgårdens IF FF. Manchester City FC, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup champions in 1970, welcome one of four Danish sides competing at this stage of the competition, FC Midtjylland.
In the central and eastern region, BSC Young Boys take on Debreceni VSC and Stuttgart also entertain Hungarian visitors in the form of Győri ETO FC. The second German side in the draw, Hertha BSC Berlin, journey to Slovenia to play NK IB Ljubljana while three-time UEFA Champions League group stage contenders SK Sturm Graz hop across the border for a tie with FC Zürich. Polish outfit Legia Warszawa also face off against a club from a neighbouring country as they prepare for the arrival of FC Moskva.
Highlights from the southern selection include the only previous winners of the UEFA Cup, SSC Napoli, as they head to Albania to play KS Vllaznia. Croatian giants HNK Hadjuk Split travel to Spain for their tie with RC Deportivo La Coruña while 1991 European Champions Clubs' Cup winners FK Crvena Zvezda are also away from home, but not going so far, as they take on Cypriot side APOEL FC. Beşiktaş head to Bosnia-Herzegovina to play NK Široki Brijeg and AEK Athens FC visit AC Omonia.