Bucharest beckons for 'big names'

uefa.com rounds up the reaction to a UEFA Cup first round draw which pitted both Feyenoord and Everton FC against Romanian opposition.

Revenge
Rapid executive president Dinu Gheorghe says the draw gives his side an opportunity to make amends for Romania's two FIFA World Cup qualifying defeats by the Netherlands, while Dinamo are relishing facing "one of the powers of English football". The third club from the Romanian capital in the hat in Monaco today, FC Steaua Bucuresti, tackle Vålerenga IF of Norway in another testing fixture. uefa.com rounds up the reaction.

Feyenoord v AFC Rapid Bucuresti
We also knew nothing about Odd Grenland last season and we still had difficulty with them. Besides that we play a home match without spectators, and that won't help us much either. I expect they will be a difficult opponent. Feyenoord goalkeeper Patrick Lodewijks

We will play against a big team with a big name in Europe, several-times winners of European club competitions. After our national team lost twice against the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, we'll try to avenge those defeats. Feyenoord are favourites and have the best chance, but we will not be easy opponents for them. Rapid executive president Dinu Gheorghe

FC Dinamo Burucesti v Everton FC
Everton are not Chelsea [FC], Manchester United [FC] or Arsenal [FC], but they are one of the powers of English football. Against English teams we are always motivated and everything is possible. Recently we changed our playing system because at this level even the smallest mistake can be fatal. We have a chance and believe we can qualify. Dinamo coach Ioan Andone

Vålerenga IF v FC Steaua Bucuresti
We've been drawn against the Romanian team who Rosenborg beat to qualify for the Champions League so we know it's possible to do likewise, and that it's difficult. You can't do anything with a draw other than accept it. Our team will do our best. The group stage makes the UEFA Cup very exciting. Vålerenga managing director Kjetil Siem

Sevilla FC v 1. FSV Mainz 05
We enjoyed a great season last year, were the revelation of the Primera División, and I'm confident we will continue along a similar path this time. We know the characteristics of German teams - they are highly competitive and very difficult to beat - but Sevilla should not fear anyone and I think overall we are the favourites. Sevilla coach Juande Ramos

The draw couldn't have been much worse and Sevilla will be a huge test for us, although we have the advantage of playing away first. Everyone in Mainz is looking forward to the games. Mainz manager Christian Heidel

Beşiktaş JK v Malmö FF
Malmö were one of the strongest unseeded teams but that doesn't concern us too much. You need to concentrate on your own game in order to guarantee a win. We have bigger targets and hopefully we can advance beyond this round. Beşiktaş coach Riza Çalimbay

Besiktas are a very tough opponent. Turkish sides have done well in Europe in recent years and we will have to be at our best to beat them. Malmö coach Tom Prahl

Viking FK v FK Austria Wien
Austria Wien are a very good team but we are looking forward to having two good matches against them. The aim is to get to the group stage and we should have a fair chance, even if we are not favourites. Viking managing director Erik Forgaard

We must be satisfied with Viking as we can beat them; other potential opponents would have been much more difficult. We'll watch them next weekend for the first time. I don't know much about them, except they won all four matches in the two qualifying rounds. Austria sports director Peter Stöger

AS Monaco FC v Willem II
It's quite a challenge. We are here so we can examine the stadium tonight. We have quite a good team but we have a tough opponent and we will need to do our very best to progress. Willem II spokesman Rob Been

Bolton Wanderers FC v PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936
We are more than happy to be in what is unchartered territory for us. We have to do our homework and prepare ourselves for this match before we look beyond it. The main thing is to enjoy the experience. Bolton club secretary Simon Marland

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v PFC CSKA Sofia
We definitely won't make the mistake of underestimating CSKA Sofia. We watched them in their 1-0 win at Anfield and know how good they are. It will be an interesting tie but we want to reach the group stage of the competition. Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler

Personally, I wanted a tie against [FK] Crvena Zvezda. There is no need to talk about Bayer Leverkusen. Everybody knows the German side very well. The good news is that their Bulgarian [and former CSKA] striker Dimitar Berbatov will be coming home. CSKA Sofia coach Miodrag Jesic

US Città di Palermo v Anorthosis Famagusta FC
I am pleased with the draw because in the pot were teams we did not want to face such as Middlesbrough, Lokomotiv and Sporting. I believe we have a chance of knocking them out. I would have prefered, however, to have been playing the first game at home. Anorthosis player-coach Temur Ketsbaia

Halmstads BK v Sporting Clube de Portugal
We have to believe we can win this game. It's going to be tough but at the end of the day anything can happen. Halmstad coach Janne Andersson

This draw is good for us, on paper. Nevertheless, there are no easy games any more, so it will not be a formality by any means. But if we play like we can, I think we will go through. Sporting defender Tonel

Vitória FC v UC Sampdoria
Bearing in mind the potential of Italian football and the youth of our squad, it will be very difficult for us. The Italians are favourites because of their quality and organisation. However, we have already won financially by playing at home first. Setúbal coach Luís Norton de Matos

Vitória SC v Wisla Kraków
They are a top Portuguese team and attractive rivals for us. I am happy we're playing the second leg at home in front of our great fans. Tuesday's game against Panathinaikos [FC] showed how important that is. Wisla coch Jerzy Engel

PFC Litex Lovech v KRC Genk
We could have drawn a tougher opponent but it is still a dangerous draw as we know little about them. And they have just knocked out a Croatian side, and that means something. Genk coach Hugo Broos

Hertha BSC Berlin v APOEL FC
It could have been a lot worse. We have played teams from Cyprus in the past and have always come out on top. I am sure we will qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Cup. Hertha chairman of the board Dieter Hoeness

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