FC Bayern München will take on old foes Aberdeen FC and Villarreal CF will meet FC Zenit St. Petersburg after Friday's draws for the UEFA Cup Rounds of 32 and 16.
FC Bayern München will take on former nemesis Aberdeen FC after the draw was made for the UEFA Cup Rounds of 32 and 16.
Aberdeen eliminated Bayern en route to lifting the 1982/83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and will now aim to repeat the trick in the last 32 against one of five Bundesliga teams left in the competition. One of Bayern's fellow former European champions, Hamburger SV, meet FC Zürich, Bayer 04 Leverkusen play another ex-UEFA Cup winner Galatasaray AS, Werder Bremen – among eight sides moving over from the UEFA Champions League – face SC Braga, and 1. FC Nürnberg tackle SL Benfica.
Of the other previous tournament winners, RSC Anderlecht are up against FC Girondins de Bordeaux, PSV Eindhoven encounter Helsingborgs IF, Olympique de Marseille take on FC Spartak Moskva, and Tottenham Hotspur FC have been paired with SK Slavia Praha as in last season's first round. Elsewhere, one of two UEFA Intertoto Cup survivors along with Hamburg, Club Atlético de Madrid meet Bolton Wanderers FC, Everton FC play SK Brann, ACF Fiorentina challenge Rosenborg BK, and European debutants Getafe CF continue their campaign against AEK Athens FC.
Round of 16
Among the potential Round of 16 ties, Bremen and Hamburg will come together should both prevail. Brann and Rosenborg may also be on course for a national derby if they can edge past Everton and Fiorentina. Likewise FC Zenit St. Petersburg and Spartak will meet if they can overcome Villarreal CF and Marseille respectively, while Bayern or Aberdeen will play Anderlecht or Bordeaux.
The sides who finished first in each section were drawn against one of the third-ranked teams from another group while the runners-up in each section were paired with one of the eight clubs joining the competition from the UEFA Champions League group stage. The group winners and runners-up will play their second leg at home, while sides from the same association were kept apart in the draw.
Last 16 draw
The format is two-legged knockout ties with the first legs being played on 13/14 February and the second legs on 21 February. Final dates, kick-off times and venues will be communicated by 7 January. No teams were seeded in the draw for the last 16. Match dates are set for 6 and 12/13 March and final dates, venues and kick-off times will be confirmed by 25 February.