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#1 Louis

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 14:22

The UEFA Cup 2007-08 is the 50th edition of the European UEFA Cup football club tournament. The final match will be played at City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England on May 14, 2008. The first qualifying games will be played on July 19, 2007 and the main tournament will start 20 September 2007. A total of 123 football clubs will participate in the tournament (including its qualifying rounds).

One to four clubs will be represented per European football nation, depending on the UEFA coefficients. One new nation will enter their second-placed football team: Montenegro.

Teams

All the teams that will definitely be competing are listed below, ordered by seeding.

First Round

The following teams are certain to play in the first round proper.
  • Germany Bayern Munich
  • Netherlands Ajax or AZ Alkmaar
  • Greece Panathinaikos
  • Germany Bayer Leverkusen
  • England Tottenham Hotspur
  • Netherlands Heerenveen
  • England Bolton Wanderers
  • Portugal Sporting Braga
  • England Everton
  • Italy Empoli
  • Greece Panionios
  • Netherlands FC Groningen
  • Germany Nürnberg
  • Portugal Belenenses
  • Greece Aris Thessaloniki
  • Netherlands Twente
  • Greece Larisa
Second Qualifying Round

The following teams are certain to qualify for either the second qualifying round or first round proper.

  • Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Turkey Galatasaray
  • Belgium Standard Liège
  • Scotland Dunfermline Athletic
The following team is certain to compete in the second qualifying round.

  • Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
First Qualifying Round

The following team is certain to qualify for either the first or second qualifying round.
  • Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
  • Bulgaria Litex Lovech
  • Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia
  • Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor
  • Israel Maccabi Netanya
The following teams are certain to play in the first qualifying round.
  • Serbia Partizan Belgrade
  • Austria Austria Vienna
  • Denmark Odense
  • Slovakia FC Artmedia Bratislava
  • Poland Groclin Grodzisk
  • Norway Vålerenga
  • Croatia Hajduk Split
  • Norway Fredrikstad
  • Norway Brann
  • Norway Lillestrøm
  • Serbia Vojvodina
  • Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
  • Hungary Budapest Honvéd
  • Sweden AIK Solna
  • Croatia Slaven Belupo
  • Cyprus Omonia Nicosia
  • Sweden Helsingborg
  • Sweden BK Häcken
  • Finland MyPa
  • Moldova Zimbru Chişinău
  • Slovakia Zlaté Moravce
  • Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs
  • Latvia Skonto Riga
  • Lithuania Sūduva
  • Lithuania Ekranas
  • Finland HJK Helsinki
  • Finland Haka
  • Republic of Ireland Drogheda United
  • Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic
  • Liechtenstein Vaduz
  • Iceland Keflavík
  • Iceland Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur
  • Belarus Dinamo Minsk
  • Belarus Dinamo Brest
  • Albania Besa Kavajë
  • Albania Teuta
  • Estonia Narva JK Trans
  • Estonia Flora Tallinn
  • Armenia Benants
  • Armenia MIKA
  • Kazakhstan Almaty
  • Kazakhstan Aktobe
  • Northern Ireland Glentoran
  • Northern Ireland Dungannon Swifts
  • Wales Carmarthen Town
  • Wales Rhyl
  • Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn
  • Faroe Islands EB/Streymur
  • Malta Sliema Wanderers
  • Andorra Santa Coloma

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#2 MikeO

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 15:23

You'd have to say at this stage that Bayern Munich would be the team to beat :o . When was the last time they didn't qualify for the Champs League? Galatasaray best avoided until the late stages also....be nice to win the 50th one though, shame the final's not somewhere a bit more interesting, Rotterdam would have been nice....100% record there :lol: !

Edited by MikeO, 20 May 2007 - 15:25.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 15:34

Tough crowd where in, distinct lack of Italian teams though??
WHEN we make it to the final itll be good cos Im literally down the road from the stadium, at uni!! Back of the net!!!
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 15:37

Lack of Italian teams because most of their spots are still up in the air. Ditto Spain - both those leagues still have a few more weeks to go yet.
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 15:39

ah right, well now it makes sense, cheers JD!!
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 18:36

How far do you think we can get??
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 18:43

If Boro can get to the final then why the hell cant we!! wooo!
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 19:14

coz we will do one better and win it ;)
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Posted 20 May 2007 - 22:19

God Damn!! I like the way you think!!!
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#10 JD in DC

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 15:17

A few more teams to add

Italy Fiorentina (1st round)
Italy Palermo (1st round)
Portugal Pacos de Ferreira (1st round)
Scotland Aberdeen (2QR OR 1st round)

There's a fan's website that keeps up-to-date info on who has qualified for what competitions out of every league in Europe. If you can decipher all the abbreviations he uses, it's at http://www.xs4all.nl...a/qual2007.html
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 17:35

Italy Fiorentina (1st round)


Be interesting to come up against Kroldrup :P .
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 14:51

AJ would murder him!
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 15:46

Beattie will too!!! :D
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 16:21

You'd have to say at this stage that Bayern Munich would be the team to beat :o . When was the last time they didn't qualify for the Champs League? Galatasaray best avoided until the late stages also....be nice to win the 50th one though, shame the final's not somewhere a bit more interesting, Rotterdam would have been nice....100% record there :lol: !

Does the fact that we are seeded mean we will play one of the qualifying teams in the first round?
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 16:31

Does the fact that we are seeded mean we will play one of the qualifying teams in the first round?


Not neccessarily, but we will play one of the lowest forty ranked sides.
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 17:37

bayern muncih have finished in europe :huh: be nice to get them...not
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:17

Not neccessarily, but we will play one of the lowest forty ranked sides.



There are 50 teams in the first round, so would guess it will be one of them wouldnt it??????????????????????????

Long way off yet though, blood long summer this is already
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:30

After the qualifying rounds, when you add in the teams (us included) who go straight in at round one there will be eighty teams in total playing for forty places in the group stages. We, as one of the top forty ranked, will play one of the bottom forty ranked....if I understand it correctly :unsure: .
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 18:35

After the qualifying rounds, when you add in the teams (us included) who go straight in at round one there will be eighty teams in total playing for forty places in the group stages. We, as one of the top forty ranked, will play one of the bottom forty ranked....if I understand it correctly :unsure: .



AHA, thats cleard it up, we wont be seeing any of the big boys, thats all im arsed about, im sure there will be a loophole somewhere and we get the hardest fooking draw ever thought posible and have to play Bayerm

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 19:39

AHA, thats cleard it up, we wont be seeing any of the big boys, thats all im arsed about, im sure there will be a loophole somewhere and we get the hardest fooking draw ever thought posible and have to play Bayerm

Ever the Evertonian optomist

Quite fancy a trip to Munich though :)
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 20:31

Save Bayern Munich for the semi final - 23 years on!

Lets just make sure we get to the group stage and go from there.

I am sure that after 2 years ago, there will be no such mistakes this time..
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 20:45

Save Bayern Munich for the semi final - 23 years on!

Lets just make sure we get to the group stage and go from there.

I am sure that after 2 years ago, there will be no such mistakes this time..



Bloody hell, that could be on that semi

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 20:47

We are well over due a European success. Bring on Rapid Vienna.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 12:30

Beattie will too!!! :D



And then eat him
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 12:33

Quite fancy a trip to Munich though :)



lot of english speaking people around munich as its home to the bavarian international school, which one of my mates from uni has been too.

Having seen tottenham this year i reckon we can get at least as far as they did because our stadium is more imposing.
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 13:16

Our first eleven is capable of winning the thing, no question at all, but to do that we'd have to play an extra fifteen games. Any sort of run in the domestic cups and you're pushing sixty games for the season...even though DM could, and probably should imo, play a weakened team in the Carling Cup )if that's what it's called next year). Need more numbers, more quality, luck with injuries and luck with the games the fixture computer gives us on the week-ends after Thursday night games. We can beat anyone on our day in a single game so certainly I think we can win it....but then so can probably about ten other sides.

Edited by MikeO, 25 May 2007 - 13:17.

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Posted 25 May 2007 - 15:14

Our first eleven is capable of winning the thing, no question at all, but to do that we'd have to play an extra fifteen games. Any sort of run in the domestic cups and you're pushing sixty games for the season...even though DM could, and probably should imo, play a weakened team in the Carling Cup )if that's what it's called next year). Need more numbers, more quality, luck with injuries and luck with the games the fixture computer gives us on the week-ends after Thursday night games. We can beat anyone on our day in a single game so certainly I think we can win it....but then so can probably about ten other sides.



Too true Mike, we need lots to go our way, but I think Mr Moyes understands we need numbers, Im certain of that, we've been sailing too close to the wind and getting away with it
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Posted 25 May 2007 - 16:50

Quite fancy a trip to Munich though :)

My really good friend is playing on the reserve squad for Munich 1860. If I somehow could afford a cheap plane ticket he would let me stay with him. Unfortunately it would most likely interfere with school.
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Posted 26 May 2007 - 15:05

Lots of action this weekend that's going to go a long way towards fleshing out the UEFA Cup field

Today: another round of fixtures in Spain and Ukraine, last day of the season in France, Serbia, and Poland, Cup finals in Belgium and Romania (the latter of which will decide whether Rapid Bucharest is joining us in the first round again or packing off to the Intertoto Cup)

Tomorrow: 2nd leg of the Dutch playoff between Ajax and Alkmaar (winner goes to the Champions League, loser goes to the UEFA Cup), Cup final in Russia

Monday: last day of the season in the Czech Republic, Cup final in Switzerland

All 11 of those countries have one or more UEFA Cup berths still up for grabs

Several other leagues are finishing their seasons this weekend but have only Intertoto spots left to play for (meaning potential UEFA Cup competitors for us down the road), including Italy, Israel, Bulgaria, and Hungary
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Posted 26 May 2007 - 15:46

(the latter of which will decide whether Rapid Bucharest is joining us in the first round again or packing off to the Intertoto Cup)



Thanks for that JD...except it was Dinamo Bucharest we played in 2005 (qualified for the Champs league this year), not Rapid.
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Posted 26 May 2007 - 16:18

Actually, all three of the Bucharest triplets (Dinamo, Rapid, and Steaua) were in the first round of the UEFA Cup that year (and all three advanced to the group stages too), so technically what I said was true - they would be joining us "in the first round" again. But obviously that wasn't what I meant, and you're right. Rapid beat Feyenoord in the first round, not us. Too many teams from Bucharest, they're almost as bad as teams from Moscow for getting all jumbled up in my head. :rolleyes:
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Posted 26 May 2007 - 21:57

High drama in France today. Lens and Bordeaux both lose, and Rennes gives up a game-tying goal to Lille at the death, which allows Toulouse to jump from 6th all the way to 3rd and steal the last Champions' League spot. Toulouse finishes the season with 58 points, Lens, Bordeaux, Rennes, and Sochaux all finish tied for fourth with 57 points.

Rennes would've finished third on 59 points and taken the UCL spot if they hadn't conceded that goal, but they still go to the UEFA Cup on GD, and so do Bordeaux and Sochaux as France's two Cup winners this year. Lens, who started the day in third, is stuck with the Intertoto Cup.

I bet there will probably be some controversy after the fact, because the Toulouse-Nantes match was abandoned last weekend with the score still 0-0 when the Nantes fans invaded the pitch, and on Thursday the French professional league elected to declare it a forfeit by Nantes and award Toulouse all three points instead of just one. Without those two extra points, Rennes goes to the UCL despite the draw and Lens goes to the UEFA Cup, and Toulouse either goes to the Intertoto Cup or goes home.
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Posted 26 May 2007 - 23:22

Good grief that's amazing....vaguely following what was going on because my brother lives just outside Toulouse so a game against them would be ideal for me but they've been on a very poor run recently and I thought they'd blown all chance except maybe Intertoto. Saw they went 1-0 down at home to Bordeuax today so gave up on it.

The league table I have still has them finishing seventh though (LINK), obviously the extra two points not added...is it confirmed?

The BBC has Toulouse in third though (LINK)....good stuff!

Edited by MikeO, 26 May 2007 - 23:27.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 14:37

Good grief, just read this as a comment on the official site...

VIRTUALLY ASSURED OF SEEDING After this weekend's European games/Cup Finals the latest sit rep on Everton and the UEFA Cup as follows: 18th (or 19th) of 32 automatic qualifiers - dependent on the Czech Cup Final. 18th or 19th A further (possible) 5 or 6 qualifiers from the UEFA Cup Qualifiers may outrank Everton 23rd (or better/lower) to 25th Intertoto - a further (possible) 4 or 5 may qualify for the UEFA Cup Blackburn Rovers RC Lens or the possible Ukraine Qualifier (who would meet each other) Hamburger SV or possible Swiss Qualifier (who would meet each other) Maccabi Haifa or possibly the Spanish Qualifier (who would meet each other) Czech Republic (if Slavia Praha become their entry) The lowest Everton's Ranking could possible drop BEFORE taking into account the Champions League 3rd QR losers is therefore 27th (or lower) to 30th Remainder from Champions League 3rd Qualifying Rd - a further 6 (or 7) potentially could QUALIFY and then lose to seeded teams - some "seeded" teams could lose as well. The draw for the CL 3rd Rd will be (and note some tasty opps for LFC perhaps): Seeded: LFC Arsenal CL3-4 Esp Benfica Ajax Werder Bremen Celtic Steaua Bucuresti ** Lazio Roma Glasgow Rangers ** Shakhtar Donetsk (**) Besiktas ** Anderlecht CL3-4 Esp Dinamo Kiev (**) Levski Sofia ** Unseeded: Sparta Praha ** Fenerbahçe AEK Athens Dinamo Bucuresti Rosenborg BK ** Spartak Moscow Red Star Belgrade ** Toulouse FC FC København ** Dinamo Zagreb * Racing Genk ** CL1-2 (**) Cze DVSC Debrecen ** FC Zürich FC Salzburg ** APOEL Nicosia * * and ** seeded to progress from Rds 1 and 2 (or the team that replaces them will inherit that seeding for the 3rd round draw ONLY but not subsequently for the UEFA Cup) The six teams in bold are ranked above Everton and projected to lose to the seeded teams in the CL3rd The assumption is that these 6 will lose, dropping Everton's rank to 33rd (or better) to 36th (worst) Therefore - the only way Everton would not be seeded would be - all of the above possible events happening and 5 further SEEDED teams in the Champions League 3rd Rd losing BUT NOT TO any of the aforementioned higher ranking unseeded teams - so it's VIRTUALLY CERTAIN WE WILL BE SEEDED


Hope that's clear then :o .
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 15:20

Lemme try to simplify that a little.

In the comprehensive European-wide club rankings, Everton's point total puts them right about #100 on the list. However, half the teams ahead of us can be thrown out right away: either they are already qualified for the Champions' League group stages, or they did not qualify for European football at all this year.

That leaves about 52-53 teams who could POTENTIALLY end up in the UEFA Cup first round who have more points than we do - but not all of them will make it. 17-18 of them will for certain because they've locked up spots in the first round field like we have, but the other 35 or so are going to be involved in CL qualifying, Intertoto qualifying, and the earlier qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup that we're skipping. Some of them will be eliminated early, some of them (as that article noted) will probably eliminate each other, and some will qualify for the Champions League and avoid the UEFA Cup entirely.

The bottom line is that it isn't mathematically impossible for us to get bumped into the bottom half of the first round bracket, but it is extremely unlikely.

Once all the fields are set, I'll post the complete list of the 50-odd teams ahead of us in line and what competitions they are in.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:54

The first odds....

Bayern Munich..9/2
Spurs..............12/1
Fiorentina.........16/1
Leverkusen.......20/1
AZ Alkmaar.......20/1
Everton.............25/1
Palermo.............25/1
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 11:58

well B.Munich just signed luca toni for £7.5mil last night so they have one of the best strikers in the competition playing for them now.

Edited by Everton Lad, 31 May 2007 - 11:58.

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Posted 06 Jun 2007 - 19:17

:o looks like villareal could be heading into europe

bring them on please! i want the rematch we would kill them this time round :devil:
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Posted 06 Jun 2007 - 19:19

Bayern have also signed Ribery
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Posted 06 Jun 2007 - 19:32

Bugger Bayern Come on you Blues remember theres 11 men in a team we can do the lot of em!

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