Monday, 8 October 2007

UC: Fiorentina await group stage draw

The draw for the UEFA Cup group stage will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Tuesday. Fiorentina are one of forty teams who await their fate as proceedings get under way at 1100 (UK Time).

The participants will be drawn into eight groups of five with each side playing two games at home and two away. The teams will be allocated to five pots, in accordance with their respective club coefficients. Pot 1 will comprise the top eight sides, Pot 2 will consist of the following eight teams in the rankings, and so on for pots 3, 4 and 5.

Fiorentina, the sole representative from Italy following Empoli, Palermo and Sampdoria's exits in the First Round last week, are placed in Pot 3 meaning they will face tough matches against a club placed in Pot 1 and Pot 2.

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 home of Manchester City on 14 May 2008.

Pot 1:
Villarreal (Spain), Bayern Munich, AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands), Panathinaikos (Greece), FC Basel (Switzerland), Bordeaux (France), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Anderlecht (Belgium).

Pot 2:
Tottenham Hotspur (England), Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), AEK Athens (Greece), Hamburg (Germany), Bolton Wanderers (England), Austria Viena (Austria).

Pot 3:
Spartak Moscow (Russia), Braga (Portugal), Galatasaray (Turkey), Getafe (Spain), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Everton (England), Fiorentina (Italy), Rennes (France).

Pot 4:
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel), Crvena Zvezda (Serbia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Toulouse (France), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Panionios (Greece), Nurnberg (Germany), Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic).

Pot 5:
Aris Thessaloniki, (Greece), Aberdeen (Scotland), FC Zurich (Switzerland), Larissa (Greece), Aalborg (Denmark), Brann (Norway), Elfsborg (Sweden), Helsingborgs (Sweden).

Source: UEFA

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