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UEFA Cup Group Stage Draw

The draw for the group stage of this season's UEFA Cup will take place at UEFA Headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday 7th October at 11.00 BST. There are 40 teams left in the competition and they are allocated into eight groups of five teams. Each team will then play the others in their group either home or away. The top three teams from each group will then proceed to the knock-out stages with the eight third place teams from the Champions League groups.

Teams are allocated to one of five pots based on their UEFA rankings - Pompey are in Pot #4 - and the draw will consist of one team from each Pot being placed into each group. Teams cannot however be drawn with clubs from their own country.

A look at the pots show the strength of this years competition with Standard Liege who eliminated Everton down on Pot 5! Whatever the draw, we are in for some mouth watering games between now and Christmas.

Pot 1

CSKA Moscow
AC Milan
Schalke 04
Tottenham Hotspur

Pot 2

Club Brugge
Spartak Moscow
Paris Saint-Germain

Pot 3

Slavia Prague
Manchester City

Pot 4

Hertha Berlin
Aston Villa
Racing Santander
Dinamo Zagreb

Pot 5

Saint Etienne
Standard Liege
Twente (Holland)
NEC (Holland)
Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Lech Poznan (Poland)
Zilina - (Slovakia)

I can see there will be some groups of death about with those names but qualification is simple IF you win your two home games.

Fancy another trip to Portugal with Benfica or Braga both in different pots? Two decent trips from Pompey are not possible as Nancy and Santander are both in the same pot. What do we think lads and lassies?


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Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 3 2008

Time: 11:12AM

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Shame we can't play Sydney FC away. I wouldn't have to travel 12,000 miles for that one. That aside it looks like some decent teams will lob into Fratton and aren't they in for a scare. Bring them on. We will SQUASH the Valencia, CLEAN UP Ajax, have BRAGA rights and play TWENTE TWENTE at the same time...
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03/10/2008 11:37:00

is there a way they determine home or away games, i've seen on other sites that we could be drawn away to teams from pots1 & 3, does anybody know how this is worked out?
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03/10/2008 12:28:00

I think it is done like this - when a team is drawn from the pot it is all randomly given a number from 1 to 5. There is then a format like 1 v 2 and 3 v 4 in week one, 5 v 1 and 2 v 3 in week two etc etc. Hope that explains it.
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03/10/2008 13:26:00

Don't forget though Dave that you cannot have two teams from the same country in the same group, so no double trips. My group would be Valencia, Olympiacos, Sampdoria, Pompey and Metalist Kharkiv. Away trips to the firt two.
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03/10/2008 13:33:00

sneakay the article does contain that point - in fact our friends at Vital Villa have taken it for their own site - which is nice.
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03/10/2008 14:04:00

At least 4 more games to look forward too, bring them on
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03/10/2008 15:06:00

Going to be difficult whoever it is but I'd like Club Brugge away, just cos i love the city, well the old city anyway. Ajax would be good too love Amsterdam as well. but they're both in the same pot Drat!. Anybody will do at home as we've got a great chance against anyone at home.
Steve C
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03/10/2008 15:29:00

good work dave, but i must be honest i do not really care who we get now - that first ever tie is out of the way and we got through, best of all i was at both legs!
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03/10/2008 18:16:00

no return to dinamo zagreb for niko... that could have been fun!
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03/10/2008 19:35:00

had a read through the uefa competition rules about the order of the matches and it's not massively clear I think what eastneydave said is about right, it appears that you get a letter a through e then these are matched up in a particular order.
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03/10/2008 20:46:00

Can't wait. Would love to go abroad again after a magical time in Portugal. However, forget Turkey, Russia, Serbia type places. We are bound to get at least a couple of teams from local mainland Europe. However it will tough!
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03/10/2008 21:24:00

Can't wait to play against Dynamo Dishwasher and whatever.
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03/10/2008 23:15:00

I don't want to go back to Portugal. Too much sun, port and superbock is not good for me
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04/10/2008 09:24:00

pot 5: Twente (Holland)... it would be nice to drop in on steve mcclown...
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04/10/2008 16:34:00

Probably can manage one more away trip - would love to go to the San Siro! Don't want Galatasary away for sure. Yes, UKTony wouldn't it be a nightmare to go back to the Porto area, we might even see the gerkin-man again! We don't want Twente at home, that would mean McClown at Fratton Park, and he's not allowed in!
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05/10/2008 16:59:00

What are the dates of the matches?
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05/10/2008 17:00:00

dates have been confirmed on uefa.com now tracyc...
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06/10/2008 21:13:00

And in Sunday Toast 2 #9.
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07/10/2008 09:20:00


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