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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June, 2003, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Man Utd and Arsenal seeded
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Sir Alex Ferguson's team will not face top clubs in the group stage
Manchester United and Arsenal have been named in the top batch of seeds for next season's Champions League.

The English giants will avoid title holders AC Milan, Juventus, Lazio, Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna or Bayern Munich in the competition's group stage.

Should Chelsea qualify for the tournament via their two-legged play-off, they will not face Inter Milan, Celta Vigo, Borussia Dortmund or Porto, who were all named in the second-seeded group.

Uefa Cup finalists Celtic, Newcastle and Scottish treble-winners Rangers would be among the set of third seeds if they secure qualification for the group stage.

The clubs' ratings are based on a combination of their record in Europe and the performance of each country's clubs overall.

The draw for the first two qualifying rounds of the Champions League will take place at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, this Friday.

After three qualifying rounds are completed, the draw for the Champions League group stage will be held.

Then 32 clubs will be split into eight groups of four, with each group having one top-seeded club, one second seed, a third seed and a fourth seed.


Provisional list of Champions League qualifiers:

Direct entry to group stages (16 teams):
AC Milan (Italy), Juventus (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), Manchester United (England), Arsenal (England), Bayern Munich (Germany), VfB Stuttgart (Germany), Olympique Lyon (France), Monaco (France), Real Madrid (Spain), Real Sociedad (Spain), Olympiakos (Greece), Panathinaikos (Greece), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Besiktas (Turkey), Porto (Portugal).

Entry into third qualifying round (18 teams):
Lazio (Italy), Newcastle United (England), Chelsea (England), Deportivo La Coruna (Spain), Celta Vigo (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Olympique Marseille (France), AEK Athens (Greece) Ajax (Netherlands), Galatasaray (Turkey), Benfica (Portugal), Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), Rangers (Scotland), either Dynamo Kiev or Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Club Bruges (Belgium), Austria Vienna (Austria), Grasshoppers (Switzerland).

Entry into second qualifying round (18 teams):
CSKA Moscow (Russia), Slavia Prague (Czech Republic), Celtic (Scotland), either Dynamo Kiev or Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Anderlecht (Belgium), Graz AK (Austria), Rosenborg Trondheim (Norway), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Wisla Krakow (Poland), Denmark - One to be decided, Djurgarden (Sweden), Partizan Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro), Zilina (Slovakia), CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria), Rapid Bucharest (Romania), MTK Budapest (Hungary), Maribor (Slovenia).

Entry into first qualifying round (20 teams):
Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus), HJK Helsinki (Finland), Skonto Riga (Latvia), Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), KR Reykjavik (Iceland), BATE Borisov (Belarus), Kaunas (Lithuania), Bohemians (Ireland), Vardar Skopje (Macedonia), Sliema Wanderers (Malta), Barry Town (Wales), Flora Tallinn (Estonia), Leotar (Bosnia), Pyunik (Armenia), Glentoran (Northern Ireland), SK Tirana (Albania), HB Torshavn (Faroe Islands), Grevenmacher (Luxembourg), Irtysh (Kazakhstan).







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