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Uefa Cup draw as it happened

UEFA CUP DRAW

Portsmouth v Vitoria SC (Portugal)
Manchester City v AC Omonia (Cyprus)
Nancy (France) v Motherwell
Everton v Standard Liege (Belgium)
Litex Lovech (Bulgaria) v Aston Villa
Tottenham v Wisla Krakow (Poland)

UEFA CUP DRAW (all times BST)

606: DEBATE
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By Chris Whyatt

1249: Pompey chief exec Peter Storrie promises that Fratton Park will be "packed to the rafters" when Vitoria SC travel to Hampshire. Turns out the Portuguese club are NOT the one that Jose Mourinho managed - but he did manage a 'Vitoria'.

Some interesting ties all round... but what are you still doing here?

Dust off the passports and get sorting out your travel plans to Poland, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Cyprus, Portugal, etc. Au revoir.

1242: That was like speed dating. No time to think or relax or dwell on anything which caught your eye. But it was mighty exciting. All over now. Here's a taster of your reactions:

"Typical that for Everton. Maybe now we will show Liverpool what they should have done! Bring it on."
Sheedys left boot, Liverpool, on 81111

"Maybe Steve McClaren will get a French accent now."
cheese666 on 606

"Spurs playing against a team which beat Barca... Hmm!" boringgoldblue on 606

1239: All the Brits and Irish side St Pat's know their ties now. Six different countries await. Last pot of this coruscating draw... 2002 Uefa Cup winners Feyenoord face Swede's Kalmar. Phew.

1235: Tottenham v Wisla Krakow (Poland). Simple as that. Nice place I believe, can imagine a few Spurs fans are clicking on cheap flight websites as we speak/ type.

1233: Stade Rennais FC (France) will have to face Steve McClaren's FC Twente. Dutch giants Ajax will play Serbia's FK Borac. Here's Spurs...

1231: Slaven Koprivnica (Croatia) have been drawn against Russian side CSKA Moscow, recent Uefa Cup winners who I believe Roman Abramovich endows with a few of his spends from time to time.

1228: Litex Lovech (Bulgaria) v Aston Villa. Massive. Wonder what Martin O'Neill will make of that? Fletch, you know Fletch, says it sounds like dodgy underwear.

1225: They have fair rattled through the first half of that draw... Everton v Standard Liege is the big story I'd say? Napoli v Benfica also came out of the hat. That would have been huge in the 80s.

1222: My word! Everton have been drawn against Standard Liege, who went so close to knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League qualifiers.

1221: Motherwell have been drawn against French club Nancy. Tough tie. Everton up next...

1219: Dinamo Zagreb v Sparta Prague... Manchester City v AC Omonia (Cyprus). Could be a bit of sun there. Sounds like a cleaning fluid to me.

1216: Italians Sampdoria will play Lithuanian champions Kaunas, who downed Rangers just weeks ago. Man City are up next...

1215: Portsmouth have drawn Vitoria SC (Portugal). Think Jose Mourinho may have managed them but I'm not 100%.

Sevilla will play FC Salzburg from Austria.

1213: St Patrick's Athletic have drawn Hertha Berlin. Tough.

1212: I'm not going to bring you every tie, but will do my best to deliver most of note. And of course the Brits.

1210: Ronaldinho's AC Milan are the first name out of the hat. They will face FC Zurich. Daunting for the Swiss.

1208: Not quite. Uefa general secretary David Taylor is telling the associated delegates about the "new identity and branding" which will adorn the Uefa Cup from next season. Platini is in the house. Thirty countries are represented at this stage of the draw.

1205: "Don't forget St. Patrick's Athletic, they caused a massive shock just getting here, beating Elfsborg 4-3 on aggregate and could end up facing AC Milan." cheese666 on 606

Yep, Irish side St Patrick's Athletic are also in the hat. For the draw, the clubs have been split into eight groups of ten, with five seeds in each pool to be drawn against any of the five unseeded sides. So each club can only draw one of five teams. Here we go....

1200: The tension would be hard to slice through with a samurai sword. The presentation/ preamble for the draw has started bang on time. Chris Hall is the host at the Grimaldi forum. More packed than it was for yesterday's Champions League draw (because there are many more teams involved).

1156: Perhaps that description of the Uefa Cup is unfair. All the Brits bar Motherwell are seeded in the draw today so, yes, it's likely most teams will be trekking off to parts of the continent which even the most obscure budget airlines struggle to find a market for.

But despite the presence of countless unpronouncables, some of Europe's biggest clubs - and its best players - are in the hat today.

Ronaldinho's AC Milan are the pick, while Ajax, Benfica, Napoli, Feyenoord, Schalke 04, Galatasaray, Valencia and CSKA Moscow all boast recent pedigree or an illustrious history - some both.

1153: Just three British clubs have won the Uefa Cup in the past 30 years but with six teams peppering a pot of 80 at this first-round knockout stage - prior to those bizarrely-organised group stages which will thankfully be axed next year - hopes will be high one of them can make it four in 2008.

Man City, Aston Villa, Spurs, Portsmouth, Everton and Motherwell won't care that it's the neglected outcast cousin of a competition to Uefa's spoilt star child Champions League. Will they?

1145: Fancy seeing your team lift a colossal chunk of sculpted silver in Istanbul come May? Thought so.

But hold on. It's its the glitzy principality of Monaco for now, so welcome one and all to the Uefa Cup first round draw.


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