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European draws as they happened


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By Paul Fletcher

1325: OK, so that is just about it from me after a gripping morning/early afternoon of Euro draw activity. But before I leave, a big thanks for all those of you who have followed the drama. You can see the full Champions League and Europa League draws at the bottom of the respective stories. But Tottenham drew Young Boys of Bern in the Champions League, while the Europa League draw for the British teams is as follows:
LIVERPOOL v Trabzonspor
CELTIC v Utrecht
Rapid Vienna v ASTON VILLA
CSKA Sofia v TNS

From choptastic on 606: "Nice draw for Motherwell, alright draws for Liverpool, Man City, Villa and Celtic, bad but not horrendous draw for the Tangerine Dreamers and a horrendous draw for TNS - not too much cash to be made from Sofia and a relatively big first-leg defeat to follow."

From anon, via text to 81111: "As a Man City fan its important that we go as far as possible, so I think this is an ideal start."

1320: Not too many trips down memory lane for Man City following their draw against Romanian side Timisoara, who were only established in 2002 and finished fifth in their domestic league last season. I'm thinking that City should probably win that tie.

Liverpool club secretary Ian Silvester: "Returning to Turkey brings back great memories of Istanbul in 2005. At this early stage of the season it will be a tough game for us. The Europa League is a good competition to win and we want to go further than the semi-final stage that we reached last season."

From Mark in Runcorn, via text to 81111: "Trabzonspor are from Turkey. Liverpool beat them in 2nd round of European Cup in 1977 - before the famous St Etienne game. 0-1 and 3-0 I think."

From anon, via text to 81111: "Great - almost everyone has teams I have never heard of but who do Dundee United get...? Typical. Well better luck next year and all that."

1306: So, in case you missed any of that. The Europa League draw for the British teams is as follows:
LIVERPOOL v Trabzonspor
CELTIC v Utrecht
Rapid Vienna v ASTON VILLA
CSKA Sofia v TNS

From VillaFour on 606: "Rapid Vienna. Again. I'd have gladly taken anyone else from that group. I guess we'll get to see how seriously Villa boss Martin O'Neill is going to take this competition quite early on."

From dmrichkt on 606: "When Celtic lose to Utrecht do they get an entry into the Johnstones Paint Trophy?!"

1303: And that concludes the draw get the script.



From SupportingUncleRoy on 606: "Trabzonspor - never heard of them so we ought to go through. Where do they come from?"

1258: Sorry folks, this draw is almost over. A tear in your eye. Still, the Group 7 draw will reveal who Man City and Motherwell will play. Perhaps each other.

CSKA Sofia v TNS

Rapid Vienna v ASTON VILLA

1254: Group 6 - just two groups left. Oh, the fun. Aston Villa and TNS in this group.


Sturm Graz v Juventus

1254: Group 5 - and we are briefly waving goodbye once more to British interest - apart from Dundee United.

CELTIC v Utrecht

LIVERPOOL v Trabzonspor

1247: Group 4 - drama beckons....

1243: Group 3 - and at the risk of sounding repetitive, there is once again no British interest. Napoli v Elfsborg or Sporting Lisbon v Brondby are top of the pops in that lot.

1243: Group 2 - and again no British interest. Still, we are fairly flying through this draw. The 'glamour tie' from this lot is probably Genk v Porto. Nuff said.

1240: Group (or pot) 1 - no British interest in this one. The best tie from here is probably Feyenoord v Ghent.

1236: Honestly, we'll start soon.

1233: Just waiting for some Uefa official to stop blathering on about respect, fair play, friends of football etc etc.

From Motherwell fan in Llansantffraid, via text to 81111: "Every team loves the glamour tie but hopefully Motherwell will get a decent team allowing for a chance to make the group stages and then bring on any big teams."

1229: Quick heads up - I'm not going to write up every draw as it happens - just the super special ones and the ties involving the brave British boys.

From Will in Llansantffraid, via text to 81111: "The prospect of my village team, TNS, having a shot at some of the biggest names in football for a place in the group stages of the Europa League is what makes this draw so exciting. The Saints go marching on and on!"

From Bingbongbilly on Twitter: "After last season's horror show, hopefully all three Scottish teams can make the Europa League group stages."

1220: The Europa League draw is almost upon us. Let me ask, can you contain your excitement?

From Athos on 606: "Along with a Tottenham win I'm hoping that Sampdoria beat Bremen, Auxerre defeat St Petersburg and Braga overcome Sevilla. If that combination happens then Spurs will jump to pot two of the Group Stage draw as opposed to pot three. The likelihood is low but its a big difference, we would get only one really tough team as opposed to two."

1209: Some maths. There are 74 teams in the Europa League draw with 37 set to go through to the draw. The 10 losers from the Champions League ties will also enter the group stage. That makes 47, but throw in holders Atletico Madrid and we have 48, which leaves 12 groups of four. I think.

1202: So, half an hour until the Europa League draw - lots of British interest in that, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Celtic, Dundee United, Motherwell and TNS all involved. There a monster 74 teams in that draw, which may well not be written out in a full as-they-come-out-of-the-glass-pot type way. The teams are divided into seven groups, with seeded and unseeded teams in each.

1157: By the way, I'm being told that Young Boys play on an artificial pitch at the Stade de Suisse, which was built on the site of the demolished Wankdorf.

From anon, via text on 81111: "As a Man Utd fan, I'm just salivating at some of the forthcoming trips. Done Kiev and Copenhagen so a nice bit of sun in Seville might be nice."

Young Boys player and Tottenham fan Scott Sutter: "The draw could not be better, I'm still shaking from hearing it. I was just hoping for Tottenham."

From cruyff74 on 606: "Spurs fans, remember the newspaper headline after the World Cup draw: E-A-S-Y (England, Algeria, Slovenia, Yanks)."

1145: Oh, and they have taken two points from three games in the current Swiss season, which kicked off on 17 July.

1142: Couple of scraps of info about Young Boys. They overcame Fenerbahce by winning 1-0 in Istanbul in the previous round. They finished second in the Swiss league last season and have a Spurs fan in their squad. Scott Sutter was born in Enfield before moving to Switzerland at the age of 17.

1138: For my money stand-out tie of the draw is clearly Werder Bremen v Sampdoria. I saw a story the other day suggesting that Bremen would only sell German defender Per Mertesacker for £25m. I wondered whether it was very dry comedy. Very dry.

From Paul from Leicester, via text to 81111: "Thank the sweet precious lord of football goodness for that draw. Young Boys should be more than beatable. Platini must be kicking himself. Come on you Spurs! Some tough draws though - Braga/Sevilla and Werder/Sampdoria are nightmare draws."

Tottenham club secretary Darren Eales: "We have got a great chance to get into the group stage. It is very exciting but we are keeping our feet on the ground."

From Stu in London, via text to 81111: "Good draw for us but let's not be complacent, we were all over the moon when we drew Pompey in the FA cup semi-final and look what happened then...."

1125: What is the definition of shameless? Possibly plugging a blog you have written even if it is hardly relevant in any way to the Euro draws. Here goes, feel free to check out my thoughts on the new Championship season which starts this evening.

1121: If you are going to be attending one of the ties don't panic if you think that there is a surfeit of officials. There will an assistant behind each goal, a la last season's Europa League, in addition to the two blokes with flags running up and down the touchline and the merry whistle blower in the middle.

From LNESML on 606: "Should be an easy win for Spurs, I can't see Young Boys as being too much of a test."

1117: Looking for some low cost flights to Bern? Top city. I was there in 2008 when the Dutch turned it orange. Truly beautiful and, if memory serves, there is a bear pit at one end of the city with actual, live bears in it. Not too sure how I felt about that. The ties will be played on 17/18 and 24/25 of August. Spurs are obviously away in the first leg - I'll you know when I have exact details.

From DNHAB on 606: "Yeah, Tottenham will play Champions League next year. Congrats, this is easier than easy."

1115: Wowzers, Uefa has not messed about. Thoughts?

Dynamo Kiev v Ajax

Zenit St Petersburg v Auxerre

Werder Bremen v Sampdoria

Braga v Sevilla

Young Boys v TOTTENHAM

FK Partizan v Anderlecht

Sparta Prague v MSK Zilina

Basel v FC Sheriff

Rosenborg v Copenhagen

Salzburg v Hapoel Tel-Aviv

1107: Woah - the Champions League draw appears to be imminent.

From Ilcattivo on Twitter: "As a Sampdoria fan I am dreading this - not being seeded is a kiss of death!"

1105: Little Jermain Defoe hasn't wasted much time in cranking up the temperature ahead of the new season. He said: "If we can get past the play-off qualifier, I honestly think we will go further than Arsenal in the Champions League."

From Pannell, Budleigh, via text to 81111: "I've never been so nervous about a draw featuring my beloved Spurs. This is the greatest club tournament in the world, and to see the team that I've supported, for 22 years, involved sends shivers down my spine."

1100: Just to clarify, there are 20 teams in the Champions League draw, that will result, obviously, in 10 ties. The winners will join 22 other team in the group stage. Crystal? Trust me, it is compared to the Europa League that will follow later (at some point).

1057: I'm sensing some serious anxiety from Tottenham fans. I reckon that Dynamo Kiev could be the one to avoid. Bit of a trek that Harry probably does not want so early in the season.

From spurs_7 on 606 "I think the team to avoid are Sampdoria, other than that I will be more than happy with whoever we get. Come on Spurs!!"

1052: Now, if this draw 'starts' at 1100 at Uefa HQ in Nyon, what time do you reckon we will actually get down to the serious business of the draw?

1045: I'd love to hear from a few Tottenham fans out there. I'll be brutally honest, at this time of year I sometimes really need to force myself to feel the football vibe but if I supported Spurs I think I would be all over this draw. Champions League debut beckons.

1040: Liverpool and Motherwell, of course, sealed their passage into Friday's mammoth Europa League draw by completing two-legged victories on Thursday. Liverpool defeated Rabotnicki 2-0 at Anfield for an aggregate 4-0 win, while Motherwell brushed aside Aalesunds 3-0 to complete an overall 4-1 triumph.

1030: A busy few hours lie ahead of waiting for various officials at Uefa to stop talking and actually proceed with Friday's Champions League and Europa League draws.

The draw for the fourth qualifying round of the Champions League takes place first, with 20 teams in the mix.

These include Tottenham, with Harry Redknapp's team facing either Dynamo Kiev, Braga, Sampdoria, Auxerre or Young Boys.

Qualify from this round and you are through to the group stage.

The draw for the play-off of the Europa League follows, with a whopping 74 teams in the draw. I feel a headache coming on already.

Again, the group stage follows for the victors, with British interest featuring Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Celtic, Dundee United, Motherwell and TNS all in the mix.

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see also
Spurs face Young Boys in Europe
06 Aug 10 |  Europe
British clubs learn Europa rivals
06 Aug 10 |  Europe
Liverpool 2-0 Rabotnicki (4-0)
05 Aug 10 |  Europe
Motherwell 3-0 Aalesunds FK (4-1)
05 Aug 10 |  Europe
Celtic 2-1 Braga (2-4)
04 Aug 10 |  Europe
Rabotnicki 0-2 Liverpool
29 Jul 10 |  Europe

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