Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

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Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby austingh on Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:31 am

Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet


PARIS (AFP) — Former European champions AC Milan were among the big names looking with optimism towards possible UEFA Cup glory after landing in a comparatively manageable group following Tuesday's draw.

The top three teams from each of the eight groups, along with the third place group finishers from the Champions League, progress to February's round of 32.

And Milan, Champions League winners twice in the past five years, should feel buoyed after joining Dutch side Heerenveen, Sporting Braga, Portsmouth and VfL Wolfsburg in group E.

Despite Milan's pedigree, Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie was delighted with the draw, telling Sky Sports News the club would "enjoy it, and I am sure our fans will pinch themselves thinking Portsmouth Football Club are going to play AC Milan in European competition."

Four English Premier League teams are involved in the competition, including former two-time winners Tottenham.

Currently propping up the Premier League, Juande Ramos's Spurs will hope to make amends in Europe in a group D containing Spartak Moscow, Udinese, Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb and Dutch outfit Nijmegen.

Manchester City were drawn in group A and will come face to face with the team of former England and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren, Dutch side FC Twente.

McClaren, whose side were beaten by Arsenal in a Champions League qualifier earlier this season, told Sky Sports News: "It's a fantastic draw for the fans, for the club and for the players.

"It's one of the toughest draws, but we've got a great draw and it's very exciting."

Completing group B is Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke 04 of Germany and Racing Santander of Spain.

PSG's chief scout Alain Roche admitted group A will be a tough nut to crack, but he said the French side will have a gung-ho approach to the campaign.

"It will be hard, but exciting," Roche told Eurosport.

"We'll get the chance to play some big teams, with different styles. We might as well go for broke, even though the (French) league should remain our priority."

With a May 20 final scheduled for Istanbul, Turkish giants Galatasaray, the 2000 champions, will hope to perform well in a potentially tricky group B which contains Benfica, Olympiakos, Hertha Berlin and Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv.

Spanish specialists Sevilla, the winners in 2006 and 2007, will start as favourites against VfB Stuttgart, Sampdoria, Partizan Belgrade and Standard Liege in group C.

And in group F Ajax, who won their only UEFA Cup in 1992, face a test of their ambition against SV Hamburg, Slavia Prague, Martin O'Neill's high-flying Aston Villa and Slovakian side MSK Zilina.

Another former Spanish winner, 2004 champions Valencia, should have top billing in a group G in which Club Brugges, Rosenborg, FC Copenhagen and Saint Etienne should, on paper, be fighting for the last two qualifying places.

CSKA Moscow, the last Russian side to lift the trophy, in 2005, before reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg, will be hoping their solid league form carries them through against Deportivo La Coruna, 2002 and 1974 winners Feyenoord, French minnows Nancy and Lech Poznan of Poland.

For fans of Nancy, the appearance of Feyenoord will bring back unwelcome memories.

The clubs met in the 2006-2007 competition and, following violent incidents blamed on the Dutch club's supporters, Nancy were handed the match win after a UEFA probe.

Feyenoord were later expelled from the competition.

"It's not a great souvenir," Nancy president Jacques Rousselot told Eurosport.

"The Feyenoord supporters caused havoc the last time they came. I hope they've calmed down."
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby Kwame on Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:33 am

I am beginning to think Valencia will win the uefa cup. :lol:
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby Etwe ba on Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:34 am

Kwame wrote:I am beginning to think Valencia will win the uefa cup. :lol:




Twea kai, AC Milan with my man Ronaldinho all the way...
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby Bote on Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:35 am

Etwe ba wrote:
Kwame wrote:I am beginning to think Valencia will win the uefa cup. :lol:




Twea kai, AC Milan with my man Ronaldinho all the way...




No, Portsmouth FC will win the UEFA CUP as Manchester United wins the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE for a second consecutive term. :lol: :lol: :lol: What kind of name do you have as your screen name? :roll:
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby Maa Mandy on Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:37 am

UEFA CUP is completely boring. I will support Valencia. Villa is my man. 8-) 8-) 8-)
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby Kwame on Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:08 am

AC Milan will definitely beat Portsmouth FC. 8-) 8-) 8-)
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby John Ato on Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:09 am

Currently, AC Milan is not that good. I like Valencia.
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby Bote on Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:10 am

John Ato wrote:Currently, AC Milan is not that good. I like Valencia.




You dey yab for here my man. :roll:
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Re: Milan, Sevilla and Valencia land on UEFA Cup feet

Postby kakai on Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:14 am

I will be supporting Sevilla. I hope Kanoute gets better. The Malian is definitely my favourite striker.
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