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Euro Seedings - This is the week!!

By Steve Flanagan :  28/08/2007 :  Comments (12) :
With the second legs of the final qualifying rounds of the Champions League and the Uefa Cup finishing this week, we will know where Everton will be seeded (if at all!) when the draw for the Uefa Cup First Round is made on Friday, 31 August.

Tonight sees 4 of the 16 Champions League qualifiers finishing, and we have two results to look out for.

The first one is, of course, Liverpool. If they manage to beat Toulouse over 2 legs, then Everton will remain in their current 35th place. However, if Liverpool and/or the other team we will be (semi-)watching, Rangers, get knocked out, then we could fall as low as 37th in the current seedings.

The other 2 matches (Sevilla v AEK Athens and Lazio v Dinamo Bucharest) have no bearing as all of these teams are ranked higher than Everton, so it doesn't matter who wins or loses in these.

Naturally, I will update the current standings following all the qualifiers (especially those on Thursday!).

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Lee Smith
1   Posted 28/08/2007 at 08:27:14

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Yes, I've had enough of all this Stadium / Fernandes / Yakubu talk. Let me provide some further explanation if anyone else is interested. This week is very important to Everton as regards the Champions League qualifiers. As it stands, Everton are one of the 40 seeded teams out of the total of 80 in the first round proper of the Uefa Cup. This though could all change depending on who gets knocked out of the Third Round of the Champions League over the course of tonight and tomorrow.

If 6 out of the following 9 teams get dumped out of the Champs League, Everton will no longer be seeded, as their seeding is better than Evertons, and therefore will be seeded above us for the draw. Unlikely I know, but thought you guys may be interested in who these teams are, even if its just to make tonight and tomorrows games more interesting.

Below I have named the teams with a better seed, who they are playing in brackets, and the score after the first leg:

Rangers (vs Red Star) currently 1-0 up
Benfica (vs Copenhagen) 2-1 up
Liverpool (vs Toulouse) 3-0 up
Werder Bremen (vs Dinamo Zagreb) 2-1 up
Besiktas (vs FC Zurich) 1-1
Shaktar Donetsk (vs FC Salsburg) 0-1 down
Valencia (vs IF Elfsborg) 3-0 up
Dinamo Kiev (vs FK Sarajevo) 1-0 up
Steau Bucharest (vs BATE Borisov) 2-2
So basically if 6 or more out of the above 9 teams lose, we will not be seeded, and will probably play someone like Bayern Munich or Villarreal (oh joy!) whereas, if we are seeded, the likes of AE Larissa of Greece or Metalist Kharkiv of Ukraine aways us!!!!

Fingers crossed hey (although seeing Liverpool and the thieving bastards Valencia get knocked out would be very amusing!!!)

oracle
2   Posted 28/08/2007 at 14:51:10

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Conversely, there are also 5 teams seeded above us who still have to qualify from the 2nd round. If they are beaten this week by teams with a lower seeding co-efficient than us, we will go up in the seeding. So seeding or not may not be decided until after Thursday’s UEFA cup games.
Iain
3   Posted 28/08/2007 at 15:01:36

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Would love to see Valencia get dumped out of the Champions league just to spite Manny but I guess at 3-0 up that is very unlikely to happen....
Tony Horne
4   Posted 28/08/2007 at 14:50:47

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Excellent postings chaps!

The only really dodgy one looks like Rangers (though Shaktar could go either way). Given that Liverpool (who are only 1 - 0 up), Benfica, Bremen, Valencia and Kiev look all but through it may that we get some good news at last in the next couple of days.
Joe Rourke
5   Posted 28/08/2007 at 15:05:15

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They got hammered 3:0 at the weekend by Villareal at home (1st gane of the season and they had two men sent off) if that helps your schadenfreude...it did for me!...

The question for me is what will the UEFA Cup do for Everton...It has helped Villareal, Sevilla and Blackburn to mention 3 teams but it has damaged a lot of teams including us before...
Lee Smith
6   Posted 28/08/2007 at 15:58:49

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Shit, did I really put Liverpool as being 3-0 up ?!?!?!?! Wonder what that means, maybe I have sub-concious feelings for the Red Shite .... but then again maybe I have big fat fingers that mash any old button on my keyboard !!!!
Julian
7   Posted 28/08/2007 at 16:06:53

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Can’t see six of these teams slipping up. Maybe the odd shock but not six. Famous last words obviously.....

Sadly can’t see the RS losing to Tolouse nor Valencia letting a 3 - 0 lead slip.
Steve Pugh
8   Posted 28/08/2007 at 21:22:58

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Lee, just got home from work and Liverpool are 3-0 up, are you psychic or what?
Tristán White
9   Posted 28/08/2007 at 21:48:30

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I’m a Valencia fan (found your comments via a Google alert) and I must say am disappointed... we’re not thieving bastards, we just paid more. No need to drum up bad feelings between the two sets of fans. It happens all the time. We were about to sign Salomon Kalou the day Chelsea signed him, we were pretty peed off about that but such is football and the fault is with the player (who renegged on a gentleman’s agreement with your chairman), but not with Valencia. We just got lucky.

We have 300+ in our Valencia UK Supporters Club, and quite a few of them are Toffees as well as from many other teams, so you are doing us a disservice to be honest. Free speech is fine, but thieving bastards we ain’t.

We’re a good, honest club with a terrific and faithful fanbase. Let’s nip this in the bud now and not have any bad feelings.

May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Valencia supporters club, to offer our most heartfelt condolences on the tragedy of Rhys Jones, and I hope that they find the scum who did this terrible act.

Now THAT’s where your anger should be directed, and not towards a friendly club who simply signed a player you wanted.

Many hugs

Tristán
Neil Pearse
10   Posted 28/08/2007 at 23:29:36

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Thanks for posting, Tristan, nice to find you on here. Whoever we think is to blame on the Fernandes affair (I reserve my special distaste for Manny’s agent / owner, who was motivated by nothing more than lining his own pockets), it’s certainly not Valencia’s fans. Hope you are enjoying life in the UK, and thanks for the kind words about Rhys.
arthur jones
11   Posted 29/08/2007 at 11:52:02

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I fully agree with what you’re saying tristan , if the boot had been on the other foot and we’d have nicked manny from yourselves then we would be dancing in the streets , I too lay the blame firmly at the door of the dreaded agent , they are the scourge of our game and restrictions should be firmly placed on these charlatans , I too thank you for your thoughts on Rhys , Good luck in the champions league
Tristán White
12   Posted 31/08/2007 at 00:15:38

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Thanks for the reply; just got back from Elfsborg for Valencia-Elfsborg, which we won. We now play Chelsea, Rosenborg and Schalke 04 in the group stages, could be worse.

As it happens, and by coincidence, the guy sitting next to me at the Elfsborg was a Swedish Valencia fan from Copenhagen whose other team is Everton... just to back up my point!

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