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Uefa Cup Seeding - Tonights the night!!

By Steve Flanagan :  29/08/2007 :  Comments (30) :
With Liverpool and Rangers both qualifying for the Champions League group stages last night, tonight sees the remaining matches and will, basically, determine Everton's seeding fate in the Uefa Cup, irrespective of what happens on Thursday in the Uefa Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At present, Everton are in 35th place in the seedings for the first round of the Uefa Cup, however, there are 8 matches tonight in the Champions League qualifying that could see Everton fall to 43rd place and potentially be kicked out of the seedings for the first round.

  • Firstly we have Steaua Bucharest against Bate Borisov from Belarus. The teams drew 2:2 in the first leg, but one would expect Bucharest to qualify being at home and having 2 away goals, but it is one potential slip-up.
  • Next comes Rosenborg from Norway, taking on Tampere United from Finland. With Rosenborg winning the first leg 3:0 and being at home in the second leg, the higher ranked Rosenborg should easily get through.
  • Then we come to the German outfit and Everton's pre-season friendly opponents, Werder Bremen, who are playing against Dinamo Zagreb. With Bremen winning 2:1 at home in the first leg, we have the potential of another slip-up here.
  • Fourth on the list is Shakhtar Donetsk trying to overcome FC Salzburg. Salzburg won 1:0 in the first leg, but the higher ranked Donetsk will be looking to turn this tie around at home tonight. But it is still potentially a third team ranked higher than us going out tonight.
  • Valencia go to Elfsborg tonight with a 3:0 advantage in the second leg, so there should be no problems for the Spanish outfit there (famous last words!!)
  • Dynamo Kiev take a 1:0 lead into their home leg against Sarajevo, which should be just enough to see them through.
  • Benfica's 2:1 win at home to Copenhagen could potentially pose some problems in Denmark, so another possible banana skin there.
  • Finally we have Beşiktas going into their home leg with Zurich tied at 1:1. Will the "Welcome to Hell" banners be out again?
So, out of the 8 ties we are keeping an eye on, how do things stand? Almost certain to go through are Rosenborg and Valencia, so that's two of the eight taken care of. That leaves us with 6 games, of which at least 1 of the higher ranked teams needs to go through to ensure Everton are seeded in the next round!

Of these 6, three teams recorded a draw or a slender lead going into tonight, but they are playing at home. These are Steaua Bucharest (drew 2:2), Dynamo Kiev (won 1:0) and Besiktas (drew 1:1).

The remaining 3 ties look a bit close to call, and it will probably depend on how the teams actually play tonight. These are Shakhtar Donetsk (lost 0:1 away), Werder Bremen (won 2:1 at home) and Benfica (won 2:1 at home).

But looking at these ties, it would seem that later on tonight when the results are in, we can be safe in the knowledge that we should be seeded for the first round of the Uefa Cup.

But don't forget, that if things do really go bad for Everton tonight, then there are possibilities tomorrow night for us to creep back into the seeded places, but for once, it would be nice to have something sorted out early if possible!

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james mckenna
1   Posted 29/08/2007 at 14:44:29

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Well lets be honest with ourselves, Where gonna get the best team in the competition arent we!! we are EVERTON
JC!
2   Posted 29/08/2007 at 14:53:12

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Shaktar Donetsk nailed on.

crap beer and mint team, a combo made in heaven.
julpinho
3   Posted 29/08/2007 at 15:09:55

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we are EVERTON and we are the BEST TEAM IN THE COMPETITION! COYB!
Andy
4   Posted 29/08/2007 at 15:28:58

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Good article!
Steve Flanagan
5   Posted 29/08/2007 at 15:53:29

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Andy

Thanks for the kind comment.

I’ll try and keep everyone updated as the action unfolds tonight, so keep checking back later on.
Ugly Flamingo
6   Posted 29/08/2007 at 15:54:39

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Everton will not win the uefa cup. simple as that. i do not know all teams involved but getting past the likes of seville, ajax amsterdam, borrusia dortmund etc is a big ask. Ask yourseleves honestly, is this club going to win the trophy outright? - Thought not. And before any tantrums, I was there in person in rotterdam that famous night and i am a loyal a supporter as anyone but we have to br realistic. Least the shite across the park will not win their respective tournament. But fair play the minutes silence last night was (mostly) strictly observed.
A codd
7   Posted 29/08/2007 at 16:15:55

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what are the odds of us meeting valencia at some point during the competition and a fernandes goal knocks us out.
clive thomas
8   Posted 29/08/2007 at 16:26:46

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Stop being so negative about Evertons chances!no wonder things dont go our way, beleve in our team and things may start to happen We have got a good squad of players and a great manager.
Fowkesvargen
9   Posted 29/08/2007 at 16:31:29

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Or how about we cause a huge riot in our first away game and get all English clubs banned from Europe when a certain team look like they might win the Champions league again?
Fowkesvargen
10   Posted 29/08/2007 at 16:41:04

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By the way i’m not bitter or anything?? Pah!!!
Martin
11   Posted 29/08/2007 at 16:46:08

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A codd... not to be too negative, but I think if we met Valencia, they’d knock us out, regardless of whether they had Fernandes or not. Just being realistic. Still, at least we got The Yak on board - a good signing. But no Nolan, please!
Matt Geraghty
12   Posted 29/08/2007 at 16:40:09

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Ugly Flamingo:
Is there ANY team/ fans who, at the start of a competition think: Yes, we are deffo going to win this competition? Did you have those thoughts when we won the cup winners cup - thought not, stop talking drivel.
Martin
13   Posted 29/08/2007 at 17:13:52

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Any thoughts on our next signing? I really hope Moyesy is able to get someone in, despite being screwed by Fernandes. I’ve heard Nolan, Diop, Appiah and it seems Appiah is the best of them. We badly need some more creativity, since we’ve got Jags, Neville and Cars to do the grunt work and just Arteta for the flair (haven’t seen enough of Pienaar yet to make a judgment). Ossie is a nice mix of both, but we badly need a good passer/creative player. I thought Vogel would fill that gap a bit, no?
EFC
14   Posted 29/08/2007 at 17:29:46

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If boro can get to the final why cant we
Tim Collert
15   Posted 29/08/2007 at 17:34:43

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Steve,

Very good article but I’m just slightly confused on one thing.

You say there is a potential slip up in the Zagreb vs Bremen game. But surely if either of those teams lose we will drop down in the seedings either way as they would be ranked ahead of us?

Be great if you can clear that up for me- just couldn’t get my head around it.

Pete
16   Posted 29/08/2007 at 17:38:33

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Nice article.

I personally would love to see us get passed the groupstage.. if we do that.. it’s all down to the draw.. with luck there we can go far.. unlucky and we get some extremely tough teams early on in the knockoutstages.
Pete
17   Posted 29/08/2007 at 17:45:31

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No Tim.

Dinamo Zagreb Cro 17.533
Everton have something on 24.xxx

so if they loose we’re above them in the ranking order.
glasgow rangers
18   Posted 29/08/2007 at 18:18:20

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good luck lads
glasgow rangers
19   Posted 29/08/2007 at 18:20:04

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big david weir is still a good player thanks for the loan
harry
20   Posted 29/08/2007 at 19:38:04

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What were Red Star Belgrade like?
KMA6
21   Posted 29/08/2007 at 20:34:15

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Whether we will go all the way and win the UEFA cup, it’s far too early to say (although I can already picture it in my head!)it is the journey that should excite us.

This is our chance to to visit some of the places we missed out on last time. I want to see us in Sarajevo, or Red Star Belgrade, or even playing Dukla Prague (probably not possible).

Being drawn against some of Europe’s best historical teams is surely better than playing the ’nouveau riche’ likes of chelsea and barcelona. football is all about emotion and romance and the UEFA has far more of that the "champions" league.
conor skelly
22   Posted 30/08/2007 at 01:23:02

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we should believe in this everton team.in buying yak we’ve now got some serious attacking options.ajs nrg will scare the shit out of most back 4 while yaks composure will exploite those jitters.cahill always shows up on the big occassion with vital goals and with real class in arteta we look formidable against any 2nd teer uefa cup teams we play.however we seem to do our best when there is no expectations i.e the leage. So lets enjoy the fact we’re in europe and let anything else be a bonus
Linda Nolan
23   Posted 30/08/2007 at 17:05:38

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If we win the trophy (doubtful) or not it wont take away the eternal feeling of more than likely winning the 1986 european cup because of some drunken asinine wankers. 39 italian fans needlessly killed because of both the incompetence of the belgian police, the state of the stadium itself, which incidentally should never have been used as a venue for a european final in any case, and of course the aforementioned shower of shit. my animosity and loathing for the other side of the city made me even more hateful after that. Without the subsequent six year ban who knows what could have been achieved with the players we had at the time. But soon the likes of Gray, Steven, Mountfield and Reid were to depart and by the summer of 1987 the goods times were over for 20 years at least albeit with the odd silver lining. But nothing to get excited about. But that "robbery" of what was surely our best chance of a european cup win still sticks in my crawl.
Baz owen
24   Posted 30/08/2007 at 20:35:57

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What a feeling it would be to see everton in the final,but there are some great teams with lots of european experience in the draw,so personally dont think it would be possible,this year anyway.Think we should get behind the team whatever comes our way,and show that if we dont have the best team in europe we do have the best supporters.
Anthony Newell
25   Posted 30/08/2007 at 21:53:40

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Couldn’t agree more Linda and to make matters worse the twats are let in through the back door and the ’rules’ bent for them when we finished above them. The only bright point in that twnety years was winning the cup in 95 so we are all hank marvin for some success now. Incidentally Linda, I never had you down as a fervent blue, do your singers sisters also follow the cause?
Donka
26   Posted 31/08/2007 at 00:22:23

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It’s all about gaining experience in europe. You don’t win much doe if you go all the way but you can’t put a price on what the players gain. But if the league suffers is it worth it, i know you must start somewhere. I think just to get through to the rounds and play all them games and also keep it up in the prem would be great anythink else is a great bonus. I was there when we lifted the cup winners cup but only heard what score it was 10 years later. (pickled)
Dunc Selbows
27   Posted 31/08/2007 at 11:04:23

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It would be nice to draw a bunch of shepherds like Liverpoo normally get in the first round.
Phil Guyers
28   Posted 31/08/2007 at 11:20:08

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Apparently we’re going to get one of the following :-

Leiria (Portugal)
Standard Liege (Belgium)
Metallist Kharkov (Ukraine)
Sion (Switzerland)
BATE Borisov (Belarus)

See uefa.com (Draw at 12.00 our time)
blue robbo
29   Posted 31/08/2007 at 12:13:42

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We’ve drawn Metalist of Ukraine, 1st leg at home.
John Pickles
30   Posted 31/08/2007 at 13:48:35

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How about Bayern Munich in the Semi’s & Rapid Vienna in the Final.

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