ToffeeWeb chronicles Everton's
European Tour, 2007-08
Everton qualified for the Uefa Cup in May 2007 by finishing 6th in the
Premier League — the first time in over 28 years that Everton have entered
Europe's second-tier competition directly based on league position.
Everton progress should be down to playing football on the day, but there is the not-so-small matter of the Uefa Ranking Coefficients on which seeding is based to consider.
Everton are ranked 100th with a ranking coefficient of 26.418. A club's ranking coefficient is
based on their performance in European competition over the
previous five season, as the sum of all five team coefficients.
For Everton, the sum of their team coefficients each of the last five
EFC got some recognition for 2005-06, but since Everton
only competed in one of those five seasons, where do all those other numbers
The other numbers represent the country coefficient for each season — a value
determined to reflect how well teams from the club's home country did in Europe.
If the team itself did not compete in Europe in any of the previous five
seasons, then it takes the value of country coefficient for that season.
We did not compete in
2006-07, so we were assigned the country coefficient value for England of 5.4860. The Uefa country coefficient for a given season is
determined by the number of points earned by teams from that country playing in
Europe, divided by the number of participating teams. Last season
(2006-07), eight English teams earned 133 points for country average of 16.625. Points are assigned as follows:
Thus, in 2005-06, Everton lost two qualifying-round games in the Champions League
(null points) and we lost one (badly!) but won one in the Uefa Cup proper,
earning 2.0 points!
The team coefficient in a given season is determined by the number of points earned
through participation in he European competitions proper, added to 33% of the
country average. The 33% of the country average represents the base value
of the team coefficient for any team from that country in a given season in
which they did not compete. If they did compete, then their points earned
are added to the con.
To illustrate the team coefficient for Everton in 2005-06, we competed in two European ties and earned 2
points. Added to the country coefficient for England in 2005-06 (4.7610), that
gave Everton a coefficient for 2006 of 6.7610.
Similarly, the country ranking coefficient is the sum of the previous five
years. (Interestingly, both Leeds and Ipswich
are currently ranked higher than Everton in the Uefa seedings.)
Everton are joined by 31 other team from the major leagues across Europe,
who qualified automatically for Round 1 of of the Uefa Cup by various
To make up the total of 80 teams, they were joined in
Round 1 by 32 teams winning through from the
Uefa Cup qualifying rounds and 16 teams that fail to qualify for the Champions League
group stages. Of the 80 teams in Round 1, Everton were ranked inside the top 40 teams and that was enough
for the club to be seeded in Round 1which would have the Blues playing one of the 'lesser' teams with a lower ranking coefficient.
In the end, EFC were drawn against the virtually unknown Ukrainian side, Metalist Kharkiv.
tie was played over two legs. In the
home leg on 20th September, Everton seemed to be heading for an expected victory when Joleon Lescott headed the opening goal of the tie and Andy Johnson rammed home a second-half penalty. Unfortunately, inconsistently anal refereeing by Fritz Stuchlik, the Austrian official, meant that he ordered AJ to retake the kick for encroachment but allowed the second kick to stand despite the same infringement by Kharkiv players.
Johnson had the chance to make amends in the dying stages but skied his spot-kick over the bar. In between, Zeze had equalised for the Ukrainians and handed them a priceless away goal.
The second leg in Kharkov on 4th October started just as badly, with Everton all at sea and a goal down inside 22 minutes when the Brazilian, Edmar, slotted home. The Blues rallied at the start of the second half, however, and Joleon Lescott, at the time the team's leading scorer, equalised with a smart finish from close range.
Metalist retook the lead just four minutes later through Hatchim Mahdoufi but goals by James McFadden and Victor Anichebe won the tie for Everton 4-3 on aggregate.
The format of the competition was changed in 2004-05 when a group stage was
introduced. The group stage comprises eight groups of five, with each club
playing four times, twice at home and twice away. The winners, runners-up and
third-placed clubs from each group advance to the last 32 where they are joined
by the eight third-placed clubs from the Uefa Champions League Group Stage.
Everton were assigned pot 3 for the draw which took place in Nyon at noon
on 9 October 2007. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group so EFC would not be grouped with either Tottenham or Bolton but could have drawn Aberdeen who qualified in Ukraine against Shaktar Dnipr on the same night as the Blues' triumph in Kharkov.
The following table is copied from Bert Kassies' comprehensive Uefa Cup page:
Pot 1 coef. Pot 2 coef.
------------------------ --- ------- ------------------------ --- -------
Villarreal Esp 78.374 Tottenham Hotspur Eng 40.618
Bayern München Ger 73.640 Lokomotiv Moscow Rus 38.920
AZ Alkmaar Ned 63.995 Zenit St. Petersburg Rus 38.920
Panathinaikos Gre 55.415 Sparta Praha Cze 37.851
FC Basel Sui 54.869 AEK Athens Gre 36.415
Girondins Bordeaux Fra 49.706 Hamburger SV Ger 34.640
Bayer Leverkusen Ger 45.640 Bolton Wanderers Eng 32.618
Anderlecht Bel 41.594 Austria Wien Aut 30.104
Pot 3 coef. Pot 4 coef.
------------------------ --- ------- ------------------------ --- -------
Spartak Moscow Rus 27.920 Hapoel Tel-Aviv Isr 19.338
Sporting Braga Por 27.107 Red Star Belgrade Srb 19.256
Galatasaray Tur 26.791 FC København Den 19.129
Atlético Madrid Esp 25.374 Toulouse FC Fra 17.706
Getafe Esp 25.374 Dinamo Zagreb Cro 17.533
Everton Eng 24.618 Panionios Gre 16.415
Fiorentina Ita 21.808 1.FC Nürnberg Ger 14.640
Stade Rennais Fra 20.706 Mladá Boleslav Cze 13.851
Pot 5 coef.
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Aris Thessaloniki Gre 13.415
Aberdeen Sco 11.064
FC Zürich Sui 9.869
AE Larissa Gre 8.415
AaB Aalborg Den 7.129
SK Brann Bergen Nor 6.509
IF Elfsborg Swe 4.478
Helsingborg IF Swe 3.478
Everton were drawn first from Pot 3 and were grouped with AZ Alkmaar, Zenit St. Petersburg, FC Nurnberg, and AE Larissa and
played the following schedule of fixtures:
Everton won the group outright after just three games, rendering the last
game in Holland academic, and moving on to the final stages of a European
competition for the first time since 1985. By winning the group, they were guaranteed to be drawn against a third-placed team from the group phase.
At this stage, the traditional two-match knockout format is
resumed, until the single-match final. Clubs who were eliminated in third position in their Champions League groups get a European safety net with entry to the Round of 32 of the Uefa Cup, throwing yet more tough opposition into the mix.
Those confirmed ex-Champions League clubs are:
Benfica, Marseilles, Rosenborg, Werder Bremen, Sporting Lisbon, Slavia Prague, PSV Eindhoven, and Glasgow Rangers.
The first time Everton are in danger of meeting any of those teams, though, was in the Round of 16. Having won Group A, the Blues
faced one of third placed teams from the Uefa Cup group phase, except that clubs from the same country cannot play each other at this stage.
Everton were drawn against Brann Bergen in the draw to in Nyon at noon on 21st December with the winners playing either Fiorentina or Rosenborg.
Aberdeen v Bayern Munich
AEK Athens v Getafe
Bolton v Atletico Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg v Villarreal
Galatasaray v Bayer Leverkusen
Anderlecht v Bordeaux
SK Brann v Everton
FC Zurich v Hamburg
Rangers v Panathinaikos
PSV Eindhoven v Helsingborg
Slavia Prague v Tottenham
Rosenborg v Fiorentina
Sporting Lisbon v Basle
Werder Bremen v Braga
Benfica v Nuremburg
Marseille v Spartak Moscow
(Ties to be played on 13/14 February and 21 February
For two-legged matches in the knock-out
phase, the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next
round. In the event of both teams scoring the same number of goals, the
team which scores more away goals qualifies. If this proves inconclusive,
extra time then, if necessary, penalty kicks will be used to decide the winner.
Extra-time and penalties are also used to determine the winner in the final if
the match is drawn at the end of normal time.
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