UEFA European Cups 1999/2000
Results and Qualification
by Bert Kassies

 
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This page was the main page of the 1999/2000 season. All text has to be interpreted within that context. No changes are applied.

The UEFA has announced a completely new format for the Champions League and the UEFA Cup for the 1999/2000 season. The new UEFA Cup is a combination of the Cup Winners Cup and the old UEFA Cup. The UEFA country ranking of 1998 determines the ranking of the countries in the tables below.

The main focus of the pages at this site is about the calculation of the coefficients and rankings used for the qualification and seeding of teams for the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. There are no data on individual matches other then the results. Results and qualification data for the UEFA Intertoto Cup are not available at this site.

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1. Champions League

The Champions League is restructured to contain 32 teams in the first league stage, and will be preceeded by three qualifying stages. The champions of all countries enter the Champions League, but high ranked countries can send up to 4 teams. Some teams of high ranked countries are directly qualified for the league stage, while others have to play qualifying rounds.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
1st Qualifying Round July 22 champions from countries ranked 27-48
2nd Qualifying Round Jul-Aug involving 28 teams:
11 winners from 1st qualifying round
11 champions from countries ranked 16-26
6 second-placed teams from countries ranked 10-15
3rd Qualifying Round August involving 32 teams:
14 winners from 2nd qualifying round
6 champions from countries ranked 10-15
3 second-placed teams from countries ranked 7-9
6 third-placed teams from countries ranked 1-6
3 fourth-placed teams from countries ranked 1-3
1st League Stage Sep-Oct involving 8 groups of 4 teams each:
16 winners from 3rd qualifying round
9 champions from countries ranked 1-9
6 second-placed teams from countries ranked 1-6
1 defending cup holder
2nd League Stage Nov-Mar involving 4 groups of 4 teams each:
8 group second-placed teams from 1st league stage
8 winners from 1st league stage
Play-offs Mar-May involving 8 teams:
4 group second-placed teams and 4 winners from 2nd league stage
play the quarter finals, the semi finals, and the final

Losing teams in the 3rd qualifying round enter the 1st round of the UEFA Cup, and third-placed teams from the 1st league stage enter the 3rd round of the UEFA Cup.

The place for the defending cup holder is only used when that team has not otherwise qualified. If this place is not used then the champion of the 10th country on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the 1st league stage, the champion of the 16th country on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the 3rd qualifying round, and the champions of the 27th and 28th country on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the 2nd qualifying round.

No clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be admitted to the European competitions of 1999/2000 because its qualifying tournament was cancelled.

In 1999 the place for the defending cup holder is not used, because Manchester United already qualified as champion of England. This leads to the following specific format for the Champions League of 1999/2000:

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 1999/2000
1st Qualifying Round July 18 champions from countries ranked 30-48 (Kapaz Ganja, Jeunesse d'Esch, SK Tirana, HB Torshavn, St. Patrick Athletic, Barry Town, Valletta, Glentoran, Tsement Ararat, Flora Tallinn, Zimbru Chisinau, Partizan Belgrade, Zalgiris Vilnius, Sloga Jugomagnat Skopje, Litex Lovech, Skonto Riga, Haka Valkeakoski, IBV Vestmannaeyjar)
2nd Qualifying Round Jul-Aug involving 28 teams:
9 winners from 1st qualifying round
13 champions from countries ranked 17-29 (Dnepr-Transmash Mogilyov, Maribor Branik, Hapoel Haifa, Glasgow Rangers, Anorthosis Famagusta, Dinamo Tbilisi, AIK Solna Stockholm, Rapid Bucuresti, Slovan Bratislava, RC Genk, MTK Budapest, Widzew Lodz, Dinamo Kiev)
6 second-placed teams from countries ranked 10-15 (Brondby IF, Besiktas, NK Rijeka, CSKA Moscow, Rapid Wien, Molde FK)
3rd Qualifying Round August involving 32 teams:
14 winners from 2nd qualifying round
6 champions from countries ranked 11-16 (Servette FC Geneve, Aab Aalborg, Galatasaray, Croatia Zagreb, Spartak Moscow, Sturm Graz)
3 second-placed teams from countries ranked 7-9 (FK Teplice, AEK Athens, Boavista)
6 third-placed teams from countries ranked 1-6 (Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven, Olympique Lyon, RCD Mallorca, Hertha BSC, Fiorentina)
3 fourth-placed teams from countries ranked 1-3 (Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, AC Parma)
1st League Stage Sep-Oct involving 8 groups of 4 teams each:
16 winners from 3rd qualifying round
10 champions from countries ranked 1-10 (Rosenborg BK, Sparta Praha, Olympiakos Pireus, FC Porto, Manchester United, Feyenoord, Girondins Bordeaux, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munchen, AC Milan)
6 second-placed teams from countries ranked 1-6 (Arsenal, Willem II Tilburg, Olympique Marseille, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lazio Roma)
2nd League Stage Nov-Mar involving 4 groups of 4 teams each:
8 group second-placed teams from 1st league stage
8 winners from 1st league stage
Play-offs Mar-May involving 8 teams:
4 group second-placed teams and 4 winners from 2nd league stage
play the quarter finals, the semi finals, and the final

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2. UEFA Cup

The UEFA Cup is a competition for the runners-up and the Cup Winners of each country, some teams expelled from the Champions League, the best teams of the Intertoto Cup, and teams from countries who top the UEFA Fair Play competition.

UEFA CUP
Qualifying Round August involving 82 teams:
32 Cup Winners from countries ranked 18-49
33 second-placed teams from countries ranked 16-48
13 third-placed teams from countries ranked 9-21
3 teams of the Fair Play competition
1 champion of Andorra
Round 1 September involving 96 teams:
41 winners from the qualifying round
17 Cup Winners from countries ranked 1-17
2 third-placed teams from countries ranked 7-8
5 fourth-placed teams from countries ranked 4-8
8 fifth-placed teams from countries ranked 1-8
3 sixth-placed teams from countries ranked 1-3
16 teams eliminated from the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League
3 Intertoto teams
1 defending cup holder
Round 2 October involving 48 teams:
48 winners of the first round
Round 3 November involving 32 teams:
24 winners of the secound round
8 third-placed teams from the 1st league stage of the Champions League
Round 4 March involving 16 teams:
16 winners of the third round
Play-offs March-May involving 8 teams:
8 winners of the fourth round play the quarter finals, the semi finals, and the final

If the Cup Winner of a country also qualifies for the Champions League, then the losing team of the cup final replaces the Cup Winner of that country. If both cup finalists qualify for the Champions League, then the two losing semi-finalists could play a play-off match to determine the cup representative of that country (1999: Turkey). However, in the latter case, the cup representative is treated as a league entrant, and the 'cup-winner' slot of that country goes to the team with the highest league position. In some countries (1999: Spain) there will be no play-off match between the two losing semi-finalists, but an additional team based on league position is send to the UEFA Cup.

In some countries (1999: England and France) the last league entrant position is given to the League Cup Winner.

No clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be admitted to the European competitions of 1999/2000 because its qualifying tournament was cancelled.

In 1999 the place for the defending cup holder is not used, because Lazio Roma already qualified for the Champions League. This leads to the following specific format for the UEFA Cup of 1999/2000:

UEFA CUP 1999/2000
Qualifying Round August involving 76 teams:
27 Cup Winners from countries ranked 22-49 (Neftchi Baku, FC Mondercange, Vllaznia Shkoder, KI Klakksvik, Bray Wanderers, Inter Cardiff, Birkirkara, Portadown, Shirak Gyumri, Levadia Maardu, FC Vaduz, Serif Tiraspol, Red Star Belgrade, Kareda Siauliai, Vardar Skopje, CSKA Sofia, FK Riga, HJK Helsinki, Leiftur, Belshina Bobruisk, Olimpija Ljubljana, Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Celtic, Apoel Nicosia, Torpedo Kutaisi, IFK Goteborg, Steaua Bucuresti)
32 second-placed teams from countries ranked 16-48 (FK Shamkir, F91 Dudelange, Bylis Ballshi, B36 Torshavn, Cork City, Cwmbran Town, Sliema Wanderers, Linfield, FK Yerevan, Lantana Tallinn, Constructorul Chisinau, Vojvodina Novi Sad, FBK Kaunas, Sileks Kratovo, Levski Sofia, Metalurgs Liepaja, VPS Vaasa, KR Reykjavik, Bate Borisov, HIT Gorica, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, St. Johnstone, Omonia Nicosia, Lokomotive Tbilisi, Helsingborg IF, Dinamo Bucuresti, Inter Bratislava, Club Brugge, Ferencvaros, Legia Warsaw, Shahtar Donetsk, Grasshopper Club)
13 third-placed teams from countries ranked 9-21 (Spartak Trnava, Anderlecht, Ujpest TE, Lech Poznan, Kryvbas Kryvy Ryh, FC Zurich, Lyngby FC, Ankaragucu, Hajduk Split, Lokomotiv Moscow, Grazer AK, Viking FK, Sigma Olomouc)
3 teams of the Fair Play competition (Kilmarnock, FK Bodo/Glimt, Tulevik Viljandi)
1 champion of Andorra (CE Principat)
Round 1 September involving 96 teams:
38 winners from the qualifying round
21 Cup Winners from countries ranked 1-21 (Dukla Banska Bystrica, Lierse SK, Debreceni VSC, Amica Wronki, Karpaty Lviv, Lausanne Sports, AB Kobenhavn, Fenerbahce, NK Osijek, Zenit St. Petersburg, LASK Linz, Stabaek IF, Slavia Praha, Panathinaikos, Beira Mar, Newcastle United, Ajax, FC Nantes, Atletico Madrid, Werder Bremen, Bologna)
2 third-placed teams from countries ranked 7-8 (PAOK Thessaloniki, Benfica)
5 fourth-placed teams from countries ranked 4-8 (Aris Thessaloniki, Sporting CP Lisbon, Leeds United, Vitesse Arnhem, AS Monaco)
8 fifth-placed teams from countries ranked 1-8 (Ionikos Nikea, Vitoria Setubal, Tottenham Hotspur, Roda JC Kerkrade, RC Lens, Celta Vigo, Kaiserslautern, AS Roma)
3 sixth-placed teams from countries ranked 1-3 (Deportivo La Coruna, VfL Wolfsburg, Udinese)
16 teams eliminated from the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League
3 Intertoto teams (Juventus, Montpellier, West Ham United)
Round 2 October involving 48 teams:
48 winners of the first round
Round 3 November involving 32 teams:
24 winners of the secound round
8 third-placed teams from the 1st league stage of the Champions League
Round 4 March involving 16 teams:
16 winners of the third round
Play-offs March-May involving 8 teams:
8 winners of the fourth round play the quarter finals, the semi finals, and the final


UEFA Country Ranking

The basis for the UEFA rankings is the performance of teams in the European Cups during a five year period. During that period each team gets two points for a win and one point for a draw. From 1999 on these points are halved for qualification matches: one point for a win and halve a point for a draw. One bonus point is allocated for reaching the quarter final, the semi final and the final. Reaching the league stage of the Champions Cup yields one bonus point (situation since 1999 not clear: I assume the bonus point is awarded only for the 2nd league stage). The so-called UEFA coefficients are calculated by taking an average, based on the total number of points divided by the total number of teams of each country.

Because the UEFA changed the calculation of the yearly coefficients suddenly with the calculation of the rankings of 1999, there are two sets of coefficients for 1995-1998. Also for this reason I will split my archive in 2 sections: a new archive and an old archive.

The UEFA country ranking is computed by the sum of 5 coefficients in the last 5 years. To determine the participants in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup the last year ranking is used, because each country should know at the start of the season how many places it disposes.

UEFA Team Ranking

The UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting on April 22, 1999, decided that "the procedure for the seeding of clubs in the two main UEFA club competitions should be changed from next season. Seeding is currently based on the coefficient of a club's respective national association. However, from the 1999/2000 season, the seeding will be based on the club's individual coefficient in UEFA competitions over the preceding five years, as well as half the national coefficient. A 50% weighting of the national coefficient has been retained, in order to ensure that clubs who represent a strong European league, but who have not qualified for UEFA competition for five seasons, would still enter the competitions at an advanced stage."

The UEFA team coefficients are calculated as the sum of the number of points of each individual team, and 50% of the country coefficient. For the calculation of the team coefficients games played in qualifying or preliminary rounds are not taken into account.

The UEFA team ranking is computed by the sum of 5 coefficients in the last 5 years. In this list the yellow lines with country information indicate the lowest possible value for a team of that country (even if that team didn't play any game in the last five years).

Before 1999 a number of strong teams in the UEFA Cup were seeded such that those teams do not meet in the first two rounds. To determine these teams, the sum of the ratio of the number of points achieved, divided by the number of games played by each team, was calculated for the past five years. For the calculation of the seeding coefficients games played in qualifying or preliminary rounds are not taken into account.

Results

The results of the European Cup matches since 1990, the UEFA coefficients, the UEFA country ranking and team ranking are available in the archive.