Seeding in the UEFA Cup 2006/2007

UEFA European Cup Football
by Bert Kassies

This page shows the list of seeded and unseeded teams for draws in the first rounds of the UEFA Cup 2006/2007. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2006 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2006/2007 for a list of qualified teams per country. Seeding is used for the first and second qualifying rounds as well as for the first round and the group stage. The number of teams of each country is determined by the position in the UEFA Country Ranking 2005, extended with 11 Intertoto + 3 Fair Play teams for the UEFA Cup.

The UEFA Cup cup-holder spot will not be used because Sevilla already qualified for the 1st round of the UEFA Cup. This implies that the 1st UC entrant of the 14th country on the country ranking list (Pasching, Austria) will gain direct access to the 1st round round, and that the cup winners of the 19th and 20th countries on the ranking list (Sion, Switzerland, and Molde, Norway) will gain direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Cup.

At July 25 an Italian Federation (FIGC) sports court found Juventus, Fiorentina, and Lazio Roma, guilty of match-fixing in the 2005/06 domestic league, and those teams are expelled from the European Cups. AC Milan is punished with a penalty of 30 points and has to take part in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League. The Italian Intertoto spot is not used due to the ongoing investigation at that time.

Besides the division of teams into seeded and unseeded teams, the teams in the first and second qualifying round as well as the first round may be divided into a number of groups based on economic interests of the participating clubs. One of the goals of these groups is to avoid the pairing of teams from the same country. In the qualifying rounds groups will also be formed based on geographical criteria. Each group has the same number of seeded and unseeded teams, and a seeded team will always play against an unseeded team.

In the qualifying rounds the seeding system based on club coefficients ranking applies within each group. Compliance with the regions is implemented as far as possible. Exceptions may be necessary. There are three regions:

  • Southern-Mediterranean: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.
  • Central-East: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
  • Northern: Belgium, Denmark, England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales.
See UEFA Cup regions for a graphical presentation of the regions used in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup. Because there are an odd number of teams in the Northern and Southern groups in the 1st qualifying round, UEFA moved the Belgian team Roeselare to the Southern group.

1st Qualifying Round (70 teams)
Northern region (28 teams):
Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Br°ndby IF               Den  23.593     Valur Reykjavik          Isl   1.595
Lyn Oslo                 Nor   8.921     IA Akranes               Isl   1.595
Start Kristiansand       Nor   6.921     Drogheda United          Irl   1.430
SK Brann Bergen          Nor   6.921     Derry City               Irl   1.430
Randers FC               Den   5.593     Flora Tallinn            Est   0.880
IFK G÷teborg             Swe   4.372     Levadia Tallinn          Est   0.880
┼tvidabergs FF           Swe   4.372     Glentoran                Nir   0.770
Gefle IF                 Swe   4.372     Portadown                Nir   0.770
Haka Valkeakoski         Fin   3.433     Rhyl FC                  Wal   0.770
FK Ventspils             Lat   3.365     Llanelli FC              Wal   0.770
HJK Helsinki             Fin   2.433     Jeunesse d'Esch          Lux   0.605
Skonto Riga              Lat   2.365     Etzella EttelbrŘck       Lux   0.605
FBK Kaunas               Lit   1.925     GI Gotu                  Far   0.550
Suduva Marijampole       Lit   1.925     Skala IF                 Far   0.550

Central-East region (20 teams):

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
FC Basel                 Sui  49.537     Georgia Tbilisi          Geo   2.090
FC Petrzalka             Svk  13.070     FC Vaduz                 Lie   1.485
Young Boys               Sui   8.537     BATE Borisov             Bls   1.457
Zaglebie Lubin           Pol   6.104     Dinamo Minsk             Bls   1.457
FC FehÚrvßr              Hun   4.840     Mika Ashtarak            Arm   0.990
┌jpest TE                Hun   4.840     Banants Yerevan          Arm   0.990
Spartak Trnava           Svk   4.070     Garabag Agdam            Azb   0.660
Zimbru Chisinau          Mol   3.255     Karvan Evlakh            Azb   0.660
Nistru Otachi            Mol   2.255     Tobol Kustanai           Kaz   0.550
Ameri Tbilisi            Geo   2.090     Kairat Almaty            Kaz   0.550

Southern-Mediterranean region (22 teams):

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Rapid Bucuresti          Rom  30.381     Omonia Nicosia           Cyp   3.355
FC Lovech                Bul  24.016     NK Koper                 Slo   3.355
Dinamo Bucuresti         Rom  22.381     NK Orasje                Bos   2.695
CSKA Sofia               Bul  21.016     Vardar Skopje            Mac   2.760
KSV Roeselare            Bel   9.981     Makedonija Skopje        Mac   1.760
Varteks Varazdin         Cro   9.647     SK Tirana                Alb   1.210
Lokomotiv Sofia          Bul   8.016     Dinamo Tirana            Alb   1.210
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp   6.355     Hibernians FC            Mlt   0.880
NK Domzale               Slo   5.355     Sliema Wanderers         Mlt   0.880
NK Rijeka                Cro   4.647     RÓngers FC               And   0.000
FK Sarajevo              Bos   3.695     Murata                   Sma   0.000

This time UEFA decided to put the French and Belgian teams in different groups. Roeselare in the Southern group (like in QR1), and Club Brugge in the Northern group. Auxerre in the Southern group, and Marseille in the Central group. As usual in the 2nd qualifying round UEFA splits each region into two drawing groups. See UC-QR2 2006 draw for details of the draw procedure.

2nd Qualifying Round (64 teams)
Northern region (20 teams):
Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Newcastle United @       Eng  75.950     ┼tvidabergs FF *         Swe   4.372
Club Brugge              Bel  49.981     FK Ventspils *           Lat   3.365
Br°ndby IF *             Den  23.593     Skonto Riga *            Lat   2.365
FC Twente Enschede @     Ned  19.640     FBK Kaunas *             Lit   1.925
Gretna FC                Sco  10.023     Suduva Marijampole *     Lit   1.925
Molde FK                 Nor   8.921     Drogheda United *        Irl   1.430
OB Odense @              Den   8.593     Derry City *             Irl   1.430
Start Kristiansand *     Nor   6.921     Flora Tallinn *          Est   0.880
SK Brann Bergen *        Nor   6.921     Levadia Tallinn *        Est   0.880
Randers FC *             Den   5.593     Llanelli FC *            Wal   0.770
Central-East region (22 teams):
Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
FC Basel *               Sui  49.537     Young Boys *             Sui   8.537
Olympique Marseille @    Fra  48.757     SV Mattersburg           Aut   6.723
Hertha BSC @             Ger  46.960     SV Ried @                Aut   6.723
Slavia Praha             Cze  33.769     Wisla Plock              Pol   6.104
Wisla Krakˇw             Pol  29.104     FC FehÚrvßr *            Hun   4.840
Grasshoppers ZŘrich @    Sui  23.537     Zimbru Chisinau *        Mol   3.255
FC Petrzalka *           Svk  13.070     Ameri Tbilisi *          Geo   2.090
Rubin Kazan              Rus  10.504     FC Vaduz *               Lie   1.485
Metalurg Zaporizhia      Ukr   9.777     BATE Borisov *           Bls   1.457
Chernomorets Odesa       Ukr   8.777     Dinamo Minsk *           Bls   1.457
FC Sion                  Sui   8.537     Karvan Evlakh *          Azb   0.660
Southern-Mediterranean region (22 teams):
Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
AJ Auxerre @             Fra  53.757     Beitar Jerusalem         Isr   7.108
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  30.600     Bnei Yehuda              Isr   7.108
Rapid Bucuresti *        Rom  30.381     OFK Belgrade             Srb   6.600
Hapoel Tel-Aviv          Isr  26.108     Hajduk Kula              Srb   6.600
FC Lovech *              Bul  24.016     APOEL Nicosia *          Cyp   6.355
Dinamo Bucuresti *       Rom  22.381     NK Domzale *             Slo   5.355
CSKA Sofia *             Bul  21.016     NK Maribor @             Slo   4.355
Trabzonspor              Tur  11.634     FK Sarajevo *            Bos   3.695
KSV Roeselare *          Bel   9.981     Omonia Nicosia *         Cyp   3.355
Kayserispor @            Tur   8.634     Ethnikos Achna @         Cyp   3.355
Lokomotiv Sofia *        Bul   8.016     SK Tirana *              Alb   1.210

For the draw of the 1st round the 80 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 10 teams. Each group consists of 5 seeded and 5 unseeded teams.

Round 1 (80 teams)
Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Sevilla (TH)             Esp  61.006     CSKA Sofia *             Bul  21.016
Newcastle United @       Eng  75.950     Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  20.950
Panathinaikos            Gre  66.587     West Ham United          Eng  20.950
Schalke 04               Ger  64.960     Dinamo Zagreb ***        Cro  20.647
AC Parma                 Ita  63.020     Red Star Belgrade ***    Srb  20.600
Ajax ***                 Ned  60.640     Hearts FC ***            Sco  20.023
Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  57.960     Maccabi Haifa ***        Isr  19.108
Feyenoord                Ned  54.640     Standard LiŔge ***       Bel  17.981
AJ Auxerre @             Fra  53.757     Sporting Braga           Por  17.533
Club Brugge **           Bel  49.981     AS Nancy Lorraine        Fra  16.757
FC Basel *               Sui  49.537     Legia Warsaw ***         Pol  16.104
Olympique Marseille @    Fra  48.757     Eintracht Frankfurt      Ger  15.960
AZ Alkmaar               Ned  48.640     Vitˇria Set˙bal          Por  15.533
Hertha BSC @             Ger  46.960     Nacional Funchal         Por  14.533
Sparta Praha             Cze  44.769     FC Groningen             Ned  13.640
Glasgow Rangers          Sco  43.023     FC Petrzalka *           Svk  13.070
Celta de Vigo            Esp  43.006     Iraklis Thessaloniki     Gre  12.587
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra  41.757     Xanthi FC                Gre  12.587
Lokomotiv Moscow         Rus  41.504     Trabzonspor **           Tur  11.634
RC Lens                  Fra  39.757     Atromitos FC             Gre  10.587
Besiktas                 Tur  38.634     Rubin Kazan **           Rus  10.504
Palermo                  Ita  36.020     Zulte Waregem            Bel   9.981
Slavia Praha **          Cze  33.769     Metalurg Zaporizhia **   Ukr   9.777
Espanyol                 Esp  33.006     Molde FK **              Nor   8.921
Heerenveen               Ned  30.640     Chernomorets Odesa **    Ukr   8.777
Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  30.600     Mladß Boleslav ***       Cze   8.769
Rapid Bucuresti *        Rom  30.381     FC Salzburg ***          Aut   8.723
Wisla Krakˇw **          Pol  29.104     Kayserispor @            Tur   8.634
Slovan Liberec ***       Cze  28.769     OB Odense @              Den   8.593
Fenerbahše ***           Tur  28.634     FC Sion **               Sui   8.537
Austria Wien ***         Aut  27.723     Lokomotiv Sofia *        Bul   8.016
Hapoel Tel-Aviv **       Isr  26.108     Start Kristiansand *     Nor   6.921
Osasuna ***              Esp  25.006     SV Pasching              Aut   6.723
FC Lovech *              Bul  24.016     SCP Ruzomberok ***       Svk   6.070
Blackburn Rovers         Eng  23.950     Randers FC *             Den   5.593
Br°ndby IF *             Den  23.593     ┼tvidabergs FF *         Swe   4.372
Grasshoppers ZŘrich @    Sui  23.537     Ethnikos Achna @         Cyp   3.355
Chievo Verona ***        Ita  23.020     Rabotnicki Skopje ***    Mac   1.760
Dinamo Bucuresti *       Rom  22.381     Derry City *             Irl   1.430
Livorno                  Ita  22.020     Levadia Tallinn *        Est   0.880

Once the first round has been completed, the 40 remaining clubs are drawn into 8 groups of 5 teams in accordance with the seeding principles, based on the UEFA list of club coefficients. The 40 teams will be allocated to five pots. Pot 1 will comprise the top eight clubs in the club coefficient rankings, Pot 2 the following eight clubs in the rankings, and so on for pots 3, 4 and 5. Clubs from the same association will not be drawn into the same group.

When the draw concludes and there are 8 groups of 5 teams, a computer draw will take place to determine the fixture schedule with factors such as stadium clashes and climatic conditions (it is not possible to play in some northern countries in mid-December) taken into account. Each club plays home and away alternately in its group. The following match sequence applies:

1st match day: D v B       C not playing
               E v A

2nd match day: B v E       A not playing
               C v D

3rd match day: A v B       D not playing
               E v C

4th match day: C v A       B not playing
               D v E

5th match day: A v D       E not playing
               B v C

Group stage (40 teams)

Pot 1                          coef.     Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Sevilla (TH)             Esp  61.006     Club Brugge **           Bel  49.981
Newcastle United @       Eng  75.950     FC Basel *               Sui  49.537
Panathinaikos            Gre  66.587     AZ Alkmaar               Ned  48.640
AC Parma                 Ita  63.020     Sparta Praha             Cze  44.769
Ajax ***                 Ned  60.640     Glasgow Rangers          Sco  43.023
Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  57.960     Celta de Vigo            Esp  43.006
Feyenoord                Ned  54.640     Paris Saint-Germain      Fra  41.757
AJ Auxerre @             Fra  53.757     RC Lens                  Fra  39.757

Pot 3                          coef.     Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Besiktas                 Tur  38.634     Fenerbahše ***           Tur  28.634
Palermo                  Ita  36.020     Austria Wien ***         Aut  27.723
Espanyol                 Esp  33.006     Hapoel Tel-Aviv **       Isr  26.108
Heerenveen               Ned  30.640     Osasuna ***              Esp  25.006
Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  30.600     Blackburn Rovers         Eng  23.950
Rapid Bucuresti *        Rom  30.381     Grasshoppers ZŘrich @    Sui  23.537
Wisla Krakˇw **          Pol  29.104     Dinamo Bucuresti *       Rom  22.381
Slovan Liberec ***       Cze  28.769     Livorno                  Ita  22.020

Pot 5                          coef.
------------------------ --- -------
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  20.950
Maccabi Haifa ***        Isr  19.108
Sporting Braga           Por  17.533
AS Nancy Lorraine        Fra  16.757
Eintracht Frankfurt      Ger  15.960
Zulte Waregem            Bel   9.981
Mladß Boleslav ***       Cze   8.769
OB Odense @              Den   8.593

The 24 clubs qualified from the group stage will be joined by the eight clubs that finish the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in third position. The round of 32 pairings are determined by means of a draw according to the following principles:

  1. Clubs from the same association shall not be drawn against each other.
  2. The group-winners of a given group shall be drawn against one of the third-placed teams from another group.
  3. The runners-up of a given group shall be drawn against one of the eight clubs joining the competition from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
  4. Group-winners and runners-up shall play the return leg at home.

Round 3 (32 teams)

1st in UC group                                  3rd in UC group
------------------------ ---                     ------------------------ ---
Glasgow Rangers          Sco                     Livorno                  Ita
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng                     Bayer Leverkusen         Ger
AZ Alkmaar               Ned                     Sporting Braga           Por
AC Parma                 Ita                     RC Lens                  Fra
Blackburn Rovers         Eng                     Feyenoord                Ned
Espanyol                 Esp                     Zulte Waregem            Bel
Panathinaikos            Gre                     Hapoel Tel-Aviv **       Isr
Newcastle United @       Eng                     Fenerbahše ***           Tur


2nd in UC group                                  3rd in CL group
------------------------ ---                     ------------------------ ---
Maccabi Haifa ***        Isr                     Werder Bremen #          Ger
Dinamo Bucuresti *       Rom                     Spartak Moscow #         Rus
Sevilla                  Esp                     Girondins Bordeaux #     Fra
Osasuna ***              Esp                     Shakhtar Donetsk #       Ukr
AS Nancy Lorraine        Fra                     Steaua Bucuresti #       Rom
Ajax ***                 Ned                     Benfica #                Por
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra                     CSKA Moscow #            Rus
Celta de Vigo            Esp                     AEK Athens #             Gre

For the draw of the 4th round, quarter-finals and semi-finals no clubs will be seeded.

KEY:
*   = team started in 1st qualification round
**  = team started in 2nd qualification round
*** = team eliminated in 3rd qualification round Champions League
@   = qualified through Intertoto Cup
#   = qualified for round 3 from group stage of the Champions League

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