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Your guide to UEFA draw

Posted on 19 December 2008  - 12:00

We give you the lowdown on our possible UEFA Cup Round of 32 opponents with the draw coming soon...

Your guide to UEFA draw

We give you the lowdown on our possible UEFA Cup Round of 32 opponents with the draw coming soon...

Aalborg BK
The current Danish Superliga Champions finished behind Manchester United and Villarreal in their Champions League group, despite earning a point at Old Trafford and defeating Celtic at home. We faced them in the UEFA Cup group stage at The Lane last season, coming from behind to win 3-2.

ACF Fiorentina
Reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup last season before being defeated on penalties by Glasgow Rangers. Only four clubs have played in more Serie A seasons than La Viola, who have won the league twice in their history. They also won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1961 but have been runners-up in both the UEFA Cup (1990) and European Cup (1957).

FC Dynamo Kiev
Finished behind Arsenal and Porto in their Champions League group, being denied a home win and an away point against the Gunners by late goals on both occasions. One of the most successful clubs in the history of Eastern European football, winning 12 league titles, nine Ukrainian Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and two UEFA Cup Winners' Cups.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux
Finished behind Roma and Chelsea in their group, winning a point against the Blues at home. They are five-time French champions and reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1996, beating AC Milan on the way, but were defeated by Bayern Munich. Currently coached by former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Along with Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar have been perennial top of the table competitors since the Ukrainian nation gained independence in the early 1990s. They have won four national titles so far this decade and are the current champions, despite winning their first only six years ago! 2008 has also seen them complete a league and cup double.

FC Zenit St. Petersburg
The current UEFA Cup holders have shot to prominence over the last year, also defeating European Champions Manchester United in this season's Super Cup. Zenit are known as the richest club in Russia and are led by former Rangers and Holland national coach Dick Advocaat. They finished behind Real Madrid and Juventus in their Champions League group.

Olympique de Marseille
Finishing behind Liverpool and Atletico Madrid in their Champions League group, Marseille are one of the most successful clubs in French history, in fact the only to win a European Cup in 1993, which rounded off a dominant run of four consecutive league titles. More recently, they reached they were UEFA Cup runners-up in 2004, losing out to Valencia in the final.

Werder Bremen
The four-time Bundesliga champions have been regular Champions League competitors in recent seasons, having experienced a lean spell in terms of major success between 1993 and 2004. They reached the semi-final of the UEFA Cup in 2007, losing out to Spanish side Espanyol. Bremen are currently spearheaded by on-loan Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro.