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UEFA Cup draw: Milan face Portsmouth and Wolfsburg

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Seven-time European champions AC Milan have drawn Portsmouth, VfL Wolfsburg, Heerenveen and Braga, in the UEFA Cup group stage.

The Italian giants, who missed out on the Champions League after finishing fifth in Serie A last season, were among the big names looking with optimism towards possible UEFA Cup glory.

Ajax, the 1992 winner, have been drawn alongside Aston Villa and Hamburg, with MŠK Žilina and Slavia Prague making up the rest of the group.

Sevilla, the winners in 2006 and 2007, face a test of their ambition against VfB Stuttgart, Sampdoria, Partizan Belgrade and Standard Liège.

2004 winner Valencia will start as favourites against Club Brugges, Rosenborg, FC Copenhagen and Saint Etienne.

Premier League's bottom club Tottenham have been handed a potentially tricky draw after being pitted against Spartak Moscow, Udinese, NEC Nijmegen and Luka Modrić's former club Dinamo Zagreb.

Manchester City were drawn in the toughest group against Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Racing Santander and former England manager Steve McClaren's FC Twente.

Each team plays two home and two away games. The top three teams from each groups, along with the third place group finishers from the Champions League, progress to the last 32.

Matches will be played on October 23, November 6, November 27, December 3 and 4, and December 17 and 18.

Group A: Schalke, Paris-SG, Manchester City, Racing Santander, Twente

Group B: Benfica, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Hertha Berlin, Metalist Kharkiv

Group C: Sevilla, VfB Stuttgart, Sampdoria, Partizan Belgrade, Standard Liège

Group D: Tottenham Hotspur, Spartak Moscow, Udinese, Dinamo Zagreb, NEC Nijmegen

Group E: AC Milan, Heerenveen, Braga, Portsmouth, VfL Wolfsburg

Group F: Hamburg SV, Ajax, Slavia Prague, Aston Villa, MŠK Žilina

Group G: Valencia, Club Brugge, Rosenborg, FC Copenhagen, St-Etienne

Group H: CSKA Moscow, Deportivo La Coruna, Feyenoord, Nancy, Lech Poznan

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