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Villa Draw Hamburg & Ajax In Uefa Cup

GROUP F: Hamburg, Ajax, Slavia Prague, ASTON VILLA, MSK Zilina

Aston Villa have been drawn in Group F and will face Dutch giants Ajax and Hamburg managed by former Spurs boss Martin Jol, along with Slavia Prague and MSK Zilina.

Group A
Schalke
Paris Saint Germain
Manchester City
Racing Santander
FC Twente

Group B
Benfica
Olympiakos
Galatasaray
Hertha Berlin
Metalist Kharkiv

Group C
Sevilla
Stuttgart
Sampdoria
Partizan Belgrade
Standard Liege

Group D
Tottenham
Spartak Moscow
Udinese
Dinamo Zagreb
NEC Nijmegen

Group E
AC Milan
Heerenveen
Braga
Portsmouth
Wolfsburg

Group F
Hamburg
Ajax
Slavia Prague
Aston Villa
MSK Zilina

Group G
Valencia
Club Brugge
Rosenborg
FC Copenhagen
Saint-Etienne

Group H
CSKA Moscow
Deportivo La Coruna
Feyenoord
Nancy
Lech Poznan

Each team will play two home and two away games. The top 3 teams of reach group qualify and meet the 8 drop outs from the Champions League making the knock out stage between 32 clubs. Dates for the games: 23 October* 6 November 27 November 3/4 December and 17/18 December.

*So the Wigan away game will be sure to be moved to the Sunday (26/10)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 7 2008

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

Come on - all over prague or ajaz although i think its prague and hamburg we will be playing away.
leelindsay
Anyone know when the fixtures will be put up? Desperate for a european away game and this could be my best chance considering prices for travel. Hopefully Ajax away, kill 2 birds and get stoned.
PTP
Ajax away woul be a dream come true.....I'd be there without a doubt im well due a drip to Dam!
son_of_cher
I'm going there on the 24th anyway to see Ritchie Hawtin, imagin my luck if we get Ajax a day before. That would be amazing.
PTP
I think we only play Ajax at home. We will also play MSK at home and Hamburg & Prauge away.
HolteEnder43
Martin Jol is in charge of Hamburg, so we will play them away and get a 4-4 draw.
VillaYamYam
Hamburg away would be great
notthedougellisstand
How do you know it will be Hamburg & Prague away? I really would love it if the Ajax tie was away. I work in Amsterdam Monday to Friday and I was praying for this draw! The Ajax Arena is only 15 mins walk from my hotel too! Happy days!
Curteece
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSK_Zilina.........nice kit ! Hamburg- top of the bundesliga & undefeated at home. Slavia Prague - top of the league. Ajax - we all know about them , but they are not the force they used to be. 8th in the dutch league at present.
HolteEnder43
Teams From Pot 4 (ie VILLA). Game 1 home vs pot 2 ( Ajax) , Game 2 away v pot 3 (Slavia), Game 3 home vs pot 5 (MSK) and game 4 away vs pot 1 (hamburg).
HolteEnder43
What does that mean though, surely they just draw teams home and away? Do the teams decide where they play between them?
PTP
Martin O'Neill's men play Ajax at Villa Park on October 23 before travelling to Slavia Prague on November 6. We then face Zilina at Villa Park on December 4 before an exciting away day at Hamburg on December 17.
krisvilla
That's not a bad draw, I think we can win both home games and that would set us up nicely, with the possibility of some sort of away result.
Villa4Europe
*lifted shamelessly from the villa os ;-)
krisvilla
Martin Jol is in charge of Hamburg, so we will play them away and get a 4-4 draw. VillaYamYam LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
Gruck
Imperative that we win our home games and nick an away draw somewhere. Tough group but not the tougest out there. Who said the UEFA cup only has crap teams in it!?
son_of_cher
Why do we call our league the strongest in the world, then worry about all of the foreign teams in the Uefa cup? Just a thought - something is wrong with one or the other side of this discussion.
Gordonsleftboot
The great European nights are back again. Rejoice, Enjoy,Be There THANK YOU MARTIN. COME ON YOU LIONS
50 years a villan
Flights to Hamburg are cheeeeep, think thats my away adventure, can't afford both. When are tickets released?
PTP
Good luck with your group. We at Pompey have got AC Milan & gutted it's not at the San Siro. Never mind they will get a fright when they see Fratton Park. We also have a dutch team Heenreeven & they stuffed Ajaax 5-2 at the weekend. Another away to trip to Portugal, half an hour from where we just played last week. Groundhog day.
storagematt
We are the best side in our group.
lerneravfc
Hamburg has its own Red Light District which is allegedly as good as Amsterdam's anyway!!!!
Villan444
Happy with the draw but I imagine that it is not often, if ever, that 3 clubs that have won the European Cup are drawn in the same group.
pongo wearing
Villan44, the Reperbahn in Hamburg has better women than Amsterdam, but it's a really boring city. As a Gooner whose travelled to Prague a few times a word of advice for those of you planning on making the journey, don't book a flight to Prague, fly to Brno. It'll be much, much cheaper and the train fare from Brno to Prague costs about the equivalent of a fiver. Plus, they have restaurants on the trains that serves Budvar and let you smoke like a chimney!
Little Dutch
So pleased we got hamburg away. My mate has just come back and said its a good place too visit.
notthedougellisstand
Great city for Techno.... if your into that kind of thing.
PTP
I do. Any idea if there's anything good on in the city the following weekend?
Adam Deuce
 

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