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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

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Come on - all over prague or ajaz although i think its prague and hamburg we will be playing away.
leelindsay
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07/10/2008 12:17:00

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
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07/10/2008 12:21:00

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
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07/10/2008 12:25:00

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
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07/10/2008 12:27:00

I think we only play Ajax at home. We will also play MSK at home and Hamburg & Prauge away.
HolteEnder43
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07/10/2008 12:27:00

Martin Jol is in charge of Hamburg, so we will play them away and get a 4-4 draw.
VillaYamYam
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07/10/2008 12:43:00

Hamburg away would be great
notthedougellisstand
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07/10/2008 12:47:00

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
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07/10/2008 12:48:00

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
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07/10/2008 12:58:00

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
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07/10/2008 13:04:00

What does that mean though, surely they just draw teams home and away? Do the teams decide where they play between them?
PTP
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07/10/2008 13:06:00

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
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07/10/2008 13:25:00

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
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07/10/2008 13:26:00

*lifted shamelessly from the villa os ;-)
krisvilla
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07/10/2008 13:27:00

Martin Jol is in charge of Hamburg, so we will play them away and get a 4-4 draw. VillaYamYam LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
Gruck
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07/10/2008 13:33:00

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
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07/10/2008 13:57:00

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
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07/10/2008 14:07:00

The great European nights are back again. Rejoice, Enjoy,Be There THANK YOU MARTIN. COME ON YOU LIONS
50 years a villan
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07/10/2008 14:17:00

Flights to Hamburg are cheeeeep, think thats my away adventure, can't afford both. When are tickets released?
PTP
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07/10/2008 14:21:00

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
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07/10/2008 14:51:00

We are the best side in our group.
lerneravfc
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07/10/2008 15:20:00

Hamburg has its own Red Light District which is allegedly as good as Amsterdam's anyway!!!!
Villan444
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07/10/2008 15:45:00

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
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07/10/2008 15:54:00

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
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07/10/2008 19:57:00

So pleased we got hamburg away. My mate has just come back and said its a good place too visit.
notthedougellisstand
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07/10/2008 23:53:00

Great city for Techno.... if your into that kind of thing.
PTP
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08/10/2008 09:26:00

I do. Any idea if there's anything good on in the city the following weekend?
Adam Deuce
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09/10/2008 00:09:00

 

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