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Ajax At Home Up First In The Uefa Cup

The dates have now been set for the UEFA Cup group stages:

Ajax at Villa Park - October 23
Slavia Prague away - November 6
Zilina at Villa Park - December 4
Hamburg away - December 17

Martin O'Neill told AVTV after the draw:

'We start with Ajax at Villa Park which is real mouth-watering tie. It's then Slavia Prague away, Zilina at home before a tough trip to Hamburg. It's just absolutely brilliant to be part of it all and being back in European competition is fantastic news for the football club. Villa Park could be really rocking against Ajax in that opening game. The key now is that it's a step up in quality. If you look at some of the teams involved - for example AC Milan, Seville, Ajax - these are sides with a real pedigree.'

Adding, 'I said to the backroom staff before the draw that there are 10 or 12 teams still in the competition that could be contesting the Champions League.'

Interesting times, the Ajax game should getting Villa Park rocking!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 7 2008

Time: 3:11PM

Your Comments

Funny how some people reckon the uefa cup isn`t worth it,Villa vs ajax at villa park is somthing brilliant to look forward to.Hamburg away will be the toughest game.
lerneravfc
can't wait. see you all at the ajax game!
ric112
These games will put The Villa back on the European map again!
Villan444
Wonder if Im gonna be able to take the missus and kids for 30 like I did in all the other rounds.....?
Stourbridge Villan
I still have that quarter final against Madrid 10 years ago fresh in my memory. The atmoshpere that night was amazing, can't wait for it to return.
villa96
i cant wait now for the Ajax game! Europe is what ive been waiting for!
sportyvillain
Would anyone have a rough idea when the tickets will be on sale?
ThirtyOne
I think we trump your "ajax at villa park" with our AC MILAN AT FRATTON... what great ties these could be!
pompeycarpet
I agree pompeycarpet - you got the plum draw there
tarzan
I think its great and all about experience, we can go out there and just go balls out. I don't really mind if we qualify for the next rounds to be honest as we have drawn some decent teams. It was quite ironic that most British teams fans were hoping to draw the big guns. I bet you Spurs win it!
tarzan
I worry about the game v Hamburg but its at the end - hopefully we will both be through by then and there will be nothing riding on it!!
deano.avfc
the uefa cup has been great already - and we've only played one game! As (almost) all the english teams left in it are not exactly euro regulars, simply the experiance of being in the competition is good enough, and we dont mind (too much) dropping out early, as it will then have less of an effect on our league form too...
pompeycarpet
 

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