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Rangers face either Santa Colomba or Kaunas

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Last season's quarter-finalists Fenerbahçe SK will begin their UEFA Champions League bid against MTK Budapest following the draws for the first two qualifying rounds.

Draws
The draws were made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, today with Fenerbahçe among 14 teams given byes to the second qualifying round on 29/30 July and 5/6 August. They will be joined by the 14 clubs who battle through the 28-strong first qualifying round on 15/16 and 22/23 July. Among those ties, Slovakian side FC Artmedia Petržalka – who competed in the 2005/06 group stage – face Maltese champions Valletta FC while two-time UEFA Cup winners IFK Göteborg meet San Marino's S.S. Murata and NK Dinamo Zagreb tackle Linfield FC of Northern Ireland.

Familiar names
Along with Fenerbahçe, the second qualifying round features other names familiar with the group stage. Last season's UEFA Cup finalists Rangers FC take on Lithuanian title-holders FBK Kaunas or Andorra's FC Santa Coloma, RSC Anderlecht encounter FC BATE Borisov of Belarus or Iceland's Valur Reykjavík while FC Dynamo Kyiv play Irish champions Drogheda United FC or FC Levadia Tallinn from Estonia. AC Sparta Praha are pitted against Moldova's FC Sheriff or Kazakhstan's FK Aktobe, and Panathinaikos FC engage Georgia's FC Dinamo Tbilisi or NSÍ Runavík from the Faroe Islands. Fresh from helping to host UEFA EURO 2008™, FC Basel 1893 will welcome Göteborg or Murata to St. Jakob-Park for the second leg of their tie while the only other confirmed match is between Beitar Jerusalem FC and Wisla Kraków.

Group-stage goal
Both draws were conducted at UEFA headquarters by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The second qualifying round winners will advance to the third qualifying round, where they will be joined by another 18 teams, with the draw on 1 August. The 32 clubs involved will then compete in 16 fixtures for the right to follow the 16 automatic qualifiers into the group stage. This season's final will be played at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on 27 May 2009.


First qualifying round draw:

Linfield v Dinamo Zagreb

Valletta v Artmedia Bratislava

Dinamo Tbilisi v NSI

Santa Coloma v Kaunas

Murata v Gothenburg

Llanelli v Ventspils

Anorthosis v Pyunik

Inter Baki v Rabotnicki

Tampere United v Buducnost Podgorica

Dudelange v Domzale

Dinamo Tirana v Modrica

Aktobe v Sheriff

Drogheda v Levadia

BATE v Valur



Second qualifying round draw:

Rangers v Santa Coloma or Kaunas

Brann v Llanelli or Ventspils

Inter Baki or Rabotnicki v Partizan

Tampere or Buducnost Podgorica v Valletta or Artmedia

Anorthosis or Pyunik Rapid v Vienna

Dudelange or Domzale v Linfield or Dinamo Zagreb

Panathinaikos v Dinamo Tbilisi or NSI

Murata or Gothenburg v Basel

Aktobe or Sheriff v Sparta Prague

Drogheda or Levadia Dynamo Kiev

Anderlecht v BATE or Valur

Beitar Jerusalem v Wisla Krakow

Fenerbahce v MTK

AaB Aalborg v Dinamo Tirana or Modrica
 
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HibbyDave

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well beat hearts reserves with ease

More like hawrts are their reserves. lol you should beat them... but remember what mad vlad said "one day hawrts will win the champions league" he might have ment Kaunus after all he is MAD. :proud:
 

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Definately a good start for Rangers. They should see off either team with ease, just hope they get to the group stages again
 

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Would love linfield to cause a shock and beat zagreb as they will get through next round.

Rangers linfield tie in 3rd round be nice.