Uefa Cup draw: Spurs and Hearts both face trips to Prague

Ollie Irish

25th, August 2006

The Uefa Cup – does anyone care these days? Yes, if you’re team’s in with a chance of winning it. So for fans of Spurs, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Hearts, Rangers and Derry, here’s how the first-round draw looks (ties played on 14/28 Sept):

Levadia Tallinn (Estonia) v Newcastle Utd
Molde FK (Norway) v Rangers
Derry City v Paris St Germain (France)
Sparta Prague (Czech Rep.) v Hearts
FC Salzburg (Austria) v Blackburn Rovers
West Ham Utd v Palermo (Italy)
Slavia Prague (Czech Rep.) v Tottenham Hotspur

All the Premiership teams should make it through to the group stage (although Spurs and West Ham face decent opposition), and I’d be surprised if Rangers didn’t qualify. Hearts have a tough, but eminently winnable tie against Sparta Prague, while Derry will have to play out of their skin to come through against PSG. For more news on European football, check out sister site Who Ate All the Bratwurst.