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UEFA Cup Draw

Posted in UEFA Cup by terraceradio on August 6, 2007

UEFA Cup Draw

While there has been much fanfare over the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Champions League Draw involving the Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic, it would have been easy to miss the draw for the other Scottish team entering Europe this week – Dunfermline. Well, we at The Terrace dont discriminate against the little guy when it comes to Scottish football, and so we bring you the lowdown on Dumfy’s opponents.The Pars, who began their 1st Division campaign yesterday with a dissapointing 2-1 defeat away to Hamilton, will face BK Hacken in the UEFA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Hacken find themselves in a similar position to Dunfermline, as they find themselves in the UEFA Cup having been relegated to the Swedish Superatten last season. Nevertheless, the Swedish side have several good players including former Premiership defender Teddy Lucic, Brazilian midfielder Ze Antonio and Liberian internationalist Dioh Williams, who boasts 44 goals in 102 games for Hacken.

Hacken will be favourites for this tie (despite the Scottish media no doubt trying to convince you they are ‘minnows’ as they do with most smaller foreign teams) and they will also be favourites to regain thier place in the Swedish Allsvenskan come the end of the season, so Dunfermline will have to be at their best to get a result from this tie.

Pars captain Scott Thomson is wary of the threat of the Swedes: “There are no easy away games or even home games, because everybody is getting to a decent level now. It was going to be difficult no matter who we got.”

“We don’t know what Hacken are going to be like, what the stadium or pitch are going to be. It could be pretty wierd to be fair”

Stephen Kenny is the man Dunfermline would want in charge for the tie. His Derry side gave a fine account of themselves in their last UEFA Cup campaign, including the demolition of Gretna and going to Paris and not being at all overawed by the mighty Paris Saint-Germain. Dunfermline fans will certainly have hope for the game, and perhaps even a morale boosting run in Europe’s second competition – given some of Mr Kenny’s magic in Europe rubs off on them.