|What do we know?
||[May. 12th, 2008|03:56 pm]
For anyone wondering 'what happens now?' - a few pieces of extraordinarily useful information...
We know that we're by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. This is not news, of course, but it's always nice to be reminded!
We know that we're competing in the last ever Intertoto Cup.
We know that we have to play one round over two legs to get into the UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round.
We know that this puts us only four games from the UEFA Cup proper and six games from the 'safety' of the group stage.
We know that our match will be against Lisburn Distillery of Northern Ireland, Turun Palloseura (TPS) Turku of Finland or an as yet undecided Danish club - whichever finishes third in their league.
We know that we'll find out the Danish club on May 24th which is the last day of their season. There are still 3 or 4 games left to play but at the moment it's looking like FC Copenhagen or Odense BK.
We know that the first round - which will eliminate Distillery or Turku - is over the weekends of 21/22 and 28/29 June with Distillery at home first.
We know that the second round - which will decide our opponents - is over the weekends of 5/6 and 12/13 July with NIR/FIN at home first.
We will know our opponents by July 13th.
We know that the third round takes place on the weekends of 19/20 and 26/27 July with Villa away in the first leg.
We know that Lisburn Distillery (known as Distillery until 1999) are notable, the more eagle-eyed amongst you might know, for being the club from which a certain Martin O'Neill joined Nottingham Forest. Other notable ex-players include Sir Tom Finney and the one and only Derek Dougan.
We know that Turun Palloseura, known more commonly as TPS, of Turku in Finland are the nice club who sold us Peter Enkelman and Mika Aaritalo, the latter of whom returned there following his failure to settle in England.
I'm sure we know more but, at this moment in time, I think that's more than enough for our collective brains to cope with!
So put the dates in your diary...'cos we're all going on an Intertoto Tour!
UEFA Intertoto Cup Draw
Danish League Table
Lisburn Distillery Wikipedia Page
TPS Turku Wikipedia Page
Cross-posted elsewhere. Sorry if you're seeing it twice.