And then there were 32.
The third round of the UEFA Cup is ready to kick off today with several quality match-ups. The home-and-home series begin with 10 matches on Wednesday and six more on Thursday.
Hoping to catch some of the action? Setanta Sports will be showing matches, included the Everton-SK Brann tilt today. Some of the more intriguing match-ups of this round include: Galatasaray-Bayer Leverkusen, Anderlecht-Bordeaux and PSV-Helsingborg. I would have added Atletico Madrid-Bolton to that group if Bolton hadn’t sold Nicolas Anelka.
Not a big fan of UEFA Cup? You should be. It isn’t quite the Champions League but it still offers great match-ups and top-notch talent like Sergio Aguero, Luca Toni and Diego. The tournament also still has two Americans competing in Everton’s Tim Howard and Benfica’s Freddy Adu. Now if only GolTV or Fox Soccer Channel would show more of these games.
Here is the full slate of this week’s third-round UEFA Cup matches:
- Zenit St. Petersberg vs. Villarreal
- Galatasaray vs. Bayer Leverkusen
- Anderlecht vs. Bordeaux
- Werder Bremen vs. Braga
- PSV Eindhoven vs. Helsingborg
- SK Brann vs. Everton
- Marseille vs. Spartak Moscow
- AEK Athens vs. Getafe
- Rangers vs. Panathanaikos
- Sporting Lisbon vs. FC Basle
- Aberdeen vs. Bayern Munich
- Slavia Prague vs. Tottenham
- FC Zurich vs. Hamburg
- Bolton vs. Atletico Madrid
- Rosenborg vs. Fiorentina
- Benfica vs. Nurnberg
Where’s the best place to follow these matches? Why UEFA.com of course.
What match-up do you like the most out of these? Which match would you watch if you could have your pick? Share your thoughts on the UEFA Cup below.