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19 Dec 2008
Deportivo returns to its origins, Lotina’s squad will face Aalborg BK in the UEFA Cup round of 32, just the same Danish rival that meant Depor’s European debut fifteen years ago. If The Galicians pass the round, they will meet Manchester City or FC Kobenhavn in the round of 16.

The draw for the round of 32 and the round of 16 was held on Friday at UEFA headquarters (Nyon). The rival for Deportivo is non other than Aalborg BK (AaB), the same Danish club that represented the first European confrontation for the Galicians during the season 1993/1994, at the time Depor was debuting in the UEFA Cup and eliminated the Danish side with a 5-1 aggregate score. The team coached by Arsenio Iglesias lost the first-leg at the Aalborg Stadion (0-1), but later passed over Aalborg at the Riazor with three goals from Bebeto and two from Claudio Barrag??n (5-0).

The first-leg against the Danish club will take place between February 18 or 19 and will be played at the Aalborg stadion, while the returning leg will be played at the Riazor on February 26. The Danish titleholders are currently 6th in the Danish Superliga, very far from the first place after 17 matchdays (thirteen points), but the team currently coached by Magnus Pehrsson (Allan Kuhn resigned at the end of November) should be considered as a respectful rival, they are playing the UEFA Cup after ending third in group E of the Champions League, between their achievements were the draws with Villarreal in Denmark (1-1) and the 2-2 Vs Manchester United at Old Trafford. Actually in Demark the media has been referred to 2008 and the best year ever for Aalborg.

Before the draw, striker Jeppe Curth, who scored the equaliser in the last game against Manchester United, was explaining to what’s the advantage of his team after playing the Champions League on this season, "We played the UEFA Cup last year [going out in the group stage] and we have played in a bigger and better tournament now so will go back in there with a lot of experience and with the confidence that we can do it. We have a break now and have something to look forward to afterwards."

Meanwhile, Depor’s coach Miguel Angel Lotina was satisfied with the results of the draw, �We can not complain about the draw, is a team coming from the Champions League. In the Danish League, they aren’t in a good position, surely because they are distracted with Europe. Seeing how the things are right now, we can not complain, it isn’t a long trip and is something to be satisfied. It is going to be equal, there are no favourites and we will have our opportunities.� words he said after Friday’s training. The Basque also confessed what were his preferences before the draw, �I didn’t want any of both French sides, neither the Italians (Fiorentina). I would have preferred Werder Bremen.�

If Deportivo s able to pass AaB, it will meet Manchester City or FC Kobenhavn in the round of 16. Click here to see the full results of the draw.


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