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City get tough UEFA Cup draw

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Manchester City have been handed a tough UEFA Cup group stage draw this morning.

The Blues are up against German side Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Racing Santander of Spain and Dutch team FC Twente, managed of course by Steve McClaren.

The full group stage draw is:

Group A

FC Schalke 04 (GER)
Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
Real Racing Club Santander (ESP)
FC Twente (NED)

Group B

SL Benfica (POR)
Olympiacos CFP (GRE)
Galatasaray AŞ (TUR)
Hertha BSC Berlin (GER)
FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)

Group C

Sevilla FC (ESP)
VfB Stuttgart (GER)
UC Sampdoria (ITA)
FK Partizan (SRB)
R. Standard de Liège (BEL)

Group D

Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
Udinese Calcio (ITA)
NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
NEC Nijmegen (NED)

Group E

AC Milan (ITA)
SC Heerenveen (NED)
SC Braga (POR)
Portsmouth FC (ENG)
VfL Wolfsburg (GER)

Group F

Hamburger SV (GER)
AFC Ajax (NED)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
Aston Villa FC (ENG)
MŠK Žilina (SVK)

Group G

Valencia CF (ESP)
Club Brugge KV (BEL)
Rosenborg BK (NOR)
FC København (DEN)
AS Saint-Etienne (FRA)

Group H

RC Deportivo La Coruña (ESP)
Feyenoord (NED)
AS Nancy-Lorraine (FRA)
KKS Lech Poznań (POL)

UEFA Cup Matchday dates are as follows:

Matchday 1 - Thursday October 23

Matchday 2 - Thursday November 6

Matchday 3 - Thursday November 27

Matchday 4 - Thursday December 4

Matchday 5 - Thursday December 18

Please note City will have one of these matchdays off and the full details are still to be decided.

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