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Champions League Stats – First Round Qualification

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Champions League qualification begins on Tuesday, 15 July with 28 clubs entering at this stage. Since the current system of qualification was introduced in 1999/2000, only two clubs entering at the first qualification round have extended their run to the group phase.

  • Liverpool and Artmedia Bratislava both qualified for the 2005/2006 Champions League group phase having entered the competition in the first qualification round.
  • Liverpool’s task was easier as they were seeded in all three qualification rounds. The Reds beat Welsh club TNS FC 6-0 on aggregate, Lithuanians FBK Kaunas 5-1 and CSKA Sofia from Bulgaria 3-2 over two matches.
  • Slovakian club Artmedia Bratislava reached the next round after beating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Almaty 4-3 on aggregate in the first qualification round.
  • After this Artmedia Bratislava were unseeded but beat Celtic 5-4 on aggregate after a 5-0 win in the home leg and Partizan Belgrade 4-3 on penalties after two 0-0 draws.
  • Artmedia went on to third place in their group and Liverpool reached the last 16 of the tournament where they were knocked out by Benfica.

UEFA Champions League qualification — teams competing in first qualifying round

Season Qualification
#
Best performance Reached
2008/2009 Three qualification rounds
28
TBD TBD
2007/2008 Three qualification rounds
28
BATE Borisov, FK Sarajevo, Dinamo Zagreb, Tampere United, IF Elfsborg 3rd qualification round
2006/2007 Three qualification rounds
22
Rabotnicki Skopje 3rd qualification round
2005/2006 Three qualification rounds
24
Liverpool Last 16
2004/2005 Three qualification rounds
20
HIT Gorica, Shelbourne 3rd qualification round
2003/2004 Three qualification rounds
20
Vardar Skopje 3rd qualification round
2002/2003 Three qualification rounds
20
APOEL Nicosia, Zeljeznicar Sarajevo 3rd qualification round
2001/2002 Three qualification rounds
20
FC Haka 3rd qualification round
2000/2001 Three qualification rounds
20
Crvena Zvezda, Zimbru Chisinau 3rd qualification round
1999/2000 Three qualification rounds
18
Partizan Beograd, Skonto Riga, Zimbru Chisinau 3rd qualification round
1998/1999 Two qualification rounds
32
Dynamo Kyiv Semi-finals
1997/1998 Two qualification rounds
30
Dynamo Kyiv Quarter-finals
1996/1997 All small nations in UEFA Cup
1995/1996 All small nations in UEFA Cup
1994/1995 All small nations in UEFA Cup
1993/1994 Prelim, 1st and 2nd rounds
20
10 clubs All eliminated in 1st round
1992/1993 Prelim, 1st and 2nd rounds
8
Four clubs All eliminated in 1st round

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