Spurs get dream Young Boys draw

Tottenham’s last foray in Europe’s premier club competition came in

the 1961-62 season and they could not have got a better draw than

against the men from Bern with the likes of Sampdoria, Dynamo Kiev,

Auxerre and Celtic’s conquerors Braga all possible opponents. The

first leg of their play-off round tie will take place in Bern on

August 17/18, with the second leg at White Hart Lane the following

Tuesday or Wednesday. Although the easiest draw on paper, Young

Boys are not to be underestimated, having stunned Fenerbahce by

winning 1-0 in Istanbul in the previous round. Last term’s Swiss

runners-up are also well into their domestic season, which kicked

off on July 17, although they have failed to win any of their

opening three games. Their squad includes an Enfield-born Spurs fan

in Scott Sutter, who moved to Switzerland aged 16. Tottenham’s only

previous European meeting with Swiss opposition ended in a 9-1

aggregate win over Grasshoppers in the 1973-74 UEFA Cup. Full draw:

Salzburg v Hapoel Tel-Aviv; Rosenborg v FC Copenhagen; Basel v

Sheriff; Sparta Prague v MSK Zilina; Partizan v Anderlecht; Young

Boys v Tottenham; Sporting Braga v Sevilla; Werder Bremen v

Sampdoria; Zenit St Petersburg v Auxerre; Dynamo Kiev v Ajax.