UEFA Intertoto Cup

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The UEFA Intertoto Cup (until 1994 Intertoto Cup), from 1995 usually briefly referred to as "UI Cup", was a European football competition for clubs that was held from 1967 onwards. Originally, the competition was introduced in the football free time - to offer Toto betting - before the season in most European leagues. From 1995 onwards, clubs that had just failed to qualify for the UEFA Cup in their national league had the opportunity to qualify for the UEFA Cup via the UI Cup. Because of this last chance, it was colloquially called the “straw cup”, “consolation cup” or “cup of good hope”. The UI Cup was held for the last time in the 2008/09 season.


As of the 2006/07 season, each of the 53 member associations of UEFA received exactly one starting place. Should an association withdraw its representative, the place could be given to another association by UEFA. In the 2007/08 season, Scotland, Norway, Liechtenstein and San Marino did not have any participants. Romania provided two participants, so that there was a field of 50 teams. There were three knockout rounds based on a return leg. In the first round, 27 clubs from the lower half of the UEFA five-year standings and a representative from Romania played. The 14 winners and the representatives of the 14 next higher associations met in the second round. The top 8 associations sent their representatives straight to the third round. From these and the 14 winners of the 2nd round, eleven pairings were drawn. The winning teams of the third round advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup . The winner of the cup from 2006 to 2008 was the team that played the most rounds in the subsequent UEFA Cup.

National qualification

The team that occupied the table position directly behind the place for the direct UEFA Cup qualification was entitled to start in the UI Cup. If the team in question did not register for the competition, the next-placed team moved up. If a club met the sporting requirements for participation in the competition, UEFA reserved the right to carry out a license check and possibly not admit the team. Between 2005 and 2009 there were 28 exclusions from the UEFA Intertoto Cup for licensing reasons.


The Intertoto Cup was launched in 1967, on the one hand, to be able to offer games for the national Toto companies in the summer, and on the other hand to give smaller clubs the opportunity to play international games. The competition was practically the direct successor to the International Football Cup (IFC), which was held for the last time in 1967, and until 1994 consisted of group games in which there were always several winners. In 1995 the Intertoto Cup became the UEFA Intertoto Cup and has been hosted by UEFA since then. In the course of this, the group games were supplemented by final games in which the three winning teams (in 1995 there were only two) could qualify for the first round of the UEFA Cup. The club Girondins Bordeaux , which was added in 1995 through the UI Cup , reached the final of the UEFA Cup.

In 1998 the group stage was finally abolished. Since then, the winners in the cup mode have been determined after five rounds with a return leg. A total of 61 teams from European club football took part each season, the stronger ones were placed directly for the second or third round. After the fifth round, there were three top teams that had qualified for the UEFA Cup.

On November 30, 2007, UEFA decided to abolish the UI Cup after it was held in 2008. To this end, more starting places for weaker countries will be created in the UEFA Cup, which has been renamed the UEFA Europa League , and another qualifying round will be played.

History of German teams in the UI Cup

Up until the 2004/05 season, Germany received two, three or four starting places. The clubs that finished sixth, seventh and eighth (possibly ninth) in the Bundesliga table at the end of the season were qualified for the UI Cup. Due to Germany's high ranking in the UEFA five-year ranking, German teams only entered from the second or third round of the UI Cup competition. As of the 2006/07 season, each association received only one starting place; the winners of the third round continued in the UEFA Cup qualification.

The German participants in recent years:

  • In 1995 all four German participants made it to the round of 16. There 1. FC Köln failed to Tirol Innsbruck from Austria with 1: 3 and Eintracht Frankfurt to Girondins Bordeaux, France, with 0: 3. Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Karlsruher SC advanced with wins over Odense BK, Denmark, 5: 2 and FC Aarau, Switzerland, 2: 1 aet. In the quarter-finals, Leverkusen said goodbye 3: 5 to Innsbruck. Thus, with the Karlsruher SC as the last German representative, made the jump to the semi-finals via Bursaspor, Turkey, 6: 5 a.s., where they were eliminated 0: 2 and 2: 2 against Girondins Bordeaux.
  • In 1996 only Karlsruher SC survived the group phase first, Werder Bremen , TSV 1860 Munich and VfB Stuttgart failed prematurely. With semi-final and final victories over Belgian teams, the Karlsruhe team made it into the UEFA Cup. Lierse SK was defeated 3: 2 and 2: 0 and Standard Liège was defeated 0: 1 and 3: 1 in the final. In the UEFA Cup, the KSC failed in the round of 16 against Bröndby IF.
  • In 1997 four teams started in the UI-Cup, of which only Werder Bremen failed in the group stage last played. Both the Hamburger SV and the 1. FC Köln and MSV Duisburg moved as group winners the semi-finals. There Hamburg failed against SC Bastia from France with 0: 1 and 1: 1 afterwards and Cologne against Montpellier HSC, also France, also just 2: 1 and 0: 1 due to the away goals rule. The Duisburg team were also eliminated against a French team, but only in the final after they survived their semifinals against Dynamo Moscow, Russia, 2-2 and 3-1, to AJ Auxerre 0-0 and 0-2.
  • In 1998 Werder Bremen and Hansa Rostock took part in the UI Cup. Bremen defeated FK Inkaras Kaunas from Lithuania 4-1 and 1-0, SK Lommel from Belgium 3-1 and 2-1. In the semifinals, Samsunspor, Turkey finally won 3: 0 twice and also prevailed in the final against Vojvodina Novi Sad from Serbia 1: 0 and 1: 1. Qualification for the UEFA Cup was a success. Rostock, on the other hand, failed in the first game with 1: 1 and 1: 2 to Debreceni VSC from Hungary.
  • In 1999 MSV Duisburg and Hamburger SV played in the UI Cup. Duisburg defeated Newry City from Northern Ireland 2-0 and 0-1 in the 2nd round, and Kocaelispor from Turkey 3-0 and 0-0 in the 3rd round. Only in the semi-finals did they fail at HSC Montpellier from France with 1: 1 and 0: 3. The HSV started as a better placed team only in the 3rd round, won thanks to the away goals rule with 0: 1 and 3: 2 against FC Basel from Switzerland and could also in the semifinals against Trabzonspor, Turkey, with 2: 2 and 4 : 1 leave the place victorious. In the final, the Hanseatic League finally failed, as did Duisburg, at Montpellier 1: 1 and 1: 1, ultimately 3: 0 i. E.
  • In 2000 VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart registered for the UI Cup. The clubs finished seventh and eighth in the league in the 1999/2000 season . VfB Stuttgart won and qualified for the UEFA Cup. VfL Wolfsburg could not prevail.
  • In 2001 it was Werder Bremen, VfL Wolfsburg and TSV 1860 Munich . At the end of the season, the clubs only finished seventh, ninth and eleven in the championship, but since 1. FC Kaiserslautern (eighth) and 1. FC Köln (tenth) had not registered for the UI Cup move up the clubs. The clubs up to sixth place started in the Champions League (1-2 place), Champions League qualification (3-4) and the UEFA Cup (5-6).
  • In 2002, due to the UEFA five-year ranking , the Bundesliga had one more direct UEFA Cup place and only two clubs (seventh and eighth) were allowed into the UI Cup. It was Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern . VfB won the competition and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • In 2003 Werder Bremen, FC Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg (sixth to eighth place) entered the third round of the UI Cup competition because Germany had been downgraded in the UEFA ranking the previous year.
  • In 2004, Borussia Dortmund (eliminated in the 3rd round), FC Schalke 04 (one of the three winners) and Hamburger SV (eliminated in the semi-finals) (each entry in the third round of the UI Cup) and VfL Wolfsburg (entry in the 2nd round and eliminated immediately against FC Thun ) qualified for the UI Cup from places six to ten in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg came in tenth in the UI Cup because Hansa Rostock (ninth) did without. The DFL had successfully applied in 2004 to an additionally released by the abandonment of the Italian Football Federation Square and therefore presented four participants.
  • In 2005, Borussia Dortmund (entered in the 3rd round and eliminated immediately), Hamburger SV (from the third round) and VfL Wolfsburg (from the second round) took part in the competition. Wolfsburg moved up again as ninth in the table, as the sixth Bayer 04 Leverkusen had already qualified for the UEFA Cup (the cup finalists FC Bayern Munich and FC Schalke 04 qualified for the Champions League ).
  • In 2006 Hertha BSC took part (entered the 3rd round and won, so that it reached the second round of the UEFA Cup qualification.)
  • In 2007 Hamburger SV qualified (entered and won in the 3rd round, so that they can reach the second round of the UEFA Cup qualification.)
  • 2008 VfB Stuttgart moved thanks to 6th place in the Bundesliga directly into the third round of the Intertoto Cup and qualified for an away defeat (0: 1) and a home win (3:. 0 aet) against FC Saturn Ramenskoye for second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup .


year Intertoto Cup winner
1967 FC Lugano , Feijenoord Rotterdam , OSC Lille , Lierse SK , Hannover 96 , Zagłębie Sosnowiec , Polonia Bytom , IFK Göteborg , Ruch Chorzów , VSS Košice , Kjøbenhavns Boldklub , Fortuna Düsseldorf
1968 1. FC Nuremberg , Ajax Amsterdam , Sporting Lisbon , Feijenoord Rotterdam , Espanyol Barcelona , ADO Den Haag , FC Karl-Marx-Stadt , Hansa Rostock , TJ Slovan Bratislava CHZJD , VSS Košice , Lokomotíva Košice , Odra Opole , Eintracht Braunschweig , Legia Warsaw
1969 Malmö FF , GKS Szombierki Bytom , SpVgg Fürth , Jednota Žilina , IFK Norrköping , Jednota Trenčín , BK Frem København , Wisła Krakow , Odra Opole
1970 TJ Slovan Bratislava CHZJD , Hamburger SV , Sklo Union Teplice , MVV Maastricht , VSS Košice , Eintracht Braunschweig , Slavia Prague , Olympique Marseille , Östers IF , Wisła Krakau , SV Austria Salzburg , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD , Polonia Bytom
1971 Hertha BSC , FKS Stal Mielec , Servette Geneva , TJ TŽ Třinec , Åtvidabergs FF , Eintracht Braunschweig , SV Austria Salzburg
1972 AC Nitra , IFK Norrköping , AS Saint-Étienne , Slavia Prague , TJ Slovan Bratislava CHZJD , Eintracht Braunschweig , Hannover 96 , SK VÖEST Linz
1973 Hannover 96 , TJ Slovan Bratislava CHZJD , Hertha BSC , FC Zurich , ROW Rybnik , TJ Sklo Union Teplice , Feyenoord Rotterdam , Wisła Krakau , AC Nitra , Östers IF
1974 FC Zurich , Hamburger SV , Malmö FF , Standard Liège , TJ Slovan Bratislava CHZJD , Spartak TAZ Trnava , MSV Duisburg , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD , VSS Košice , GD Fabril do Barreiro
1975 SSW Innsbruck , SK VÖEST Linz , Eintracht Braunschweig , Zagłębie Sosnowiec , FC Zbrojovka Brno , ROW Rybnik , Åtvidabergs FF , 1. FC Kaiserslautern , Belenenses Lisbon , NK Čelik Zenica
1976 BSC Young Boys , Hertha BSC , Sklo Union Teplice , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD , FC Zbrojovka Brno , Spartak TAZ Trnava , Internacionál Bratislava , Östers IF , Djurgårdens IF , Vojvodina Novi Sad , Widzew Łódź
1977 Halmstads BK , MSV Duisburg , Internacionál Bratislava , Slawia Sofia , Slavia Prague , BK Frem København , Jednota Trenčín , TJ Slovan Bratislava CHZJD , Östers IF , Pogoń Stettin
1978 MSV Duisburg , Slavia Prague , Hertha BSC , Eintracht Braunschweig , Malmö FF , Lokomotíva Košice , 1. FC Tatran Prešov , Maccabi Netanja , Grazer AK
1979 Werder Bremen , Grasshopper Club Zurich , Eintracht Braunschweig , Bohemians ČKD Prague , Spartak TAZ Trnava , FC Zbrojovka Brno , Pirin Blagoewgrad , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD
1980 Standard Liège , Bohemians ČKD Prague , Maccabi Netanja , Sparta Prague , TJ Plastika Nitra , Halmstads BK , Malmö FF , IFK Göteborg , IF Elfsborg
1981 Wiener Sport-Club , Standard Lüttich , Werder Bremen , FK Budućnost Podgorica , Aarhus GF , RWD Molenbeek , IFK Göteborg , Stuttgarter Kickers , TJ Rudá Hvězda Cheb
1982 Standard Liège , Widzew Łódź , Aarhus GF , Lyngby BK , FC Admira / Wacker , Bohemians ČKD Prague , IK Brage , Östers IF , FC Zbrojovka Brno , IFK Göteborg
1983 FC Twente Enschede , BSC Young Boys , Pogoń Stettin , Maccabi Netanja , FK Sloboda Tuzla , Bohemians ČKD Prague , IFK Göteborg , Hammarby IF , Videoton SC , TJ Vítkovice
1984 Bohemians ČKD Prague , Aarhus GF , Fortuna Düsseldorf , Standard Lüttich , AIK Solna , Malmö FF , Videoton SC , Maccabi Netanja , FC Zurich , GKS Katowice
1985 Werder Bremen , FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , IFK Göteborg , AIK Solna , BSG Wismut Aue , Sparta Prague , Górnik Zabrze , Maccabi Haifa , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD , Újpest Budapest , MTK-Vörös Meteor Sport Klub
1986 Fortuna Düsseldorf , 1. FC Union Berlin , Malmö FF , FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt , SK Sigma Olmütz , Újpest Budapest , Brøndby IF , Lyngby BK , Lech Posen , IFK Göteborg , Slavia Prague , FC Carl Zeiss Jena
1987 FC Carl Zeiss Jena , Pogoń Stettin , BSG Wismut Aue , Tatabányai Bányász SC , Malmö FF , AIK Solna , FK Etar Weliko Tarnowo , Brøndby IF
1988 Malmö FF , IFK Göteborg , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD , First Vienna FC 1894 , BSC Young Boys , 1. FC Kaiserslautern , Ikast FS , FC Carl Zeiss Jena , Grasshopper Club Zurich , Karlsruher SC , Bayer 05 Uerdingen
1989 FC Luzern , Boldklubben 1903 , FC Swarovski Tirol , Grasshopper Club Zürich , Tatabányai Bányász SC , Næstved IF , Örebro SK , Sparta Prague , TJ Baník Ostrava OKD , Örgryte IS , 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1990 Neuchâtel Xamax , FC Swarovski Tirol , Lech Posen , ŠK Slovan Bratislava , Malmö FF , GAIS Göteborg , FC Luzern , First Vienna FC 1894 , Chemnitzer FC , Bayer 05 Uerdingen , Odense BK
1991 Neuchâtel Xamax , Lausanne-Sports , SV Austria Salzburg , FK Dukla Banská Bystrica , Boldklubben 1903 , Grasshopper Club Zurich , Bayer 05 Uerdingen , DAC Dunajská Streda , FC Swarovski Tirol , Örebro SK
1992 FC Copenhagen , Siófoki Bányász SE , Bayer 05 Uerdingen , Karlsruher SC , SK Rapid Wien , Lyngby BK , ŠK Slovan Bratislava , Aalborg BK , Slavia Prague , Lok Gorna Orjachowiza
1993 SK Rapid Wien , Trelleborgs FF , IFK Norrköping , Malmö FF , Slavia Prague , FC Zurich , BSC Young Boys , Dynamo Dresden
1994 Halmstads BK , BSC Young Boys , AIK Solna , Hamburger SV , Békéscsabai Előre FC , ŠK Slovan Bratislava , Grasshopper Club Zurich , FK Austria Vienna
UEFA Intertoto Cup winner
1995 Girondins Bordeaux , Racing Strasbourg
1996 Karlsruher SC , EA Guingamp , Silkeborg IF
1997 AJ Auxerre , SC Bastia , Olympique Lyon
1998 FC Bologna , FC Valencia , Werder Bremen
1999 Juventus Turin , Montpellier HSC , West Ham United
2000 Celta Vigo , VfB Stuttgart , Udinese Calcio
2001 Aston Villa , Paris Saint-Germain , ES Troyes AC
2002 FC Fulham , FC Málaga , VfB Stuttgart
2003 AC Perugia Calcio , FC Schalke 04 , FC Villarreal
2004 OSC Lille , FC Schalke 04 , FC Villarreal
2005 Hamburger SV , RC Lens , Olympique Marseille
2006 Newcastle United , Kayserispor , AJ Auxerre , NK Maribor , Ethnikos Achnas , Grasshopper Club Zurich , Olympique Marseille , SV Ried , Hertha BSC , Odense BK , FC Twente Enschede
2007 Hamburger SV , Blackburn Rovers , Hammarby IF , Aalborg BK , Tobyl Qostanai , RC Lens , SK Rapid Wien , União Leiria , Sampdoria Genua , Atlético Madrid , Oțelul Galați
2008 Sporting Braga , Deportivo La Coruña , SSC Napoli , Grasshopper Club Zurich , VfB Stuttgart , FC Vaslui , Stade Rennes , SK Sturm Graz , Rosenborg Trondheim , Aston Villa , IF Elfsborg

In the years 2006 to 2008, the team that made the furthest progress in the subsequent UEFA Cup competition was declared the UI Cup winner. The winners are therefore shown in italics.

Wins by country from 1995

  • France (12 wins / 16 qualifications for the UEFA Cup)
  • Germany (8/10)
  • Spain (5/7)
  • England, Italy (each 4/6)
  • Denmark (1/3)
  • Portugal (1/2)
  • Austria (0/3)
  • Sweden, Switzerland, Romania (0/2 each)
  • Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Turkey, Cyprus (0/1 each)

Individual evidence

  1. UEFA Executive Committee approves changes to UEFA club competitions. (PDF; 590 KB) In: uefa.com. UEFA , November 30, 2007, accessed March 20, 2013 .
  2. The European Club Football Landscape Report on Club Licensing for the Financial Year 2010. (PDF; 30.3 MB) In: uefa.com. UEFA, p. 30 , accessed December 28, 2013 .

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