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European glory is not at top of priority list; Best prices Tournament: 300-1 Group: 20-1 AUXERRE.

Recent club record 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 Europe 32 QF G 32 G G Domestic 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st Figures in bold signify Europa League European meetings with group opponents in last ten seasons Roma: Dec 09 A 1-2, Sep 09 H 2-0, Dec 05 A 1-3 CFR Cluj: None; Bayern Munich: None HOW did they get this far? Auxerre, who were 500-1 shots for Ligue 1 in 2009-10, belied those odds to finish third in France and qualify for the Champions League play-offs.

Few could believe such an unremarkable team would go the distance. But it surely wasn't going to last - Russian top dogs Zenit blocked the path to the Champions League proper - and a 1-0 loss in St Petersburg left Auxerre with a mountain to climb.

However, there was no stopping Jean Fernandez's team, who came back to win the second leg 2-0 and secure a place at Europe's top table.

Despite reaching the lucrative group phase, there was no lavish spending this summer with former Liverpool flop Anthony Le Tallec the only notable arrival, while Daniel Niculae was a key departure to Monaco.

Auxerre rely heavily on skipper Benoit Pedretti and striker Ireneusz Jelen, but Fernandez is understandably more concerned with keeping his team in Ligue 1 rather than progressing in Europe.

Squad details Pos App Gls Yel Red 1 Olivier Sorin G 5 0 0 0 16 Remy Riou G 0 0 0 0 30 Willy Maeyens G 0 0 0 0 2 Cedric Hengbart D 5 0 1 0 4 Stephane Grichting D 3 0 0 0 6 Mamadou Coulibaly D 5 0 1 0 12 Jean Mignot D 4(1) 0 2 0 20 Amadou Sidibe D 0 0 0 0 23 Jeremy Berthod D 3 0 1 0 5 Dariusz Dudka D 0 0 0 0 7 Kamel Chafni M 0 0 0 0 15 F. Sammaritano M 0(1) 0 0 0 17 Benoit Pedretti M 5 3 1 0 19 Yaya Sanogo M 0 0 0 0 21 Steeven Langil M 1(4) 0 1 0 26 Vincent Acapandie M 0 0 0 0 27 Alain Traore M 0 0 0 0 29 Delvin Ndinga M 5 0 0 0 8 Anthony Le Tallec F 5 1 0 0 9 Valter Birsa F 4(1) 0 0 0 10 Alexandre Licata F 0 0 0 0 11 Julien Quercia F 0(2) 0 0 0 14 Dennis Oliech F 3(2) 0 1 0 18 Roy Contout F 3(2) 0 1 0 22 Ireneusz Jelen F 4(1) 1 0 0 33 A Andrianantenaina F 0 0 0 0 This season in Europe 1st goal Bookings Corners Champions League play-off Auxerre 2 Zenit St P'burg 0 9 130 11 Zenit St P'burg 1 Auxerre 0 3 40 10 Last season in Europe 1st goal Bookings Corners Europa League group stage Basle 2 Fulham 3 42 40 14 Roma 2 Basle 1 18 50 15 Basle 3 CSKA Sofia 1 35 20 11 CSKA Sofia 0 Basle 20 30 9 Fulham 1 Basle 0 57 20 11 Basle 2 Roma 0 11 40 10 Play-off Basle 5 Baku 1 32 70 -Baku 1 Basle 3 49 30 -Third qualifying round Basle 3 Reykjavik 1 29 --Reykjavik 2 Basle 2 6 --
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2010
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