The name of Lazio's first opponent of the 2005-6 season was determined today when Finnish club Tampere United surprisingly held Charleroi to a 0-0 draw in Belgium and advanced by virtue of their 1-0 win last week. Previously, Tampere had defeated a team from the Faroe Islands in the first round. Tampere United (colors green/white/blue) qualified for the Intertoto by finishing 3rd in the Finnish Premier Division last year. The club was formed in 1998 by the merger of Tampere PV and FC Ilves. They've won one previous Finnish championship, in 2001. They lost in the first qualifying round of the following year's Champions League, 6-0 onn aggregate, to an Armenian club. This is their third straight participation in the Intertoto Cup. They lost in the first round in 2003 but advanced to the 3rd round last year after a fortuitous draw matched them with clubs from Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. They finally fell to a club from Serbia&Montenegro. In short, Lazio ought to win. Lazio hosts the first leg next weekend (I can't figure out if it's on Saturday or Sunday). Highly doubtful that there will be any TV coverage in the US.