Thursday, August 25, 2005

Champions League draw

The draw for matches with the 32 teams left in the Chamions League is about to begin. There are four groups of eight from which the draw will be conducted. Here are the groups:

Top seeds: 1 Real Madrid (Spa), 2 AC Milan (Ita), 3 Barcelona (Spa), 4 Liverpool (Eng), 5 Man Utd (Eng), 6 Inter Milan (Ita), 7 Bayern Munich (Ger), 8 Arsenal (Eng).

Second seeds: 9 Porto (Por), 10 Juventus (Ita), 11 PSV Eindhoven (Hol), 12 Lyon (Fra), 13 Panathinaikos (Gre), 14 Chelsea (Eng), 15 Villarreal (Spa), 16 Ajax (Hol).

Third seeds: 17 Bruges (Bel), 18 Anderlecht (Bel), 19 Olympiakos (Gre), 20 Schalke (Ger), 21 Sparta Prague (Cze), 22 Lille (Fra), 23 Rangers (Sco), 24 Werder Bremen (Ger).

Fourth seeds: 25 Benfica (Por), 26 Rosenborg (Nor), 27 Real Betis (Spa), 28 Udinese (Ita), 29 Fenerbahce (Tur), 30 Rapid Vienna (Aut), 31 Thun (Swi), 32 Artmedia Bratislava (Svk).

Chelsea is a little ticked off about being a second seed. This could result in them playing AC Milan or Bayern Munich (Edit- I don't know why, but I first typed Arsenal here. That could not happen due to country protection, sorry.) or even the team that thew them out of the tournament last year, Liverpool.

This draw will result in 8 groups of 4 teams each that will play a round-robin format. The top two teams in each group will go on to the knockout rounds.

- Live post of draw -

Group A
Bayern Munich
Juventus
Brugge
Rapid Vienna

Group B
Arsenal
Ajax
Sparta Prague
Thun

Group C
Barcelona
Panathinaikos
Werder Bremen
Udinese

Group D
Manchester United
Villarreal
Lille
Benfica

Group E
AC Milan
PSV
Schalke
Fenerbahce

Group F
Real Madrid
Lyon
Olympiakos
Rosenborg

Group G - Wow, look who gets to play each other
Liverpool
Chelsea
Anderlecht
Real Betis

Group H
Internazionale
Porto
Rangers
Artmedia Bratislava

And there you go. Matches start on September 13/14.

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