Well. The (very awkward) draw is over. After much unscrewing of plastic balls, awkward (which is pretty much a staple on UEFA events) jokes and conversations in-between, we know our opponents for the group stage. The draw was hosted in Monaco, where Puyol* came in like a boss to present the CL trophy and casually answer some questions.
We are in Group H is for Hlebbed.
AC Milan (Italy)
BATE Borisov (Belarus)
Victoria Plzen (Czech Republic)
At the end of it all, we are reunited with the one once known to us on BFB as BANGS (Big-A**-Ninja-Gangsta-Swede). Some trips to Eastern Europe to boot. But it’s do-able.
For posterity the groups look like so:
Zenit St. Petersburg
FC BATE Borisov
In picture form:
And we also have a winner for the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe award! Uefa decided it would be a brilliant idea for all three nominees to come on stage at the same time, talk a bit about themselves, while journalist voted live, and then present the award. The winner is… *drum roll*
LEO MESSI! (Oh my goodness, I would have never guessed! …But it was funny seeing the pain on C.Ronaldo’s face as the presenter talks over him to Leo. And that’s after leaning as far away from Xavi as possible. Oh the awkwardness…)
*”I saw all the suits I have.. and I feel best wearing the one with the Barça crest close to my heart – Puyol’s Tweet afterwards. Nice save, Puyi. Nice save. 😆
In other news, the strike is ovah! We play Villarreal on Monday for the first league game of the season at home! (3:00pm EST).
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