A few pieces of information from around the non-World Cup, non-transfer sector of the footballing world today.
-In La Liga news: The season begins on August 29, 2010 and ends on May 22, 2011. No firm dates on when we can expect the actual schedules for the individual teams, but at least we have some parameters.
–Champion’s League info as today was the first and second qualifying round draw occurred this morning. In case you are unfamiliar, the champions of the leagues with the 4 lowest UEFA coefficients play each other, and then move on to the second phase, which contains the 32 champions from leagues with coefficients between 17-49, as well as the two victors from the first phase. The information is available on Wikipedia in English here. In case you are interested, Tre Fiori (San Marino) face Rudar Pljevlja (Montenegro) and FC Santa Coloma (Andorran) go up against Birkirkara (Malta). See, I knew you cared.
Anyway, the next draws are up in the coming months after the first rounds are finished with the Playoff Round on August 6 and the Group Stage draw, where Barcelona get involved, comes around August 26. So look for more on who we can expect to play around that date.
-Finally, in case you missed it in all the World Cup hubbub, Barcelona Atletic were promoted to Segunda A and Isaiah had a nice write-up about it, go check it out.