Champions League Group Stage Draw

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will be held today at 12 noon EST. Here are the pots:

Pot 1 Club (Nation) Coefficent
1 FC Barcelona (ESP, holders) 121.853
2 Chelsea FC (ENG) 118.899
3 Liverpool FC (ENG) 118.899
4 Manchester United FC (ENG) 111.899
5 AC Milan (ITA) 110.996
6 Arsenal FC (ENG) 106.899
7 Sevilla FC (ESP) 100.853
8 FC Bayern München (GER) 98.339

Pot 2 Club (Nation) Coefficent
9 Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 91.033
10 FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) 87.582
11 Real Madrid CF (ESP) 78.853
12 PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) 71.525
13 FC Porto (POR) 68.292
14 AZ Alkmaar (NED) 64.826
15 Juventus (ITA) 63.582
16 Rangers FC (SCO) 56.575

Pot 3 Club (Nation) Coefficent
17 Olympiacos FC (GRE) 52.633
18 Olympique de Marseille (FRA) 48.033
19 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 46.370
20 VfB Stuttgart (GER) 45.339
21 ACF Fiorentina (ITA) 42.582
22 Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 41.853
23 FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) 40.033
24 Beşiktaş JK (TUR) 32.445

Pot 4 Club (Nation) Coefficent
25 VfL Wolfsburg (GER) 21.339
26 R. Standard de Liège (BEL) 21.065
27 Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR) 17.050
28 FC Zürich (SUI) 14.050
29 FC Rubin Kazan (RUS) 9.525
30 AFC Unirea Urziceni (ROU) 8.781
31 APOEL FC (CYP) 4.016
32 Debreceni VSC (HUN) 1.633

Remember that the rules prevent us from being drawn with anyone in Pot 1 as well as preventing us from facing anyone from our own league (Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla). We’re the number 1 seed in this tournament, which I suppose is worth some sort of bragging rights, but doesn’t really do anything for us in terms of opponents.

In my opinion, a group of death would be Inter, Marseille, and Wolfsburg, though if we had Inter and Stuttgart, we’d end up playing both Eto’o and Hleb twice apiece.

The easiest possible group would be AZ Alkmaar, Bordeaux, and Unirea Urziceni (argue for APOEL or Debreceni all you want, I sort of randomly chose Unirea based on their distinct lack of CL experience…experience that is mirrored by Debreceni, in fact, though Debreeceni has been in the qualifiers for a bit and I don’t know Unirea’s qualifier record). Whatever, it’s sort of a silly point anyway since they all have coefficients so small they’d make a hooker giggle.

Have your say in the comments; I’ll be updating this post during the draw itself.

Group A: Bayern Munich, Juventus, Bordeaux, Maccabi Haifa

Group B: Man United, CSKA, Besiktas, Wolfsburg

Group C: Milan, Real Madrid, Marseille, Zurich

Group D: Chelsea, Porto, Atleti, APOEL

Group E: Liverpool, Lyon, Fiorentina, Deberecen

Group F: Barcelona, Inter, Dynamo Kiev, Rubin

Group G: Sevilla, Rangers, Stuttgart, Unirea

Group H: Arsenal, Alkmaar, Olympiakos, Standard Liege

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126 Comments

  1. August 27, 2009

    Let Nike make us skating shoes. We are going to play at the pole twice. East Europe teams are always tough. One is hard to digest, two is an over doze.

    We will qualify, no doubt. But this is a physically demanding group. I would have preferred stronger teams but from England, France, Scotland, etc…

    Hopefully we either play the two eastern teams the away games at the beginning of the competition, while its still not too cold, or at the end of the group stage with a hope that at least one of the two games will be a friendly after guaranteeing qualification.

    I see winning against Inter back and forth as a vital objective.

    They sold Negredo and Robbin? Eh…

  2. eklavya
    August 27, 2009

    RUH ROH! looks like EE WILL win the CL (group “c”)
    haha 😀

  3. eklavya
    August 27, 2009

    I guess Kxevin got all his wishes….:D

    Well I guess this is the official byebye to Eto’o from Camp nou….and I swear if someone makes racist sounds when we’re playing them I swear I’ll go there and break his neck…..just saying….

  4. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    They’re losing their minds over at the EE Offside, for good reason. It doesn’t make much sense, unless they’re getting something right now like, in return.

    If we play our game, we’re the best club in the world. I’m not worried about anybody.

  5. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    eklavya, Corrine was the one wishing for Inter. I was wishing for the easiest group possible, and this ain’t it. Three tough squads, all champions, two necessitating travel way, way out, in the free-freakin-cold.

    But that’s how the dice fall, so let’s set ’em up and knock ’em down.

  6. August 27, 2009

    I am not worried either Kxevin. What I meant is the injury threat. Such kind of games like the ones on the ice are mot the most football friendly.

    Well now that I saw the Calander, We start against Inter in Italy and end it in Ukraine. If we win the first one, we will at least avoid struggling in the last one. As I think the other three teams will fight for points, it will not be an easy walk for inter by any means.

  7. eklavya
    August 27, 2009

    Yeah I know Kxevin, you didn’t want to face Etoo…I was being Ironic 🙂 heh

  8. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    True, Ramzi. The calendar also dashes my hopes for an Inter/Clasico week. Still, one week and two matches won’t be a bad thing. Come on, November!

  9. jordi
    August 27, 2009

    This is the best way to avoid complacency though.Our boys are always up for the big games. My loathing of Jose leads me to hope we stomp them twice.Guess he’ll be trying to rain on the mind games.Also hoping Ronnie brings the bernabeu to its knees again.

  10. August 27, 2009

    We need to see whom RM meet in before the Classico and where as well. A matter of curiousity!

  11. August 27, 2009

    they play FC Zürich in Madrid. It doesnt matter whom they play anyways, it will be early in the competition and they will need their best selection there. If the Swis did a surprise, they will hand us a dizzy opponent for the classico.

  12. August 27, 2009

    Come ON eklavya! 😀

  13. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    you’re right about the e.e offside, they’re uncharacteristically worried, they’re self-destructing before their first primera game…I love it!

  14. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    Yeeeeeeeesssssssssss! Inter and El Clasico in the same week! Time to get on the phone with Iberia, and start drinking caffeine now, to make sure I’m awake when tickets go for sale to socis on 2 September.

  15. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    oh and about our group. This is a serious group, and although it’s a disadvantage to have to play in eastern europe twice we do have the advantage of having to be on the right mindset from the get go.

  16. Jnice
    August 27, 2009

    Ibra and Yaya bonding:

    //http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090827/capt.b900da729e7643b28148bc685d1b382f.monaco_soccer_uefa__supercup_mf122.jpg

    Wow Kevin, Inter and Clasico in the same week? I dislike you. Immensely.

  17. ElShowDeJason
    August 27, 2009

    Kxevin, while it is probably(definitely) awesome for you to watch both games live, remember that for Our team, it means having to play two INTENSE games back to back.

    (btw… this comment is more jealousy than anything else!)

  18. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    Not even sure I’ll be able to get tix yet, so don’t hate me yet. Or I might not be able to get vacation time, though I would lay on the floor of my office and kick my feet, and cry. A lot. Until I turned blue. Not that anyone could tell, seeing as how I’m so dark. But still….

    If I could swing it, that would top last year’s Valencia/Shakhtar combo platter, by about a country mile.

  19. August 27, 2009

    This is a very tough group. FCB have to try to get four points off Inter and nine off the other two teams if we want the first seed (which is crucial). None of which will be easy — Eto’o loves sticking it to old teams (remember how fired up he was every time he played Real?) and Russia/Ukraine are hard places to go to.

    Sevilla and Arse got bloody lucky.

    Kxevin, I think you asked earlier if the winner of our group plays the runner up of the Liverpool/Lyon group. It doesn’t work that way (unless they changed the system this year). Two teams go through from each group, and then there’s another draw for which the rules are: all group no.1s play group no.2s from another group; can’t play team from same country; and can’t play team from same group as first stage.

    Man, I love European football. Nothing like it.

  20. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    Thanks, Ahsan. UEFA rules vex me mightily.

  21. August 27, 2009

    Here’s the whole list:

    Group A
    FC Bayern München (GER)
    Juventus (ITA)
    FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)
    Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR)

    Group B
    Manchester United FC (ENG)
    PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
    Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
    VfL Wolfsburg (GER)

    Group C
    AC Milan (ITA)
    Real Madrid CF (ESP)
    Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
    FC Zürich (SUI)

    Group D
    Chelsea FC (ENG)
    FC Porto (POR)
    Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
    APOEL FC (CYP)

    Group E
    Liverpool FC (ENG)
    Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
    ACF Fiorentina (ITA)
    Debreceni VSC (HUN)

    Group F
    FC Barcelona (ESP)
    FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
    FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
    FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)

    Group G
    Sevilla FC (ESP)
    Rangers FC (SCO)
    VfB Stuttgart (GER)
    AFC Unirea Urziceni (ROU)

    Group H
    Arsenal FC (ENG)
    AZ Alkmaar (NED)
    Olympiacos FC (GRE)
    R. Standard de Liège (BEL)

    Group I
    Kxevin
    Kxevin’s wife
    Lucky Barcelona Football Blog Reader
    Other LBFBR who scores Kxev’s extra tickets

  22. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    I’m rooting for Group I (for Isaiah).

  23. Thelonious
    August 27, 2009

    WHOA!?? BORDEAUX ARE WORSE THAN BESIKTAS? WHAT????????????????????????????????????? DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO FRANCE AT ALL????????????

  24. OhYes
    August 27, 2009

    Lol! Thelonious.. calm down. 😛

  25. Luna
    August 28, 2009

    Wow the production on the draw and awards was really bad and Pulgita looked like-“can I get off stage now?” Honestly, that’s 2 huge games back to back. I hope injuries will not be an issue

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