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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  1. August 27, 2009

    According to, it starts at 18:00CET, which is 12noon Eastern Standard time…aka 4 minutes ago. No activity so far on their webcast, though. I can’t stream video here, so I can’t tell you what exactly is happening.

  2. August 27, 2009

    Also I still call bullshit on England having 4 teams in the first pot. Such nonsense. Arsenal finished 4th, right? Coefficients are dumb.

  3. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    you guys posted us in Group F extremely fast.

  4. August 27, 2009

    I can’t actually see what’s going on here, so I have no idea why this is taking so long to get to the second pot.

  5. Corrine
    August 27, 2009

    damnit i wanted liverpool to get real madrid so badly lol

  6. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    Pique and VV have both lost to english players…booo

  7. Corrine
    August 27, 2009



  8. August 27, 2009

    You just knew that was going to happen. But how did Real Madrid – ManU not happen?

  9. August 27, 2009

    Well, its Kaka’s welcome back party for them.

    It’s Ibra’s and Eto’s for us.

    Boy oh boy. That was way too good to pass up, right? It HAD to happen 😀 .

  10. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    AC Milan will demolish R.Madrid, just like Juventus last year.

  11. August 27, 2009

    WOW. They have Judas presenting the best midfielder award to Xavi.

    Fuck you Figo!

    (one of the few things I am totally irrational about BTW) .

  12. August 27, 2009

    Dynamo Kiev is our third, along with the ghost of Lobanovski, no doubt.

  13. August 27, 2009

    Arsenal are assured of passage at this point: Alkmaar and Olympiakos.

    Premature group of death pronouncement: Chelsea, Porto, Atleti

  14. August 27, 2009

    I’m expecting Wolfsburg just to make this a really hard group for us…

  15. UAI
    August 27, 2009

    I’d love it if Ronnie shows Kaka and EE a thing or two…

    Isaiah, I’m not sure why you’re surprised about the english teams. They’ve been dominating the last 4 in the CL for the past few years, so the league coefficient is high for english teams. Arsenal made the final in 2006 , and last year they were in the last 4 (there was a bad year in there somewhere though). They earned themselves quite a few points. They certainly have been doing better in the CL than Inter or Madrid, so I don’t see why they would be replaced by an italian or spanish club

    … I’m no expert on the coefficients, maybe I’m wrong about how they’re calculated?

  16. jordi
    August 27, 2009

    This is a good group.Just we have to travel far.

  17. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    two teams in the way east…that sucks.

  18. August 27, 2009

    You’re probably right UAI, but that doesn’t dent my dislike of English teams…

  19. Corrine
    August 27, 2009

    pleased with the outcome but i can’t believe JT won defender

  20. August 27, 2009

    I can’t stand John Terry. I don’t know why, but I feel irrational hatred towards him on several levels. I mean, maybe he’s a great guy, but he looks like the biggest prick in history.

  21. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    n.a.d.s.? they couldn’t pick a better name for a disabled person’s foundation?

  22. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    maybe the cockneye accent. that does it for me.

  23. Eduard
    August 27, 2009

    alright Messi. Can’t wait for tomorrow

  24. Museum
    August 27, 2009

    don’t forget Terry came into our locker room to congratulate us after the match at Stamford Bridge last May. so he’s got some class. but i’m not a big fan either.

  25. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    So it’s us, Inter, Dynamo Kiev and….who? Who the hell is Rubin?

    And for you socis planning those vacations, match tix go on sale at 10 a.m. BCN time on Sept. 2. Yes, I’ll be getting Clasico tix. 😀 Unless I fall asleep as I did last year, then I won’t be. And I won’t be happy, either.

  26. August 27, 2009

    Congrats to Leo.

    Looks like we got some extra traveling in our schedule. Who knows? We might even see some snow games. Inter should provide us with a great opportunity to test out our new bus breaking tactics. Hopefully we play them before Cuchu comes back from injury.

    This is a great chance to give Samu the standing ovation at the Camp Nou that he deserves. Also, the ol’ Mourinho rivalry is back. His Chelsea teams always gave us a run at our money.

    BTW Didn’t Xavi look just plain SUAVE out there. Humphrey Bogart indeed. “Tócala otra vez, Sam”

  27. BA
    August 27, 2009

    Arjen Robben to Bayern Munich for 25m, according to Sid Lowe. dunno if that’s been reported yet.

  28. August 27, 2009

    BTW How do you think the Man U and Chelsea players felt with all the re-runs of the Iniestazo at the Bridge and the Messi goal at the Final?

    Awesome 🙂 .

  29. Museum
    August 27, 2009

    Rubin won the Russian league last year, and are currently leading the league after 20 games or so. It’s a tough, tough draw. Probably the toughest group, without going back for a closer look at the others.

  30. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    If I had to handicap, Arsenal gets the easiest group. Sevilla is also looking golden. Gp E is tough, as is C and D. United gets to cruise into the group stages, and Bayern should, as well.

    Inter. HA! You knew it had to happen. You just knew it. We know how to play their guy, they only think they know how to play our guy. Can’t wait. Might have to hold off on those vacation plans. I’ll want to be at Camp Nou for that leg, for sure.

  31. Flippy
    August 27, 2009

    This is probably one of the hardest groups we could of gotten. Rubin won the Russian PL last year by a large margin. Dynamo is also a difficult team, who are Ukraine champions. Inter is going to be difficult, but we’re the defending champions and it’s time to show the world why.

    Also, Madrid’s group is difficult, but Man Utd’s is easy.

  32. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    i definitely think those two eastern teams were the most underrated teams of that group. guardiola doesn’t underestimate anyone so that shouldn’t be an issue. he’ll do his homework. the jet lag & the climate are issues for me.

  33. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    My sincerest hope is that it breaks so that Inter comes to us on match day 5 (Nov. 24/25), so that I could be in a Camp Nou seat to boo Inter until I vomited, then do the Clasico.

    Museum, I just found that out. Thanks for that. It is looking like a tough group. I still think we qualify, though I do wish that it were easier. I’d kill for Arsenal’s group.

  34. August 27, 2009

    Its just like the old days. We are in the only group that truly lives up to the Champions League name. Its the only one composed only of league champions.

    The Champions of Spain, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine. All in one group. Four enter but only two leave…lets get it on!

  35. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    boo until you vomit? fuck yeah! that’s how i party!

    arsenal has the easiest ride, hands down.

    i definitely think samu should get a standing ovation @ camp nou. good call.

  36. Museum
    August 27, 2009

    I totally thought we were getting Wolfsburg. But yeah, Rubin Kazan isn’t great either. Very jealous you’re headed over there, it’s been far too long for me.

  37. Museum
    August 27, 2009

    I sincerely hope we get to beat Chelsea again too.

    Tears of whiny Chelsea fans = better than sex

  38. Flippy
    August 27, 2009

    damn Kxevin that would be awesome. An Inter game and a clasico during Thanksgiving!

  39. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    So….anyhow….conspiracy theorists will suggest that the ticket sales spike due to the homecomings of Eto’o and Kaka were too good to pass up, so those draws had to happen, right? 😀

    Eto’o might get a standing ovation, but it won’t be from me. I would have for his last match in the colors, but the next time he’s in the Camp Nou, he’ll be wearing the colors of the enemy. To hell with that.

  40. lovelymofo
    August 27, 2009

    Lowly Barça? Hee. I do hope we meet again, so Pep’s metal heads can have at Chelsea, while BANGS karate-kicks the goals in.

  41. Cesc Pistol
    August 27, 2009

    If you ever had any doubt, this should prove it once and for all. The draw is rigged.

    Rubin are Russian champs. Not easy by any measure. I hate that we got Inter and hate that we got 2 teams so far away. Oh well. Qualifying shouldn’t be too tough though.

    Figo retired at the right time. Will we boo Eto’o or welcome him?

    I used to really love the guy, I don’t hate him but I feel nothing for him now. I’m completely indifferent to him. As it is he left with a bitter taste in the mouth, if he scores against us I’ll positively hate him. And you know he will. You just know.

  42. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    I know, Flippy, I know….which is why it won’t happen, right? It would indeed be too good to be true. 😀

    lovelymofo, rise above. Just rise above. The tournament will play itself out, and we’ll see what happens.

  43. Helge
    August 27, 2009

    Well, we could have gotten an easier group, but we also would be in a lot more trouble if we got Fiorentina from pot 3 and Wolfsburg from pot 4. (I didn’t see the other groups yet, I missed the drawing and will watch the re-live in some hours).

    So I’m still excited to see how much RMs chances of advancing to the k.o. round are 😀

  44. jordi
    August 27, 2009

    @ Chelsea, come back when you get some history.

  45. Helge
    August 27, 2009

    Oh, and facing Inter… that’s gotta be fate!

  46. Museum
    August 27, 2009

    I honestly hate Chelsea just about as much as Madrid at this point. I really just can’t stand them. Anyone else relate?

  47. jordi
    August 27, 2009

    Going to eastern europe in the winter is never fun.Last two times we won the cl we got a tough group the next year.Coincidence? Never mind that though, WE”RE THE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE.

  48. August 27, 2009

    Samu deserves tribute for what he gave us. Give him a standing ovation before the game starts and after that, game on. Also, you have to wonder how Ibra will be received at Milan. I have the idea that Italian ultras are a wee bit more hardcore about these things than us.

  49. Helge
    August 27, 2009

    Wow, Rubin Kazan…

    3725km == That will be a new record for our team, the longest distance in the European CL ever travelled!

  50. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    we wouldn’t have been able to play fiore because we had already gotten inter. vflvolkswagen definitely had me scuuuured.

  51. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    And of course, I’m liking our life should we win the group. I believe we get matchups out of Group E? Look for Liverpool and Lyon to come out ot there, with Liverpool as group winner.

  52. JeffP
    August 27, 2009

    Seriously, Chelsea? I think Chelsea is a good team that will win the EPL. But they can’t ‘kill’ any team in which they play with 10 men behind the ball. Not that I blame that tactic. ManU decided to play Barca straight up and, er, we all know how that turned out.

  53. August 27, 2009

    Wolfsburg are tough mofos. CSKA and Beskitas are gonna have it tough to qualify.

  54. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    Hector, I wish that I were that big of a man, but I’m not. The enemy is the enemy.

    Man, how I wish we could have Chygnasty for the CL. He’d come in handy. I’m still confident. We’re the best in our group. It isn’t the stroll in the park I was hoping for, but remember: to beat us, you have to have the ball. And our style of play removes the opponent from the picture as effectively as any club I have seen play in a long, long time.

    If we play as we’re supposed to, we win.

  55. August 27, 2009

    Damn, Kevin. That’s right. Look for a much stronger Lyon side. They invested FloFlo Dollaz style in the summer and looked stacked offensively. Watch out for Bastos and my boy, Licha Lopez. The Argentine is a grade A badass and exactly the sort of striker that gives us fits.

  56. August 27, 2009

    Chygnasty would have come in handy against Kiev. Those are Shaktar’s rivals and he knows them well. At the very least you would think he can give us a really nice scouting report, right?

  57. drew
    August 27, 2009

    as soon as i seen a former EE player doing the shuffle, i knew we were getting inter

  58. Cesc Pistol
    August 27, 2009

    BTW “I mean, maybe he’s a great guy, but he looks like the biggest prick in history.”

    He’s not a great guy. Most older (read: before oil money) Chelsea fans will admit he’s a total asshole that has no respect for fans. it’s only an act what he’s done in the last 2 years. He is, infact, the biggest prick.

  59. Cesc Pistol
    August 27, 2009

    PS Sending some love to you Hector for that FloFlo comment. Atleast someone follows Europe well 😀

  60. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    listo lopez is the shit…come on you gotta be in order to pull off that v for vendetta beard he’s got going on.

  61. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    Lyon supporters are already saying “Benzema who?” Between Lisandro and Gomis, scoring goals doesn’t appear to be a problem for them. And yes, they lost free kick wonders with Juninho, but they gained pace and fluency with his absence.

    But the big issue with Lyon is still the defense. Wide teams will give them a hard time. They still miss Abidal. And can Liverpool continue its slide? They’re stinking out the pitch so far.

  62. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    they got free kicks w/bastos though so pernembucao isn’t that much of a loss for them. hopefully grosso staying helps them out in the defense department. they didn’t get worse…come to think of it they got that cissokho dude from porto too right?

  63. August 27, 2009

    Lets see, Argy players I have a man crush on: Messi, Mascherano, Tévez, and Licha Lopez. That’s it. If Riquelme weren’t such a diva he’d be on the list too but he was dropped since he quit the NT 🙁 . Kun and Pastore are working on breaking into the list as well but not quite there just yet. Lopez just has swagger and intelligence. He is one dangerous dude.

    They’ve got Aly Cissoko now as well but he is much more offensive than Abidal and is still raw in the positional intelligence requirement. Park shut him down when Porto played Man U the second time.

  64. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    de federico from huracan has a buzz around him…hopefully he’ll make a come up. don’t watch argie football as much as i should.

  65. August 27, 2009

    OMG! I can’t stop laughing! 😀

    Guess who RM gets to face when they play Marseille? No, not Hatem Ben Arfa, not Cissé, not Lucho Gonzáles, not their ex players Morientes and Heinze, no… none other than my personal most hated player EVER even though we only played against him once. Who?

    Our old thuggish friend, Brandao, formerly Chygnasty’s teammate at Shaktar. Anybody else remember his tricks?

    BTW Marseille looks dangerous now that I look at their roster.

  66. yogi
    August 27, 2009

    we have a very tough group. its going to be really fun to watch. wish we could have avoided the travelling though.

  67. August 27, 2009

    Txikidracula- Matías de Federico is good…very good but still raw. Excellent speed and dribbling but still has quite a bit of seasoning to do. New Messi? Nah but still a European top club team starter if he develops correctly. His buddy at Huracán last season, Pastore, to me is a much more promising prospect. The closest thing to Riquelme I’ve seen in a while with a little Kaka style directness and Ronaldinho type tricks mixed in. I hope he explodes at Palermo because he is Ready. That team with Cappa as coach was brilliant to watch last season. Too bad they lost their Batman and Robin duo.

  68. OhYes
    August 27, 2009

    Group D: Chelsea, Porto, Atleti, APOEL

    That’s a very tough group.

    Barca got a tough one as well. 4 champions! 😀 Time to prove ourselves yet again.

    It’s also interesting to note that our very own Ibra is supposed to be an under performer in CL matches. Wouldn’t it be nice if he disproved that against his very own team by scoring goals using his famed ninja skills?

    Also, it is going to be interesting if Eto’o or Ibra (whoever makes the return first) scores a goal..or two? or three! How much pressure would that place on the second game against Inter.

    UNFORTUNATELY..if you thought the horse was dead enough after however many nukes people have dropped on it..GET READY FOR MORE. Good god I’m probably going to avoid this blog like the plague for 3 months so I can avoid most of that bad storm. “BUT ETO’O SCORED ON HIS RETURN AND IBRA DIDN’T!!!” GAHHHH even thinking about it makes me go crazy.

  69. khairallah
    August 27, 2009

    Ahh finally, Etoó’s inclination to frequently miss sitters might end up to do us good after all 😀 (Hope this doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass.)
    Hopefully by then, Ibra could show Mourinho what he could do with a squad that can. Also, having no creative midfield to speak of, in Mourinho’s words, hopefully The YAYA can isolate their front 2 from the rest who are busy with the 2 greats in mid.

  70. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009

    i watch a lot of football from brazil & the dude that does remind me of kaka is hernanes. he even has the jesus freak t-shirts to prove it. i think he would have made a great stand in for xavi had it not been for dos santos & thiago to come on to the scene. watch his assist vs. fluminense last week.

  71. August 27, 2009

    This isn’t the same Mourinho system that we know and love/hate from the old clashes. Mancini and Quaresma are <<<< Duff and Robben. Without good wingers, he can't run his trademark 4-3-3. We know how Samu works but he also know us. Considering we always play the ball out from the back. We have to be EXTRA careful with Samu's mad man like pressure. Both coaches will get first hand scouting reports. It should be good.

  72. OhYes
    August 27, 2009

    Good point, Hector.. at the same time, the Barca defenders, if they are: Abidal, Puyi, Pique, and Alves, know a lot about how Eto’o works.. That can work in our favor.

  73. txikidracula
    August 27, 2009


    around 1:25. what’s really scary is that he’s just as good w/his left foot as he is his right. sneijder meets kaka meets xavi…imo. barca didn’t try to go for him before hleb last year for no reason.

  74. 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…

  75. eklavya
    August 27, 2009

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

  76. 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….

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. eklavya
    August 27, 2009

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

  81. 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!

  82. 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.

  83. August 27, 2009

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

  84. 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.

  85. 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!

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. Jnice
    August 27, 2009

    Ibra and Yaya bonding:


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

  89. 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!)

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

    Thanks, Ahsan. UEFA rules vex me mightily.

  93. 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)

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

  94. Kxevin
    August 27, 2009

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

  95. Thelonious
    August 27, 2009

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

  96. 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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