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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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater Philadelphia area.

126 comments

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

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    INTER VS BARCA
    I WANTED IT AND IT HAPPENED

  4. 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 😀 .

  5. 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) .

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

    Premature group of death pronouncement: Chelsea, Porto, Atleti

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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