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The W - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - Champions League Draw: Group Stages
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dMr
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Since: 2.11.02
From: Edinburgh, Scotland

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.93
Have soccer threads made the permanent move from "Sports that aren't...." to "Football"?

Are there enough people here who care about the Champions League to make this thread worthwhile?

Will so many people express excitement about it that lotjx will tell us why it's bound to suck?

Let's find out!

GROUP A
Inter Milan
Werder Bremen
Tottenham Hotspur
FC Twente

GROUP B
Lyon
Benfica
Schalke
Hapoel Tel Aviv

GROUP C
Manchester United
Valencia
Rangers
Bursapor

GROUP D
FC Barcelona
Panathanaikos
FC Copenhagen
Rubin Kazan

GROUP E
Bayern Munich
AS Roma
FC Basel
CFR Cluj

GROUP F
Chelsea
Marseille
Spartak Moscow
MSK Zilna

GROUP G
AC Milan
Real Madrid
Ajax
Auxerre

GROUP H
Arsenal
Shakhtar Donetsk
SC Braga
FK Partisan

Well, my team (Rangers) are kinda fucked as far as getting in the top two goes, but hopefully Bursapor will be sufficiently sucky that we can get 3rd and drop into the Europa.

Group G is filled with nostalgic awesomeness, though it saddens my heart that Ajax just aren't able to compete with the leading teams in Europe like they could back when I was a lad.

Barca could put out their junior team and still walk their group. I don't see Rubin Kazan upsetting them two years running somehow.

Of the lower seeds, Schalke and Spartak probably stand the best chance of qualification. Spurs could spring an upset too, and Inter might find getting out of that group tougher than they'd like because Werder Bremen don't exactly suck.

Oh, and if one of the moderator types could hunt out the CL thread icon that would be appreciated. Apparently I'm too blind/stupid to see it. Cheers.
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Since: 7.11.02
From: Dallas, TX

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I think Groups A and B are the most interesting and agree with your sentiments about Group G. I certainly wouldn't cry any tears if Inter are relegated to the Europa League. Tottenham and Bremen are fun to watch, so I'd rather see them advance to the knockout stage.

I can't wait for the games to begin; I love me some Champion's League.
Cerebus
Knackwurst








Since: 17.11.02

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
    Originally posted by dMr
    Will so many people express excitement about it that lotjx will tell us why it's bound to suck?


Ok, that's funny.

I think Lyon has a good chance of making the finals this year, but my gut still roots for ManU.



Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
MoeGates
Andouille








Since: 6.1.02
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.18
Forget Barca, Arsenal got the luck of the draw. That should let them rest some of their senior team during the group stages. My pick for them to win the Prmiership is looking better and better.

Rangers aren't fucked at all. Remember, Valencia got decimated in the off-season, and even United is not the United of 3 years ago (well, I guess they are, just 3 years older and minus their best player).



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dMr
Andouille








Since: 2.11.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.93
    Originally posted by MoeGates
    Rangers aren't fucked at all. Remember, Valencia got decimated in the off-season, and even United is not the United of 3 years ago (well, I guess they are, just 3 years older and minus their best player).
I wish I shared your optimism, but I base my theory of our fucked-ness more on how dreadful we are than the state of the other teams.

We've only been able to spend money on two players in the last two and a half years, and one of those (Jelavic) can't play in the Champions League because Rapid Vienna beat Villa last night so he's cup tied.

Rangers, and Scottish football in general, are in a very sorry state right now. It's not the toughest group they could've had but if they finish 3rd I'd still be delighted.
JayJayDean
Scrapple








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Here's a "how they got there" breakdown of each group.

Group A

FC Internazionale Milano (ITA): Won 2009-10 Champions League and 2009-10 Serie A

SV Werder Bremen (GER): 3rd in 2009-10 Bundesliga
beat Sampdoria (ITA) 5-4 agg in non-Champions play-off round

Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG): 4th in 2009-10 Premier League
beat Young Boys (SUI) 6-3 agg in non-Champions play-off round

FC Twente (NED): Won 2009-10 Eredivisie


Group B

Olympique Lyonnais (FRA): 2nd in 2009-10 Ligue 1

SL Benfica (POR): Won 2009-10 Portuguese Liga

FC Schalke 04 (GER): 2nd in 2009-10 Bundesliga

Hapoel Tel Aviv FC (ISR): Won 2009-10 Israeli Premier League
beat Zeljeznicar (BIH) 6-0 in second qualifying round
beat Aktobe (KAZ) 3-2 agg in third qualifying round
beat Red Bull Salzburg (AUT) 4-3 agg in Champions playoff round

Group C

Manchester United FC (ENG): 2nd in 2009-10 Premier League

Rangers FC (SCO): Won 2009-10 Scottish Premier League

Valencia CF (ESP): 3rd in 2009-10 La Liga

Bursaspor (TUR): Won 2009-10 Super Lig

Group D

FC Barcelona (ESP): Won 2009-10 La Liga

Panathinaikos FC (GRE): Won 2009-10 Greek Super League

FC Copenhagen (DEN): Won 2009-10 Danish Superliga
beat BATE (BLR) 3-2 in third qualifying round
beat Rosenborg (NOR) on away goals in Champions playoff round

FC Rubin Kazan (RUS): Won 2009 Russian Premier League

Group E

FC Bayern Munich (GER): Won 2009-10 Bundesliga

AS Roma (ITA): 2nd in 2009-10 Serie A

FC Basel (SUI): Won 2009-10 Swiss Super League
beat beat Debrecen (HUN) 5-1 in third qualifying round
beat Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) 4-0 agg in Champions play-off round

CFR 1907 Cluj (ROM): Won 2009-10 Liga I

Group F

Chelsea FC (ENG): Won 2009-10 Premier League

Olympique de Marseille (FRA): Won 2009-10 Ligue 1

FC Spartak Moscow (RUS): 2nd in 2009 Russian Premier League

MSK Zilina (SVK): Won 2009-10 Slovak Superliga Top Division
beat Birkirkara (MLT) 3-1 agg in second qualifying round
beat Litex Lovech (BUL) 4-2 agg in third qualifying round
beat Sparta Prague (CZE) 3-0 agg in Champions play-off round

Group G

AC Milan (ITA): 3rd in 2009-10 Serie A

Real Madrid CF (ESP): 2nd in 2009-10 La Liga

AFC Ajax (NED): 2nd in 2009-10 Eredivisie
beat PAOK (GRE) on away goals in third qualifying round
beat Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 3-2 agg in non-Champions play-off round

AJ Auxerre (FRA): 3rd in 2009-10 Ligue 1
beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 agg in non-Champions play-off round

Group H

Arsenal FC (ENG): 3rd in 2009-10 Premier League

FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): Won 2009-10 Ukranian Premier League

SC Braga (POR): 2nd in 2009-10 Portuguese Liga
beat Celtic (SCO) 4-2 agg in third qualifying round
beat Sevilla (ESP) 5-3 agg in non-Champions play-off round

FK Partizan (SRB): Won 2009-10 Serbian SuperLiga
beat Pyunik (ARM) 4-1 agg in second qualifying round
beat HJK Helsinki (FIN) 5-1 agg in third qualifying round
beat Anderlecht (BEL) on penalties in Champions play-off round



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