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2011-12 Champions League group stage set

25 Aug

After a tediously boring draw earlier today, the Champions League groups are ready to go for another year of action. Group A ended up as the toughest draw with Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City and Napoli. Of course, Barcelona and Manchester United have one team in each of their groups that could pose a challenge.  The first group games are set for Sept. 13-14 and the complete schedule can be found here.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Lionel Messi won the first UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, which was announced after the draw to the surprise of approximately no one.

Group A
Bayern Munich (GER)
Villarreal (ESP)
Manchester City (ENG)
Napoli (ITA)

Group B
Inter (ITA)
CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Lille (FRA)
Trabsponzor (TUR)

Group C
Manchester United (ENG)
Benfica (POR)
Basel (SUI)
Otelui Galati (ROU)

Group D
Real Madrid (ESP)
Lyon (FRA)
Ajax (NED)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group E
Chelsea (ENG)
Valencia (ESP)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Genk (BEL)

Group F
Arsenal (ENG)
Marseille (FRA)
Olympiacos (GRE)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group G
Porto (POR)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
APOEL (CYP)

Group H
Barcelona (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA)
BATE (BLR)
Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

Random musings

10 Mar
  • I go out of town for a spell and while I’m gone, Liverpool decides to lose to Wigan?!  For the first time ever?! Bangs head on desk.  So long top four, it’s been swell.
  • Arsenal beat the crap out of Porto, 5-1, in the second leg of their Champions League tie to advance to the final eight.  Bayern also advanced after a late goal from Arjen Robben.
  • OMG, David Beckham is back in Manchester today!  Clearly, this fact is completely overwhelming the actual game between United and Milan today and as Kickette suggests, a shot for every time Becks is mentioned on tv. (Although I don’t recommend this, as it would likely end in alcohol poisoning.) 
  • In the other game today (yes, there is another one), Madrid is trying to avoid being bounced from the competition as they host Lyon. Lyon holds a slim 1-0 lead.
  • Why do all the U.S. World Cup tune-up games have to be on the east coast?  Can’t they play one of the games in Chicago?  Please?
  • Under 100 days til the World Cup starts.  The U.S. is in serious need of Miracle Max if they want the top squad to be healthy in time to be on the field in South Africa.  Otherwise, we’re looking at another embarassment.

Lyon, United win; two more games today

17 Feb

Lyon defeated Real Madrid, 1-0, and Manchester United claimed a 3-2 road win over AC Milan to kick off Champions League round of 16.  Lyon now faces the daunting task of taking on Real at home while clinging to a one goal lead.  Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney continued his stellar form in United’s win, notching two goals including the game-winner.  Milan tried to make it a game with a late Seedorf goal, but it was too little too late.

Today’s double is Bayern vs. Fiorentina and Porto vs. Arsenal.  Arsenal has been hard hit by injuries as five first teamers have been left in England.  The Gunners better beware Porto’s Hulk as he will see his first action since December due to a domestic ban.  Meanwhile, Bayern is on a 12-match winning streak, while Fiorentina hasn’t won since Jan. 10.

The only live TV broadcast of the day is the Porto/Arsenal match. If you want to cut yourself off from the world, you can watch the Bayern game on tape delay afterwards. If you want to see it live, you’ll have to venture off into the world wide web. If you want to shell out $9.95 for the game, you can watch it at UEFA.com.

TV Schedule
Porto vs. Arsenal – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Bayern vs. Fiorentina – 5 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Champions League 1st knockout round set

18 Dec

One of the most intriguing matchups is Chelsea playing against former manager Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan.  Defending champion Barcelona ended up with Stuttgart. In a change of format, four first leg games will be played Feb. 16 and 17 while the other four first leg contests will be Feb. 23 and 24. Second leg matches are March 9-10 and 16-17, respectively.

AC Milan vs. Manchester United
Lyon vs. Real Madrid
Bayern Munich vs. Fiorentina
Porto vs. Arsenal
Olympiacos vs. Bordeaux
Stuttgart vs. Barcelona
Inter Milan vs. Chelsea
CSKA Moskva vs. Sevilla

And since I’m a Liverpool fan and they are now in the Europa League, here’s the round of 32 draw for that competition. These fixtures are numbered because they are used to establish the draw for the round of 16. For example, if Liverpool wins at No. 9, they will play Lille or Fenerbahçe, the winner of No. 14.

1. FC Rubin Kazan vs. Hapoel Tel-Aviv
2. Athletic Club vs. RSC Anderlecht
3. FC København vs. Marseille
4. Panathinaikos vs. AS Roma
5. Atlético de Madrid vs. Galatasaray
6. Ajax vs. Juventus
7. Club Brugge vs. Valencia
8. Fulham vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
9. Liverpool vs. Unirea Urziceni
10. Hamburger vs. PSV Eindhoven
11. Villarreal vs. VfL Wolfsburg
12. R. Standard de Liège vs. Salzburg
13. FC Twente vs. Werder Bremen
14. LOSC Lille Métropole vs. Fenerbahçe
15. Everton vs. Sporting
16. Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Benfica

Crunch time in Champions League

8 Dec

The big clash today is between Bayern Munich and Juventus.  Bayern needs a win in Turin to advance, while a 0-0 draw is good enough to send Juve through to the next round.  In group C, Madrid and AC Milan hold the top spots, but that’s all up in the air if Marseille can beat Madrid.

Tuesday’s games
Juventus vs. Bayern – 2:15 p.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Maccabi Haifa vs. Bordeaux*
Beşiktaş vs. CSKA Moskva
Wolfsburg vs. Manchester United* – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Zurich vs. AC Milan – 9 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Marseille vs. Real Madrid – 7 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Chelsea* vs. APOEL
Atletico Madrido vs. Porto*
*indicates has already clinched spot in knockout stage

Four spots gone in the round of 16

4 Nov

Bordeaux, Manchester United, Chelsea and Porto all booked a place in the knockout stage yesterday.  United continued its lucky ways, netting a 3-3 draw with CSKA, thanks to an Antonio Valencia equaliser in injury time.  Sergio Aguero was the hero for Atletico, scoring in injury time to deny Chelsea a win and earn the home side a point. Bordeaux shocked Bayern with a 2-0 shutout win, while Porto scored a late goal to book their spot.

Tuesday’s Results
Beşiktaş 0
Wolfsburg 3 (Misimović 14, Gentner 80, Džeko 87)

Bayern 0
Bordeaux 2 (Gourcuff 37, Chamakh 90)

Maccabi Haifa 0
Juventus 1 (Camoranesi 45+ 2)

Manchester United 3 (Owen 29, Scholes 84, Valencia 90+ 2)
CSKA Moskva 3 (Dzagoev 25, Krasić 31, V. Berezutski 47)

AC Milan 1 (Ronaldinho 35-pen)
Real Madrid 1 (Benzema 29)

Marseille 6 (Aegerter 3-og, Abriel 11, Niang 51, Hilton 80, Cheyrou 87, Brandão 90)
Zurich 1 (Alphonse 31)

APOEL 0
Porto 1 (Falcao 84)

Atletico Madrid 2 (Agüero 66, 90+1)
Chelsea 2 (Drogba 82, 88)

Champions League Schedule – Matchday 4

3 Nov

The second half of the group stage gets underway today and several big clubs have work to do if they want any chance of advancing to the knockout stage.  In today’s games, Bayern Munich needs a win against Bordeaux, while the winner of the mouth-watering AC Milan/Real Madrid clash will be in the drivers seat in group C.  In Wednesday’s matches, Liverpool is desperate for a win at Lyon after only gaining three points from the first three fixtures.  Spanish powerhouse Barcelona has struggled in group F as three teams have four points going into Wednesday.  Barca was “upset” by Rubin last time out, while Inter has failed to establish the same form that has them atop Serie A.  Check out the complete standings here.

Tuesday, Nov. 3
APOEL vs. Porto
Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea – 2:30 pm ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Bayern vs. Bordeaux – 1 am ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Beşiktaş vs. Wolfsburg
Maccabi Haifa vs. Juventus – 10 am ET Wed./Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Manchester United vs. CSKA Moskva – 2:30 pm ET/Setanta (Live); 5 pm ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Marseille vs. Zurich
AC Milan vs. Real Madrid – 7 pm ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Rubin vs. Barcelona – 12:30 pm ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Arsenal vs. AZ – 2:30 pm ET/Setanta (Live); 5 pm ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Dynamo vs. Inter – 1 am ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Fiorentina vs. Debrecen
Lyon vs. Liverpool – 2:30 pm ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Sevilla vs. Stuttgart – 11 am ET Thurs./Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Standard vs. Olympiacos
Unirea Urziceni vs. Rangers