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UEFA: 2011-12 Champions League group stage draw

Posted in European Football by peterbein on August 25, 2011

UEFA Champions League trophyThe draw for the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League has taken place amid some controversy in Monaco this afternoon. Less than 24 hours after Turkish champions Fenerbahçe were forced to withdraw from the competition by the Turkish Football Federation, the inclusion of Turkish League runners up Trabzonspor in the draw raised some eyebrows. After all Trabzonspor, who were knocked out of the Champions League 2nd qualifying round by SL Benfica, are also involved in the same match-fixing allegations that have beset Fenerbahçe. Alas, UEFA saw fit to include Trabzonspor in the group stage draw at such short notice and the Black Sea port team have been rewarded by being placed in Group B alongside 2009-10 European champions Internazionale, French champions Lille OSC  and Russian side CSKA Moscow.

Outside of the controversy the group stage draw has thrown together some wonderful pairings. The tie of the round should come in Group H where, in a repeat of the 1994 Champions League final, defending European champions FC Barcelona will face off against Italian champions AC Milan. There will be another repeat of a classic European Cup final in Group D where 1968 finalists Manchester United and SL Benfica will feature. Real Madrid will once again meet recent adversaries Olympique Lyonnais who they have met in the last two seasons in this competition while a meeting in Group G between Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg and their Ukrainian counterparts Shakhtar Donetsk will spice things up in Eastern Europe. Former Valencia star Juan Mata will be going back to his former club as his new side Chelsea FC were paired with the two-time Champions League finalists in group E.

Here is the full draw for the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League group stage:

GROUP A: Bayern München; Villarreal CF; Manchester City; SSC Napoli

GROUP B: Internazionale; CSKA Moscow; Lille OSC; Trabzonspor

GROUP C: Manchester United; SL Benfica; FC Basel 1893; Oţelul Galaţi

GROUP D: Real Madrid; Olympique Lyonnais; Ajax Amsterdam; Dinamo Zagreb

GROUP E: Chelsea FC; Valencia CF; Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Racing Genk

GROUP F: Arsenal FC; Olympique de Marseille; Olympiakos; Borussia Dortmund

GROUP G: FC Porto; Shakhtar Donetsk; Zenit St Petersburg; APOEL Nicosia

GROUP H: FC Barcelona; AC Milan; BATE Borisov; Viktoria Plzeň

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  1. Piss flaps polls said, on August 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Trabzonspor out Skonto in!!!!


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