Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

UEFA: English clubs involved in glamour European ties

Posted in European Football, UK Football by peterbein on December 16, 2011

UEFA logoFollowing today’s draws in the European club competitions one can’t help but feel that there could’ve been some tastier matches upon the horizon going into the knockout rounds of each competition. Nonetheless the teams that do remain in each tournament will have their eyes firmly focused on the big prize.

In the UEFA Champions League the tie of the round appears to be that between seven-time European champions AC Milan and English side Arsenal FC. The former, following a couple of lean years since they won their most recent Champions League title in 2007, are hoping to show Europe that they mean business once again. Arsenal, however, have gradually built up confidence and consistency since a terrible beginning to the current campaign and these sides look more evenly matched than in recent years. Amongst the other games there is a big welcome to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia who, having topped their group, will meet French side Olympique Lyonnais in the next round and SSC Napoli whose maiden Champions League campaign will continue with an interesting tie against Chelsea FC. Defending European champions FC Barcelona have been given a fairly easy tie on paper, due to go up against German vice champions Bayer 04 Leverkusen.


Lyon v APOEL Nicosia

Napoli SSC v Chelsea FC

AC Milan v Arsenal

FC Basel v FC Bayern

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Barcelona

CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid

Zenit Saint Petersburg v SL Benfica

Olympique Marseille v Internazionale

In the UEFA Europa League the English clubs have been given some fascinating ties. Manchester United, who will now play for the only trophy yet to be won by Sir Alex Ferguson in his wonderful career, begin their quest with a tie against four-time European champions Ajax Amsterdam. Manchester City, fresh from elimination from arguably the toughest Champions League group against SSC Napoli, FC Bayern and Villarreal CF, will meet defending Europa League title holders FC Porto. Stoke City, for whom this is a first European campaign since 1974, play 2004 UEFA Cup winners Valencia CF. Amongst the other ties 2010 Europa League winners Atletico de Madrid plays against the last ever Cup Winners Cup champion SS Lazio and last season’s defeated finalists Sporting Braga continue their Europa League odyssey with a tough encounter against Turkish side Besiktas.


FC Porto v Manchester City

Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United

Lokomotiv Moscow v Athletic Bilbao

Red Bull Salzburg v Metalist Kharkiv

Stoke City v Valencia CF

Rubin Kazan v Olympiakos

AZ Alkmaar v RSC Anderlecht

SS Lazio v Atletico de Madrid

Steaua Bucharest v FC Twente Enschede

Viktoria Plzen v Schalke 04

Wisla Krakow v Standard Liege

Sporting Braga v Besiktas

Udinese Calcio v PAOK Thessaloniki

Trabzonspor v PSV Eindhoven

Hannover 96 v Club Brugge

Legia Warszawa v Sporting Lisbon

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