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Massimo2010-05-05 07:20:08 +0000 #1
The draw takes place on Thursday, at 16:00CET in Monaco.

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Massimo2010-05-05 07:29:32 +0000 #2
UEFA unveils draw procedure

Wednesday, 24 August 2005

UEFA has confirmed the draw procedure for the group stage of the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League, which will take place at 16.00CET on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

Coefficient ranking

The 32 teams will be placed in four pots in accordance with their UEFA coefficient ranking. Pot 1 will comprise the eight top-ranked clubs, Pot 2 the next eight and so on for Pots 3 and 4. The sides are therefore divided into eight groups of four, with clubs from the same country kept apart - except for holders Liverpool FC, who are without country protection after UEFA granted them special dispensation to defend the trophy, meaning they could be drawn in the same section as English champions Chelsea FC.

Teams paired

Each team will play three matches on Tuesday and three on Wednesday. If two sides from the same association qualify, they will be paired to split their matches between Tuesday and Wednesday, so one club will always play at home on one day and the other will play away on the other day. In the case of associations with three representatives, only two teams will be paired in terms of their fixtures; in the case of associations with four representatives, two pairings will be made.

Colour codings

To ensure that sides from the same country play on separate days, the eight groups will be distinguished by colour: Groups A-D will be red and Groups E-H blue. When a paired club is drawn, for example, into one of the red groups, the other paired club – once it has been drawn – will automatically be assigned to one of the four blue groups.

Positions confirmed

Teams from Pot 1 will be provisionally placed in the first position within their groups, teams from Pot 2 will provisionally take the second spot in their sections, and so on. Once the draw procedure has been completed, a computer draw will determine the final position of the sides within their group. These positions within the group will then determine the order of the home and away matches.
nismo2010-05-05 08:05:02 +0000 #3
I think we'll be one of the seeded teams after our performances over the last couple of seasons. I hope we draw Liverpool, I would really want us the whip the euro champs
devious2010-05-05 08:10:23 +0000 #4
lol.. me too, but let`s not underrate Liverpool in the CL, maybe they suck in the EPL, but we all saw what they did to the English teams in the CL, so Liverpool in the CL is something else, I wouldnt like to be with them realy, I dont want anymore surprises.. I would prefere a challanging group.. Chealse, PSV and Lyon for example

If we won those 3 teams I belive the road to the final is warranted!
Massimo2010-05-05 09:12:15 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by nismo

I think we'll be one of the seeded teams after our performances over the last couple of seasons. I hope we draw Liverpool, I would really want us the whip the euro champs

Last season it was Porto (CL champions at the time) who got eliminated by us...We're already getting used to it nismo..

Anyway, here is the list of our possible opponents:


Thursday, 25 August 2005 01:10:16

MILAN - The following thirty-two teams go into the hat for the 2005/06 Champions League group stage draw which takes place at 16:00CET on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in Montecarlo:

16 direct qualifiers: Bayern Munich (Ger), Schalke 04 (Ger), Chelsea (Eng), Arsenal (Eng), Barcelona (Spa), Real Madrid (Spa), Lyon (Fra), Lille (Fra), Olympiakos (Gre), Juventus (Ita), AC Milan (Ita), PSV Eindhoven (Hol), Benfica (Por), Porto (Por), Sparta Prague (Cze), Fenerbahce (Tur).

16 qualifiers from third qualifying round: Rapid Vienna (Aus), Artmedia Bratislava (Svk), Thun (Swi), Betis Seville (Spa), Udinese (Ita), Rosenborg (Nor) Panathinaikos (Gre), Liverpool (Eng), Rangers (Sco), Anderlecht (Bel), Manchester United (Eng), Ajax (Hol), Werder Bremen (Ger), Inter (Ita), Bruges (Bel), Villarreal (Spa).
Massimo2010-05-05 08:17:08 +0000 #6
Inter are in pool 1 and will therefore avoid some of the biggest names football in the group stage.

Pool 1

FC Internazionale

AC Milan


Real Madrid

Manchester United

Bayern Munich



Pool 2



Lyon PSV Eindhoven





Pool 3


Schalke 04

Werder Bremen



Sparta Prague



Pool 4


Betis Seville


Rapid Vienna




doz2010-05-05 08:42:27 +0000 #7
Our group will consist of Porto, Rangers and Artmedia Bratislava which i think is a draw that most Inter fans would have welcomed with open arms before the draw was made. Personally i'm very pleased with this group and it is certainly one which we are more than capable of winning.
devious2010-05-05 09:57:00 +0000 #8
yes endeed.. I can say Inter and Milan are free to go , Juve have a tough group, IMO the deadliest group is Liverpool and Chelsea`s one.



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