17 December, 2010

European Cup Last 16 Draw - GO COPENHAGEN

To have any chance: Arsenal must curb Lionel Messi (left)

The draw for the Last 16 of the 2010-'11 UEFA Champions League has been made this morning. "Tie of the Round" must be Arsenal v FC Barcelona (Champions in 1992 & 2009). Arsenal faced the Catalans at the same stage last season and were well beaten 6-3 (2-2 at home and 4-1 in Camp Nou) on aggregate.
København celebrate reaching the Champions League Last 16 (right):
They are the smallest club ever to reach the knock-out stages:
Wishing them the best of luck against Europe's Superpowers

I personally hope that FC København (Copenhagen) can overturn Chelsea - as unlikely as that is. Of course, the fact that the Danish Champions are on their winter break until March means that their task is of course made much, much more difficult. With sides as small as FC København in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, means there must surely be hope for Irish clubs in Europe. Here's hoping the Danes don't get hammered.

2010 - 2011 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Last 16 Draw:

UEFA Europa League Draw also made today:

The road to the Aviva Stadium, Dublin and the Europa League Final 2011 is now becoming clear.

Teams mentioned first play at home in the opening legs.
Round of 32 draw
SSC Napoli (ITA) v Villarreal CF (ESP)
Rangers FC (SCO) v Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v Liverpool FC (ENG)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) v AFC Ajax (NED)
KKS Lech Poznań (POL) v SC Braga (POR)
Beşiktaş JK (TUR) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) v FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE) v Manchester City FC (ENG)*
Sevilla FC (ESP) v FC Porto (POR)**
FC Rubin Kazan (RUS) v FC Twente (NED)
LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)
SL Benfica (POR) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) v Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
* first leg scheduled for Tuesday 15 February
** second leg scheduled for Tuesday 22 February
Round of 16 draw
Benfica/Stuttgart v BATE/PSG
Beşiktaş/Dynamo Kyiv v Aris/Manchester City
Rubin/Twente v Young Boys/Zenit
PAOK/CKSA Mokva v Sevilla/Porto
Lille/PSV v Rangers/Sporting
Metalist/Leverkusen v Napoli/Villarreal
Anderlecht/Ajax v Basel/Spartak Moskva
Sparta Praha/Liverpool v Lech/Braga

Hopefully we'll see a full house for the European Showcase at the Aviva:
UEFA Europa League Final:
Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland;
18th May 2011

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