Champions League & Europa League draws as they happened
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAW Inter Milan v CHELSEA Lyon v Real Madrid AC Milan v MANCHESTER UNITED Olympiakos v Bordeaux FC Porto v ARSENAL CSKA Moscow v Sevilla Stuttgart v Barcelona Bayern Munich v Fiorentina First legs to be played 16/17 or 23/24 Feb, second legs 9/10 or 16/16 March
EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 32 DRAW Rubin Kazan v Hapoel Tel-Aviv Athletic Bilbao v Anderlecht FC Copenhagen v Marseille Panathinaikos v Roma Atletico Madrid v Galatasaray Ajax v Juventus Club Bruges v Valencia FULHAM v Shakhtar Donetsk LIVERPOOL v Unirea Urziceni Hamburg v PSV Eindhoven Villarreal v VfL Wolfsburg Standard Liege v Red Bull Salzburg FC Twente v Werder Bremen Lille v Fenerbahce EVERTON v Sporting Lisbon Hertha Berlin v Benfica Ties to be played 18/25 February
EUROPA LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAW Hamburg/PSV v Athletic Bilbao/Anderlecht Rubin Kazan/Hapoel Tel Aviv v Villarreal/Wolfsburg Atletico Madrid/Galatasaray v EVERTON/Sp Lisbon Hertha Berlin/Benfica v FC Copenhagen/Marseille Panathinaikos/Roma v Standard Liege/Salzburg Lille/Fenerbahce v LIVERPOOL/Unirea Ajax/Juventus v Fulham/Shakhtar Donetsk Club Bruges/Valencia v FC Twente/Werder Bremen Ties to be played 11/18 March
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By Caroline Cheese
1258: OK, you can head off for your long lunch now. There's nothing more to see here - but there will be plenty more to see on the BBC website as we round up all the reaction. Roll on 16 February 2010, when all these ties begin. In the mean time,
will take the chair tomorrow for a bumper weekend of Premier League action.
From filipe24 on 606:
"Everton a tough draw? Sporting are seventh in the Portuguese league, 12 points off the leaders. Their coach left the club one month ago and their new coach has one two games in five - in the cup against some part timers and in the league against the bottom club. It's a great draw for Everton trust me."
1252: Couldn't have got much tougher for Fulham, but I'm pleased there remains a chance the Old Lady will visit the Cottage. Tie of the round? Got to be Ajax v Juventus.
From LordOfTheReds on 606:
"I pity Fulham more than Everton. The holders, then either the three-time Champions League winners or the best team in the competition."
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish: "It'll be a difficult game [against Unirea]. They've got a break until March now I think. Whether that helps or hinders them, it remains to be seen. Unirea got eight points from a difficult group so we have to give them the respect they deserve."
1245: Those last 32 ties will be played on 18 and 25 February. Liverpool up against Dan Petrescu's Unirea Urziceni, who only narrowly missed out on the last 16 of the Champions League. They needed a draw from their last game against Stuttgart, but slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
1235: We're moving on to the last 16 draw now, but before we do: if you weren't watching that on telly, you missed a priceless moment after Liverpool drew Romanian side Unirea Urziceni. The camera panned to the watching Kenny Dalglish, who picked up his mobile and, face screwed up in concentration, tried to start texting the draw.
Hertha Berlin v Benfica
EVERTON v Sporting
Lille v Fenerbahce
FC Twente v Werder Bremen
Standard Liege v Salzburg
Villarreal v Wolfsburg
Hamburg v PSV Eindhoven
LIVERPOOL v Unirea Urziceni
FULHAM v Shakhtar Donetsk
Club Brugge v Valencia
Ajax v Juventus
Atletico Madrid v Galatasaray
Panathinaikos v Roma
Copenhagen v Marseille
Athletic Bilbao v Anderlecht
Rubin Kazan v Hapoel Tel Aviv
1216: This draw ceremony is very Europa League so far, ie not as good as the Champions League. Anyway, OFF WE GO!
1213: This man could be reading out his shopping list for all I know. Let's hope they can fix the mic before the draw starts.
1212: Technical explanations now. Goody. On the plus side, the mic appears to have stopped working...
1209: Former Germany striker and current Germany Under-21 coach Horst Hrubesch will be taking the role of Emilio Butragueno in this draw. He reached the Uefa Cup final with Hamburg in 1982. Hamburg will host the Europa League final this season.
1204: We'll get the last 32 and the last 16 draw for the Europa League. Double the fun! More chat from the man who isn't Uefa general secretary David Taylor. There's a chap behind the Panathinaikos desk who appears to be asleep... oh no, he just had his eyes closed for a reeeally long time.
1201: Here comes the Europa League draw... preamble.
1158: Here's Manchester United director of communications Phil Townsend: "Beckham will get a fantastic reception, as players coming back usually do at Manchester United. He was a terrific servant for the club and we all hope he will be playing."
From Akin, via text: "Good draw for the Gunners. I hope we don't get complacent. It's set up nicely. But can't wait to see United and Chelsea against the Milan teams."
From Terry, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, via text: "I am still here waiting for the main draw with all the big European teams. Come on you mighty Reds."
1148: As well as Beckham to Old Trafford and Jose to Chelsea, we'll also have Karim Benzema returning to Lyon after Real Madrid picked out the French club. "He was a great player for us and it's going to be something special for him to play against his former club," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. "He is a player I have a lot of feeling for."
1147: I'd imagine you're all starting to think about lunch. And as it's Christmas, I'd imagine you're thinking a long, perhaps stretching into Monday, lunch. Can I ask you to hold off until the Europa League draw at 1200 GMT? I'll be ever so grateful.
1138: Here's what David Beckham had to say before the draw about a possible return to Old Trafford: "Since I left in 2003, I have not returned to play at Old Trafford. Seven years have gone by and I would like for that to happen. Me against Manchester, it would be beautiful, wouldn't it?"
1135: Arsenal fans seem pretty happy with their draw. The Gunners met Porto in the group stage last season and beat them 4-0 at home, but lost 2-0 away. They also met in 2006/7 when they won 2-0 at home and drew 0-0 at the Estadio Dragao.
1133: All these "Who did Liverpool get?" texts... I suppose you think that's funny, do you? (Well, it is quite funny, but don't tell Liverpool fans I said that)
From Guido via text: "Inter Milan v Chelsea is going to be massive! Can't wait to see Jose's mind games before the return to the Bridge!"
1123: Had to be, didn't it? David Beckham will return to Old Trafford with AC Milan. Jose Mourinho goes back to Chelsea with Inter. The first-leg ties will be played on 16, 17, 23 or 24 February. The return games will be played on either 9, 10, 16 or 17 March.
AC Milan v MAN UTD
Porto v ARSENAL
Lyon v Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow v Sevilla
Bayern Munich v Fiorentina
Inter Milan v CHELSEA
Olympiakos v Bordeaux
Stuttgart v Barcelona
1116: WE'RE OFF!
From Ian, Isle of Man, via text: "Typical football draw - we have the office party at 12 what are chances of it being completed by then? Pull the balls and all off to the pub."
1115: "Balls will be put in bowls... computer... set conditions... procedures..." blah blah blah. Still excited?
1113: "Now," says Uefa man. "We still don't move on to the draw because first we have the technical explanations..." HURRAY!
1112: El Buitre is certainly not giggling as much as Charlize Theron, that is true. Even I am a bit bored now...
From no1usa on 606:
"Could Uefa not fly in a nice blonde from Hollywood to giggle and laugh about the offside Law and talk about Becks and Posh? Would have been more entertaining, IMO. The last draw of the decade. Disappointing stuff."
1107: Not sure about the music that accompanied those highlights. Sounds like something I composed on a Casio keyboard back in the day. Real Madrid legend Emilio 'El Buitre' Butragueno is introduced now, along with another bloke from Uefa.
1102: No sign of Uefa general secretary David Taylor. Disappointing. Mercifully, another equally dry man has replaced him. Highlights of the tournament so far now...
1100: Right then, here we go.
1057: Getting close now... The three British clubs might be relieved that they will avoid Bordeaux for the time being. Laurent Blanc's side, currently six points clear in Ligue Un, collected the most points in the group stage and conceded the fewest goals (two). Real Madrid scored the most goals, with 15.
From David in Eastbourne, via text: "As a Gooner, I would love to see us draw Stuttgart. Will be great to have a reunion with our former mad, now
slightly incontinent keeper.
Oh, Jens, you still make me smile."
1047: The draw, of course, takes place in the home of European football draws: Nyon. According to Wikipedia, the Swiss town, situated north of Geneva, has a high school, a modern hospital, a movie theatre (think they mean cinema), numerous hotels and cafes. It's also the home of Uefa.
From James, Edinburgh, via text: "We're buzzing with excitement here in our Edinburgh office. We've a predictor on the go, 5 quid each, winner takes all with most draws predicted!"
1040: Twenty minutes to go. Here are Fergie's thoughts on the draw: "The standard has been very high this season - you can see that by how tight some of the groups have been. So it's difficult to say who you'd want [in the last 16]," he told the Manchester United website. "A few people maybe thought Stuttgart would be the weakest team, but they've got a new coach now and things change with new coaches."
From Steve via text: "Cheesy, I'm stuck at work. Very cold. Gutted Valencia aren't in Champions League as I love watching David Villa. Arsenal to get Inter and win 3-0."
1034: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti reckons the most dangerous teams in pot two are Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. He adds: "I prefer to avoid AC Milan for personal reasons and also the other two teams I prefer to avoid because they are strong. But if you want to win the Champions League you have to accept the draw."
From Dale, Australia, via text: "As a Liverpool fan, I would really like to see a tough tie against a team of Valencia or Juventus' ability there is nothing like the atmosphere at Anfield on a European night, even during our current tough times."
1029: Liverpool fans, just so you know, it's the Europa LEAGUE you're in (see below). It's only one word away from the Champions League...
From Sadlybrokeboy on Twitter:
"As a Liverpool fan, am ever so slightly depressed that we'll have to wait until the Europa Cup draw at midday - sigh."
1024: Love it. Lots and lots of people predicting the draw, which means in a few hours time, we will have the now traditional conspiracy theory whereby someone somewhere on the world wide web will have predicted it correctly and we shall therefore conclude that it's all a FIX!
From JaapStamsKahunas on 606:
"This is all so predictable. Arsenal are going to draw against CSKA and progress with ease, United will get Porto (again) and edge them out while Chelsea will get AC Milan and knock them out."
From Cringlenect on Twitter:
"Keeping my fingers crossed that Manchester United avoid both Milans and Bayern, not fussy about the other lot!"
From Ash, London, via text: "Just opened up this page and to see Fulham mentioned amongst these top European teams is absolutely unbelievable. It's a world away from being second from bottom of the Football League just 15 years ago. Never been more proud to be a Fulham fan!"
1012: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United fans, who are you hoping to avoid? What would you consider a kind draw? I'm not sure they'll fear many of those teams in the runners-up pot. As for the Europa League, none of the three British teams are seeded, so they could get the likes of Juventus, Roma, Benfica or Galatasaray.
1008: My esteemed bosses thought this live text should start at 1030 GMT. No, no, I argued, "the people" need an outlet for their hopes and fears - and a half-hour outlet just won't cut it. So don't let me down. Text 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (world), get on
1000: There are few things I love more than Christmas: roast chicken crisps would be right up there, and a sunny autumn day. But above all, I love a Champions League draw. I love the anticipation. I love the way people try to predict it. I love the slightly shambolic nature of it when it eventually happens. I love that Scottish man from Uefa, who does his level best to dampen down any sense of excitement. I love the fact it takes place in a town completely unknown for anything else apart from European football draws...
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