CHAMPIONS LGE DRAW: Villarreal vArsenal Man Utd v FC Porto Liverpool v Chelsea
Barcelona v Bayern Munich
Ties to be played 7/8 April & 14/15 April
UEFA CUP DRAW: Hamburg v Manchester City
PSG v Dynamo Kiev
Shakhtar Donetsk v Marseille
Werder Bremen v Udinese
Ties to be played 9 April & 16 April
UEFA CUP DRAW (all times GMT)
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By Jonathan Stevenson
1235: I think it might be time to wrap this bad boy up. Hang around the site for a bit, though, there will be plenty of reaction to those draws and then at about 1300 GMT, old Dirsy will be your guide to England's first one-day international against West Indies in Guyana. Surely they've got to win sometime? See you all tomorrow. Liverpool draw Chelsea in Europe Man City face Hamburg in Uefa Cup
1231: Meanwhile over in Bavaria, they're getting very, very excited about the prospect of playing Barcelona. "This is fantastic news for our football club," sang Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann was a tad more understated: "Coming face-to-face with the best team in Europe at the moment is a terrific challenge for us all." Isn't it just.
1228: Back to the Champions League for a minute (seamless, isn't it?) and reaction has just come in from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson:
"This is a good draw for us, we've met Porto before and obviously we respect any Portuguese team. We have had a huge Portuguese influence in the club firstly with Carlos Queiroz but now with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, so we understand Portuguese football."
1225: "I see Hamburg have the same points as Bayern Munich this season... I feel the fear." Alan in Lymm, via text on 81111 The German Bundesliga table
1222: It'll be a return to English football for Hamburg's former Tottenham manager Martin Jol, who is overseeing a fine season for the Bundesliga club. He of course has met Premier League opposition already this season in the shape of Aston Villa, but that tie took place in Germany.
1218: "I predict a United-City European Super Cup final." Malcy fae, Crieff, via text on 81111
1216: Once again, for operational purposes, the winners of the Paris St Germain/Dynamo Kiev/Shakhtar Donetsk/Marseille semi-final will be at home in the final, which takes place on 20 May in Istanbul.
UEFA CUP SEMI-FINALS DRAW
Werder Bremen/Udinese v Hamburg/Manchester City
Paris St Germain/Dynamo Kiev v Shakhtar Donetsk/Marseille
1213: So, City face a trip to Germany to play Bundesliga side Hamburg in the last eight of the Uefa Cup. Which is eerie, because Bill texted 81111 about half an hour ago to say this: "As there are no Danish teams left for City to play we will get Hamburg as the next closest."
UEFA CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW:
Hamburg v Manchester City
Paris St Germain v Dynamo Kiev
Shakhtar Donetsk v Marseille
Werder Bremen v Udinese
1209: At this juncture, it's difficult to tell just when the Uefa Cup quarter-final draw will be made. Though I'm not going anywhere, if that's any consolation whatsoever. I fancy City to get paired with Marseille and their goalscoring on-loan right-back from Derby, Tyrone Mears. My colleague Bevo tells me Mears started his career as a trainee at City, don't you know? Mears goal puts Marseille through
1205: "I hate being a City fan. I wonder how they can mess up the draw - perhaps Uefa will drop our ball?" Bradley, London, via text on 81111
1202: It clearly won't be on time, but it won't be long. Hang on, City fans, hang on. Here's something for you to chew over - there will be a new name on the Uefa Cup this year, as the four remaining former winners left in it all got dumped out last night.
1158: By the way, Uefa has confirmed that Liverpool will not have to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. Their second leg against Chelsea will be played on Tuesday 14 April, rather than Wednesday 15th.
1156: "Despite our best attempts to blow it and after ageing quite a few years last night, we long-suffering City fans can't wait for the draw. Pity we'll have to play an away leg." Tony in Shrewsbury, via text on 81111
1152: Uefa Cup quarter-final (and semi-final, and final) draw coming up very, very soon. Those teams once again are: Manchester City, Marseille, Werder Bremen, Paris St Germain, Dynamo Kiev, Hamburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Udinese.
1149: We are yet to hear what dates these quarter-finals have been chosen for, but for any Liverpool fans worried about their second-leg tie coinciding with the Hillsborough tragedy anniversary on 15 April, Uefa president Michel Platini has said they will do everything they can to ensure that does not happen. Platini offers Hillsborough hope
1145: "It's all set up nicely for a Man U-Barca final - what a mouth-watering prospect that would be of a late spring evening." Sambuca Owl, via text on 81111
1142: "Surprise, surprise, it's Liverpool!" exclaims the official Chelsea website. On the Liverpool site, Kop legend Ian Callaghan roars: "We are capable of beating anyone over two legs. I'm confident we'll do the job."
1139: Don't forget, Manchester City fans and European football lovers, that the draw for the Uefa Cup is coming up at 1200 GMT. I'll be staying here to wrap up those quarters and semis too, so feel free to stick around. And sorry about the lack of 606 again - if it's any consolation, I share your pain.
1135: "Delighted with Arsenal's draw, two second legs at The Emirates, I even fancy our chances against United. Name on the cup." Martin, London, via text on 81111
1132: Almost unbelievably, Liverpool and Chelsea are about to meet for the 23rd time in the last five seasons having met in Europe in each of their last five Champions League campaigns. Maybe they should just get a room...
1130: Having said that about Manchester United and Arsenal, you feel neither will take their opponents lightly. United were dumped out of the Champions League in 2004 at Old Trafford by FC Porto and their little-known manager Jose Mourinho. And in 2006, the Gunners saw off Villarreal in the semis, a result the Spanish club's coach Manuel Pellegrini has not forgotten: "We should have been in the final, we did not deserve to go out."
1127: "What were the Liverpool and Chelsea balls made of, lead? At least we get to beat Man Utd in the final though!" Extratorrestrial, via text on 81111
1124: Now then, it's almost platitudes o'clock. Eyes down for Champions League draw bingo:
"It's a tough draw, but there are no easy games at this stage."
"We are confident we can progress - after all, we've made it this far."
"Well, you've got to beat the best teams at some stage."
"We have met many times - we think ours is a special relationship."
"Of course we're happy to draw another English team - it's great for the game that we are all still in it."
1120: OK, so they aren't exactly byes, but Manchester United and Arsenal must be feeling absolutely delighted with that draw. They may well have to meet in the semis, but drawing FC Porto and Villarreal in the quarters has given them both an enormous chance of getting to the last four.
1118: "I'm hoping for another Man Utd vs Bayern Munich final!" Peter, Hartlepool, via text on 81111
1115: How remiss of me. The quarter-final ties will be played on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 April.
1114: For operational purposes only, either Barca/Bayern/Liverpool/Chelsea will be the designated home team in the final. Oh my.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL DRAW:
Manchester United/FC Porto v Villarreal/Arsenal
Barcelona/Bayern Munich v Liverpool/Chelsea
1111: Liverpool and Chelsea to meet again. You just couldn't make it up, could you. Happy, Arsenal and Man Utd fans? Course you are.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW:
Villarreal vArsenal Manchester United v FC Porto Liverpool v Chelsea
Barcelona v Bayern Munich
1108: We're about to start. Oh, and don't forget, they are drawing the semi-finals as well today. And the final, for what that's worth.
1107: While they show action of Bruno Conti (sweet leg peg) and clips of the city of Rome, here's a reminder of those teams again: Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Villarreal.
1105: "I think if the draw goes the right way we could have all-English semi-finals." Greggers, Sunderland, via text on 81111
1104: "It wouldn't be a Uefa draw ceremony without a video or two," says Taylor, to probable groans from the small-but-fairly-important audience in Nyon. I know - they say 1100 GMT, then leaving you hanging. Promise it won't be long.
1102: "I don't think I've ever heard football people be so quiet," says David Taylor. The Respect campaign is working at Uefa, anyway.
1101: Uefa general secretary David Taylor walks to the stage in Nyon. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry must be terrified right now. The Barcelona striker has had this to say: "'It will be a really weird feeling if we get Arsenal because of the love I have for the club and the fans. It would be strange and difficult to play against them." Bless.
1100: I've never seen so many texts in all my life - anyone would think this draw's a pretty big deal. Don't stop now - 81111 is the magic number, and the action is not a million miles away.
1057: "As a Blackburn Rovers supporter, my heart says Barcelona, but my head says 'You really have no place in this discussion, son'." Jim, Stalybridge, via text on 81111
1055: Ever heard of Bruno Conti? Well, you have now. The AS Roma legend will aid Uefa general secretary David Taylor with the Champions League draw - of course he will, he is after all the ambassador for the Rome final (27 May). Conti played for Italy in the 1982 World Cup, helping to set up two goals in the final as they beat West Germany 3-1 in Madrid. Legend.
1052: "Well, being a Chelsea fan, I could really do without drawing Man Utd or Liverpool. Bring on Barcelona I say... Lionel who?" Tom from Kent, via text on 81111
1048: So who wants who? And who wants to avoid who? Well, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo would welcome meeting Liverpool, Liverpool's Albert Riera would rather miss Barcelona, Chelsea's Frank Lampard would rather miss Liverpool and Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is believed to want to avoid Arsenal. As for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger? "I do not think it really matters who you play," said the Frenchman. That's the spirit.
1045: In the spirit of bowing to (un)popular demand, here is the even-more-than usual pointless Stevo's Predos (you requesters know who you are):
Manchester United v Villarreal
Liverpool v Barcelona
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Chelsea v FC Porto
Worst nightmare, Monsieur Platini?
1042: "As a United fan, my heart wants Liverpool but my head says Porto." Ant, via text on 81111
Top stuff, keep 'em coming people.
1039: Erm, I know you're (supposed to be) busy at work, but is there any danger of you lot getting in the mix today? I'd really love to know your thoughts - whether it's who you want to draw, who you're desperate to avoid, or just to laugh at whoever gets lumbered with Barcelona.
I already owe you an apology, though, which must be a record even for me. Regrettably, there won't be a debate on 606 this morning - despite frantic efforts, that particular service isn't working. Which just means you'll have to send more texts to 81111. Ah, go on. Please. That's 81111.
1035: There's also the small matter of the Uefa Cup draw, which is scheduled (there must be a better word when Uefa are involved) for 1200 GMT, with Manchester City (by the hair of their chinny chin chin) our lone rangers in that one. Fret ye not, though - I'll be going nowhere inbetween, so stay tuned for all manner of chat over the next couple of hours. Man City to learn Uefa Cup fate
1030: So, it comes down to this. Our four English teams are about to find out what they are going to have to do to win the Champions League this season. The draw for the quarter-finals and the semi-finals are scheduled (and I use that word loosely) for 1100 GMT. Don't even think about going anywhere.
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