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2012-13 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw
Reuters ^

Posted on 08/30/2012 10:51:19 AM PDT by Peter Vollmer

Draw for the 2012-13 Champions League group stage, held in Monaco on Thursday:

Group A Porto Dynamo Kiev Paris St Germain Dinamo Zagreb

Group B Arsenal Schalke 04 Olympiakos Piraeus Montpellier HSC

Group C AC Milan Zenit St Petersburg Anderlecht Malaga

Group D Real Madrid Manchester City Ajax Amsterdam Borussia Dortmund

Group E Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Juventus Nordsjaelland

Group F Bayern Munich Valencia Lille BATE Borisov

Group G Barcelona Benfica Spartak Moscow Celtic

Group H Manchester United Braga Galatasaray CFR Cluj

(Excerpt) Read more at in.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: football; soccer

1 posted on 08/30/2012 10:51:23 AM PDT by Peter Vollmer
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To: Peter Vollmer

Real Madrid - Manchester City should be a couple of crackers.


2 posted on 08/30/2012 10:53:52 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

And don’t overlook Dortmund, they’ve won the Bundesliga the last two years. That’s a tough group.


3 posted on 08/30/2012 10:55:49 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

Who did Man U bribe?


4 posted on 08/30/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: Peter Vollmer

Not a good day for Ajax.


5 posted on 08/30/2012 10:57:19 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: dfwgator
Dortmund's no slouch, either. We've also got Chelsea/Juventus in one of the other groups.

Unfortunately, with 2 teams advancing from each group, some of the games don't live up to the hype, in my experience.

6 posted on 08/30/2012 10:57:42 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Yep. But I can remember, not too long ago, when we would have been saying, “Not a good day for Man City/Real/Dortmund”.


7 posted on 08/30/2012 10:59:58 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: safeasthebanks

Not impressed so far with City’s defense...they didn’t do very well last year in the CL. Then again Dortmund was also a disappointment....CL form doesn’t always hold to league form, as we found out last year with Chelsea.


8 posted on 08/30/2012 11:03:37 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Peter Vollmer

I just hope this time next year, we’ll see Everton on that list. (So far, so good)


9 posted on 08/30/2012 11:05:08 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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It’s Group D’s turn to be the group of death.


10 posted on 08/30/2012 11:11:02 AM PDT by vollmond (I'm an issues voter. If you're a Democrat, I've got issues.)
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To: dfwgator
CL form doesn’t always hold to league form, as we found out last year with Chelsea

It was pretty clear that DiMatteo decided that trying to win the FA Cup and the Champion's League was more reasonable than trying to claw their way back into the EPL fight. I'd not look forward to playing them in any competition right now -- Torres looks to be in form and Hazard has been a smashing transfer success so far. Defense is a little suspect, but they haven't played any back-to-the-wall games yet to see if they can repeat last year's defensive performances.

11 posted on 08/30/2012 11:19:13 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: kevkrom

Yeah, I would say Chelsea is the team to beat...Arsenal can’t score, City’s defense is suspect, United may drop too many points early to be able to catch up, and Liverpool is a year or two away from seriously contending again.

And as I alluded, watch out for Everton, they have looked fantastic so far, Fellaini has been a beast.


12 posted on 08/30/2012 11:25:38 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Peter Vollmer

Bravo for CFR Cluj. They have no chance, but they’re a scrappy little side that’ll put on a good show. The group’ll be United and Braga, though.


13 posted on 08/30/2012 11:59:51 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Peter Vollmer

Bravo for CFR Cluj. They have no chance, but they’re a scrappy little side that’ll put on a good show. The group’ll be United and Braga, though.


14 posted on 08/30/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

APOEL Nicosia did make it to the Final 8 last year, so it’s possible for one of the smaller clubs to make some noise.


15 posted on 08/30/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Peter Vollmer

And City flames out!


16 posted on 11/21/2012 1:51:17 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Peter Vollmer; Berlin_Freeper
The Draw for the Final Eight:

Real Madrid - Galatasaray
Barcelona - Paris St.-German
Bayern Munich- Juventus
Dortmund - Malaga

I like:
Real Madrid,

Barcelona (Ibrahimovic is out of the first leg, otherwise I would think PSG had a chance to pull off the upset)

Bayern and Juventus, that's a tough draw for Bayern. They'd better play better than they did the other day against Arsenal if they want to beat Juve....IMHO the winner of this tie, wins the whole thing.

And Dortmund should beat Malaga. Personally, I am rooting for Dortmund because of Lewandowski and Błaszczykowski.

17 posted on 03/15/2013 1:58:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Dortmund lucked out.

Today I got David Beckham eau de toilette. That might mean something, like an omen.


18 posted on 03/15/2013 2:23:14 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (http://userstyles.org/users/180132)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I wonder how much Beckham will play with Ibrahimović out of the first match.
19 posted on 03/15/2013 2:25:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Peter Vollmer

The Semifinals draw:

Bayern Munich v Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

I was kind of hoping the draw would have pitted Barcelona vs Real Madrid, so we could have gotten two games between them at each’s stadium...now if they meet it would only be one game on a neutral site.

But still, I think it’s Bayern’s title to lose.


20 posted on 04/12/2013 7:48:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
This is wide open. I am glad that they paired the German clubs against the Spanish ones. It seems fairer that you don't have to go against a league foe in the semi-final to get to the final.

Barca will be formidable. Bayern should have won last year against Chelsea. Of the four, Dortmund appears to be the weakest, which is why they will probably win. My bet is on Barca as long as Messi comes back from his hamstring injury. It should be a great game against Bayern with a great contrast in styles.

21 posted on 04/12/2013 8:02:49 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

It was amazing what a difference Messi made when he came on against PSG....I though Barca was dead in the water, and he probably was only at 70%. But I just think this is Bayern’s year.

I bet Pep is going to have some mixed emotions, seeing as how he is taking over Bayern next season, but he is the one who also built Barca.


22 posted on 04/12/2013 8:09:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Bayern has been very impressive during the tournament. Kroos injury will hurt them. Muller is great, but Kroos is better in the middle.

Messi is fantastic, but he does have the advantage of playing on a team of all-stars. Iniesta is the conductor. The first leg will be played in Munich, which should give Barca an edge. They will know what they have to do when they return to Barcelona.

23 posted on 04/12/2013 8:21:35 AM PDT by kabar
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