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#1 bluenoseyankee

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 18:08

Looks like the English clubs had quite the luck in the CL draw this year. I mean, ManU plays Besitkas, CSKA and Wolfsburg; they've got to be favorites to not drop a point. I'm hoping the luck continues our way, I mean after our draws in the FA Cup last year one would think we're due a few easier teams.
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#2 Rubecula

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 18:45

It would be nice to have an easier draw wouldn't it? But is there any chance of any easy draws in the league?

We may stand a chance if we are seeded, but I don't know if that is going to happen.

Anyway, fingers crossed for a good draw and an improvement in performance.
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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 18:54

Bring on Celtic!
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#4 MikeO

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 22:02

Bring on Celtic!


Celtic is unlikely because if UEFA do the seedings the simplist way; that is the top twelve rated teams (by coefficient) are top seeds, next twelve second seeds and so on then we'll be in the same group as Celtic (2nd seeded) :) .

The four groups would be made up like this...

Top seeds..
Werder Bremen
Villarreal
AS Roma
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting CP Lisbon
Hamburger SV
Benfica
Valencia
Panathinaikos
Ajax
Steaua Bucuresti


Second seeds..
Fenerbahçe
FC Basel
Lille OSC
Celtic
Everton
Club Brugge
Heerenveen
Galatasaray
Anderlecht
Austria Wien
FC København
Lazio Roma *4


Third seeds..
Hertha
Sparta Praha
Dinamo Bucuresti
AEK Athens
Slavia Praha
Levski Sofia
Athletic Bilbao
Partizan Belgrade
Hapoel Tel-Aviv
FC Twente Enschede
Dinamo Zagreb
Fulham FC


Fourth seeds..
CSKA Sofia
Toulouse
CFR Cluj
Genoa
Rapid Wien
FC Timisoara
BATE Borisov
Nacional Funchal
FC Salzburg
Sturm Graz
FK Ventspils
Sheriff Tiraspol

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#5 jamiemaher85

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 22:12

I'd love us to draw Ajax. I'd be made up with that! For me an ideal draw would be this:-

Ajax
Everton
Partizan Belgrade
Sheriff Terrispol

Hardest possible draw IMO:-
Villereal/ Valencia
Everton
Hertha Berlin
CSKA Sofia
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#6 Calico

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 22:55

I think Man Utd might actually struggle, if not simply find it no easy job to progress.

Any way, onto more important matters. I just hope we don't get Either of the Spanish teams mentioned above or Roma. I think we'd get embarrassed in a similar fashion to the way we did the last time we played Villareal.
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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 23:11

[quote name='Calico' date='27 Aug 2009 - 23:55' timestamp='1251413753' post='184108']

Any way, onto more important matters. I just hope we don't get Either of the Spanish teams mentioned above or Roma. I think we'd get embarrassed in a similar fashion to the way we did the last time we played Villareal.
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Should've knocked villareal out but for a bald alien referee, Surely not embarrassed! Fancy dinamo myself piece of cake no potential for embarressment there!!! :blink:
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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 23:14

I vividly remember getting outplayed at home. It was like they were giving us a lesson in how to pass the ball. This is what I'm referring to and, for me what happened then out-weighs Collina's mistake.
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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 23:19

yikes, looks like there are some really tough games out there! the good thing about villa going out is we should be on Channel 5 alot more now!

I say bring on any of them! i can see this being a more luctrative system than the old uefa cup!
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#10 bluenoseyankee

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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 23:29

yikes, looks like there are some really tough games out there! the good thing about villa going out is we should be on Channel 5 alot more now!

I say bring on any of them! i can see this being a more luctrative system than the old uefa cup
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I completely agree. Look at the teams, compared to two years ago the competition is at an entirely different level. i mean, had we made it past Fiorentina...I would think we'd have been favorites to make the final with bayern. now, I'd be happy to see us progress to the last 16 or 8.
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Posted 27 Aug 2009 - 23:40

How good did Rapid look against Villa by the way. Milner was going on about Villa having chances.... bloody hell Rapid should've put 3 or 4 past them.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 07:01

I completely agree. Look at the teams, compared to two years ago the competition is at an entirely different level. i mean, had we made it past Fiorentina...I would think we'd have been favorites to make the final with bayern. now, I'd be happy to see us progress to the last 16 or 8.


Not forgetting that after the group stage there will be more Champions League dropouts joining the pot for the knockout stages!
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 08:17

Just like yesterday's draw, today's should be interesting too.

The pairings were almost incredible. Real and Milan, plus Barcelona and Inter, after the summer transfers, are amazing pairings. Chelsea getting porto again is also gonna be interesting.

Anyways, while I'd like to see you guys come visit us, I'd prefer you teaching our "dear" benfica neighbours a couple of lessons ;), but most of all I wish you guys good luck on the draw, may we meet each other in the final :D
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#14 jofanon

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 10:11

Pls can for once have a half decent draw?

The last couple of years have been harsh!

Villareal, Fiorentina, Standard Liege...
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 10:25

Top seeds..
Werder Bremen
Villarreal
AS Roma
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting CP Lisbon
Hamburger SV
Benfica
Valencia
Panathinaikos
Ajax
Steaua Bucuresti

Thats some group of top seeded teams.... OK not the mighty giants of Europe but compared to our Blues.... hmmmm at least a couple of tough games coming up I think
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#16 Ian C

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 10:48

Panathinaikos
Ajax
Steaua Bucuresti

Would be the top seeds we'd be hoping for.

Maybe Benfica and Sporting?


The Europa League really is on another level this year. It's pretty impressive.
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#17 nobbyblue

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 10:49

Links to watch the draw folks

UEFA video link.
My link

If that doesn't go straight to it you'll get there via UEFA website. There's also audio and on screen live draw shows too, so whatever works best for you.

My link

Quite why it just says my link for both I haven't fully fathomed, bu top one is video, 2nd UEFA.com, as it says on the tin. I'll work out this insert link bit out for next time!
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#18 Ian C

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 10:51

Best way to do it is just type [*url=http://www.mywebsitegoeshere.com]The text I want the link to show[*/url] while obviously removing the *'s :P
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:00

http://video.uefa.co...videoFlash.html

Yo can watch draw live from this link.
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#20 Ian C

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:24

Our top seed is Benfica.


Not bad.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:25

Benfica top seed we'll play. I'll take that.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:25

Brilliant draw! Love it.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:28

Lazio and Villereal drawn together, could be group of death already.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:30

It pisses me off that Sky has not even mentioned Europa League on SSN. For the champions leagu draw yesterday they had a whole panel of people in.
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#25 iggy

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:35

Jesus, they are dragging this out a bit.........
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:36

Why have they got some YTS lad presenting it :huh: ?
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:42

IEK Athens, interesting.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:43

AEK....another big club!

Bit of pointless trivia (having spent endless hours talking football in Greece). Whereas we tend to say their name A ee kay....the Greeks call them eye-ak :) .
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:44

haha that guy from Levski looked happy to be in the group with Villareal and Lazio.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:47

AEk Athens in our group too...
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:50

Tough group for Celtic.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:52

Hey, were gonna be playing the bati-boys!!
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:52

Bate. Tricky trip.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:52

Something about Borisov screams Kharkiv :/

:P

Not the hardest group we could've had. Some decent away trips to Portugal and Greece :P
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#35 Matt

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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:53

who are Bate Borisov?!
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:53

Ugh BATE .. They beat Anderlecht last year during qualifications for the Champions League ... probably one of the tougher teams in Pot 4.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:54

Not a bad group overall. Could have been a hell of alot worse.
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:55

Decent ticket allocation for AEK (71,000 capacity) and Benfica (65,000).

BATE are listed on Wiki as having a 5,000 capacity :unsure: .

Just missed Toulouse (which was the one I wanted). Crap :angry: .
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 11:57

Not so bad a draw I suppose, but could still be some tricky games. Does anyone know who we'll be playing first, and whether it'll be home or away?
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Posted 28 Aug 2009 - 12:03

The Bate game could be me moved to Dinamo Stadium because Bate's home stadium is only a 5,000 seater. Dinamo Stadium is 40,000.
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