Champions League: All You Need to Know about the Last 16 Draw

AC Milan vs FC Bayern München OR Barcelona vs Napoli? Even better: Real Madrid vs AC Milan! Let the draw begin.

The next phase of the 2011-12 Champions League will begin on Friday, December 16, 2011, as the fixtures for the last 16 will be determined.

With 3 Italian teams, 2 each from England, Spain, Germany, France and Russia, and sole survivors from Portugal, Switzerland and Cyprus, the first knockout round of Europe’s blue-ribbon club competition will have a nice spread of representation across the continent.

The remaining 16 teams in the competition will be split into two pots: group winners will be seeded, and the group runners-up will be unseeded.

Champions League Last 16 Draw: The Seeds

For the round of 16, group winners must be drawn against group runners-up. However, teams who had previously met during the group stage cannot be drawn against one another. Similarly, clubs from the same association cannot face each other even if they are in opposing seeds.

The two clubs from the Premier League cannot meet the two sides from La Liga. Inter will have the fewest options but on paper also the easiest, Milan and Marseille have the trickiest possible selection of rivals amongst the past champions, while Arsenal and Barcelona only have one former champion that they could face.

Here are all the potential rivals that each of the 16 teams can be drawn against (click on images to enlarge):

Group Winners Permutations
Group Winners Permutations
Runners-up Permutations
Runners-up Permutations

The draw for the last 16 will be held on December 16, 2011 at 12.00 CET (11:00 GMT / 15:00 Dubai Time)

The first leg of the last 16 will be played on February 14, 15 and 21, 22. The second leg will be played on March 6,7 and 13, 14.

Champions League Draw 2011-2012
All Roads and Draws lead to The Fußball Arena München

p.s. This article is copied from Goal.com, which in turn, has done a great job copying and illustrating UEFA.com article

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