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Champions League Group Stage Draw 2012-2013

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, the world will be looking toward Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum awaiting the draw result for the Champions League. The event will also include the presentation of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award that will be contested between Messi, Iniesta and Ronaldo.

The ceremony will kick off at 15:45 GMT (19:45 Dubai Time) where 32 European teams will know their fate and contenders. The teams have been placed in four different pots, where each group will have one team drawn from each pot. The only important rule for the draw is that no teams of the same country are allowed to face each other at this stage of the competition.

The odds for having a “Group of Death” are high, and we might witness a group that will have Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus and Dortmund together. The draw may also give us the pleasure of seeing  Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Valencia facing each other.

Champions League Group Stage Draw – The Pots

What are the teams you would like to see grouped together? Whom do you fear of the 32 contenders?

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EURO 2012 Finals Draw

Spain vs Germany vs Portugal vs France! That would be one group to remember for the rest of the European Championships history.

UEFA EURO 2012 finals draw will take place at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine at 18:00CET (17:00 GMT – 21:00 Dubai Time) on Friday, December 2, 2011.

The 16 participating teams have been allocated to four pots. This means that the draw will see one team from each pot selected into one of the final four groups; each consisting of four teams. The Finals will be held in Poland and Ukraine between June 8 and July 1, 2012.

Here are the 4 pots:

Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands, Poland (preset for group A), Ukraine (preset for group D)

Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia

Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden

Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland

Euro finals draw

The Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine, where the draw ceremony will take place

The fun part is seeing some of those European giants competing in the same group. I will draft here what I imagine will happen, but I want to read your comments on whom do you think will be placed in the same group. Remember, one team from each pot into one group.

Group A: Poland – England – Sweden – Republic of Ireland

Group B: Spain – Russia – Portugal – France

Group C: Netherlands – Germany – Croatia – Denmark

Group D: Ukraine – Italy – Greece – Czech Republic

Here are the pots and how the groups look before the draw (from uefa.com):

Final tournament draw

Final tournament draw: Pots and Groups (click the image to enlarge)

What are your expectations?

LNFR – Five Quick News

  1. Rio Ferdinand is in the form of his life. He is scoring too. No wonder why Fabio Capello overlooked him.


    The @RioFerdy5 Renaissance

  2. Since he scored no goals in Euro 1992, Marco van Basten was chosen in the team of the tournament. Platini’s UEFA are now ahead of Blatter’s Empire at least for this glorious achievement. (source)
  3. YouTube will go down due to an extensive usage yet to happen. Just wait until the documentary which Lionel Messi never saw is uploaded by the museum man himself. Pele is still generous after all those years. (source)
  4. Arsenal are going crazy in the next transfer window. I couldn’t believe that Wenger announced it by himself: “The ideal situation is that he extends his contract and if he doesn’t you have to respect that.” Who needs van Persie after all?
  5. Serie A, or Calcio, or whatever you still remember it with, is still the best league in the universe. Don’t believe whoever tells you it is not.

    Serie A results

    Week 7 of Serie A missed on goals in 50% of the matches

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw (and my “whatsoever” revelations)

The hype is gone, the waiting is over, and Messi takes home another award. Tomorrow is just a new day and a new opportunity for the city of Barcelona to celebrate a new trophy that only FC Porto can deprive them of. The two teams meet at Stade Louis II for the UEFA Super Cup match (match will kickoff 18:45 GMT – 22:45 Dubai Time).

Lionel Messi with his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after the draw

Lionel Messi is voted UEFA Best Player in Europe 2010/2011

The main football related event on Thursday night was the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw. The result of the draw may have upset some clubs, like poor BATE Borisov, and may have thrilled the fans because of the clash of FC Barcelona and AC Milan. For the details, and the full result of the draw, you can download the document here or visit the following link: UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw.

Now let’s skip the formalities and jump into the analysis. It is not about predictions but expectations.

Group A: I really want to watch every single match in this group. It promises a lot of excitement and goals. From one side, Manchester City are all geared up with millions of dollars and big signings who dream of glory beside the exaggerated salaries. From the other side, Napoli are back on the European stage and they have no Maradona this time but a strong team. The obstacle facing both teams will be mighty Bayern. The Germans will host the final in May 2012 and they will not be the happiest of hosts if they were not part of the final game.

Group B: I read somewhere that even Gasperini cannot mess up Inter’s chances of qualifying from this group. It might not be the toughest of all groups but it surely is a mysterious one. Trabzonspor are participating with a wild card and things can turn into their favor, while Lille will be led with a “Hazard” in each game. It is not my favorite group but the two teams to finish top will be a good addition for the play-offs round.

Group C: No big expectations are set for this one. Sir Alex will have six opportunities to test as many youngsters as he wants before he decides on who can lead him all the way to Munich.

Group D: I don’t believe that Mourinho fears any déjà vu’s. Ajax or Lyon will only be the other two teams wearing white. My money is with Ajax to accompany Cristina and co. yet, I was never good with money.

Carles Puyol wore his finest pair of shorts to the CL draw‎

Carles Puyol wore his finest pair of shorts to the CL draw‎

Group E: Mata meets his ex-teammates. Mata hugs his ex-teammates. Mata and his ex-teammates proceed to the next round. Need more to say?

Group F: Monsieur Wenger is exotic. He gets an exotic group. It will be fun to watch this group’s matches if there are no other games airing at the same time.

Group G: I didn’t know there is “Group G”. Moving on…

Group H: This is everyone’s favorite because Barcelona meets Milan and then Milan meets Barcelona. But wait a second, what about the other two teams? Well, tough luck. It will be a great chance to see the reception prepared for Zlatan Ibrahimović at the Camp Nou. He had a big mouth last summer so he’d better be prepared to be the last samurai.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

The Last Samurai: Not your favorite Tom Cruise, though.

These are the seven groups, and you may believe they are eight groups instead if you counted Group G. The next few months will guarantee some quality European football encounters and the participants still have five more days to reinforce their squads. (you can read my advice to some of them here)

I will leave you now to your predictions and bets on who will top which group and who will make it to the next round. But before I do so, it is a must to mention that Lionel Messi, on the night of the draw, was selected UEFA Best Player in Europe 2010/2011. He came first ahead of Xavi and Cristina, who could not manage but grabbing Luis Figo’s “behind” (evidence below).

Cristiano Ronaldo trying to touch Luis Figo

Cristiano Ronaldo trying to touch Luis Figo in a really <insert description here> place


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