21 May 2012

21 of Barça’s Champions League rivals already known

With virtually all the European leagues concluded, the 22 of the teams for the next UCL are decided.

Ten teams still to come through the qualifying rounds.

With this year’s Champions League and the majority of the domestic European leagues, Twenty-two of the thirty two teams in the Group stages have already been decided, with a further ten to come through the qualifying rounds.

The draw for next season’s competition will take place on August 30th and it promises to throw up some interesting ties, with the champions of the four main leagues in four different groups for the draw – Manchester City are in group two, Juventus in the third group and Borussia Dortmund in group four. Those three will provide the main threats in the draw, but there are also teams such as Schalke 04, Ajax, Galatasaray and the new French champions Montpeller, who Barça could find themselves playing in the Group Stage.

FC Barcelona have the best coefficient according to UEFA and they head the top seeded group for the draw, alongside Chelsea, United, Bayern, Madrid, Arsenal, Porto and AC Milan, who they are guaranteed not to meet, as well as fellow Spanish teams Valencia and Malaga – if Pellegrini’s team get through the qualifying rounds.

There are some big names missing from the draw – most notably, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Lyon – who will miss out on the chance to walk for the final on May 25th 2013 at Wembley Stadium – a venue Barça have already lifted two titles at of course! (via FCBarcelona.com)

[The 22 teams]
Group 1:
FC Barcelona
Manchester United
Bayern München
Real Madrid
AC Milan

Group 2:
Shakhtar Donetsk
Schalke 04
Manchester City

Group 3:
FC Copenhaguen*

Group 4:
Borussia Dortmund

*The team which wins the Danish league will not play the qualifying rounds