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UEFA Champions League group draw

GROUP A: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Spurs, Twente
GROUP B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel Aviv
GROUP C: Manchester United, Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor
GROUP D: Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan
GROUP E: Bayern Munich, Roma, Basel, Cluj
GROUP F: Chelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, Zilina
GROUP G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre
GROUP H: Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga, Partizan Belgrade

Play begins Sept. 14-15 and ends Dec. 7-8.

Americans: Onyewu (AC Milan), Edu (Rangers), Jones (Schalke).

Thoughts on the most difficult groups? G, C and A?

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  Euro Champions League  | Tags: UEFA Champions League  
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Barcelona always seems to get the easiest group year after year...

Posted by: KHSpartan | August 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Barcelona always seems to get the easiest group year after year...

Posted by: KHSpartan | August 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Complete gift for ManU. Valencia (without Villa and Silva), Rangers, Bursapor (never played in CL before).


Meanwhile, making Barca go back to Rubin Kazan seems like a bit of a bad joke.

Toughest group has to be A. Then G.

Posted by: scavendish442 | August 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Spurs in A? All the more glory when they win. COYS!

Posted by: getjiggly | August 26, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

20 European Cups amongst 3 Group G clubs. Wow.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Group B is also extremely unimpressive.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 26, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Group toughness, strongest to weakest...

G, A, F, E, C, B, D, H

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Group B is also extremely unimpressive.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 26, 2010 1:16 PM

Only if you overlook Lyon, which people seem to do every season. Benfica and Shalke have solid enough sides. Tel Aviv are a weak fourth pot club though.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Goff, on the 25th anniversary of his start at the Wash Post, just tweeted:

"Branko Boskovic called up for two Montenegro Euro '12 qualifiers, will miss D.C. United's U.S. Open Cup semifinal next week"


Baaah...

Posted by: JkR- | August 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Why/how is Israel in UEFA?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 26, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I think that was a recent move, OWNTF.

Posted by: Reignking | August 26, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the US should apply to UEFA as well . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | August 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that Israel is always made part of European pools instead of Asian or Middle Eastern because the other teams in the region refuse to play them for political reasons.

Posted by: NoMad3 | August 26, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

From Wikipedia on Israel in UEFA:
Asian history

Israel initially competed in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), although due to their ongoing geopolitical situation, many Asian nations often refused to compete against Israel. This meant that they mainly competed in European (UEFA) or Oceanian (OFC) World Cup qualifying tournaments. In 1964, Israel hosted and won the Asian Nations Cup. In 1968, Israel went to their first Olympic Games and lost to Bulgaria in the quarterfinals. In 1970, Israel qualified for their first and only World Cup, via Oceania, but only earned two points after draws with Sweden and finalist Italy and a loss to Uruguay.

In 1976, Israel went to their second Olympic Games and lost in the quarterfinals again, this time against Brazil. In 1972 and 1977 they attempted World Cup qualification as part of Asia, which both times ended in failure.
[edit] Years in exile

In 1974, Israel was expelled from AFC. During the 1980s, they played their majority of matches against European teams, and competed in the European leg of qualification for the 1982 World Cup. For the next two tournaments, they entered the OFC's qualification groups and in 1989, Israel made it to the playoffs of the 1990 World Cup in Italy to play against Colombia, who qualified from the South American group, but lost (1–0, 0–0).
[edit] European history

In 1991, Israeli clubs began participating in European club competitions and Israel returned to the European leg of World Cup qualifying in 1992, notably winning 3–2 in Paris against France in 1993 and 5–0 against Austria in the late 1990s. In 1994, Israel received full UEFA membership, 20 years since they had left Asia. Within Europe, Israel have been a relatively minor nation, though with some successes. In 1999, Israel made it to the playoffs of Euro 2000, but was beaten by Denmark.

Posted by: icehippo | August 26, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's just a dream for long suffering Spurs fans to even be on this list.

I don't hate our chances to get out of this group.

Posted by: IamAM | August 26, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

To make icehippo's long story short --- Israel is in European competitions because their neighbors refuse to recognize or play against Israel.

Hapoel Tel Aviv beat a big money side in Red Bull Salzburg to make the group stage. In goal, they have Vincent Enyeama who made some jaw-dropping saves for Nigeria in the World Cup. They also have a budding talent at striker in Ben Sahar, who came pout of Chelsea's youth squad (was even capped 3 times by the Blues. How many people can say they came on as a sub for Arjen Robben?). Also, they have Walid Badir, a Palestinian who scored the most famous goal in Israel's history, earning a World Cup qualifying draw against France (if you saw the soccer film festival last year, you saw a documentary that featured Badir). He also saw time in England, and scored his lone goal there against Man Utd.

Don't count this team out. This is probably the most competitive group after Group A and maybe Group G.

Posted by: fischy | August 26, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the Americans, Agbossoumonde is no longer with Braga, correct?

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | August 27, 2010 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Upon further research, I guess he's still there.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | August 27, 2010 4:37 AM | Report abuse

Spurs in A? All the more glory when they win. COYS!

Posted by: getjiggly | August 26, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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Agreed. COYS.

Posted by: M__N | August 27, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I hope Onyewu gets playing time and impresses.

Posted by: WorldCup | August 27, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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