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Posted at 9:26 AM ET, 12/17/2010

UEFA Champions League round-of-16 draw

By Steve Goff

The pairings are set for the UEFA Champions League round of 16, with matches set to begin Feb. 15. For the complete schedule, click here.

Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
AC Milan vs. Tottenham
Valencia vs Schalke
Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich
Lyon vs. Real Madrid
Arsenal vs. Barcelona
Marseille vs. Manchester United
Copenhagen vs. Chelsea

What's the best matchup: Milan-Spurs, Inter-Bayern or Arsenal-Barca?

By Steve Goff  | December 17, 2010; 9:26 AM ET
Categories:  Euro Champions League  | Tags:  UEFA Champions League  
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Comments

Arsenal are going to get hammered... yet again by Barcelona.

Posted by: bighungry | December 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

How does Chelsea always get an easy draw! Couldn't possibly be all that Russian money, could it??

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 17, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Feb. 15, huh? Maybe Jones can work his way back up to the varsity by then?

Posted by: fischy | December 17, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Inter-Bayern and Arsenal-Barcelona are, on paper, the most intriguing...but I think the big surprise in this round will come from the Copenhagen-Chelsea games. Mark my words.

Posted by: soccerman | December 17, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The knockout draw is sweet justice for Arsenal always getting a cream puff group. Spurs-Milan could be very exciting, more so than Barca doing it's thing business as usual.

Posted by: gmAndAguinness. | December 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

draw is RIGGED.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | December 17, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Inter/Bayern is going to be very tight--but this time I think Bayern gets revenge.

Arsenal may do better vs Barcelona than people think--but Barca has been sick lately, I must agree...

Landon Donovan to Newcastle, Fulham or Everton? Dempsey to Liverpool? Really? Or a lot of BS?:

http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?u=163847

Posted by: dwreck1971 | December 17, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

WAXTAP!

I really just wanted to practice typing the only word I know from the Cyrillic alphabet that my keyboard can handle.

Barcelona-Arsenal should be pretty attractive based on how the teams play. But there's bound to be some good stuff. Usually the better games are in the return leg when everything is at stake.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 17, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I think Spurs, Barcelona, and Bayern are going to win comfortably (Bayern might be close). Let's face it, Inter is not feeling it without Mourinho.

However, Marseille vs Man U might be a little closer. I'd love to watch all of them, but something tells me this game will be interesting.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I get the feeling Lyon can handle Madrid, as much as I wouldn't like to see it, just cause this seems the time they always go out.


Rex Grossman, really?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Inter-Bayern is definitely the one to watch, although Barça-Arsenal will be entertaining as always

Posted by: TassieTiger | December 17, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

As an Eagles fan, benching McNabb just gives me another reason to hate and laugh at the Redskins.

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

A level down, in the Europa League, Liverpool gets Sparta Prague, Villareal faces Napoli and Aris Thessaloniki (where it's rumored Freddy Adu plays) takes on Manchester City.

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 17, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Some creampuff group Arsenal had, given they didn't win it. If they had, they'd have avoided all this mess and would be playing Roma or somebody a little less brilliant than flippin' Barcelona again.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | December 17, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Sepp "apologizes"...it's like saying "if you took offense, I'm sorry."

"If somebody feels hurt, then I regret and present apologies," added Blatter.

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

New poll: Which is the worst professional sports franchise in DC?

Posted by: OWNTF | December 17, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF..... My gut says Redskins, only for constantly making the most overhyped off season moves to keep a delusional fan base in a sense of false consciousness about their playoff chances. However, then I realized they have a stadium and DC would do anything it could to build them a new one. Therefore, I'll say United is the worst.

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

What mystifies me is that the Redskins suuuuuuuuuk, year after year, and yet they're worth more as a franchise than any soccer team on the planet other than Man U.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

United, even without a stadium, is miles above the Wizards, Redskins or Nationals. the Nats and Wiz may have some hope of turning a corner, but i think United's path to relevance/success is much clearer.

@soccerman - agreed about Chelsea; their recent form has been really terrible. but they have 2 months before these games to regain their footing, so it could be a different story come February.

is Jermaine Jones the only American who might possible play in these games provided he's worked his way out of the Schalke doghouse by then? i guess Gooch could conceivably play, though that seems like even more of a longshot.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 17, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Yep, we're rich in fans, passion, poor in reality. Though the Wizards and Redskins are pretty pathetic as well.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 17, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

FIFA's mucketymucks continue to leave open the possibility of moving the 2022 Qatar games to a winter date:

http://www.socceramerica.com/article/40800/first-winter-world-cup-to-be-studied.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/dec/17/sepp-blatter-qatar

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 17, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

F'in FIFA!

So, you request bids to hold a competition in the summer, select a country as the winner in a part of the word that is very hot, and then, based on your selection, change the time of the competition?

What if after a team dominates a game, but loses 1-0 on a freak goal, we decide that the winner is not the team that scored the most goals, but the team that had the most possession? How can you change the rules after the fact?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | December 17, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Judging by its recent performances, Barca is going to smash all EPL challengers.

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

[From the above link] "FIFA's job is to have a World Cup that protects the players so we take note of the recommendations and go through the list of requirements," FIFA President Sepp Blatter told journalists in Qatar


Ummm Sepp? Your own committee listed Qatar as the highest risk specifically because of player safety issues.

I request that the Soccer Insider legal department put together a package bring FIFA to justice at The Hague for crimes against common sense.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 17, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Thought I'd respond to some comments above. The Tottenham-AC Milan match-up should be thrilling, as both teams are capable of scoring a lot and both teams have Swiss cheese defenses. I wouldn't predict Spurs in a walk.

The reason the Redskins are so valuable is they have a devoted, very well-off and very large fan base...and they own their own stadium (constructed for very little money, as these things go)!! That's something United could emulate, except the team (and ownership) isn't rich enough to build on its own. The 'Skins do benefit by being the only local team to really have anything like that kind of following. In the NY area, for example, there are 2 baseball teams, at least one hockey team and one basketball team that vie for attention with two extremely popular gridiron teams. The Caps are starting to make inroads in this area, but they're no real threat to the Redskins in getting attention and coverage. United will never be a real threat either, but the team can carve out a successful niche.

Posted by: fischy | December 17, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Dougmac -- Qatar already won, despite the huge obvious problems the bid presented. Now, people are trying to figure out how to fix this fine mess -- to make it work. Your example kinda finals, because if Qatar won handily on the premise of a summer bid, it would have been a slam dunk on a winter schedule.

Posted by: fischy | December 17, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't intend to discriminate against old people, and if any of them are offended I regret and apologize and don't care, but as Sepp Blatter demonstrates, once people hit about 65, and certainly by Sepp's ripe age of 74, they say stupid stuff.

That's one reason I wasn't able to support John McCain. He's just too old. It's time to take senior citizens out of power, and gently move them to adviser positions so we can capture their wisdom but also filter for the stupid stuff they say and outdated stuff they think.

My parents are included in this category, by the way.

Also, the idea that they want to change the timing of the Qatar tournament makes me mad. What am I going to do with the stock I bought in the company that makes carbon neutral stadium sized outdoor air conditioners!

Posted by: WorldCup | December 17, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
It's not maybe very popular couple, but it'll be interesting to see who'll be better. I think italians are more experienced (read trickier).

AC Milan vs. Tottenham
Great deal and maybe most interesting match. Football titan vs upcoming Tottenham. Experience vs power? Interesting, but I see Tottenham going forward

Valencia vs Schalke
Unattractive couple, but it'll be great battle worth quarter finals. Spanish lucidity or german stamina? Details will decide, I believe on german side.

Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich
Last years finalists rematching and trying to preserve season. It will depend on mistakes exploitation, and I see Bayern's revenge.

Lyon vs. Real Madrid
Lyon is dark horse for Real, but not this time. Mourinho's machine is too strong.

Arsenal vs. Barcelona
Two teams playing most beautiful football. Barcelona has either creativity and hardness.

Marseille vs. Manchester United
Hundred years' war should go to english side.

Copenhagen vs. Chelsea
David vs Goliat, but Copenhagen could expensively sell its skin.

Posted by: davidperanic | December 17, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Marseille vs. Manchester United
Hundred years' war should go to english side.

Copenhagen vs. Chelsea
David vs Goliat, but Copenhagen could expensively sell its skin.

Posted by: davidperanic

Re. Copenhagen/Chelsea, to continue the theme of Marseille/Man U: Danes have not done well in England for about 1,000 years now.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 17, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

D.C. United just traded Troy Perkins to Portland for Steve Cronin and allocation money.

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Steve Carlton?? He only had one good year, 35 years ago....


What?

Posted by: JkR- | December 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"I don't intend to discriminate against old people..." And then you proceeded to do just that.

C'mon, man!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 17, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Cmon...Carlton won 4 Cy Youngs.

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley just bagged a big assist. He made a nice run to get past a defender and get to to the back line, and then served up a GREAT cross that bent away from the 'keeper. Left his teammate with an easy header to earn an assist and tie up the game, less than a minute after Elia had put Hamburg on top.

Posted by: fischy | December 17, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor: Give him a break. He wrote a politician's apology.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 17, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's play spot the difference:

"I think there shall not be any discrimination against any human beings be it on this side or that side, be it left, right or whatever." Sepp Blatter 14 December 2010

"Unless they're old" World Cup 17 December 2010

Ah, youth! I guess we need a "filter for the stupid stuff they say and outdated stuff they think."


Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | December 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Cmon...Carlton won 4 Cy Youngs.

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010

And hit 13 home runs.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | December 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Cmon...Carlton won 4 Cy Youngs.

Posted by: Reignking | December 17, 2010

And hit 13 home runs.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | December 17, 2010 4:12 PM

But he has no right foot....

Posted by: JkR- | December 17, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 17, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor

"I don't intend to discriminate against old people..." And then you proceeded to do just that.

Of course I did. I was mocking Blatter. You know better than to take people literally on this blog.

Posted by: WorldCup | December 17, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

You're right, WC. My bad. I of all people should recognize sarcasm when I see it.

Sepp makes my head hurt.

@JkR... Carlton was like Etcheverry. His awesome left made up for his non-existent right.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 17, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Sucks to be a fan of the Gunners. Barcelona looks way too strong.

Posted by: tkoho | December 17, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Shakhtar Donetsk and Copenhagen in the final. You read it here first.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 17, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Indeed. I'll be sure to remind you.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 17, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Shakhtar's new kits will be designed by Versace.

Donetsk Donatella.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 18, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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