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3 Things I Learned From the Uefa Champions League Draw

  1. It’s too damn long.

  1. Arsenal can’t never get a break.

3. You CAN go home again. 

I can’t predict anything until a ball is kicked (how’s that for hedging), but here’s how the groups shook out.

Group A

PSG

Real Madrid

Shakhtar Donetsk

Malmo

Group B

PSV

Man. United

CSKA Moscow

Wolfsburg

Group C

Benfica

Atletico Madrid

Galatasary

Astana

Group D

Juventus

Man. City

Sevilla

Monchengladbach

Group E

Barcelona

Leverkusen

Roma

BATE Borisov

Group F

Bayern

Arsenal

Olympiacos

Dinamo Zagreb

Group G

Chelsea

Porto

Dynamo Kyiv

Tel Aviv

Group H

Zenit St. Petersburg

Valencia

Lyon

Gent

Europa League – it’s fun too!

Now that it’s been whittled to 32 teams, and with me making an effort to learn more about those unfancied teams, I have more reason to pay attention to the Europa League. While I’m not yet ready to pick a winner, I will have my eye on the following matchups:

  • Juventus (ITA) v Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR)
  • NK Maribor (SVN) v Sevilla FC (ESP)
  • Swansea City AFC (ENG) v SSC Napoli (ITA)
  • SS Lazio (ITA) v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
  • Esbjerg fB (DEN) v ACF Fiorentina (ITA)
  • FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
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