This article refers to an earlier version of the Champions League draw. Go to the latest Champions League draw article.
The draw for the 1st knockout round (Round of 16) of the UEFA Champions League took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, at 12:00 CET Friday.
Keeping with its tradition, Soccerlens brought you the draw LIVE as the 8 matches were drawn.
Full Playoff draw table after the jump.
2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Round of 16
to be played 24/25 February & 10/11 March
|Inter Milan||Manchester United|
12:22 This concludes our live webcast of the 2008-09 Playoffs draw on Soccerlens. Thank you again for joining us, and we’ll see you all in 2009 for some very exciting UCL action.
12:20 Some pretty fantastic match-ups in this year’s UCL Playoffs draw. The recurring theme of the day seems to be “Italy vs. England”, “Serie A vs. Premier League”. Can the Italians claim back their throne as the best European league, a title which was has been eluding them since the late 90’s? We shall see in February!
12:18 And lastly, INTER MILAN vs. MANCHESTER UNITED!! This, ladies & gentlemen, is undoubtedly the clash of the 2nd round. Serie A champions vs. EPL champions. Can the Nerazzurri finally put the European naysayers to rest?
12:17 Then we have ARSENAL vs. ROMA!! And yet again, Roma picks an English team!! Let’s hope for Spalletti that Emirates Stadium doesn’t turn into another Theatre of
12:16 Three more to go, most of the English teams left. REAL MADRID VS. LIVERPOOL!! The Merengues are hurting, but can the Reds’ incredible form in Europe continue?
12:15Atletico Madrid vs. Porto. Iberian peninsula draw, with the “other” Madrid team facing the Portuguese 2007-08 Liga Sagres champions.
Lyon vs. Barcelona!! That’s another very good one! Les Bleus Ã l’honneur: it’s Thierry Henry vs. Karim Benzema, France’s current striking partnership.
12:13 Two more matches drawn. Villarreal vs. Panathinaikos (good pick for the Spaniards I’d say),and Sporting vs. Bayern Munich. Also good pick for the Germans.
12:12 First match: CHELSEA vs. JUVENTUS!!! Claudio Ranieri facing his old club!!! What a match-up!
12:10 Draw procedure is being explained again. For reference see below. The draw BEGINS!
12:05 The FINAL of this year’s UEFA Champions League will take place in Rome this year. Representing the glorious Italian capital, Roma legend Bruno Conti.
12:02 Thank you for joining us. Pre-draw ceremonies have begun, namely a presentation of the 16 qualified teams, highlights from the group stage.
- 1st-ranked teams from the Group Stage will be drawn to play against 2nd-ranked teams (i.e. the group winners cannot be drawn against each other, and the group runners-up cannot be drawn against each other).
- The winners and runners-up of the same groupcannot be drawn against each other.
- Clubs from the same countrycannot be drawn against each other.
- The group runners-up shall play their 1st-leg match at home.
Group Stage Results – Group Winners & Runners-up
The table below outlines all the possible pairings for the draw. First knockout round is to be played on February 24/25 and March 10/11.
Possible pairings in Friday’s Round of 16 Playoffs Draw:
|Roma||Panathinaikos||Inter Milan||Inter Milan|
|Barcelona||Bayern Munich||Villarreal||Atletico Madrid|
|Juventus||Juventus||Real Madrid||Real Madrid|
|Atl. Madrid||Barcelona||Villarreal||Real Madrid|
|Bayern Munich||Arsenal||Bayern||Manchester United|
|Liverpool||Sporting||Atletico Madrid||Inter Milan|
|Manchester United||Atletico Madrid||Villarreal||Atletico Madrid|
|.||Arsenal||Real Madrid||Real Madrid|
|Atletico Madrid||Liverpool||Manchester United||Villarreal|
|Villarreal||Manchester United||Bayern Munich||Lyon|
|Real Madrid||Juventus||.||Real Madrid|
So what do you want to see out of the Round of 16 draw? Let us know in the comments.