UEFA Champions League Playoffs Draw – LIVEBLOG

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.

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2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Round of 16
to be played 24/25 February & 10/11 March

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Chelsea
Chelsea
vs.
Juventus
Juventus
Villarreal
Villarreal
vs.
Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos
Sporting Lisbon
Sporting
vs.
Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid
vs.
Porto
FC Porto
Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon
vs.
Barcelona
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Real Madrid
vs.
Liverpool
Liverpool
Arsenal
Arsenal
vs.
Roma
AS Roma
Inter Milan
Inter Milan
vs.
Manchester United
Man Utd

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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 Dreams Nightmares.

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 à 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.

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Draw Procedure

  1. 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).
  2. The winners and runners-up of the same groupcannot be drawn against each other.
  3. Clubs from the same countrycannot be drawn against each other.
  4. The group runners-up shall play their 1st-leg match at home.

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2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Group Stage Results – Group Winners & Runners-up
Group
Group winners
Group runners-up
A
Roma (ITA)
Chelsea (ENG)
B
Panathinaikos (GRE)
Inter Milan (ITA)
C
Barcelona (ESP)
Sporting (POR)
D
Liverpool (ENG)
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
E
Manchester United (ENG)
Villarreal (ESP)
F
Bayern Munich (GER)
Lyon (FRA)
G
Porto (POR)
Arsenal (ENG)
H
Juventus (ITA)
Real Madrid (ESP)

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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.

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Possible pairings in Friday’s Round of 16 Playoffs Draw:

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ArsenalArsenalChelseaChelseaLiverpoolLiverpoolMan UtdMan Utd
     Roma     Panathinaikos     Inter Milan     Inter Milan
     Panathinaikos     Barcelona     Sporting     Sporting
     Barcelona     Bayern Munich     Villarreal     Atletico Madrid
     Bayern Munich     Porto     Lyon     Lyon
     Juventus     Juventus     Real Madrid     Real Madrid
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Atletico MadridlAtl. MadridBarcelonaBarcelonaVillarrealVillarrealReal MadridReal Madrid
     Roma     Chelsea     Roma     Roma
     Panathinaikos     Inter Milan     Panathinaikos     Panathinaikos
     Manchester United     Lyon     Liverpool     Liverpool
     Bayern Munich     Arsenal     Bayern     Manchester United
     Porto    .     Porto     Bayern Munich
     Juventus    .     Juventus     Porto
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Inter MilanInter MilanJuventusJuventusAS RomaRomaFC PortoPorto
     Barcelona     Chelsea     Sporting     Chelsea
     Liverpool     Sporting     Atletico Madrid     Inter Milan
     Manchester United     Atletico Madrid     Villarreal     Atletico Madrid
     Bayern Munich     Villarreal     Lyon     Villarreal
     Porto     Lyon     Arsenal     Lyon
    .     Arsenal     Real Madrid     Real Madrid
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Bayern MunichBayernOlympique LyonnaisLyonSporting LisbonSportingPanathinaikosPanathinaikos
     Chelsea     Roma     Roma     Chelsea
     Inter Milan     Panathinaikos     Panathinaikos     Sporting
     Sporting     Barcelona     Liverpool     Atletico Madrid
     Atletico Madrid     Liverpool     Manchester United     Villarreal
     Villarreal     Manchester United     Bayern Munich     Lyon
     Arsenal     Porto     Juventus     Arsenal
     Real Madrid     Juventus    .     Real Madrid
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