2008-2009 Champions League & UEFA Cup Quarter/Semi-Finals Draw – LIVEBLOG

2008-2009 Champions League & UEFA Cup Quarter/Semi-Finals Draw – LIVEBLOG


This article refers to an earlier version of the Champions League and the UEFA Cup draw. Go to the latest Champions League draw and the latest Europa League draw article.

This article refers to an earlier version of the Europa League draw. Go to the latest Europa League draw article.

With now only 8 teams remaining in each respective tournament, UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) will host the draws on Friday afternoon for the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals of the 2007/08 UEFA club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup.

The UEFA Champions League draw will be made at 12.00CET and conducted by the UEFA General Secretary (David Taylor) and the ambassador for the May 27th final in Rome (AS Roma and Azzurri legend Bruno Conti). The UEFA Cup draw will follow at 13.00CET and will be conducted by Mr Taylor and the ambassador for the Istanbul final, former football AND basketball international (yup, you’ve read that right, he’s the Turkish Steve Nash) Can Bartu.

Soccerlens brought to you the draw LIVE as each of the 4 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches were drawn. Full tables after the jump.




2008/09 UEFA Cup
to be played April 9 and 16


Hamburg Hamburg vs. Manchester City Manchester City
Paris SG Paris SG vs. Dynamo Kiev Dynamo Kiev
Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Marseille Marseille
Werder Bremen Werder Bremen vs. Udinese Udinese


2008/09 UEFA Cup
to be played April 30 and May 7


Werder/Udinese vs. Hamburg/Man City
PSG/D.Kiev vs. Shakhtar/Marseille


13:16 And this wraps it up for us. Thanks for tuning in to Soccerlens to follow the liveblog. See you very soon in April for the Quarter-finals!

13:16 Fairly balanced draw overall, I’d say. The most interesting match (at least as far as I’m concerned), will be Udinese-W.Bremen, but obviously I’m biased, and hoping at least one Serie A team will keep the Italian honour high in Europe this season. The two Franco-Ukrainian showdowns are definitely interesting as well.

Werder/Udinese vs. Hamburg/Man City
PSG/D.Kiev vs. Shakhtar/Marseille

Thus, it could be a fully German and a fully French or Ukrainian semi-finals.

13:12 WERDER BREMEN vs. UDINESE. So Udinese now have the opportunity to avenge their Serie A cousins Milan, and take Werder out. It’ll be a hard one for Marino’s boys, no doubt.

13:12 SHAKHTAR DONETSK vs. MARSEILLE. It’ll be a double Franco-Ukrainian header then!

13:11 PARIS ST. GERMAIN vs. DYNAMO KIEV. Good draw for the Parisians, who are having quite an admirable Ligue 1 season so far, sitting very close to Lyon.

13:10 HAMBURG vs. MANCHESTER CITY. I think Mark Hughes will be pleased…

13:08 Le Draw begins.

13:06 Presenting the city of Istanbul, as well as Can Bartu, UEFA ambassador for the Cup final. Picture it, this is a guy that represented Turkey at the international level for both football and… basketball! I wonder if he can he play hockey too (Steve Nash anyone?).

13:04 Boy it’s 8am in Canada and I can barely keep my eyes open. Need more time in the sack.

13:02 Cue the Round of 16 Highlights video, along with a presentation of the 8 qualified teams. Some nice images of Istanbul, the city that will be hosting the final.

13:00 David Taylor doing his thing again. Presenting the road to the quarter-finals.

12:59 And we’re back. Now listening to an endless loop of “UEFA Cup theme music”. Wonder if they’ll get it changed once it turns into the “Europa Cup”.




2008/09 UEFA Champions League
to be played April 7/8 and 14/15


Villareal Villarreal vs. Arsenal Arsenal
Man Utd Manchester Utd vs. Porto FC Porto
Liverpool Liverpool vs. Chelsea Chelsea
Barcelona Barcelona vs. Bayern Bayern Munich


2008/09 UEFA Champions League
to be played April 28/29 and May 5/6


Man Utd/Porto vs. Villarreal/Arsenal
Barcelona/Bayern vs. Liverpool/Chelsea


12:16 This is it. UCL Draw completed. Tune in again at 13:00 CET for the UEFA Cup draw, here on Soccerlens.

12:14 Boy oh boy, this is interesting. Man Utd may have gotten a tough opponent in the Round of 16, but surely beating Porto must seem like a walk in the park after beating Inter? And how about that L’pool vs. Chelsea showdown? The semi-finalists from the 2007-08 edition meet again. Can Blues beat Reds once again? We will find out in April!

12:13 Man Utd/Porto vs. Villarreal/Arsenal
Barcelona/Bayern vs. Liverpool/Chelsea. The finalist coming out from the second game will definitely have it harder.

12:12 Now the Semi-finals draw (possible pairs).

12:11 And thus, the only two teams remaining: BARCELONA vs. BAYERN MUNICH!!! Another great one!

12:10 LIVERPOOL vs. CHELSEA!!! There we have it!! First EPL Showdown!!

12:09 MANCHESTER UNITED vs. PORTO!!! Goddamn, the lucky (Red) devils!!!

12:08 The DRAW BEGINS!!! First club: VILLARREAL. They’ll be playing ARSENAL! VILLARREAL vs. ARSENAL!!!

12:06 Presenting Bruno Conti, the UEFA ambassador for the Champions League final. This is one of the greatest players to ever don the Roma and Italy jersey my friends, and a 1982 World Cup winner with the Azzurri. Arguably, also the best left winger ever to play for Italy.

12:04 Video presenting the teams being shown. Liverpool have now won 4 straight matches in the UCL, Chelsea beat Juve, Messi beat Lyon etc. etc. Some good footage of the Stadio Olimpico though, where the final will be played.

12:01 David Taylor is on, and presenting the “road to the quarter-finals”. Giving stats about teams and stuff. Yawn. That’s why they make UEFA press kits people!

12:00 And so it begins. Prepare for the EPL vs. EPL showdown people: it’s happening!

11:59 Should begin any minute now. It better. If I hear the Champions League theme song one more time I’m throwing the monitor out the window.

11:55 And we’re on. Sorry for the lateness, but it’s tough to be up at 7am when you’re living in North America. Actually when you’re living anywhere in world, but now you know my timezone.


UEFA Champions LeagueUEFA Champions League

The eight winners of the ties played in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League will contest the Quarter—Finals, with the pairings determined by an open draw. This means no country protection: clubs from the same national association may be drawn against each other, and in the case of the English Premier League (who still has 4 teams left in the competition), the odds of that happening are… very high (if you’re interested to know how high, read this). Prepare yourselves for some very hot April action!

The quarter-finals are played on a home-and—away basis, with the first legs scheduled for Tuesday 7th and Wednesday April 8th and the return legs for Tuesday 14th and Wednesday April 15th. The four winning teams will, at that stage, know who they will meet in the Semi-Finals (to be played just two weeks later, on April 28/29 and May 5/6), as the pairings will also be decided during the draw ceremony.

A further draw will also define whether the winner of Semi-Final 1 or the winner of Semi-Final 2 will be considered (for administrative purposes) as the ‘home’ team at the Stadio Olimpico final. The match in Rome kicks off at 20:45 CET.


The same procedure will apply to the draw for the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals of the UEFA Cup. The Quarter-Final matches will take place on April 9 and 16, and the Semi-Finals on April 30 and May 7. The final will be played at the Fenerbahçe Åžükrü SaracoÄŸlu Stadium in Istanbul on Wednesday May 20 at 21:45 local time (20.45 CET).

UEFA Champions League - Roma Finale 2009

While the possible draw scenarios germinate in your mind, L’Équipe has a rather interesting article on the “home advantage” factor of the remaining teams.

For instance:

  • Arsenal: Have an unbeaten streak of 23 UCL matches at Emirates Stadium (26 if you count preliminary rounds).
  • Bayern: Since they moved to Allianz Arena in 2005, the German giants lost an UCL home match only once, 0-2 vs. AC Milan in 2007 (of course, if you include their 2007-08 UEFA Cup season, results aren’t so spectacular).
  • Liverpool: Including domestic and European competitions, have a 31-match unbeaten streak record at Anfield.
  • Manchester United: 20-match European unbeaten streak at Old Trafford.
  • Chelsea: 16-match uropean unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge.
  • Porto: Since 2003, only two teams have managed to win at Estádio do Dragão.
  • Villarreal: Have never lost at El Madrigal in the UEFA Champions League (granted, their UCL history is still writing its first chapters).

Ironically, Barcelona are the team who have the weakest home record of the remaining eight, but hey… who needs a solid defense when you usually score more than three goals per game, mmmh??

See you at 11:45 CET everyone!

(and in the meantime, have a look at the cool adidas “Roma Finale” ball for the Champions League final):

The design of the adidas Finale Rome is based on the widely recognisable UEFA Champions League starball. The colours of the new match ball are inspired by the traditional Roman colour burgundy with gold detailing around the stars. Mosaic figures representing key sporting and Roman values such as speed, teamwork, justice and power are featured in each star — honouring European club football’s blue-riband event.


Like the EUROPASS, the match ball of UEFA EURO 2008â„¢ in Austria and Switzerland last summer, the adidas Finale Rome boasts the innovative surface structure PSC-Textureâ„¢. This surface structure allows players to control and direct the ball perfectly in all weather conditions. The PSC-Textureâ„¢ consists of a sophisticated and extremely fine structure on the ball’s outer skin that guarantees optimum grip between ball and boot. Due to the usage of this material, the ball texture feels like goose bumps. In addition, like the EUROPASS, the adidas Finale Rome is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology.


Marco Pantanella features on the Editing team of Soccerlens and is the Author & Chief Editor of the mCalcio blog.

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  1. i realy like you update information and i am the supporter og Arsenal and i hope Arsenal will do the best.
    Soya from (Africa)Ethiopia.

  2. With all due respect to the rest seven teams fans and supporters, I believe that this year is Chelsea’s year in Europe. What they have done in and outside GB is fantastic and they вуыкму to hold that trophy over their heads!

  3. I think Liverpool will meet villarreal i querter finals , and they will go to semi-finals liverpool . and then liverpool will meet Chelsea as always is the semis .

    Liverpool Wins against Chelsea in Semis – 2005,2007.
    Chelsea Wins Against Liverpool in Semis – 2008.

  4. That’s it then: Utd V Barca final. Nice! :)

    Can’t believe we got the 3 weakest teams in our half!!

  5. Porto eh? We’ll live. Hoping for a Villareal win, somehow I find them more beatable than Arsenal.

    Don’t like the second group at all :)

    Fancy Chelsea beating Liverpool though…

  6. Brian, not so sure that it’d be Barca v Utd, could pretty well be Liverpool v United. That would be quite something though, blood on the streets, in the stands and on the pitch..

  7. Arsenal should finish the Job at the El madrigal stadium and give their reserves a chance at the emirates in the return leg.go Arsenal…

  8. arsenal is here again dis is it ,here we are up gunners we are always up dere to do it like no one else.BELIEVE THIS IS ARSENALS YEAR WE CAN DO IT DONT LOOK AT OUR PAST.WE ARE MOVING ON TO GREATNESS ,GOD IS OUR STRENGHT



  11. arsenal through, man u through, liverpool through, bayern through…
    barca are unfortunate to have drawn bayern at home… bayern will be more fired up than barca resulting in barca going out of the competition…

  12. Oh this is mouth watering stuff for Liverpool,Chelsea,Barca,Bayern. I have no idea that who the one will survive from this hell of draw to meet lucky lucky man utd.

  13. Ah!i what a victory for arsenal and a clean sheet in the semi-final.Surely the young gunners are comming with the UEFA champions league trophy to England. I think i should be proud of my team ah!ah!ah!ah!ah!.

  14. alright liverpool vs chelsea. time for revenge chelsea. last year chelsea defeat liverpool in semi final now it’s time for revenge. viva liverpool, YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE!

  15. YNWA …
    D pool 4 eva …
    Walk on guys, walk on…
    we got d trophy 4 d 6th tym dis yr, n Rome it’ll b …
    Captain fantastic, El Nino, Rafa …
    We Kings again …
    God’s on our syd n will walk wif n 4 us …
    Viva la Scousers …

  16. game of the round, wihtout doubt, is arsenal one. pure attack, will be one hell of a game with two teams who will just go out and enjoy the game. they may not win the trophy, but have won and will won plenty of admiration in their styles and tempo.

  17. congratulations to Man u’s automatic bye into the final, i think over 2 legs no one is better than Liverpool and we will be happy to take on the mancs in Rome.

  18. I have a dream that Arsenal will take the UEFA Champions league Cup.And see ARSENAL rejoycing lifting the cup.


  20. menurut saya masih banyk klub yang tanpa qe sadari dapat msuk final liga champions.
    nmn jngn dilupakan klub dr jerman bayern muenchen.
    krn di tngn pelatih juergen klinsmann bs sj muenchen mengulung sukses di liga champons

  21. Mu VS barcelona di finl liga champions.

    nmn sya tdk yakin jg klub impian saya manchester bs lolos
    ke final karna ada klub yng lg diatas angin berkembang truz
    ketika melakoni pertandingan.
    klo qt ingat MU pernah kalah dr porto di final waktu mse di
    tangani oleh jose mourinho.
    bs sja nti di porto mengulang suksesnya tersebut.

    qt tunggu sj nti.

  22. Well that proves it, this draw is fixed. I’m sorry if I’m biased, but it is. Man Utd have been given an easy route yet again, because uefa are scared that Sir Alex will complain about the fixtures.

    Liverpool are playing Chelsea for the 5th year running, because they are level on points in the premierleague.

    Arsenal are playing Villareal, because it was an exciting game 3 years ago.

    The only fair game was Barca against Bayern which should be a good game becasue Bayern are on great form and so is Barca.

    My semi final predictions are:
    Man Utd V Arsenal and Liverpool v Barcelona

    My final prediction is:
    Arsenal v Liverpool and Arsenal winning it

  23. Manchester UTD will not beat Liverpool if they meet again.
    The premiership was their last test…

  24. man utd v barca final man utd to win 1.0 bye bye liverpool and liverpool fans say liverpool gotta good europian record not bein beatin since ac milan in 2007 cum on liverpool fans wake up ur a 2nd rate team al ways have been always WILL be

  25. I would like to see ManU repeat its history. I am very optimistic that ManU will again be the Champion in this tourney. Go ManU, Go!

  26. He he, Golden Gunner, you got a lucky draw too and your right, United do have an easy draw after all, who wouldn’t find it easy to beat Arsenal in the CL? How could this draw be fixed? It was performed live with loads of press guys and with impartial people making the draw.

  27. man u is surely going to d finals.it will face either arsenal or villareal in d semis, both of them are no problem for man u to defeat easily.real tough for barca to overcome bayern looking at the form of both the teams.whereas as liverpool have an extra edge over chelsea looking at their current form in epl.still cant decide barca or bayern but barca can win regarding thier current overall form.

  28. arsenal we win villarreal what ever it cause and adebayor is going to score upto three goal in our game with villareal.

  29. The only cook to crow now is Barca. So boys keep the flame burning. We are solidly behind you.We are proud of Eto’o being a Cameroonian.

  30. i thought barca will win home and away.the second leg was just.1 1.any way we re meeting chelsea in the semis.(UP BARCA).BARCA 4 LIFE.

  31. chelsea is the best club in the world noone will against chelsae to be a champion, although is Mu or whichever ….. yuo will win chelsea,,,,,, hahahaha

  32. LAMPARD AND BALLACK are the one of the best player,,,,,,
    they will raise up chelsea to be champion this year…..
    chelsea it one of the best club in the world and ,,,, it’ll always my favotrite TIM

  33. i thougth the chelsea have to be in rome vs ManU but the result will be fcbarcelona 0 vs. manU 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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