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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011/12 UEFA Champions League Tournament Draw

2011/12 UEFA Champions League Fixtures

AC Milan's Thiago Silva (L) heads in a goal against Barcelona in the final minute to equalise during their Group H Champions League soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona September 13, 2011.
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Thiago Silva heads in the equalizer at the Camp Nou.

The draw took place in Monaco to organize the final 32 teams into 8 groups for the upcoming Champions League season. The defending champion is FC Barcelona and the final will be held on 19 May 2012.

Highlights from the 2011 Final


Participating Teams

Club
RouteLast inYears*2010/11**Best***

Pot 1
FC Barcelona
Holders / Champions, Spain
2010/1115WinnersWinners
Manchester United FC
Champions, England
2010/1116
Runners-up
Winners
Chelsea FCRunners-up, England2010/119Quarter-finalsRunners-up
FC Bayern MünchenThird place, Germany
2010/11
14
Round of 16
Winners
Arsenal FC
Fourth place, England
2010/11
13
Round of 16
Runners-up
Real Madrid CFRunners-up, Spain2010/11
15Semi-finals
Winners
FC Porto
Champions, Portugal2009/10
15UEL, winners
Winners
FC Internazionale MilanoRunners-up, Italy2010/1110Quarter-finals
Winners

Pot 2

AC Milan
Champions, Italy2010/11
14
Round of 16Winners
Olympique Lyonnais
Third place, France
2010/11
11
Round of 16
Semi-finals
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Champions, Ukraine
2010/11
6
Quarter-finals
Quarter-finals
Valencia CF
Third place, Spain
2010/11
7
Round of 16
Runners-up
SL Benfica
Runners-up, Portugal2010/116
UEL, semi-finalsWinners
Villarreal CF
Fourth place, Spain
2008/092
UEL, semi-finals
Semi-finals
PFC CSKA Moskva
Runners-up, Russia
2009/10
5
UEL, round of 16
Quarter-finals
Olympique de Marseille
Runners-up, France
2010/11
7
Round of 16
Winners

Pot 3

FC Zenit St Petersburg
Champions, Russia
2008/09
1
UEL, round of 16
Group stage
AFC Ajax
Champions, Netherlands2010/119UEL, round of 16Winners
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Runners-up, Germany
2004/05
6
UEL, round of 16
Runners-up
Olympiacos FC
Champions, Greece
2009/10
12
UEL, third qualifying round
Quarter-finals
Manchester City FC
Third place, EnglandDebut0
UEL, round of 16
First round
LOSC Lille Métropole
Champions, France
2006/07
3UEL, round of 32
First knockout round
FC Basel 1893
Champions, Switzerland
2010/11
3UEL, round of 32
Second group stage
FC BATE Borisov
Champions, Belarus
2008/09
1
UEL, round of 32
Group stage

Pot 4

Borussia Dortmund
Champions, Germany
2002/03
6
UEL, group stage
Winners
SSC Napoli
Third place, Italy
Debut
0
UEL, round of 32
Second round
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Champions, Croatia
1999/20002
UEL, group stage
Group stage
APOEL FC
Champions, Cyprus2009/101UEL, play-offsGroup stage
Trabzonspor AŞRunners-up, Turkey****
Debut
0
UEL, play-offs
Second round
KRC GenkChampions, Belgium2002/031UEL, play-offsGroup stage
FC Viktoria PlzeňChampions, Czech RepublicDebut0UEL, third qualifying roundN/A
FC Oţelul Galaţi
Champions, Romania
Debut
0N/A
N/A

*Past group stage appearances not including 2011/12
**UEFA Champions League unless stated
***Includes pre-1992 European Champion Clubs' Cup
**** Trabzonspor replaced Fenerbahçe SK, who were withdrawn from the competition by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF)
UEL = UEFA Europa League

Chart and text courtesy of UEFA.com.

Group A: FC Bayern München, Villarreal CF, Manchester City FC, SSC Napoli

Group B: FC Internazionale Milano, CSKA Moskva, LOSC Lille Métropole, Trabzonspor AŞ

Group C: Manchester United, SL Benfica, FC Basel 1893, FC Oţelul Galaţi

Group D: Real Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais, AFC Ajax, GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Group E: Chelsea FC, Valencia CF, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, KRC Genk

Group F: Arsenal FC, Olympique de Marseille, Olympiacos FC, Borussia Dortmund

Group G: FC Porto, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Zenit St. Petersburg, APOEL FC

Group H: FC Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE Borisov, FC Viktoria Plzeň

Financial Rewards

According to UEFA.com on 13 September 2011:

"Each of the 32 clubs involved in the group stage will receive a participation bonus of €3.9m. In addition, they will be entitled to a match bonus of €550,000 per match played in the group stage. Performance bonuses will also see €800,000 paid for every win and €400,000 for every draw in the group stage.

The sides competing in the round of 16 can also expect to pick up €3m each, the quarter-finalists €3.3m and the semi-finalists €4.2m. The UEFA Champions League winners will receive €9m and the runners-up €5.6m."


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