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Champions League *OFFICIAL THREAD*

Post by jerzy_dudek1 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:25 am

Might as well unsticky the last thread and sticky this one no sense in making a 200 page thread I figured.

Anyways to begin group stages are not to far away with just a handfull of games left to determine who goes through.
Nice to see that we got 5 players playing in champions league this year
Kuba
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Szczesny
Wasyl

(not going to count Fabianski)
Pretty sure thats everyone unless im missing someone

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Post by MarcinSki » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:15 am

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Potential Groups of Death:

Barcelona, Man City, Juventus, Dortmund
Bayern Munich, Zenit, Ajax, Malaga
Man U, Benfica, Galatasaray, Montpellier

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Holders Chelsea FC lead the top tier of seeds, all of whom have lifted the trophy other than 2005/06 runners-up Arsenal FC

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Post by Party Polak » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:08 pm

GROUP A

Porto(POR)
Dynamo Kyiv(UKR)
PSG(FRA)
Dinamo Zagreb(CRO)

GROUP B

Arsenal(ENG)
Schalke(GER)
Olympiacos(GRE)
Montpellier(FRA)

GROUP C

Milan(ITA)
Zenit(RUS)
Anderlecht(BEL)
Málaga(ESP)

GROUP D

Real Madrid(ESP)
Man. City(ENG)
Ajax(NED)
Dortmund(GER)

GROUP E

Chelsea(ENG)
Shakhtar Donetsk(UKR)
Juventus(ITA)
Nordsjælland(DEN)

GROUP F

Bayern(GER)
Valencia(ESP)
LOSC(FRA)
BATE(BLR)

GROUP G

Barcelona(ESP)
Benfica(POR)
Spartak Moskva(RUS)
Celtic(SCO)

GROUP H

Man. United(ENG)
Braga(POR)
Galatasaray(TUR)
CFR Cluj(ROU)

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Post by Piecyk02 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:21 pm

It fucking sucks that dortmund got the worst possible draw, but it'll be cool to see our boys playing at the bernabau and against city. Will probably be televised in Canada/US as well.

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Post by MarcinSki » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:01 pm

Toughest
1) Group D
2) Group A
3) Group C

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Post by MarcinSki » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:17 pm

GROUP of DEATH



It was used again in Mexico for the second-phase Group C in the 1982 World Cup in Spain.[10] This grouped defending champions Argentina, the eventual champions Italy, and Brazil with only one to go through to the semi-finals.[11] In 2007, The Guardian called this the deadliest-ever Group of Death.[12]



In the case of Euro 2008, this meant three of the four seeds were among the weakest teams in the tournament: hosts Austria and Switzerland, and surprise 2004 champions Greece. 2006 World Cup finalists France and Italy were unseeded and ended up in Group C with Netherlands and Romania.[26][27] This was considered a "group of death" with Romania as underdogs against three of Europe's top sides

In the 1994 World Cup, Group E (Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Norway) was often given the label; Brazil's coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said it was Group B (Brazil, Russia, Cameroon, Sweden);[50] some reporters suggested both were "groups of death".[51][52]


The Guardian calculated in 2007 that the strongest "Group of Death" was Euro 1996 Group C. The teams (and world rankings) were Germany (2), Russia (3), Italy (7), and Czech Republic (10).[12][13][57] This record was exceeded by the May 2012 rankings for Euro 2012 Group B, with Germany (2), The Netherlands (4), Portugal (5) and Denmark (10),[58] but not the June rankings immediately before the tournament (3, 4, 10, 9 respectively)[59][60]



Other sports

The label "group of death" has been used in other sports than association football; for example:
Basketball: 1994 World Champs Group A;[75] NCAA 2010 Midwest regional[76][77]

Ice hockey: 2010 Olympic men's qualifying group G.[87]

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Post by jerzy_dudek1 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:00 am

If anyone is into fantasy games I created a league for anyone interested. I just got into doing this fantasy stuff makes watching the games a bit more exciting

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Post by Party Polak » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:21 pm

Szczesny out of Montpellier clash

Arsenal No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny has been ruled out of his side's opening Champions League game against Montpellier on Tuesday, due to an ankle injury.

Szczesny, 22, only made his first appearance of the season in the 6-1 win against Southampton on Saturday, after a rib injury kept him out of Arsenal's opening three games of the season.

Vito Mannone is likely to deputise after impressing during the Poland international's absence, while James Shea will be on the bench. Szczesny was considered at fault for Southampton's goal on Saturday, which brought an end to Arsenal's run of clean sheets.

But manager Arsene Wenger has every confidence Mannone holds the "mental strength'' to put his Champions League nightmare behind him - his last European performance for the Gunners saw him produce a calamitous display in the defeat at Olympiacos last December.

"Vito is very close (to the Arsenal number one jersey), and he gets another opportunity now,'' said Wenger. "He has belief and he has the mental strength to deal with that.''

With Lukasz Fabianski also sidelined because of injury, and Argentina youth international Damian Martinez not on Arsenal's Champions League squad list, 21-year-old Academy product James Shea will take an unexpected place on the bench.

"He was on the list as goalkeeper number five at the beginning of the season and now he is number two. That shows you how quickly football can change,'' said Wenger.

Meanwhile, Abou Diaby, who missed Saturday's game due to a hip problem, was in the 18-man squad which left for Montpellier on Monday, but Russian winger Andrey Arshavin is not included.

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Post by euro4ever » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:39 pm

jerzy_dudek1 wrote:Might as well unsticky the last thread and sticky this one no sense in making a 200 page thread I figured.

Anyways to begin group stages are not to far away with just a handfull of games left to determine who goes through.
Nice to see that we got 5 players playing in champions league this year
Kuba
Piszczek
Lewa
Szczesny
Wasyl

(not going to count Fabianski)
Pretty sure thats everyone unless im missing someone




that's pretty sad we only have 5 players in Champs... actually if u think about it.. it's embarrassing

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Post by MarcinSki » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:11 pm

Euro giants struggling in Champions League



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LONDON (AP) -After one of the most unpredictable Champions League matchdays in years, some of Europe's big names have reputations to restore and ground to make up this week as the group stage approaches crunch time.
While Manchester City already is in must-win territory, AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea find themselves in precarious positions heading into the fourth round of matches.
Of that stellar quartet, Chelsea is in most danger and a failure to beat Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday could leave the English giants on the brink of becoming the first defending champions to miss out on qualifying from the group stage.
"I think it's fair to say that,'' Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo said, when asked if this was the team's biggest match since last season's Champions League final. "We'll have to produce a special night on Wednesday, for sure.''
Shakhtar, driven on by its talented Brazilian contingent, has won all 14 of its matches in the Ukrainian league and is top of Group E by three points after the 2-0 home win over Chelsea last time out. That came in a surprise-filled round that saw Milan, Man City, Arsenal and Real Madrid also lose, Juventus held to a draw at Danish minnow FC Nordsjaelland and Barcelona and Manchester United requiring late goals to seal comeback wins at home.
Chelsea is second in its group - a point ahead of Juventus, which will look to rebound from seeing a 49-match unbeaten domestic run end this weekend when it hosts Nordsjaelland.
"The world isn't over and Juventus isn't finished,'' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said after the side's 3-1 loss to Inter Milan on Saturday. "We've got a lot of positive things to look forward to. Wednesday is a very important match and we can't let ourselves be distracted by this result.''
Italian rival Milan - a seven-time European champion - is second in Group C on four points and seemingly chasing the runner-up spot behind Malaga ahead of Tuesday's match against the Spanish side, which has won all three matches. Zenit St. Petersburg is a point behind Milan and plays Anderlecht away next.
Bayern, meanwhile, is engaged in a three-way fight with Valencia and unheralded Belarusian side BATE Borisov for two qualification spots in Group F. All three teams have six points, with Bayern - last season's beaten finalist - currently third but facing a home match against last-place Lille on Wednesday.
Even Madrid is far from sure of advancing after losing 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago to slip behind the Germans in Group D but things look much rosier for fellow tournament giants Barcelona and Manchester United, who are protecting perfect starts and are both seeking to go through with two games to spare this week.
Barca, fresh off its best-ever start to a Spanish league campaign in its 113-year history, visits Celtic in Group G and United travels to Braga buoyed by going top of the English Premier League on Saturday.
As well as Malaga, FC Porto will also go through this week if it can secure a fourth straight win in Group A.
For Man City, the challenge is simple. The English champions, who have one point so far, need to win all their remaining matches - including a trip to Dortmund and the visit of Madrid - to avoid group-stage elimination for the second straight season. Ajax, which beat City 3-1 a fortnight ago, is first up for Roberto Mancini's side.
"It will be a miracle,'' Mancini said of his side's hopes of progressing.
Madrid can reclaim control of the group by beating Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu, where the Spanish champions have won seven Champions League games in a row - scoring 27 goals.
Elsewhere, Schalke hosts Arsenal in a meeting between the top two in Group B. Schalke won 2-0 at Emirates Stadium in the first match of the double header and Arsenal could be caught by third-place Olympiakos with a loss in Germany on Tuesday.

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Post by Piecyk02 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:16 pm

So impressed with dortmund, can't believe they did it. After last years performance and the start of the bundesliga they had I expected them to finish dead last.

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Post by Lime » Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:17 pm

Dortmund came up a long way. From being bankrupt and almost getting dropped to the 3rd league, to being the Germany champions and coming out on top in the group of death. I honestly think Dortmund has what it takes to get to the finals.

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Post by nicram » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:33 pm

They could get to the finals but they need alot of luck. Even though they came first in their group, Madrid were better on paper and on the field, BVB were just a bit more lucky. They are a top team full of young players that will only get better with time.
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Post by MarcinSki » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:01 pm

Questions will also be asked about this team's character, and rightly so. Going six European matches without a single win? How does a team like Manchester City do that?

Bluntly, the English champions have nobody to blame but themselves for this wretched and forgettable European campaign, and their absence from the Europa League is a blessing, not a misfortune.

Eight pack of facts

-- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in his last 15 Champions League appearances.

-- Manchester City has just one win (and four losses) in their last five European trips to Germany.

-- Prior to Tuesday, Zenit St. Petersburg was winless in their last eight European games away from home (two draws and six losses).

-- Anderlecht has just one win in their last 21 Champions League away games (with six draws and 14 losses).

-- French teams are winless in their last eight matches against German opposition (three draws and five losses).

-- Arsenal has kept just one clean sheet in their last 23 Champions League matches away from home.

-- Paris St. Germain is unbeaten in their last 20 European games on home soil (13 wins and seven draws).

-- Dinamo Zagreb is winless in four matches in Europe against Ukrainian opposition.


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Post by nicram » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:52 am

Ya, City definitely don't deserve it. I can't believe how bad they played against this bvb team. I guess this is what happens on a mercenary team.
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Post by legia_piotr » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:49 am

Maybe "throwing the game" is a bit strong but Man Shitty obviously did not care about Europa League -- hence the shitty display yesterday. There was some quote about Mancini saying Europa League games are on Thursdays and how that would cause a problem considering Prem games are on Sat/Sun.

A smart better would've put some money on Dortmund -- even with so much of their A team on the bench. 8-)

Another game to consider for the betters out there -- Shakhtar v Juve today. A draw and both teams go through... The draw has by far the lowest odds (this virtually never happens) at 1.90. Shakhtar winning is at 3.60, Juve winning is at 4.00. Reminds me of that Sweden v Denmark game at EURO a few years back, haha

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Post by (polskaGOLA) » Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:24 pm

Granted I haven't been following EPL recently (I find it boring) but I don't understand that sentiment. Man City has a huge squad so why not just play a completely different B+C team mix in Europa League if Mancini really doesn't care for the competition?
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Post by legia_piotr » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:21 pm

Celtic through! Chelski out!
a great day overall :)

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Spain: Barcelona - Malaga - Real - Valencia
Germany: Dortmund - Bayern - Shalke
Italy: Juventus - Milan
England: Man U - Arsernal
Portugal: Porto
France: PSG
Turkey: Galatasaray
Ukraine: Shakhtar
Scotland: Celtic





The 16 teams who have qualified for the Champions League knock-out stage


The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United are familiar faces, while Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malaga will not be underestimated in Europe this season


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