Following several exciting qualification rounds and a group stage that saw the emergence of clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, FC København and FC Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe’s foremost club soccer competition, the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League is now set for its knockout stages.
The draw for the tournament’s Round of 16 took place took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday. As always seems to be the case with UEFA Champions League draws, soccer fans are left with several mouth-watering matchups. The foremost of these include:
– Inter Milan and Bayern Munich clashing in a rematch of last season’s very entertaining final.
– FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC meeting in another rematch. This time it is of the 2006 final that saw Barca triumph.
– Impressive UEFA Champions League debutants Tottenham Hotspur returning to the San Siro to face seven-time champions AC Milan. Spurs topped a group featuring fellow San Siro residents Inter Milan in the last round of the competition.
– A repeat of last season’s Round of 16 series between Real Madrid and Olympique Lyon that resulted in Madrid’s elimination from the Champions League.
Group stage runners-up will play the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 at home on either the 15th/16th or 22nd/23nd of February, with the second legs taking place on either the 8th/9th or 15th/16th of March 2011.
Here are all of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchups:
AS Roma (ITA) v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
AC Milan (ITA) v Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)
Valencia CF (ESP) v FC Schalke 04 (GER)
Inter Milan FC (ITA) v FC Bayern München (GER)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
FC København (DEN) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
All matches will be shown in the USA on Fox Soccer Channel. Selected matches are usually shown on regional Fox Sports on networks tape delay on the days that they are played.
Meanwhile, in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw, Liverpool FC will play AC Sparta Praha while while Sevilla FC and FC Porto meet in an all-Iberian affair.
Most Round of 32 UEFA Europa league ties will take place on the 17 th and 24th February, 2011. The touranment’s round of 16 ties are set for the 10th and 17th of March, 2011.
Round of 32 Draw
SSC Napoli (ITA) v Villarreal CF (ESP)
Rangers FC (SCO) v Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v Liverpool FC (ENG)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL) v AFC Ajax (NED)
KKS Lech PoznaÅ„ (POL) v SC Braga (POR)
Beşiktaş JK (TUR) v FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) v FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE) v Manchester City FC (ENG)*
PAOK FC (GRE) v PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)**
Sevilla FC (ESP) v FC Porto (POR)**
FC Rubin Kazan (RUS) v FC Twente (NED)
LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA) v PSV Eindhoven (NED)
SL Benfica (POR) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) v Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
* first leg scheduled for Tuesday 15 February
** second leg scheduled for Tuesday 22 February
Round of 16 Draw
Benfica/Stuttgart v BATE/PSG
Beșiktaș/Dynamo Kyiv v Aris/Manchester City
Rubin/Twente v Young Boys/Zenit
PAOK/CSKA Moskva v Sevilla/Porto
Lille/PSV v Rangers/Sporting
Metalist/Leverkusen v Napoli/Villarreal
Anderlecht/Ajax v Basel/Spartak Moskva
Sparta Praha/Liverpool v Lech/Braga