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December 16, 2011 at 11:44 AM

UEFA holds Champions League, Europa League draws

uefa_champions_league_logo_2921.jpgThe early hours of the morning, UEFA held its draws for the Champions League (round of 16) and Europa League (round of 32 and potential round of 16 pairings). Here are the matchups with the group winners, who will host the second leg, listed first. Those games will be next February and March.

UEFA Champions League Round of 16

APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) vs. Lyon (France)

Chelsea (England) vs. Napoli (Italy)

Arsenal (England) vs. AC Milan (Italy)

Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. FC Basel (Switzerland)

Barcelona (Spain) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Real Madrid (Spain) vs. CSKA Moscow (Russia)

Benfica (Portugal) vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)

Inter Milan (Italy) vs. Marseille (France)

* * *

Certainly the Arsenal-Milan pairing is the star of the round, though the Chelsea-Napoli clash is also interesting. The other top clubs shouldn’t be bothered en route to the quarterfinals, but you never know.

After the jump I’ve included the Europa League draw, which, yes, included Manchester United and Manchester City after disappointing UCL crash outs in the group stage. They each earned a difficult draw — Ajax and Porto, respectively. Those games will be in February.

uefa europa league.jpgUEFA Europa League Round of 32

*Manchester City (England) vs. *Porto (Portugal)

*Manchester United (England) vs. *Ajax (Netherlands)

Athletic Bilbao (Spain) vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)

Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) vs. FC Salzburg (Austria)

*Valencia (Spain) vs. Stoke City (England)

*Olympiakos (Greece) vs. Rubin Kazan (Russia)

Anderlecht (Belgium) vs. AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)

Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs. Lazio (Italy)

FC Twente (Netherlands) vs. Steaua Bucuresti (Romania)

Schalke (Germany) vs. *Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)

Standard Liege (Belgium) vs. Wisla Krakow (Poland)

Besiktas (Turkey) vs. Sporting Braga (Portugal)

PAOK Salonika (Greece) vs. Udinese (Italy)

PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) vs. *Trabzonspor (Turkey)

Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Hannover 96 (Germany)

Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) vs. Legia Warsaw (Poland)

* — UCL dropouts

UEFA Europa League Round of 16

Rubin Kazan/Olympiakos vs. Salzburg/Metalist Kharkiv

Porto/Manchester City vs. Legia Warsaw/Sporting Lisbon

Viktoria Plzen/Schalke vs. Steaua Bucuresti/FC Twente

Hannover/Club Brugge vs. Wisla Krakow/Standard Liege

Stoke City/Valencia vs. Trabzonspor/PSV Eindhoven

AZ Alkmaar/Anderlecht vs. Udinese/PAOK Salonika

Lazio/Atletico Madrid vs. Braga/Besiktas

Ajax/Manchester United vs. Lokomotiv Moscow/Athletic Bilbao

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What stands out to you?

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