UCL 2010/11 - The Knock-Out Stage Preview

The lineup for the UEFA Champions League 2010/11 round of 16 draw in Nyon on 17 December is complete – featuring a mix of seven former competition winners, nine teams that made it this far last season, and three clubs new to the knockout stage. There will be two pots when the draw ceremony begins at 13:00GMT next Friday: one of group winners and one of runners-up. The winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 15/16 and 22/23 February and at home in the return matches on 8/9 and 15/16 March. No team can play a club from their group or any side from the same association.

GROUP WINNERS

A: Tottenham Hotspur
Can play: Olympique Lyon, Valencia, FC Copenhagen, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan
Qualified as: fourth place, England / began in play-offs
Last season: did not enter
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 1
Best Champions League finish: semi-finals

B: Schalke 04
Can play: Inter Milan, Valencia, FC Copenhagen, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan, Arsenal
Qualified as: runners-up, Germany
Last season: did not enter
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 3
Best Champions League finish: quarter-finals

C: Manchester United
Can play: Inter Milan, Olympique Lyon, FC Copenhagen, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan
Last season: quarter-finals
Qualified as: runners-up, England
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 16
Best Champions League finish: winners (three times)

D: FC Barcelona
Can play: Inter Milan, Olympique Lyon, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan, Arsenal
Qualified as: champions, Spain
Last season: semi-finals
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 15
Best Champions League finish: winners (three times)

E: Bayern Munich
Can play: Inter Milan, Olympique Lyon, Valencia, FC Copenhagen, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan, Arsenal
Qualified as: champions, Germany
Last season: runners-up
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 15
Best Champions League finish: winners (four times)

F: Chelsea
Can play: Inter Milan, Olympique Lyon, Valencia, FC Copenhagen, AS Roma, AC Milan
Qualified as: champions, England
Last season: round of 16
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 9
Best Champions League finish: runners-up

G: Real Madrid
Can play: Inter Milan, Olympique Lyon, FC Copenhagen, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille, Arsenal
Qualified as: runners-up, Spain
Last season: round of 16
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 15
Best Champions League finish: winners (nine times)

H: Shakhtar Donetsk
Can play: Inter Milan, Olympique Lyon, Valencia, FC Copenhagen, AS Roma, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan
Qualified as: champions, Ukraine
Last season: UEFA Europa League round of 32
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 6
Best Champions League finish: group stage

GROUP RUNNERS-UP

A: Inter Milan
Can play: Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar
Qualified as: holders / champions, Italy
Last season: winners
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 10
Best Champions League finish: winners (three times)

B: Olympique Lyon
Can play: Tottenham, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar
Qualified as: runners-up, France
Last season: semi-finals
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 11
Best Champions League finish: semi-finals

C: Valencia
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Bayern, Chelsea, Shakhtar
Last season: UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
Qualified as: third place, Spain
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 7
Best Champions League finish: runners-up

D: FC Copenhagen
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Bayern, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar
Qualified as: champions, Denmark / began in third qualifying round
Last season: UEFA Europa League round of 32
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 2
Best Champions League finish: group stage

E: AS Roma
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Madrid, Shakhtar
Qualified as: runners-up, Italy
Last season: UEFA Europa League round of 32
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 7
Best Champions League finish: runners-up

F: Olympique Marseille
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid, Shakhtar
Qualified as: champions, France
Last season: UEFA Europa League round of 16
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 7
Best Champions League finish: winners (once)

G: AC Milan
Can play: Tottenham, Schalke, Man United, Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea, Shakhtar
Qualified as: third place, Italy
Last season: round of 16
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 14
Best Champions League finish: winners (seven times)

H: Arsenal
Can play: Schalke, Barcelona, Bayern, Madrid
Qualified as: third place, England
Last season: quarter-finals
Seasons in UEFA Champions League: 13
Best Champions League finish: runners-up

Source: UEFA

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