Thursday, August 30, 2012

UEFA Champions League Draw 2012-2013, Part I

Every year, the world watches as UEFA kicks off the Champions League season with a draw determining the makeup of the Group Stage of the competition. The intent is to create balanced groups that permit the best teams from across Europe to advance to the knockout stages.
  • There are 32 teams seeded and divvied up into 4 "pots" of 8 teams each
  • Which pot a team is classified in is based on a combination of national league strength and UCL record over the last five years, with Pot 1 holding the strongest teams and Pot 4 the weakest
  • They are randomly placed into 1 of 8 Groups - each group gets 1 team from each Pot
  • Only exception is that each group cannot have more than 1 team from the same national league

Because the seedings don't necessarily reflect the actual, current strength of the team, there are inevitably mismatches that create a lot of the drama and hype leading up to group play. Somehow, every year has a "Group of Death" that will include teams like Man City (Group 2??), Juventus (Group 3??).

UEFA should really scrap the "last 5 years' performance" metric that completely don't take reality into account. Like Man City's meteoric rise from Qatari money. Or Juventus' suspension hurting them in this ranking. I suppose this is all part of soccer's drama. In any case, I'll be rating the chances of advancing in a follow up post once the draw is over in 'Part 2.'

Here are the Pots:

Pot 1
Manchester United
Bayern Munich
Real Madrid
FC Porto
AC Milan

Pot 2
Shakhtar Donetsk
Zenit St Petersburg
Schalke 04
Manchester City
SC Braga
Dynamo Kiev

Pot 3
Ajax Amsterdam
Spartak Moscow
Paris Saint Germain

Pot 4
Borussia Dortmund
BATE Borisov
Dinamo Zagreb
CFR Cluj
FC Nordsjaelland


at least we know its not rigged!

Groups A-C are all interesting and could be anyone's game really ... Group H and G are jokes ... Chelsea got it easy for once ... Repeat champions 2012-2013 ... if we live past december that is

UEFA Champions league is one of the major tournaments of football. Best 16 clubs of the world play in this tournament to win this title.

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