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Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012-13 Champions League Group Stage Draw

Premier League holders Manchester City have received the toughest draw, facing Real Madrid, Ajax, and Borussia Dortmund.

Defending Champions Chelsea have some work to do as well, as the Blues will play Juventus, with Shaktar Donetesk a tough task as well, and little FC Nordsjaelland completing the group.

Barcelona have drawn Iberian neighbours Benfica, as well as having to travel across Europe to face Spartak Moscow, and Scottish side Celtic.

Arsenal will play German side Schalke, French Champions Montpellier, and Greek team Olympiakos.

Finally, Manchester United appear to have receive a favourable draw with two of their opponents being sides that had to go through qualification, with Portoguese side Braga, Turkish team Galatasaray and Romanians CFR Cluj.

Champions League groups:

Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier

Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland

Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj

The first Chmapions League group games will be played on September 19-20th.

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