Champions League Mock Draw of Fun

25 August 2010

UEFA Champions League Trophy (Credit Image: © Imago/ZUMA Press)
Qualification is over for the next installment of the UEFA Champions League, and there were not many surprises. The one major surprise was Slovakian side MSK Zilina advancing past Sparta Prague. The only other surprise was the manner in which Sampdoria was knocked out by Werder Bremen.

With that said, the four pots are set for the Champions League draw that will take place on Thursday. If you want to watch the draw, it will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel at noon Eastern. To remind you what the four pots will look like, they are:

Champions League Draw Pots
Pot 1: Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, Mancehster United, Chelsea FC, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Lyon
Pot 2: Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, AS Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Valencia, Marseille, Panathinaikos
Pot 3: Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers, Ajax, Schalke 04, FC Basel, Sporting Braga, FC Copenhagen, Spartak Moscow
Pot 4: Hapoel Tel Aviv, FC Twente, Rubin Kazan, AJ Auxerre, CFR Cluj, Partizan Belgrade, MSK Zilina, Bursapor

Now I did this last year, so I figured I would continue the tradition. While some of these pots will have the odd overlapping team, I'm going to dish out my own mock draw.

The 'don't mention the war' draw: Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur, Auxerre. I can't take full credit for this one. That belongs to my editor Jeff Hash.

The 'revenge of Jose Mourinho' draw: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Sporting Braga, Rubin Kazan. With Jose's former club, a Portuguese side, and the Russian side that gave Inter Milan two tough games in last year's group stage, it's the perfect group for Jose Mourinho to completely steal the spotlight.

The 'Roman's close to home' draw: Chelsea FC, Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow, CFR Cluj. Yes, even I can make fun of my own club. That would be Chelsea making three trips to Eastern Europe.

The 'been there and not won' draw: Arsenal, Roma, FC Copenhagen, Partizan Belgrade. Arsenal, Roma, and Partizan Belgrade have been to the Champions League or European Cup final and never won it. Switzerland and Denmark have never had a team play for the trophy. Pot three was the toughest one as no one in that group have had a team make the final and lose. To compromise, we picked one of the two teams where their nation has never won it.

The 'cupcake' draw: Lyon, Werder Bremen, FC Basel, Bursaspor. While the trip to Turkey will be no walk in the park, to me this draw would probably be considered the 'easiest' draw out there.

The group of death: FC Barcelona, Werder Bremen, Ajax, Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The trip to Israel will not be fun. As for the other five group games, while Barcelona would be favored to advance, it will be a race for second place.

If you could have your dream draws, what would they be? What do you think is the group of death? Let us know in the comments below.

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