2008-2009 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Decided

Ligue_des_champions_trophySeveral pundits have offered opinions on which group will be the toughest and which Serie A club(s) have the most difficult task of proceeding further so I might as well throw my hat in the ring with the rest.

Roma and Juventus are going to face the toughest battle in groups A and H respectively.

Roma will be facing off against last year’s runners-up Chelsea FC and Laurent Blanc’s ever improving Girondins from Bordeaux, while a rebuilt Bianconeri have to deal with last season’s La Liga Champions The Meringues and Russian Express Zenit St. Peterburg, winners of the UEFA Super Cup,with a result of 2-1 over Manchester United Friday.

2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage
Group AGroup B
Chelsea FC (ENG)FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
AS Roma (ITA)Werder Bremen (GER)
FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)Panathinaikos FC (GRE)
CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP)
Group CGroup D
FC Barcelona (ESP)Liverpool FC (ENG)
Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)PSV Eindhoven (NED)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI)Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Group EGroup F
Manchester United FC (ENG, holders)Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Villarreal CF (ESP)FC Bayern München (GER)
Celtic FC (SCO)FC Steaua Bucure?ti (ROU)
Aalborg BK (DEN)ACF Fiorentina (ITA)
Group GGroup H
Arsenal FC (ENG)Real Madrid CF (ESP)
FC Porto (POR)Juventus (ITA)
Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)FC BATE Borisov (BLR)

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