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2013/14 Champions League Preview

Updated on June 6, 2013

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After this last weekend we finally know the 76 clubs that will take part in the 2013/14 Champions League. The UEFA Champions League in the greatest club tournament in the world. Fifty Two of the Fifty Four leagues in UEFA will take part.

All around the world football fans will flock to stadiums or TV screens to watch this tourney. It is hard for me to watch some of the earlier matches as they are not on TV where I live. I still follow as much as I can on my computer and smart phone. Most fans will wait till the group stage begins before turning into the action. Die hard fans will start watching in July when the First Qualifying Round kicks off. I am one of those fans and will be watching from Day one.

The following is a list of Clubs that will be playing in this addition of the Champions League Tourney. The numbers next to clubs name represents their club coefficient ranking

Joining in the first qualifying round:

EB/Streymur 2.316cc Lusitanos 1.100cc

Tre Penne 1.383cc Shirak 0.850cc

Will play on July 2/3 and July 9/10 two clubs will advance to the next qualifying round.

Joining in the second qualifying round:

BATE Borisov 39.175 Zeljeznicar 4.566

Celtic 37.538 FH 4.083

Steaua Bucuresti 35.604 Gyor 3.850

Viktoria Plzen 28.745 The New Saints 3.766

Dinamo Zagreb 25.916 Ludogorets Razgrad 3.450

Partizan 17.425 Sligo Rovers 3.225

Legia Warsaw 13.650 Shakhter Karagandy 2.941

Sheriff Tiraspol 11.533 Skenderbeu Korce 2.833

Maribor 9.941 Birkirkara 2.541

Slovan Bratislava 8.341 Cliftonville 2.116

Elfsborg 8.125 Vardar 2.050

Maccabi Tel Aviv 8.075 Daugava Daugavpils 1.658

Molde 7.835 Suteska Niksic 1.300

HJK 6.701 Nomme Kalju 1.191

Ekransas 6.300 Fola Esch 0.925

Neftchi Baku 5.708

Dinamp Tbilisi 5.333

Matches will be played July 16/17 and July 23/24 with 17 clubs advancing to the Third Qualifying round.

For the third Qualifying round clubs are broken up into Champions and Non-Champions. So far every club that has played in tourney won their league title. The 17 clubs who won in the second qualifying round will play in the Champions bracket. They will be joined by three more clubs.

Basel 59.785

Austria Wein 16.575

APOEL 35.366

Ten more clubs will enter the tourney in the third qualifying round. They will play in the non-champions bracket.

LYON 95.800 PAOK 28.800

Zenit St. Petersburg 70.766 Red Bull Salzburg 28.075

PSV Eindhoven 64.945 Nordsjaelland 12.640

Metalist Kharkiv 62.451 Grasshopper 7.285

Fenerbahce 46.400 Zulte Waregem 6.880

All matches for Champions and Non Champions bracket matches will be played on 30/31 July and 6/7 August. 10 clubs will advance to playoff round from Champions Bracket while five clubs will advance from non-champions bracket.

For the Playoff Round the 10 clubs that advance from the Champions bracket of the third qualifying round will face of against each other. The five clubs from the non-champions bracket will be joined by five new clubs.

Arsenal 113.592 Real Sociedad 17.605

Milan 93.829 Pacos de Ferreira 12.833

Schalke 04 84.922

These matches will be played on 20/21 Aug and 27/28 Aug.

The last 22 clubs make their entrance in the Group Stage round and will be joined by the 10 clubs advancing from Playoff Round. these 32 clubs will be broke up into eight four club groups and play each team in group twice. From there Tourney will dwindle down to one ultimate Champion. Those clubs entering in group stage are some of the best in the world.

Bayern Munich 146.922 defending champion Paris Saint-Germain 71.800

Barcelona 157.605 Juventus 70.829

Chelsea 137.592 Manchester City 70.592

Real Madrid 136.605 AJAX 64.945

Manchester United 130.592 Borussia Dortmund 61.922

Porto 104.833 Olympiacos 57.800

Benfica 102.833 Galatasaray 54.400

Atletico madrid 99.605 Bayer Leverkusen 53.922

Shakhtar Donetsk 94.951 Copenhagen 47.140

Marseille 78.800 Napoli 46.829

CSKA Moscow 77.766 Anderlecht 44.880


Group play begins Sep 17-18

Sixteen clubs advance to Round of 16

Eight clubs advance to Qtr Finals

Four clubs advance to Semi-Finals

and Two clubs will play for title 24 May 2014 in Lisbon





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