Archive for March 20th, 2009

UEFA Cup Quarter-Finals Draw (2008-09): Udinese Get Werder Bremen

Friday, March 20th, 2009

UEFA Cup

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, today at 13:00 CET (I liveblogged the event on Soccerlens).

Udinese, the only Serie A team remaining in Europe, can be moderately satisfied. They have the chance to avenge AC Milan, but will have to watch out from conceding too many goals. Despite a rather bleak Bundesliga campaign this year, Bremen have grown accustomed to scoring lots of ‘em in recent years.

I’ll make a more elaborate analysis later in the day, but for now here are the draw results.

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2008/09 UEFA Cup
Quarter-Finals
to be played April 9 and 16

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Hamburg
Hamburg
vs.
Man City
Manchester City
Paris SG
Paris SG
vs.
Dynamo Kiev
Dynamo Kiev
Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar
vs.
Marseille
Marseille
Werder Bremen
Werder
vs.
Udinese
Udinese


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2008/09 UEFA Cup
Semi-Finals
to be played April 30 and May 7

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Werder/Udinese
vs.
Hamburg/Man City
PSG/D.Kiev
vs.
Shakhtar/Marseille

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UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals Draw (2008-09): It’s Liverpool vs. Chelsea Again!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

UEFA Champions League

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, today at 12:00 CET (I liveblogged the event on Soccerlens).

No Serie A teams were involved alas, and most of us will be watching the next rounds sighing in sadness and regret. Yup. No Juve, no Inter, no Roma… sad sad sad. But while we cry, there’s no reason not to enjoy the best football action European football still has to offer.

I’ll try to make a more elaborate analysis later in the day, but for now here are the draw results.

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2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Quarter-Finals
to be played April 7/8 and 14/15

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Villareal
Villarreal
vs.
Arsenal
Arsenal
Man Utd
Manchester Utd
vs.
Porto
FC Porto
Liverpool
Liverpool
vs.
Chelsea
Chelsea
Barcelona
Barcelona
vs.
Bayern
Bayern Munich


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2008/09 UEFA Champions League
Semi-Finals
to be played April 28/29 and May 5/6

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Man Utd/Porto
vs.
Villarreal/Arsenal
Barcelona/Bayern
vs.
Liverpool/Chelsea


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Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 Udinese: Bianconeri Scraping their Way to Quarter-Finals (UEFA Cup Round of 16, 2nd Leg)

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Players of Udinese react after UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg soccer match against Zenit at the Petrovsky stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, March 19, 2009. Udinese lost 0-1 but gets to the next round. (AP Photo)

Through to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, for the first time ever. Thursday’s 1-0 loss in St. Petersburg was a “happy” loss for Udinese, as Pasquale Marino’s boys achieved a club milestone by beating current champions FC Zenit 2-1 on aggregate, and qualifying for the last 8 of Europe’s “lesser” competition.

If one wanted to push a “schoolyard logic” here, we could say that Zenit beat Man Utd (Super Cup), Udinese beat Zenit, and that therefore Udinese > Man Utd. Ah to be 8 years old again… The Italian 2008-09 adventure in Europe is not looking so grim after all.

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