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Eric Cantona
1st August '08, 11:43 AM
Former England manager Steve McClaren will have to gear up his Twente side to face Arsenal, while Schalke face Atletico Madrid in the tie of the round as the Champions League begins to take shape...


The final round of Champions League qualifiers has thrown up some tasty encounters as Steve McClaren will have the reunion from hell with English football as he has to overcome Arsenal to stand a chance of guiding his new side, FC Twente, all the way into the Champions League.

Barcelona have been handed a fairly comfortable draw, though they may be hoping for a Krakow victory as to avoid a trip all the way to Jerusalem.

Schalke 04 and Atletico Madrid can count themselves extremely unlucky at having drawn each other. The Germans had an admirable run in last year's competition, while a resurgent Atletico side boasting the likes of Sergio 'Kun' Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez have a point to prove as they are finally once again mixing with Europe's elite.

Liverpool and Juventus have fairly comfortable fixtures, facing Standard Liege and Tampere United/Artmedia respectively. The Reds will be expected to continue their love affair with the Champions League while Juventus will be hopeful of making a triumphant return to the competition, following their exclusion due to Calciopoli.

Fiorentina, who showed great fight to pip a legendary Milan side to the final qualification place and also impressed in the UEFA Cup last season, have drawn one of the toughest sides available in Czech champions Slavia Praha, and will need their promising new signings to hit top gear instantly to avoid being caught cold so early on in the running.



Champions League, third round qualifiers (to be played August 12/13 and 26/27)



Anorthosis/Rapid Wien v Olympiacos

Vitoria v Goteberg/Basel

Shakhtar Donetsk v Domzale/Dinamo Zagreb

Schalke v Atletico Madrid

Aalborg/Modrica v Rangers/Kaunas

Barcelona v Beitar Jerusalem/Wisla Krakow

Levski Sofia v Anderlecht/BATE Borisov

Standard Liege v Liverpool

Inter Baki/Partizan v Fenerbahçe/MTK

Twente v Arsenal

Spartak Moscow v Drogheda/Dynamo Kiev

Juventus v Tampere United/Artmedia

SK Brann/Ventspils v Marseille

Fiorentina v Slavia Praha

Galatasaray v Steaua Bucharest

Panathinaikos/Dinamo Tblisi v Sheriff/Sparta Praha

The draw for the group stage will take place on August 28.

Hij
1st August '08, 11:53 AM
Is that Schalke04 vs Atletico

interesting :D

Nine Bar
1st August '08, 11:57 AM
McClaren is crying right now

Eric Cantona
1st August '08, 12:00 PM
It will be fun to see what happens to Arsenal if McClaren wins :D

The Messiah
1st August '08, 12:02 PM
Don't know much about Twente. If McLaren is managing then Arsenal should be fine.

Arkan
1st August '08, 12:59 PM
Don't know much about Twente. If McLaren is managing then Arsenal should be fine.

Twente are an alright club(in dutch standards)
thjere got some romando denneboom who is aight.
And youssef hersi who used to play for ajax who isnt bad either.
There any championship squad imo

Eric Cantona
1st August '08, 01:01 PM
McClaren must be pissed though, It will be his first competitive game i think also

Seven
1st August '08, 01:09 PM
McClaren must be pissed though, It will be his first competitive game i think also

fuka deserves it
having me supporting spain and all sorts

Jammie Dodger
1st August '08, 01:28 PM
McClaren must be pissed though, It will be his first competitive game i think also

It will be.

Hij
1st August '08, 01:31 PM
Lmao at Mclaren having to face Arsenal. Good bye Twente.

Pristine Condition
1st August '08, 01:34 PM
Twente to win 2 - 1 over the two legs ... :D

Eric Cantona
1st August '08, 01:36 PM
Twente to win 2 - 1 over the two legs ... :D

Hahaha..........

..........We can hope

6
1st August '08, 03:36 PM
LOOOL if Twente win he'll be getting calls back to England.

Grimes
1st August '08, 04:25 PM
mcclaren is a shit manager but he is very unlucky

Grimes
1st August '08, 04:25 PM
schalke have a economy class ticket to the uefa cup