Champo League 30/08/12



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Spartak Moscow



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Monaco: Barcelona and Spain international Andrés Iniesta won the UEFA European Player of the Year award ahead of Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Andres Iniesta, representing Barcelona, missed out on La Liga winner’s medal but was part of triumphant Spanish side in the UEFA EURO 2012 jointly hosted by Poland-Ukaraine. 

Iniesta got 19 votes while Ronaldo and Messi got 17 each. The European Player of the Year is selected on the basis of voting by 53 journalists representing each of the UEFA nations. Players were judged by their performances during the 2011/12 campaign in all competitions, both domestic and international, and at club and national team levels.

“I feel very privileged to be part of this generation of Spanish footballers,” the Spanish midfielder said.

Argentine Messi had won the inaugural award in 2011. 

Andres Iniesta named European Player of the Year


Real deal: Ronaldo relishing return to Manchester in Champions League

‘Looks like we’re not going to get any easy games again this year but it is certainly a good group for the fans’ says Vincent Kompany


Real deal: Ronaldo relishing return to Manchester in Champions League

‘Looks like we’re not going to get any easy games again this year but it is certainly a good group for the fans’ says Vincent Kompany


He's ready: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring
He’s ready: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring

Manchester City have been handed a tough test after being drawn in the Champions League group of death.

Champions League draw: Manchester City get the group of death…again  

City, who pipped the Manchester United to the Barclays Premier League title last year, face Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund – all current national champions – in Group D.

The draw also throws up an interesting sub-plot in the return of Real boss Jose Mourinho and former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo to the north-west.

Real Madrid director of football Emilio Butragueno says Mourinho’s players will be excited about the prospect of playing in England.

“Playing in England is a great pleasure because the fans are extremely passionate,” Butragueno told Sky Sports News.

“It’s a unique experience so I’m sure they will be excited about it.”

Ronaldo, who spent six years at Old Trafford before moving to the Bernabeu, admits his team could not have wished for tougher opposition.

“In my opinion, it is the most difficult group and the most competitive. But we are champions of Spain. We are ready,” he was quoted as saying on City’s website.

City skipper Vincent Kompany said his team-mates should be philosophical about the draw.

“Looks like we’re not going to get any easy games again this year but it is certainly a good group for the fans,” he tweeted.

“I’m looking forward already!”

* Chelsea will have to overcome Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Champions League debutants Nordsjaelland in Group E if they are to clear the first hurdle on their way to retaining the cup.

Former Blues assistant Ray Wilkins expects the Londoners to top the group despite the difficulty of travelling to Shakhtar and Italian champions Juventus.

“You’d expect them to go through, probably as top of the group,” he said.

“Shakhtar is a difficult game. It’s a great stadium there but it’s a lot of travelling and you don’t want to be doing too much of that and Juventus is a classic game.

“They were undefeated last year, they have their own ground now, which is very compact.

“That will be a very difficult game but Chelsea have a fantastic squad now

Fergie warning: United won’t make same mistakes in Champions League again

The Red Devils were drawn a comparatively easy group – but the same was said last season before defensive errors cost them

Sir Alex Ferguson has told his Manchester United players they cannot afford to make the “stupid errors” they committed in Europe last season after the Reds were handed another relatively easy-looking Champions League group.

United are expected to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition after being drawn alongside Braga, Galatasaray and CFR Cluj in Group H.

The United boss is conscious that his side were predicted to make round two last year after being given a favourable draw against Benfica, Basel and Otelul Galati, however, and for that reason, he insists his squad cannot afford any slip-ups this time around.

Ferguson, who has bolstered his squad since last season by signing Robin van Persie, is also aware that his team will find it extremely hard to come through the test of playing in a very hostile environment in Turkey when facing Galatasaray.

“We have the experience of playing against Galatasaray in the past and we will always remember the ‘Welcome to Hell’ banners,” Ferguson told

“So it’s always a difficult type of match.

“We have drawn Portuguese clubs a number of times over the past few years – the likes of Benfica, Sporting [Lisbon] and Porto – so we have the experience of playing in Portugal on many occasions.

“Braga are one of the improving teams in that country.

“Obviously, we’ve never played Cluj before but, after the experience of last year, we don’t want to make any stupid errors this time. We will play our strongest team to make sure we get through.”


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