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UEFA Champions League

UCL: City vs. Barca, PSG vs. CFC

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Champions League round-of-16 draw pits familiar foes against one another

The ESPN FC panel discuss which teams can be considered Champions League favourites and whether Mourinho would rather win the Premier League or the Champions League.

It is a remarkable that, for a competition that now hasn't seen a repeat winner for 25 years, we still see so much repetition in the Champions League knockout rounds.

This year's last-16 draw features three ties that took place last season alone, as well as a restaging of the 1997 final. There also are similar features: Real Madrid got an easy draw, Bayern Munich should waltz through and it's difficult to escape the feeling that we're going to see the ongoing trend of all the teams who were first...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Man City drawn against Barcelona again in Champions League last 16

ESPN FC's Craig Burley talks Champions League Round of 16, particularly Chelsea's trip to Paris and Manchester City squaring off against Barcelona.

Manchester City will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League for a second year running following Monday's draw at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

City reached the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in their history last season, only to lose 4-1 on aggregate to Barca.

And after finishing second in Group E this term despite failing to register a win in their first four games, their reward is a repeat last-16 clash against the Catalan club.

Which club has the hardest Champions League draw?

Chelsea also will...

Michel Platini set for third term as UEFA president

UEFA president Michel Platini called for the introduction of a sin bin system to punish players for dissent offences.

UEFA President Michel Platini is set to serve a third term after no rival candidate emerged before the deadline.

The former France captain was first elected to run European football in 2007 and stood unopposed for a second term in 2011.

Platini will be confirmed for a third term as president until 2019 at the UEFA Congress in Vienna in March after UEFA announced "the cut-off deadline of 24 December 2014 has passed for submissions of candidacy" with no rival candidates.

In his second term, Platini...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsene Wenger excited about returning to Monaco with Arsenal in UCL

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Craig Burley discuss the pressure the Gunners may feel being the favourites against AS Monaco in the Champions League Round of 16.

Arsene Wenger is eagerly anticipating his return to Monaco for Arsenal's Champions League last-16 tie and feels it is "a strange coincidence in life" that the Gunners have been drawn against his old team.

Wenger spent seven years at the Principality club from 1987 to 1994 early on in his managerial career, winning a French title and the Coupe de France before leaving for Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.

Having since spent 18 years at Arsenal, the Frenchman has never been back to the Stade Louis II...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 18, 2014

Abidal set to retire from football

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will announce his retirement from football Friday, according to his current Olympiakos coach, Michel.

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