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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Group C of UEFA Champions League 2008-09 Preview

Here in this post, I am going to write about the Group C of Champions League 2008-09. Spanish giant Barcelona has been drawn into Group C along with Portuguese club Sporting CP (Sporting Lisbon), FC Basel of Switzerland and Ukrainian club FC Shakhtar Donetsk.


Clubs Drawn in Group C:


Club Name

Country Name

Performance in the last domestic season

FC Barcelona

Spain

Third

Sporting CP (Sporting Lisbon)

Portugal

Second/ Runner up

FC Basel

Switzerland

Champion

FC Shakhtar Donetsk

Ukraine

Champion


Two-time Europe champion, Barcelona has not been at their prime recently. Last season, they finished third in domestic league which disappointed the fans. However, still Barcelona is favorite to progress from Group C, given their currently stronger squad and previous record in evidence.


After Barcelona, I think, Sporting Lisbon will be top most favorite for the second place in the group, while FC Basel and Shakhtar Donetsk will try their best to challenge Barcelona and Sporting CP. In fact, I would not be surprised to see Basel pose some threat for both Barcelona and Sporting CP. Basel is the reigning champion of Swiss domestic league, while Shakhtar Donetsk holds the title of the Ukraine premier league.

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