Celtic and Manchester United Drawn in Champions League Group
Seeing the number of Manchester United,Liverpool and Cetic shirts been worn around and during training sessions for Croom United naturally there was added local interest in this evening Champions League Draw.The Match of of the round for all suppporters in this country is the clash of Manchester United (Current European Champions) and Glasgow Cetic.These two teams command a massive support here in Ireland with many people and clubs visiting the fooball grounds of Old Trafford and Celtic Park to see their favourite teams very often in a season.The Patrick Sarsfield Celtic Supporters Club will be very busy from here on making the arragements for the home and away ties.More information for the Limerick based Celtic Supporters can be found on their website http://www.patricksarsfieldcsc.com/home.html ,equally Denis O Sullivan founding member of the Limerick Branch of the Manchester United Supporters Club will be innudated for those precious tickets to visit both grounds.Both sides clashed in the group stages of the Champions League in 2006 with Manchester United winning 3- 2 at Old Trafford and Celtic winning 1 -0 at Celtic Park.Both Qualified from the group also back then.Tie of the Round.
The Draw in Full is :
Group A: Chelsea(England),Roma(Italy),Bordeaux(France ),Cluj(Romania )
One would have to fancy Chelsea and Roma here,Bordeaux for the Uefa Cup in Third,Cluj are unknown their first champions League.
Group B: Inter Milan(Italy) ,Werder Bremen (Germany),Pananithaikos(Greece),Famagusta(Cyprus)
Inter Milan to top the group with former Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho at the helm ,Bremen second,For Famagusta from Cyprus(Manged by Keizaba who was with newcastle) it will be their first time in the Champions League ,Interesting clash with Pananithaikos(Greece) due to the political history from the 60’s between both countries.
Group C; Barcelona,Sporting Lisbon(Portugal),Basel(Switzerland),Shaktar Donetsk(Ukraine).
Barcelona to top the group,Shaktar could surprise in this group.
Group D: Liverpool(England),PSV Einhoven(Holland),Marseilles((France),Athletico Madrid(Spain).
Liverpool one of the best supported in Ireland with Cetic /Man Utd should top the group ,allowing for the Liege blip.Athletico Madrid will be real threat to them .Marseilles will struggle due to losing Nasri(Arsenal )and Cisse (Sunderland).
Group E: Manchester United(England),Villareal (Spain),Cetic (Scotland),Aalborg(Denamark).
Man.United to top the group,it will be a close call between Celtic and Villareal for Second,the Danes will take points from both.
Group F: Lyon(France),Bayern Munich(Germany)Steau Bucharest(Romania),Fiorentina(Italy).
Bayern and Lyon to fight it out for 1 and 2.
Group G: Arsenal(England),Porto(Portugal),Fenerbache(Turkey),Dynamo Kiev(Ukraine).
Fenerbache will push Arsenal all the way for that first spot.St.Patricks Athletic should have beaten Kiev in the previous rounds in qualifying.
Group H: Real Madrid(Spain),Juventus(Italy),Zenit St .Ptersburg (Russia),Bate Borisov (Belarus).
Real to top the group of death,Juventus will push them all the way,Zenit (Arashvin if he stays!) are current UEFA Cup Champions,Bate will be used as cannon fodder ,it is their first champions League.