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The draw in full, and in reverse order to them being pulled out.
FC Minsk v FC Zurich.
Lugano v Manchester City
Pitea v Brondby
Mitrovica v Wolfsburg
Breidablik v Sparta Prague
Anderlecht v BIIK-Kazygurt
St. Pölten v FC Twente
IFK Gothenburg v Bayern Munich
Arsenal v Fiorentina
Ryazan-VDV v Lyon
Chertanovo v Glasgow City FC
Vllaznia v Fortuna Hjørring
Sporting Lisbon v Paris Saint-Germain
ZFK Spartak v Atlético Madrid
Hibernian v SK Slavia Prague
Juventus v Barcelona
The matches will be played 11/12 & 25/26 September.
And that, in the words of Graham Kelly, concludes the draw.
Kosovo’s Mitrovica v Wolfsburg, winners in 2013 and 2014.
Sweden’s IFK Gothenburg v Bayern Munich, last year’s semi-finalists.
Arsenal v Fiorentina, trip to Italy for the English champs.
Serbia’s ZFK Spartak v Atlético Madrid
Anne Vonnez, the women’s football competition expert, guides us through the process.
Making the draw will be Josephine Henning, four-times a winner of this competition, and who finished her career at Arsenal. She won it with FFC Turbine Potsdam, twice with Wolfsburg, and once with Lyon. She also lost in the final with PSG. Now retired and still just 29, what does she do now? She’s an artist with her own studio.
The chamber in Nyon is visible as Nadine Kessler, head of women’s football for Uefa takes on the role that used to be Gianni Infantino, back when he was the European governing body’s answer to Henry Kelly before becoming chief suit for Fifa. Rightly, she celebrates the summer’s Women’s World Cup and proclaims the success of last season’s Champions League which was “record-breaking” in terms of crowds and TV audiences. The challenge, she reminds, is to beat Lyon.
Some further details from Uefa on the tournament.
Round of 32: 11/12 & 25/26 September 2019
Round of 16 draw: 30 September 2019, Nyon
Round of 16: 16/17 & 30/31 October 2019
Quarter-final & semi-final draw: 8 November 2019, Nyon
Quarter-finals: 24/25 March & 1/2 April 2020
Semi-finals: 25/26 April & 2/3 May 2020
Final (Viola Park, Vienna): 24 May 2020
Here’s a report from last season’s final.
Who can stop Lyon? This season represents the chance to emulate the Real Madrid team of 1956 to 1960, who won the old European Cup five years in succession. They will be the team to avoid for the rest; Lyon won May’s final by beating Barcelona 4-1 and at a canter. Arsenal, last season’s Women’s Super League champions, are unseeded and face the possibility of pulling Lyon. Manchester City, who came second in England, are seeded.
And here are the final 32, ranked by Uefa coefficient
Lyon (FRA, holders)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Bayern München (GER)
Slavia Praha (CZE)
Manchester City (ENG)
Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
FC Zürich (SUI)
Glasgow City (SCO)
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Sparta Praha (CZE)
FC Twente* (NED)
St. Pölten (AUT)
ŽFK Spartak* (SRB)
FC Minsk* (BLR)
*Came through qualifying.
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