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      === Barca, Milan drawn together in Champions League group stage ===
 
 Fontvieille,  Monaco (Sports Network) - European giants Barcelona and AC Milan
 were  placed together  in  Group H  on  Thursday during  UEFA's  draw for  the
 Champions League group stage.
 
 The group is one of the tougest on hand as the additions of Scottish champions
 Celtic and Dutch champions Ajax have led to Group H being labeled the Group of
 Death.
 
 Barcelona  is quite  familiar with  two of  its group  stage opponents  as the
 Catalans  squared off against Celtic in last season's group stage and AC Milan
 in  last  season's Round of 16.  The Hoops managed  to earn a 2-1 victory over
 Barca at Parkhead to finsih runners-up to the Spanish side while the Rossoneri
 nearly  produced  an upset  over  Barcelona  to  reach the  quarterfinals  but
 ultimately was ousted by a 4-0 rout at Camp Nou.
 
 It  was also a second consecutive tough draw for Ajax after the Dutch side was
 placed in a group with Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Manchester City last
 term.
 
 Group  F can also be considered a Group of Death after Dortmund, last season's
 finalist,  was  drawn against English  side Arsenal, French side Marseille and
 Serie A runner-up Napoli.
 
 Bayern  Munich, reigning European champions, will be favorites to advance from
 Group  D along with Manchester City as the two European giants have been drawn
 with CSKA Moscow of Russia and Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic, while new
 Manchester  United  boss David Moyes  was handed  a potentially tricky draw in
 Group  A as  the Red  Devils will  go up  against Ukraine's  Shakhtar Donetsk,
 Germany's Bayer Leverkusen and Spain's Real Sociedad.
 
 It  looked as though Group B would turn out to be the Group of Death when Real
 Madrid  was paired with Juventus, but the addition of Turkish club Galatasaray
 and Danish side FC Copenhagen makes the Spanish and Italian sides favorites to
 progress.
 
 PSG  appears  to be  a strong  bet to  advance beyond  Group C  as it looks to
 improve upon its quarterfinal finish last year. The French side has been drawn
 alongside Portugal's Benfica, Greece's Olympiakos and Belgium's Anderlecht.
 
 Europa  League-holding  Chelsea have been  drawn against Schalke, FC Basel and
 Steaua Bucharest in Group E as the Blues look to regain their Champions League
 throne from 2012, and Atletico Madrid has been dealt a rather generous draw in
 Group G as it gets set to face FC Porto, Zenit and Austria Vienna.
 
 Matchday 1 for the group stage begins on Sept. 17 and 18.
 
 Below is the full draw:
 
 GROUP A:
 Manchester United (England)
 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
 Real Sociedad (Spain)
 
 GROUP B:
 Real Madrid (Spain)
 Juventus (Italy)
 Galatasaray (Turkey)
 FC Copenhagen (Denmark)
 
 GROUP C:
 Benfica (Portugal)
 PSG (France)
 Olympiacos (Greece)
 Anderlecht (Belgium)
 
 GROUP D:
 Bayern Munich (Germany)
 CSKA Moscow (Russia)
 Manchester City (England)
 Plzen (Czech Rep.)
 
 GROUP E:
 Chelsea (England)
 Schalke (Germany)
 FC Basel (Switzerland)
 Steaua Bucharest (Romania)
 
 GROUP F:
 Arsenal (England)
 Marseille (France)
 Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
 Napoli (Italy)
 
 GROUP G:
 FC Porto (Portugal)
 Atletico Madrid (Spain)
 Zenit (Russia)
 Austria Vienna (Austria)
 
 GROUP H:
 Barcelona (Spain)
 AC Milan (Italy)
 Ajax (Netherlands)
 Celtic (Scotland)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/29 13:26:49 ET

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