Jammy Celtic Back In Champions League As Arsenal And Napoli Get Tough Draws

by David

in Champions League, Tickets

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gHow lucky are Celtic? The competitive part of their season was essentially over about being thumped by Legia Warsaw over the two leagues of their Champions League qualifying match. But the Polish side were thrown out of the competition after playing an ineligible player, going the Scottish side a lifeline back into the competition, where they will face Maribor, a tie that is very winnable and where a win would send Celtic into the lucrative group stages.

The draw was not so kind to Arsena, who will have to find a way past Besiktas if they are to qualify for the Champions League group stage after being drawn against the Turkish side in the playoff round of the competition.

The Gunners are aiming to reach the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition for a 17th consecutive season, but face a tricky trip to Istanbul, before welcoming Besiktas back to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg.

The Turkish outfit secured their passage to the playoff round after seeing off Feyenoord 5-2, with new signing Demba Ba scoring a hat trick in the second leg of the third qualifying round.

Elsewhere, Serie A side Napoli have been pitted against La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao in one of the draw’s most exciting ties.

Napoli will be determined to reach the group stage of the competition and make up for last season’s disappointment after being eliminated from Group F, despite finishing level on 12 points with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, who made it through at their expense.

Athletic Bilbao, meanwhile, will be riding high after a successful campaign last term that saw them finish fourth in the Primera Division standings.

Elsewhere in the “League Route” side of the draw — consisting of teams that failed to win their league last season — Lille will face 2004 Champions League winners Porto over two legs, while 2002 runners-up Bayer Leverkusen will meet Copenhagen.

Champions League Playoff Draw – First Leg
NK Maribor v Celtic – Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Salzburg v Malmo FF  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Aalborg v Apoel  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Steaua Bucuresti v Ludogorets  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Slovan Bratislava v BATE Borisov  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Besiktas v Arsenal  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Standard Liege v Zenit St Petersburg  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Copenhagen v Bayer Leverkusen  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Lille v Porto  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Napoli v Athletic Bilbao  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets

Champions Leage Playoff Draw Second Leg
Celtic v NK Maribor  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Malmo v Salzburg  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Apoel v Aalborg  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Ludogorets v Steaua Bucuresti  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
BATE Borisov Slovan Bratislava  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Arsenal v Besiktas  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Zenit St. Petersburg v Standard Liege  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Bayer Leverkusen v Copenhagen  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Porto v Lille  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets
Athletic Bilbao v Napoli  - Buy Champions League Playoff Tickets

The playoff ties will be played on August 19/20 and 26/27.


BAYONLE April 9, 2009 at 5:53 am


BAYONLE April 9, 2009 at 5:56 am


rooney August 8, 2009 at 7:02 am

man u champions again,you wait maha,see the youth and our striking force go mad.man u v barca final…arsenal dont have a final in them unless its there youth in carling cup in there lucky.rooney player of the year/world

leonard March 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Rooynen, is the best strike in barclays…wait to see the best strikes when they meet best team in the world

Fernando August 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

There can be no cheating in Champions league. There must be
transparency. Starting with the referees. Unspeakable
was the performance of the Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai in Lisbon
18Aug2009 giving the same disciplinary value to a aggression (yellow card), 2 fouls with a view to preventing gaming and goal (without punishment), and take the shirt off to celebrate a goal ( second yellow card). Unbelievable.
Impaired? Sporting Club de Portugal.

nebeolisa March 22, 2010 at 4:06 am

wenger barca has all it takes to win the match,but if arsenal struggles hard they can make it.

zakari harouna barmou March 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

barcelona is the king of football.

leonar March 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

They have the talent in world of footbal to beat arsenal, most importantly I would them go all the way to the final and thrash man united. I want Barca to prove the world that they are the best team in the world and to man united.

leonar March 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Barc has been and I will be best team for the next decade!

leonar March 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

The is no other team that will stop barca from winning champions league

gunners March 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

arsenal will upset barca and prove all of you wrong…just wait and see

Alen April 20, 2010 at 7:12 am

spoke to soon there…

Rooney10_PAKI April 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

u can’t beat man utd,how will u beat barca

Abdulah March 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Arsenal will have a tuff game against barcelona i know that we are going to win home but away will be really tuff but we will se what happens (inshallah)

Philip April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Messi is no doubt the best player in the world at the moment . Last night’s 4-1 win over Arsenal confirmed what we already knew. This time however, against Inter they stand no chance. Inter will reach the final!!

Red Devils April 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

Man United can win tonight match.. i know they can. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!! miracles could happen

micheal April 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

it seems every body want to get to the top of this game but i tell u the only term dat has make it to d final is barca.

DiRrtyDog April 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

The Champions League winner, will be either Inter Milan or Barcelona. It is sad that they already meet in the semi-finals, because a final on a neutral ground between those teams would be AMAZING. One of the best defensive teams against maybe the strongest offensive team in Europe, for the time being.

I don’t think Lyon or Bayern will be capable of winning against either of those teams. The reason why I think they won’t be winning, is simply, that they haven’t been convincing enough.

Bayern were lucky to beat Fiorentina by an offside goal and advance to the quarterfinals, and even though they impressed me by beating united with 2 amazing comebacks, there were still alot of holes in their defensive line. They wouldn’t stand a chance against Barca’s offensive (Messi, Pedro, Iniesta etc.) with that poor defensive play. And Inter would win 1-0 if they were to meet Bayern in the Finals.

Lyon is a bit of a joker in my opinion, but I think they need that last bit, to be a threat against Barca or Inter (or even Bayern for that matter) I saw the second leg against Bordeaux, and they were seriously outplayed by them, and the only reason why they did advance, was because of outstanding goalkeeping. And I don’t think the goalkeeper will save them against barca, but against Inter, well maybe they’ll have a small chance (but really I don’t think that as a possibilty)

Well that’s just my bet on the Chl Winners 2010 :) And I will eat all of those words again if I’m wrong. (and sorry for spelling or grammar problems, I’m not English)

Have a nice Weekend

David Wilson April 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Totally agree with your comments. Bayern might be the weakest team to reach the CL semi-finals in years.

As for Inter v Barca it promises to be a great series. Arsenal showed that you cannot give Barca time and space to make all their little passes. You have to be stronger and physical as Chelsea were last season, and that describes Inter.

jack April 13, 2010 at 5:06 am

well only to stop barca is not by defensive it just by attacking and push them in defense by that only you can win inter defending 90 minuts to barca is sure that you are loosing this game so just attack them. if u don’t conceed a goal in first half then there is almost a chance to win the game. so best of luck to inter milan.barca its time to good bye for champions league

russel April 13, 2010 at 5:09 am

totally agree jack

Solari April 13, 2010 at 9:27 am

Intermilan all the way and i know we are going to beat Barcelona and also win the champions league this year

mesias angala April 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

huuuuh……better think back brother…………………

Solari Danny Amamoo April 13, 2010 at 9:29 am


mesias angala April 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

bra……i believe that your thinking is completely wrong….imagine on how will those unskilled defenders tuckle the magision messi

gtyhyh April 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Barcelona have beaten Inter and will again. Barca for champs!!!!!

cot April 18, 2010 at 7:48 am

inter siap berenkbenk’z barca

sagni April 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

barca will win the champion not only win semi final inter. inter is nothing .but, barca for all.

mesias angala April 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

barcelona for sure…………i strongly recommend the team to over take inter as they are more strong than the opposite team…

angel of mathematics April 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

Todays match is going to be a disgrace to inter. The fact is barca is full of experience players. Inter fans forget about this season, next season shall be a nice one. Up Barca

Philip April 20, 2010 at 3:48 am

Barcelona will be lucky if they score tonight. Inter will not only beat them but they will totally outclass them at the San Siro! Forza Inter!!

cornelius April 20, 2010 at 7:21 am

i belief to beat inter is to take control of the mid-field and feed the attachers even from the wings to enable my messi do his finishing job perfectly. i see inter as a no threat to us at all, with lionel whom i always reffer to as cornel, victory over vinter is what we will deffinately do. LONG LIVE BARCA.

chebsolo April 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm


Gabriel Nungolo April 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Well it is strong game which myself i call it a final before the final…. But realy can not say who will win because before teams are performing well and with the advantage that Inter has already,,,,, realy is something else but let wait and see the ball will decid…

Karl April 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Messi could be the best at this moment, because there are no real players that he can compete with.
He should be when the Master (Zinedine Zidan) use to be at the fields, and pretty sure he will stay with his mouth either open of foolness or with his mouth shut because he will not have nothing to show.
Who is the beter of goalkeeprs of all times, there was no goalkeeper for the Master he had beten all best goalkeepers, has Messi done that, well will see if he is good as much think on the world cup, Which I am pretty sure they will not get to FINALS…..

tareq (kalapur) April 28, 2010 at 2:40 am

i like mesi mesi mesi……………………………………………………this world cup football….2010…….will win ARGENTINA…..

dinho April 28, 2010 at 5:09 am

inter milan to win barcelona :D

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