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Barcelona, Stuttgart and Rangers for OL

Published on the 30 August 2007 à 18:47 by BV

The draw for the group phase of the 2007-08 edition of the UEFA Champions League has grouped Olympique Lyonnais with <b>FC Barcelona</b>, <b>VfB Stuttgart</b> and <b>Glasgow Rangers</b>.

While FC Barcelona, winners in 2006, are the group favourites, Lyon won’t have an easy time of it with German champions VfB Stuttgart and Scottish runners-up Glasgow Rangers.

The Olympiens will get their campaign under way with a trip to Barcelona on September 19, where they will come up against former team-mate Eric Abidal, who left Lyon for Catalonia this summer.
They will finish their first round with the dangerous trip to Glasgow.

OL has never played against Stuttgart or Rangers before, but they did play Barcelona in the group phase in 2001-02. The Olympiens lost the first match 2-0 at the Nou Camp before losing 2-3 at Gerland.

Programme:
1st round: 19 September 2007: Barcelona - OL
2nd round: 2 October 2007: OL - Glasgow Rangers
3rd round: 23 October 2007: Stuttgart - OL
4th round: 7 November 2007: OL - Stuttgart
5th round: 27 November 2007: OL - Barcelona
6th round: 12 December 2007: Glasgow Rangers - OL.

The top 2 teams from each group progress to the last 16, to be played on February 19 and 20, 2008 (away leg) and March 4 and 5 (return leg).

The other groups:
- GROUP A: Liverpool, Porto, Marseille, Besiktas
- GROUP B: Chelsea, Valencia, Schalke 04, Rosenborg
- GROUP C: Real Madrid, Werder Bremen, Lazio, Olympiakos
- GROUP D: AC Milan, Benfica, Celtic, Shakhtar
- GROUP E: Barcelona, OL, Stuttgart, Rangers
- GROUP F: Manchester United, AS Roma, Sporting, Dynamo Kiev
- GROUP G: Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce
- GROUP H: Arsenal, Sevilla/AEK Athens, Steaua, Slavia Prague

More to follow…