UEFA Champions League- Qualifying Rounds

UEFA Champions League- Qualifying Rounds

The UEFA Champions League 2013-2014 is the 59th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament.  A total of 76 teams from 52 of the 54 UEFA member associations will participate in the UEFA Champions League 2013-2014. The tournament final will be played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal. The winners of the 2012-2013 are given an additional entry as title holders if they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League 2013-2014 through their domestic league. So by saying this, the ones who have this chance are the currently defending champions FC Bayern Munich.

For this UEFA Champions League 2013-2014, the associations are assigned places according to their 2012 UEFA country coefficients. In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams will be divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2013 UEFA club coefficients, and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

The games for the first and second qualifying rounds were held on June 24th, 2013. The first legs were played on July 2nd, and the second legs were played on July 9th, 2013.  Shirak was the winner against Tre Penne with an overall score of 3-1, whereas EB/Streymur achieved the victory with an overall score of 7-3 against Lusitanos.

On the second qualifying round the first legs were played on July 16th and 17th with victories of Steaua Bucuresti (3-0), Viktoria Plzen (4-3), Molde (1-0), Elfsborg (7-1), FH (1-0), Legia Warsaw (3-1),  Celtic (3-0), Dinamo Zagreb (5-0),  Maccabi Tel Avic (2-0), Shakhter Karagandy (1-0), and Slovan Bratislava (2-1). While the ties were seized by Neftchi Baku vs. Skënderbeu Korçë (0-0), Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Sutjeska Nikšić (1-1), Birkirkara vs. Maribor (0-0), HJK vs. Nõmme Kalju (0-0), and Shirak vs. Partizan (1-1). The second leg of this second qualifying round will be held on July 23rdand 24th.

Moreover, the third qualifying round will be divided into two separate sections: one for champions and one for non-champions. The losing teams in both sections will enter the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-offs round. 20 teams will be playing in the third qualifying round for champions: 3 teams which enter in this round and the 17 winners from the second qualifying round, while just 10 teams will enter in the third qualifying round for non-champions group.

The latest issue of the UEFA Champions League looks ahead to what promises to be an incomparable 2013/14 campaign. With Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC all under new leadership this season, with David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini and José Mourinho as their leaders will be interested to watch their new sides into Europe. As well, Jeff Strasser, the former FC Metz favorite now coaches Luxembourger champions CS Fola Esch and will look to have a great season with them.

On the other hand, there are some of the top players expected to have a great performance for this UEFA Champions League 2013-2014, that is the case of Arjen Robben, Leonel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie , Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gareth Bale, Bastian Schweinsteige, and Robert Lewandowski.

On the other hand, they are opinions of who will be the winner this 2013-2014 UEFA Championship, the bettors are choosing Barcelona as the favorite with an winner odds of 7/2, the second team is the defending champion FC Bayern München with 7/2 odds, whereas Real Madrid is in third with 11/2 odds, Chelsea is in fourth place with 10 odds and Manchester City is in fifth with 12 odds.

As you can see there is a lot of expectation for this 2013-2014 UEFA Champions League but every fan knows this season will be an enjoyable, interested and awesome tournament as new players will appear, existing ones are hungry to have a great performance and coaches leaderships are changed for this campaign.

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