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Newcomer Malaga joins old hat Bayern in final eight
March 14th, 2013 12:10AM
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[BY THE NUMBERS] Bayern Munich and Malaga completed the final eight in the UEFA Champions League. Bayern, which survived a 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal, is an old hat at the Champions League with 11 appearances in the final eight. Malaga, a 2-0 winner over Porto, reached the quarterfinals in its first year in the competition. For more on the Champions League ahead of Friday's draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Arsenal's exit on Wednesday meant that no English club made the final eight of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1996.

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In its first season in the UEFA Champions League, Malaga is the lone quarterfinalist in the final eight for the first time after beating Porto, 2-0, to advance, 2-1, on aggregate.

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Spain leads all countries with three teams in the final eight: Barcelona, Real Madrid and Malaga. It's the first time in a decade three La Liga teams made the quarterfinals. In 2001, 2002 and 2003, Spain had three clubs make the final eight.

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Five of the quarterfinals have won the Champions League or its precursor, the European Cup; Real Madrid (9 titles), Barcelona (4) Bayern Munich (4), Juventus (2) and Borussia Dortmund (1).

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Barcelona has reached the quarterfinals for eight straight seasons, the longest active streak of any team left in the competition. Real Madrid is back in the final eight for the third straight year, while Bayern Munich returns to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

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Barcelona and Bayern Munich lead all quarterfinalists with 11 appearances apiece in the Champions League since its launch in 1992-93. Paris St. Germain and Malaga have the fewest appearances with one apiece.



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