Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Bayern: Barca Still the UCL Favorite
Reuters, April 12th, 2013 1:42PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  barcelona, germany, real madrid, spain, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

Bayern Munich, the already-crowned champion of Germany this season, was paired with Spanish champion-elect Barcelona, while Borussia Dortmund, last season’s German champion, was paired with defending Spanish champion Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinal draw on Friday. The German teams will be at home for the first-legs on April 23rd and 24th, while Spanish teams will host the return-legs the following week.

While much has been made of the stylish way Bayern Munich has gone about its business both in Germany and in Europe this season, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was clear about which team he thought should be the favorite.  "Barcelona is the benchmark for me in Europe," he said. "They are the best team in Europe at the moment, with fantastic attacking potential.” The last time the two teams met, in the 2009 quarterfinals, Barca won the series 5-1 after winning the first-leg 4-0 at the Camp Nou. “I remember that game well and I don't really like to think about it, because it was quite painful to watch,” Rummenigge said. “However, it's a wonderful opportunity to show that we have improved a lot since then. "

Meanwhile, in the other series, Real and Dortmund have already met twice this season during the group phase. Dortmund won 2-1 at Signal Iduna Park, while the second meeting was a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu. “I don’t need to stress the fact that Real Madrid will be a tough opponent,” Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp told reporters. “But they are the only team that was left in the draw whom we’ve managed to beat this season already.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
Sturridge Wishes Suarez Well    
Daniel Sturridge says he'll need some help from his teammates if the departure of the Uruguayan ...
Liverpool Signs Belgian Teen Star Striker    
Liverpool has signed of 19-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, whose goal against Russia sent the Red ...
Tevez's Kidnapped Father Released    
Juan Alberto Cabral, the father of Juventus' Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, was kidnapped and released eight ...
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives