Potential Champions League draws

At 10:30 GMT on Thursday, Dec. 20, the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draw will take place in Nyon, Switzerland.

As always, there are peculiarities and nuances to each team's potential matchups that will influence the draw, leaving some extremely fortunate and others with a one-way ticket back to domestic toil.

Holders Chelsea FC may be out but the lineup for the draw contains nine past winners of Europe's premier club competition as well as tournament debutants Málaga CF; all the other 15 teams have been at this stage before, in Real Madrid CF's case for the 16th year in a row.

Nine different nations are represented in the knockout phase and only five of the 16 clubs were in this round last season: FC Bayern München, FC Barcelona, Arsenal FC, AC Milan and Madrid. Just two sides did not start in the group stage, Málaga beginning in the league route play-offs and Celtic FC in the champions route third qualifying round.

Two seeding pots have been formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up.

Group winners: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), FC Schalke 04 (GER), Malaga CF (ESP), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Juventus (ITA), Bayern Munich (GER), FC Barcelona (ESP), Manchester United FC (ENG)

Group runners-up: FC Porto (POR), Arsenal (ENG), AC Milan (ITA), Real Madrid (ESP), FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Valencia (ESP), Celtic (SCO), Galatasaray (TUR)

Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 12/13 and 19/20 February and at home in the return matches on 5/6 and 12/13 March. No team can play a club from their group or any side from their own association.

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So here are the group winners, and who they can play:

Malaga vs Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic or Galatasaray

Schalke 04 vs Porto, AC Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, Galatasary, Valencia, Celtic or Real Madrid

Juventus vs Porto, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Valencia, Celtic or Galatasaray

Borussia Dortmund vs Porto, Arsenal, AC Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia, Celtic or Galatasaray

Paris Saint-Germain vs Arsenal, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia, Celtic or Galatasaray

FC Barcelona vs Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Arsenal, Galatasaray or AC Milan

Manchester United vs Porto, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia or Celtic

Bayern Munich vs Porto, Arsenal, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic or Galatasaray


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