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UCL Draw: Man Utd & Rivaldo In 'Group Of Death'?

UEFA Champions League Draw: Manchester United & Rivaldo Coetzee In 'Group Of Death'?

By David Kappel - Aug 24, 2017 10:31 AM @kappilinho

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place today, and Manchester United and Rivaldo Coetzee's Celtic could end up together in a "group of death".

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Coetzee is likely to sign his contract with Scottish giants Celtic on Thursday, and his new side, as well as Dino Ndlovu's FK Qarabag, were one of the 10 teams that qualified via the play-off route, which also saw Liverpool ensuring that five English teams are taking part in this year's competition.

The group stage draw featuring all 32 qualified teams will take place, at 6.00pm South African time, in Monaco on Thursday evening.

The 32 teams have been placed in four pots, with the league champions of UEFA's eight strongest top flights being placed in pot one, while the rest of the qualified sides were placed in the other three pots based on their UEFA coefficient.

Seeded: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco, Spartak Moscow

Pot 2: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Man City, FC Porto, Man United

Pot 3: Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, FC Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Liverpool, Roma, Besiktas

Pot 4: Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Sporting CP, APOEL Nicosia, Feyenoord, NK Maribor, FK Qarabag, RB Leipzig

No team can play a club from their own association at this stage of the competition, but there could be a potential "group of death" consisting of Real Madrid, United, Napoli and Coetzee's Celtic or even Ndlovu's Qarabag. The latter became the first side from Azerbaijan to have qualified for the competition, thanks to the South African's important away goal in their qualifying clash against FC Copenhagen.

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Soccer Laduma will bring you all the breaking news from the Champions League draw on our website and Twitter channels later today, with the 2017 UEFA Player of the Year also to be announced during the gala.

Which four teams would you place in your "group of death"? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Top5 Joined: 20 Oct 2016
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Top5 Aug 24, 2017 07:34 PM
@real-madrid, yes you are correct, teams from the same league play against each other from the last 8 stage.
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Mogriza Aug 24, 2017 07:03 PM
So group of death were it involve Madrid... editor must be high as Madrid is above all and for me group of death will be Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and juventus as for the others nah it's not group of death and Man U can beat Celtic with tennis score
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ziongate keeper Aug 24, 2017 06:24 PM
Grup of death counting celtic kkkkkk ur jokin
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RealManUchiefz Aug 24, 2017 05:22 PM
And u call tht a group of death cowditor..for who if i may ask?coz its easy pickings fr the great whites
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Shapiro Aug 24, 2017 04:59 PM
Is arsenal not in a champions league this season ??
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Melizwe17@K4L Aug 24, 2017 04:56 PM
Wow 5 English teams but still none of them will the UCL kkkkk
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tcdeluxe Aug 24, 2017 04:15 PM
Please go find real news. E.g how does Balotelli feel after failing to make it to de group stages aftr he said he will win Ballon d Or.After de draw pls do actual interviews not unfounded speculations.
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Carder305 Aug 24, 2017 03:49 PM
The second one its a dead Group
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Faysal Aug 24, 2017 03:20 PM
Barcelona juventus monaco and buyern wil be last 4 come next year
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real-madrid Aug 24, 2017 02:25 PM
@Top5 and teams from same league wont be on the same group
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real-madrid Aug 24, 2017 02:24 PM
i dont see any cow team there stop madrid, worst ones are ELP teams, they are very cowish...... reason epl is competitive is because all the teams are average afeom chealsea to sunderland.. all average, wat do u expect when an average team meet an average team... eg everton vs man city..... arsenal 4-3 leicester, chealsea 2-1 spurs... too average.... atleitco madrid can beat all epl cows one by 1
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real-madrid Aug 24, 2017 02:22 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni HOW WILL BARCA N psg BE in same group wile they are in same pot "B" . neymar would return to spain to play madrid, not barca
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real-madrid Aug 24, 2017 02:21 PM
@NHLANHLA1 best team in the world will remain REAL MADRID
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Top5 Aug 24, 2017 02:20 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni, Barca and Psg are in the same pot, meaning they wont be in the same group as each group consist of one team per pot.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Aug 24, 2017 02:13 PM
Lool PSG and Barcelona on same group means Neymar wll face his former side so soon
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NHLANHLA1 Aug 24, 2017 01:50 PM
@real-madrid sit down, you talk too much cow
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real-madrid Aug 24, 2017 01:46 PM
to be honest the only team i was scared playing everytime it was barcelona, the rest they are weak, barcelona alwya sbeat madrid in many occassions, so since now it is weak, i dont see any team that wil stop madrid from winning the ucl 3rd time in row... as for EPL cows they r useless
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real-madrid Aug 24, 2017 01:45 PM
@Nicho@88 all epl teams are cows... madrid will beat any of them any time... if it was possible would love madrid to have chelasea, both man city, stil we gonna collect 18 points
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Nubz Aug 24, 2017 01:45 PM
Real Madrid will defend their trophy again.
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lopi Aug 24, 2017 01:33 PM
Yhooooooooo

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