Update: 03.10.2022 13:57
Nyon (Switzerland) – In the main stage of the Champions League, the players of Slavia Prague will face the two-time winners of the competition from Wolfsburg. The next two opponents in the four-man group B will be St. Pölten and AS Rome, which eliminated Sparta in the qualification. It was decided by today’s draw at the Swiss headquarters of UEFA in Nyon.
The sixteen participants in the main stage are divided into four groups, of which the first two teams advance to the spring quarterfinals. The basic part of the Champions League starts on October 19 and culminates in December. The final will take place in June in Eindhoven.
After adjusting the format of the competition, Slávistky will play the group as the first Czech team. The Champions League underwent changes last year, and since last season, it has stopped playing only with a knockout system. The Czech club was absent from the basic stage a year ago.
The women from Prague, who advanced to the group via Iceland’s Valur, figured in the second of the four performance baskets before the draw and were sure to avoid Paris St. Germain, Bayern Munich and Arsenal. Wolfsburg, who won the entire competition in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, got the first basket. Last year, the German champions were eliminated in the semi-finals by Barcelona.
From the third basket, the lot of St. Pölten, who knocked out Finnish Kuopio in the qualifiers in overtime. The Austrian champions beat Sparta 2-0 in the warm-up in August. From the fourth basket, the Slavists then went to AS Rome. The Italian vice-champion eliminated the Spartans in the qualification after winning 2:1 away and 4:1 at home.
The biggest success of the Czech team in the Champions League is Slavia’s three appearances in the quarter-finals. Once, Sparta also made it to the top eight in this competition (under the former name UEFA Cup), when the round of 16 stage was still played in groups.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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