Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"It's Like Lotto: You Gotta Be In It To Win It."

{tying an obscure Beastie Boys sample to the Champions League qualifiers is one of the things that makes this blogging shit fun...}

And now Arsenal are officially in the 2007-2008 Champions League, after a 2nd leg 3-0 win over Sparta Prague which gave them a 5-0 win on aggregate. Tomas Rosicky Harry Potter scored against his former and hometown club, and then Cesc and Eduardo added 2 more late on. So for the 10th year in a row they will be playing for the biggest ball of wax {and money} in European club football.

Most of the other qualifying matches went as expected, with the exception of Dutch giants Ajax, who were unceremoniously dumped out by Slavia Prague.

The draw for the Champions League Group Stage is tomorrow and can be followed live here.

Results of final qualifying round for Champions League 07-08 {winners in bold}:
Arsenal 3-0 Sparta Prague.
win 5-0 on aggregate

Liverpool 4-0 Toulouse.
win 5-0 on aggregate

AEK Athens ppd. Sevilla.
lead 2-0 on aggregate

Elfsborg 1-2 Valencia.
win 5-1 on aggregate

Dinamo Bucharest 1-3 Lazio.
win 4-2 on aggregate

Dinamo Zagreb 2-3 Werder Bremen.
Werder Bremen
win 5-3 on aggregate

Celtic 1-1 Spartak Moscow.
2-2 on aggregate; Celtic win penalty shootout 4-3

Crvena Zvedza 0-0 Rangers.
win 1-0 on aggregate

FC Copenhagen 0-1 Benfica.
win 3-1 on aggregate

Dynamo Kiev 3-0 FK Sarajevo.
Dymano Kiev
win 4-0 on aggregate

Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Salzburg.
Shakthar Donetsk
win 3-2 on aggregate

Anderlecht 0-2 Fenerbache.
win 3-0 on aggregate

Besiktas 2-0 FC Zurich.
win 3-1 on aggregate

Steaua Bucharest 2-0 BATE Borisov.
Steaua Bucharest
win 4-2 on aggregate

Slavia Prague 2-1 Ajax.
Slavia Prague
win 3-1 on aggregate

Rosenborg 2-0 Tampere United.
win 5-0 on aggregate

*AEK Athens-Sevilla match postponed due to the death of Antonio Puerta yesterday.

These 16 teams will be joined by the 16 who qualified automatically based on their league finishes last season:

AC Milan
Inter Milan
Real Madrid
Manchester United
Olympique Lyon
FC Porto
PSV Eindhoven
AS Roma
FC Shalke 04
VfB Stuttgart
CSKA Moscow
Sporting Lisbon
Olympique Marseille


Holly said...

AC Milan, gettin' live on the spot, puttin' all kinds shame in the game you got...


Kanu said...


Shit, don't apologize- that type of shit is always welcome around these parts.