I don’t have too much time to go in depth right now, but I will try to give you a preview of all the ties before they commence in late September.
Here’s the draw, with the seeded team listed on the right:
- PK-35 Vantaa (Finland) are the unlucky team to draw Lyon, but I guess if you don’t win your qualifying group, you can’t complain too much
- Standard Liege (Belgium) got Turbine Potsdam, which stinks a little, because Liege didn’t have to qualify (Belgium’s league was rated high enough to get an automatic spot, but Liege was not high enough to be in the top 16, and therefore not seeded). The last two seasons, Liege has been able to post a clean sheet in the Round of 32. Probably not this year.
- Barcelona is playing Arsenal, which is obviously interesting from a name perspective, but not a great draw for Barca, Arsenal are probably among the top four teams in this competition.
- Italian champions Torres drew a tough one in Apollon Limassol of Cyprus (see previous article). Still favorites, but interesting.
- Fortuna Hjorring – with our friend Tiffany Weimer in tow – will play Glasgow City in what should be a very competitive encounter.
- Inka Frings and Zurich will play French runners-up Juvisy, who aren’t Lyon, but do have Gaetane Thiney and a couple of other French internationals.
- The draw for the Round 0f 16 was also announced, and what immediately jumps out is a likely Potsdam-Arsenal matchup, that is a shame it has to come that early, but them’s the breaks. Torres, Malmo, Goteborg (despite poor league form), Wolfsburg, Rossiyanka, Lyon, and Juvisy are the early favorites to join them in the quarterfinals, but we’ll cross that bridge (or bridges) when we come to them.