Holders Barca drawn with AC Milan in Champions League

Updated: 2011-08-26 10:51


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Holders Barca drawn with AC Milan in Champions League

Former Portuguese soccer player Luis Figo holds up a card showing FC Barcelona during the Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Aug 25, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

* Barca draw Milan, Man United face old rivals Benfica in Champions League

MONACO - Holders Barcelona have been drawn with seven-times European Cup winners AC Milan plus outsiders BATE Borisov of Belarus and Viktoria Plzen of Czech Republic in the group stage of the Champions League.

Holders Barca drawn with AC Milan in Champions League

The UEFA Champions League trophy is seen during the Champions League draw in Monaco Aug 25, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Manchester United, beaten in last season's final at Wembley Stadium, were drawn on Thursday with Benfica, the team they beat in the 1968 final at Wembley, Basel and Romanians Otelul Galati who are making their debut in the competition.

Manchester City, the world's richest club thanks to owner Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi and playing in the Champions League for the first time, were drawn with four-times European Cup winners Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Napoli.

New boy Sergio Aguero, City's record 38 million pounds ($61.81 million) signing, faces a trip to Napoli, the former club of father-in-law Diego Maradona.

Real Madrid, European champions a record nine times, face perennial opponents Olympique Lyon along with Ajax Amsterdam and Dinamo Zagreb, back in the competition after a 12-year absence.

Trabzonspor, brought in on Thursday after the Turkish FA withdrew Fenerbahce because of match-fixing allegations, will play in the same group as 2010 champions Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow and Lille.

The group stage starts on Sept 13-14, with the final set for Munich on May 19.

Holders Barca drawn with AC Milan in Champions League

Champions League group tables following Thursday's draw. [Photo/Agencies]