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12 former Euro champions compete for Champions League

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There has been a bit of revisionist nonsense expressed recently which appeared to damn the achievements of the current team by comparing them to the great Martin O’Neill side, but Martin’s team were known to struggle in qualifying on occasion.

Let the record show, four wins from four games.  Three clean sheets, two of which were achieved away from home.  The remainder of the tournament will present stiffer challenges but Celtic are a completely different team than the side which lost heavily in Utrecht two years ago.

This is what planned, sustainable, progress tastes like.

The Champions League proper will be difficult for Celtic to win; no fewer than 12 former European Champions battle to reach the Wembley final, but we are one of them and we’re there on merit.  After a four year absence the excitement of those early Champions League nights at Celtic Park against Rosenborg, Porto and Juventus has returned to the club.

Bring it on.

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  1. From thecelticwiki….

     

     

    “Football will survive because of teams like Celtic and its fans.”

     

    Age Hareide (Helsingborg manager, 2012)

     

     

    Seems like he was impressed.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  2. HT –

     

     

    Of the 32 teams in the draw there are 12 former winners and three teams making their debut in the tournament.

     

     

    Celtic, who qualified through the playoffs, became the last former European champions to make it through to the group stage while Malaga of Spain, Montpellier of France and FC Nordsjylland, the Danish champions, are all competing for the first time.

     

     

    Teams from the same country cannot be drawn against each other in the group stage:

     

     

    Pot One:

     

     

    Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Porto, AC Milan.

     

     

    Pot Two:

     

     

    Valencia, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, Schalke 04, Manchester City, Braga, Dynamo Kiev

     

     

    Pot Three:

     

     

    Olympiakos, Ajax Amsterdam, Anderlecht, Juventus, Spartak Moscow, Paris St Germain, Lille, Galatasaray

     

     

    Port Four:

     

     

    Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Cluj, Malaga, Montpellier, FC Nordsjylland.

  3. Wonderful night last night, great atmosphere, great performance

     

     

    Special mention for Wilson, he was superb last night. Well done big man.

     

     

    2 possible draws today:

     

     

    Real

     

    Chelski

     

    PSG

     

     

    Arsenal

     

    Benfica

     

    Anderlecht

     

     

    Luck of the draw, bring it on!

  4. VP/St Stivs

     

     

    Cheers lads. Based on that I want….

     

     

    Real Madrid

     

    Man City

     

    Juventus

     

     

    SOS

     

     

    Yey Bhoy was imperious last night!!!!!

  5. voguepunter

     

    12:11 on

     

    30 August, 2012

     

    HT Champs league

     

     

     

    That last box is really something. “Winners X 1”

  6. Monaghan1900

     

     

     

    banners like

     

     

    ‘Where is the £30Mn that was Promised?’

     

     

    Answer

     

     

    ‘Dont know!’

     

     

    ‘Where are the 3 Billionaires?’

     

     

    Answer

     

     

    ‘Dont Know!’

     

     

    ‘Why have we not spent a transfer fee?’

     

     

    Answer

     

     

    ‘Dont Know!’

  7. Interesting debate on Orange parades going on just now on BBC Radio Ulster.

     

     

    Worth a listen.

  8. qhere

     

    first time post,been lurking for a while,last night was excellent, and no I’m not a hun

  9. The draw for the Glory would be

     

     

    Real Madrid, Man City and Chelsea.

     

     

    The draw to qualify would be

     

     

    AC Milan, Benfica and Olympiakos

  10. Davie

     

     

    That choreography during the game against Rosenborg was average, not top in my ratings.

     

    It makes me feel sick when I hear that after that game, Warsaw Police and Voivode moved proposal of closing that stand until the end of this year with probation period after.

     

    The reasons are:

     

    1)these few flares (guilty were just banned)

     

    2) people under that big flag were not safe

     

    3) serpentines brougt from that stand

     

     

    FC Elba supporters songs of hate, including that one about famine is much worse than our crimes.

     

     

    This is one of the best of Legia Warsaw

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulfvgaELpTs&feature=related

     

     

    ,or how we support the team

     

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOYemD-n4FU&feature=related

  11. "THERE IS ONLY ONE TEAM IN GLASGOW" aka "@67MOULDY67" on

    OSCAR KNOX APPEAL 

     

     

     

     

    Hello , just to let you know that I am planning to take part in a 50 mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh, 09/09/2012

     

     

    During the next 2 weeks I plan to train very hard in order to be able to take part in this cycle where I would hope to be able raise some funds for “Wee Oscar Knox” who is 3 year old kid and is not keeping very well just now.

     

     

    You can read Oscar’s story on web link below….

     

     

    http://www.justgiving.com/Team-Oscar-Knox-Appeal-Cycle-09092012-Paul-Muldoon

     

     

    In the meantime, all donations are welcome, thanks 

     

     

    @67mouldy67

     

     

    @weeoscar4life

     

     

    @wee_oscar

  12. craggy island gaa on

    Afternoon everyone,

     

     

    It was an absolute pleasure to be in attendance last night, the team and management got the job done, thanks in no small part to the tremendous backing they received from all 4 stands. Well done to everyone involved.

     

     

    One wee moan was the amount of tomes U had to endure the mention of the word “Sevco”. Please cab we just move on?

     

     

    I swear some folk like to hate something else more than they love what they have.

     

     

    Looking forward to the draw later.

     

    Real Madrid

     

    Braga

     

    Anderlecht

     

     

    Here’s hoping!

     

     

    craggy

  13. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Tried to get on last night but CQN was in meltdown.

     

     

    Well done Neil, Garry, Jan and of course Alan

     

     

    The players …

     

     

    The support

     

     

    and the clubs administrators

     

     

    A fantastic achievement.

     

     

    Also Big Kelvin done very well last night. Shared MOM with Victor I thought last night.

     

     

    Hope the draw is kind to us.#

     

     

    Hail Hail

  14. First game in our new seats in 109 last night and wow my 10 year old loved it after 2 seasons in 122 its like a diferent planet. I did see the fighting in the away section and later on my son mentioned that they had 2 flags with sevco crests on them. Can’t wait for Saturday now bring it on ….

     

     

     

     

    KTF

  15. I forgot Fatso + Del Boy were up at Hampden today

     

     

    Chris McLaughlin ‏@BBCchrismclaug

     

    What a day: #Celtic #ChampsLeague draw. #Rangers #SFA disciplinary hearing. #Scotland squad announcement and Liverpool v #Hearts #BBCSport

     

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  16. Estadio Nacional on

    Bring on the lot of them, our names on the cup…

     

     

     

    Summa of Sammi….01:29

     

     

    Haha, the jinx is broken….

     

     

    Talking of Jinx, I got a lift home by our pal JinxyBhoy before a good olde fashioned Champions League party, just up…

     

     

     

    EN

  17. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Felt a bit guilty abt Hoopers goal then me thot. Hold on we shld have had a penalty!! Guilt gone!! <0)))

  18. special mention should go to Alan Thompson on SKY last night.

     

     

    100% Celtic .

     

     

    he loved it

  19. ASonOfDan

     

    12:19 on

     

    30 August, 2012

     

     

    two teams from the same country can’t be drawn together

     

     

    By the way I wouldn’t say Chelsea are glamour in my book. They’ve got nothing on Barca, Real, Man U, Milan, Bayern. Small team with a big pocketed owner!

  20. Del Piero meeting Sion officials between 12:30 & 13:30 today to give them his decision. Italian press now quoting Celtic as favourites for his signature.

  21. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Del P cant get a game where he is. What makes him think he’ll get a game with Celtic??

  22. Chris McLaughlin ‏@BBCchrismclaug

     

    McCoist to appear before #SFA judicial panel at 1230. Green around 1400. Both charged with not acting in best interests of the association.

     

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  23. philvisreturns on

    Zbyszek – 3) serpentines brougt from that stand

     

     

    Where is St. Patrick when you need him? (thumbsup)

  24. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Monaghan1900 11:13 on 30 August, 2012

     

     

    “The things you see on FF when you’re off the drink:

     

     

    “Not surprisingly it is proving almost impossible to get any journalists in Scotland to ask any questions relating to the murky relationships between those charged with running the game in Scotland (for the benefit of CFC.”

     

     

    Maybe the Huns could get Scotland’s Sports ‘journalist’ of the Year on to this stuff. Although he might still be busy investigating Juninho’s TEB, BET, BTE or whatever it is called.

  25. I would find it interesting if all those calling for new players would also mention who should be left out to accommodate said players and how this would affect the replaced players and the growing team spirit of this group we have now.

     

     

    JJ

  26. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum,

     

    Celtic in the CL

     

    And the death of the hun.

     

     

     

    This club is separate from its company.

  27. philvisreturns on

    Steinreignedsupreme – What about Bill Leckie? He was warning Sir David Murray about overspending 15 years ago. (thumbsup)

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