Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2013/2014
Bender out, Sahin doubtful for Marseille match
Sven Bender will miss Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League Group F decider against Marseille on Wednesday after twisting his right ankle and suffering tendon damage. The 24-year-old midfielder sustained the injury during Dortmund's 1-0 Bundesliga loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Midfielder Nuri Sahin has suffered a partial ligament tear in his right ankle but there is still a chance that he could be available for the trip to France. Dortmund have to win in Marseille to secure their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Xavi, Iniesta out for King's Cup
Midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta will miss Friday's King's Cup opener at third-tier Cartagena. Barcelona say both players will rest for precaution after they noted pain in leg muscles. Barcelona are already without injured forward Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Dani Alves. Defender Jordi Alba is back in the squad after more than two months out with consecutive thigh injuries.
Milan deprived of Silvestre again
Matias Silvestre will be out for at least two weeks after suffering his third injury of the season. The Argentinian defender, who joined Milan on loan from city rivals Inter in the summer, strained his left thigh in training. The 29-year-old has made only three Serie A appearances this season after picking up a knee injury in September and a separate thigh problem in October.
Valbuena discolates shoulder
Marseille will be without Mathieu Valbuena until January after the France midfielder dislocated his left shoulder during a 1-0 loss to Lille on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was forced off in the 73rd minute after a collision with defender Simon Kjaer. Valbuena joins striker Andre Ayew on Marseille's injury list.
Arjen Robben sidelined for six weeks
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is sidelined until next year after suffering a knee injury in Wednesday's 2-0 German Cup win at Augsburg. The 29-year-old was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hurt in a collision with Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz during the first half. Robben has scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions League this campaign. The good news for Bayern is that star Franck Ribery is back after cracking a rib in a match for France on Nov. 15.
Pirlo out until new year
Andrea Pirlo is expected to be sidelined until the new year with damaged knee ligaments. The Juventus playmaker, 34, suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 1-0 win against Udinese. Pirlo has appeared in 13 games for Juventus this season, scoring three goals. He has been in the starting XI for every one of Juventus' 15 games in the UEFA Champions League over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has extended his contract with Juventus by one season until 2017.
Alaba inks new Bayern contract
David Alaba has extended his contract with Bayern Munich by three years until summer 2018. The 21-year old Austrian left-back joined Bayern's youth team from Austria Vienna in 2008. Alaba has already won two Bundesliga titles, one German Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Bayern.
Lahm sidelined by hamstring injury
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has been ruled out for at least a week due to a right hamstring strain. The German international defender was hurt during the 3-1 win at CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Lahm will miss Saturday's Bundesliga game against Eintracht Braunschweig and Wednesday's German Cup game at Augsburg. Already on Bayern's injury list were Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Pizarro, Xherdan Shaqiri and Holger Badstuber.
|1||Man. Utd.||11||8||3-2-0 (5)|
|3||Bayer L.||7||-2||2-1-2 (5)|
|4||Real Soc.||1||-8||0-1-4 (5)|
|1||Real Mad.||13||13||4-1-0 (5)|
|1||Paris SG||13||12||4-1-0 (5)|
|2||Man. City||12||7||4-0-1 (5)|
|1||Atletico M||13||10||4-1-0 (5)|
|4||Austria V.||2||-8||0-2-3 (5)|
|27.11||Shakhtar - Real Soc.||4:0|
|27.11||Paris SG - Olympiak.||2:1|
|27.11||Bayer L. - Man. Utd.||0:5|
|27.11||Juventus - Kobenh.||3:1|
|27.11||Man. City - Plzen||4:2|
|27.11||Real Mad. - Galatas.||4:1|
|27.11||Anderlec. - Benfica||2:3|
|27.11||CSKA - Bayern||1:3|
|26.11||Steaua - Schalke||0:0|
|26.11||Dortmund - Napoli||3:1|
|26.11||Arsenal - Marseille||2:0|
|26.11||Ajax - Barcelona||2:1|
|26.11||Porto - Austria V.||1:1|
|26.11||Celtic - Milan||0:3|
|26.11||Basel - Chelsea||1:0|
|26.11||Zenit - Atletico M||1:1|
Champions League stats
|home wins||46 %|
|away wins||33 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2013/2014
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.