Wednesday, April 2, 2008

UEFA Champions League - Quarterfinal Clubs from "Weaker" Leagues

With Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü reaching the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League this season, I thought I'd take a look at other clubs that are from outside of the "stronger" leagues in Europe that have made it as far as the QF stage since 92-93. (The year the competition became the "UEFA Champions League")

It should be mentioned that many of these clubs made it deeper in the tournament prior to 97-98, when the champions of the weaker leagues still received automatic Champions League spots. Since that year, the "weaker" league champions have been forced to qualify for the group stages.

Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
QF - Opponent: Chelsea

Panathinaikos (Greece)
QF - Lost to Barcelona 3-2 Agg.

Galatasaray (Turkey)
QF - Lost to Real Madrid 5-3 Agg.

Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
SF - Lost to Bayern Munich 4-3 Agg.

Olympiakos (Greece)
QF - Lost to Juventus 3-2 Agg.

Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
QF - Lost to Juventus 5-2 Agg.

Rosenborg (Norway)
QF - Lost to Juventus 3-1 Agg.

Panathinaikos (Greece)
SF - Lost to Ajax Amsterdam 3-1 Agg.

Spartak Moscow (Russia)
QF - Lost to FC Nantes 4-2 Agg.

Legia Warsaw (Poland)
QF - Lost to Panathanaikos 3-0 Agg.

IFK Göteborg (Sweden)
QF - Lost to Bayern Munich 2-2 on away goals

Hajduk Split (Croatia)
QF - Lost to Ajax 3-0 Agg.

Fenerbahçe definitely have their work cut out for them. Dynamo Kiev and Panathinaikos are the only two teams that have progressed to the semi final stage from the "weaker" leagues in the past 15 years.

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