UEFA Champions League Draw 2012: Teams That Will Need a Lucky Draw to Advance

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 11:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain FC celebrates a goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and FC Lorient at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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The UEFA Champions League has been unkind in doling out glory to unestablished contenders. The draw will be the only chance some squads have at lifting the most esteemed trophy in European soccer.

The list of past winners is dominated by legendary names like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool. In fact, over the last 20 years, only two sides have won the crown for the first time. Every other squad had already accomplished the feat at some point in their history.

There is room for a little optimism, as four other would-be first-time champions have appeared in the finals only to have their dreams dashed by a former champion.

Their destinies may already be sealed, but hopefully fate will smile upon these aspiring first-timers.


Galatasaray S.K.

The Turkish entrants will need more than a little help if they hope to make noise in this tournament. Dominating the home league is one matter, competing with the best that Europe has to offer is another entirely.

The team lacks the star power of teams like Barcelona or Manchester United. The bid to bolster their ranks with Abel Hernandez was rejected by Palermo, and any efforts of adding Kaka have been abandoned.

In summary, the Turkish giant failed to make the splash needed to compete on such a level. 


Olympiakos F.C.

Turks and Greeks traditionally don't agree on much. However, both would likely admit that their respective sides will need some fortune to advance past the group stage. 

Unlike their Mediterranean neighbor, Olympiakos has wasted little time attempting to increase its odds. The squad added midfielder Paulo Manchado, but has failed to pick up other possible contributors. 

Considering the players they have targeted haven't been able to stick with the larger clubs, Olympiakos will require more than just a few castoffs among their transfers.


Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Finally, a team that has the players to match up physically with the competition. Unfortunately, building a team of world-class talent does not guarantee that they will perform at that level.

PSG went the rich-kid route and is attempting to buy a championship. The tactic has backfired, as they have yet to notch a victory in three matches. 

The opposing squads will have little concern for the paychecks these players are earning. PSG could use a couple easy games to find their way before doing any heavy lifting. 


Montpellier Herault F.C.

Montpellier finds itself in the same position as its fellow French squad. Winless after three games is not a wonderful way to begin a title defense or to begin competition in the Champions League.

The timing couldn't be much worse with the draw only only hours away. The fresh infusion of talent to the defending champions has yet to make much of an impact.

The supporters can still bask in the glory of a Ligue1 crown, but there is little hope of attaining the highest honor on the continent without a lucky draw.