Champions League 2014: Early Runners and Riders Tipped to Challenge Next Year

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Champions League 2014: Early Runners and Riders Tipped to Challenge Next Year
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Smiles better: Bayern's Arjen Robben with last season's trophy, but can the Bavarians make history by retaining it next year?

Another campaign of compelling UEFA Champions League football has just drawn to a close following Bayern Munich’s 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, and now it is time to start turning our attentions towards next season’s competition.

Most of the Continent’s top leagues have now all been concluded, with the exception of Spain’s La Liga, and with it the finalisation of the participants for the 2013/14 edition of Europe’s premier club competition.

And so before everyone departs for the beaches and a well-earned rest before we all get going once again in August, here is a brief look at those teams who will be lining up to take part in next season’s European Cup and how they may fare on the rocky road to the Estadio da Luz…

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