UEFA Champions League 2013-14 Draw: Full Playoff-Round Fixtures Released

Ben SnowballContributor IAugust 9, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal meet Turkish side Fenerbahce in the pick of the ties from the Champions League playoff draw.

Twenty teams remain in the hunt for a spot in the lucrative group stages, with qualifying split into two sections—champions and non-champions—ahead of the final hurdle.

Let’s take a look at the full draw, courtesy of UEFA.com, as four past winners enter the competition. The first legs are scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21, with the second legs slated for the week after.

 

Champions Route

Home side (first leg)Away side (first leg)
Dinamo ZagrebAustria Vienna
Ludogorets RazgradFC Basel
Viktoria PlzenMaribor
Shakhter KaragandyCeltic
Steaua BucharestLegia Warsaw

 

Non-Champions Route

Home side (first leg)Away side (first leg)
LyonReal Sociedad
SchalkeMetalist Kharkiv
Pacos de FerreiraZenit St Petersburg 
PSVAC Milan
FenerbahceArsenal

 

While always managing to qualify, Arsenal have struggled to progress in the Champions League in recent seasons and face a daunting prospect just to qualify after being drawn against Fenerbahce.

The Turkish side still have a two-year match-fixing ban hanging over them, so it’s not absolute that they will take to the field against the Gunners later in August, but they will be lifted by Galatasaray’s success over Arsenal in the recent Emirates Cup.

The sides last met in the group stage of 2008-09, with the Gunners demolishing them 5-2 in Turkey before Fenerbahce held out for a goalless draw in London.

Celtic have been handed an unappealing tie against Kazakhstan champions Shakhter Karagandy. The Bhoys grinded out a 0-0 draw against Elfsborg in Sweden to seal their place in the playoffs and will be favourites to progress to the Champions League proper against their unknown opponents.

Dutch side PSV face a tough task to progress after being drawn against European giants and seven-time winners AC Milan, who last lifted the trophy in 2007. Milan have toiled in the Champions League in recent seasons but are slowly building a squad capable of challenging for glory once more.

Lyon were forced to qualify via a third-round qualifying tie after failing to finish in Ligue 1’s top two and must now come through a challenging fixture with Real Sociedad, who enjoyed a fine run in last season’s La Liga.