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Meet the Women's Champions League contenders

Published: Friday 22 August 2014, 14.07CET
The UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 draw has been made – UEFA.com has the lowdown on all the contenders hoping to reach the 14 May Berlin final.
by Paul Saffer
Meet the Women's Champions League contenders
Can Wolfsburg made it three in a row? ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 22 August 2014, 14.07CET

Meet the Women's Champions League contenders

The UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 draw has been made – UEFA.com has the lowdown on all the contenders hoping to reach the 14 May Berlin final.

The draws have been made for the UEFA Women's Champions League and UEFA.com introduces the 32 teams aiming for the 14 May final in Berlin.

Round of 32 draw (8/9 & 15/16 October)
KKPK Medyk Konin (POL) v Glasgow City LFC (SCO)
Ryazan-VDV (RUS) v FC Rosengård (SWE)
ACF Brescia (ITA) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
Clube Atlético Ouriense (POR) v Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Raheny United (IRL) v Bristol Academy WFC (ENG)
FC BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ) v 1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
Gintra Universitetas (LTU) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
ŽNK Pomurje (SVN) v ASD Torres Calcio (ITA)
Stabæk FK (NOR) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders)
Apollon LFC (CYP) v Brøndby IF (DEN)
MTK Hungária FC (HUN) v SV Neulengbach (AUT)
ŽNK Osijek (CRO) v FC Zürich Frauen (SUI)
Liverpool LFC (ENG) v Linköpings FC (SWE)
FC Twente (NED) v Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
Stjarnan (ISL) v WFC Zvezda-2005 Perm (RUS)

Round of 16 draw (8/9 & 12/13 November)
Osijek/Zürich v Medyk Konin/Glasgow
Ryazan-VDV/Rosengård v Atlético Ouriense/Fortuna
Twente/Paris v Brescia/Lyon
Stabæk/Wolfsburg v MTK/Neulengbach
Liverpool/Linköping v Stjarnan/Zvezda-2005
Slavia/Barcelona v Raheny/Bristol
BIIK/Frankfurt v Pomurje/Torres
Apollon/Brøndby v Gintra/Sparta

Teams listed in ranking order

SEEDED
VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders)
• Aiming to become the first team to win the competition three years in a row.

Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
• Their run of four straight finals was ended in the round of 16 last season.

ASD Torres Calcio (ITA)
• Have made two consecutive quarter-finals but captain Patrizia Panico has left.

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Marta has played in four finals

FC Rosengård (SWE)
• The new name for FCR Malmö and also the fresh home of Marta.

Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
• The 2003 runners-up have gone out in the round of 16 for five consecutive years.

1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
• The only side to have won three European titles, in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

SV Neulengbach (AUT)
• Reached their first quarter-final at the 11th attempt last season.

Brøndby IF (DEN)
• Have got to two semi-finals and four other quarter-finals in 11 campaigns.

AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
• Lost in this round for the first time last term, but are the first Czech team to enter as runners-up.

Linköpings FC (SWE)
• On their last entry in 2010/11 they proceeded to the quarter-finals and went out unbeaten on away goals.

Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
• Looking strong with new signings including Caroline Seger, Josephine Henning and Fatmire Alushi.

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PSG and Zürich in pre-season action

WFC Zvezda-2005 Perm (RUS)
• The sole Russian side to reach the final when they finished 2009 runners-up.

Glasgow City LFC (SCO)*
• Beaten in the round of 16 by Arsenal LFC a year ago, the second time they had made it that far.

FC Barcelona (ESP)
• On just their second entry became Spain's first quarter-finalists last season.

FC Zürich Frauen (SUI)*
• Made the last 16 for the first time 12 months ago after three straight round of 32 losses.

Bristol Academy WFC (ENG)
• Were led to the FA WSL top two in 2013 by Mark Sampson, who was then made England manager.

UNSEEDED
Stabæk FK (NOR)
• Completed their first Norwegian double in 2013.

Apollon LFC (CYP)*
•  Their 4-1 thrashing of two-time winners Umeå IK in 2010/11 was the competition's biggest upset.

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Debutants Liverpool

Liverpool LFC (ENG)
• Making their debut after landing their first English title in 2013, a year after coming bottom.

MTK Hungária FC (HUN)*
• Got past the qualifying round for the fourth time in five years.

Ryazan-VDV (RUS)
• Have not been in Europe since playing in the inaugural 2001/02 edition.

FC BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ)
• Entering for the eighth time and yet to win a knockout game despite getting through five qualifying groups.

ACF Brescia (ITA)
• Overcame Torres 2-1 in May with an added-time goal to secure their first Italian championship and earn a European bow.

FC Twente (NED)
• The winners of the first two cross-border BeNe Leagues have never survived this round.

SK Slavia Praha (CZE)
• They ended Sparta's sequence of nine straight Czech titles then beat them in the cup final.

Stjarnan (ISL)
• Went out in the last 32 on their only previous entry two years ago but now inspired by their men's team.

ŽNK Osijek (CRO)*
• Qualified with an exciting 1-0 defeat of Serbia's ŽFK Spartak Subotica in their group decider.

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Pomurje were one of two best runners-up

ŽNK Pomurje (SVN)*
• Successfully negotiated the qualifying round for the first time in four tries as second best runners-up.

KKPK Medyk Konin (POL)*
• The sole debutants to advance from the qualifying round with seven goals from 17-year-old Ewa Pajor.

Gintra Universitetas (LTU)*
• After 11 attempts finally made it as best runners-up with an added-time goal to beat KS Vllaznia by the necessary 5-0.

Clube Atlético Ouriense (POR)*
• Topped their group with a game to spare to be the first Portuguese team to progress through a round.

Raheny United (IRL)*
• The second time in the three-year history of the Irish league that their representatives have qualified.

*Progressed from qualifying round

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Tournament calendar
Round of 32 & 16 draw: 22 August
Round of 32: 8/9 & 15/16 October
Round of 16: 8/9 November & 12/13 November
Quarter-final & Semi-final draw: 19 November
Quarter-finals: 21/22 & 28/29 March
Semi-finals: 18/19 & 25/26 April
Final (Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin): 14 May

Last updated: 22/08/14 15.20CET

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