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Tough draw for Swedish hopefuls

Debutants Tyresö FF will meet Paris Saint-Germain FC and FCR Malmö face LSK Kvinner FK after the draws for the rounds of 32 and 16 threw up some big encounters.

Tough draw for Swedish hopefuls
Tough draw for Swedish hopefuls ©UEFA.com

UEFA Women's Champions League debutants Tyresö FF have been handed a tie with another ambitious club, Paris Saint-Germain FC, after the draws for the rounds of 32 and 16 threw up some big encounters.

Swedish champions Tyresö, who have Marta among their all-star squad, were unseeded as they have not played in Europe before, and it could hardly have been tougher against another side who have recruited widely, PSG. It is not much easier for the other Swedish side, FCR Malmö, as they play Norwegian champiosn LSK Kvinner FK in the round of 32 on 9/10 and 16/17 October.

Holders VfL Wolfsburg meet the first Estonian side to make it this far, Pärnu JK, while the team the German champions deposed in London last year, Olympique Lyonnais, take on FC Twente. Two other former winners were in the draw: Arsenal LFC play WFC SSHVSM Kairat and MTK Hungária FC are 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam's opponents.

In the round of 16 in November, also drawn today, Potsdam and Lyon will replay their 2010 and 2011 final meetings if they both get through. Wolfsburg, if they progress, meet LSK or Malmö.

That round will be held on 9/10 and 13/14 November and the two-legged knockout system continues until the final on 22 May in Lisbon, two days before the men's UEFA Champions League decider at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. It will be the fifth one-off final under the current format, with the previous four matching Lyon against a German club.

Round of 32 draw
Konak Belediyesi (TUR) v RTP Unia Racibórz (POL)
MTK Hungária FC (HUN) v 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
R. Standard de Liège (BEL) v Glasgow City LFC (SCO)
Tyresö FF (SWE) v Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
Pärnu JK (EST) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders)
FSK St.Pölten-Spratzern (AUT) v ASD Torres Calcio (ITA)
Apollon Limassol LFC (CYP) v SV Neulengbach (AUT)
ŽFK Spartak Subotica (SRB) v FC Rossiyanka (RUS)
PK-35 Vantaa (FIN) v Birmingham City LFC (ENG)
FC Zürich Frauen (SUI) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE)
LSK Kvinner FK (NOR) v FCR Malmö (SWE)
FC Twente (NED) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
WFC SSHVSM Kairat (KAZ) v Arsenal LFC (ENG)
FC Barcelona (ESP) v Brøndby IF (DEN)
Thór/KA (ISL) v FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk (RUS)
UPC Tavagnacco (ITA) v Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)

Last 16 draw
Barcelona/Brøndby v Zürich/Sparta
Konak/Unia v Apollon/Neulengbach
Tavagnacco/Fortuna v Tyresö/PSG
Spartak/Rossiyanka v Spratzern/Torres
MTK/Potsdam v Twente/Lyon
Thór/Zorkiy v PK-35/Birmingham
LSK/Malmö v Pärnu/Wolfsburg
Kairat/Arsenal v Standard/Glasgow

The draw was made by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and Karen Espelund, UEFA Executive Committee member and UEFA Women's Football Committee chairwoman. She said: "Today's draws kick off the knockout stages of the fifth season of the UEFA Women's Champions League, which will give clubs a chance to experience not only the intense international level of football, but also new countries and new cities, new football cultures and new stadiums, and will ultimately lead to the pinnacle of European women's club football – the UEFA Women's Champions League final – where the winners will be rightly crowned the champions of Europe in Lisbon on Thursday 22 May 2014."

Tournament calendar
Round of 32: 9/10 & 16/17 October
Round of 16: 9/10 November & 13/14 November
Quarter-final & Semi-final draw: 21 November
Quarter-finals: 22/23 & 29/30 March
Semi-finals: 19/20 & 26/27 April
Final (Lisbon): 22 May

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