Wolfsburg, Frankfurt in ominous form

VfL Wolfsburg and 1. FFC Frankfurt came out of the winter break in fine style but there was a setback for Paris Saint-Germain as UEFA.com catches up with the quarter-fnalists.

Leverkusen pipped Wolfsburg in the Indoor Cup but it was a different story outdoors
Leverkusen pipped Wolfsburg in the Indoor Cup but it was a different story outdoors ©Getty Images
Bristol on making last eight
Bristol on making last eight
Glasgow on last 16 win
Glasgow on last 16 win
Paris knocked out Lyon in November
Paris knocked out Lyon in November©AFP/Getty Images

There is one month to go until the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals and those eight contenders who have been on winter breaks are back in action or all set for new or resumed seasons. UEFA.com gets up to date.

Quarter-finals (22 & 28 March)
Bristol Academy WFC (ENG) v 1. FFC Frankfurt*
VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders) v FC Rosengård (SWE)
Glasgow City FC (SCO) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Linköpings FC (SWE) v Brøndby IF (DEN)

*Tie reversed from draw; first leg 21 March/second leg 29 March

Semi-final draw (18/19 & 25/26 April)
Wolfsburg/Rosengård v Glasgow/Paris
Frankfurt/Bristol v Linköping/Brøndby

Final (Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin): 18.00CET, 14 May
Winner semi-final 2 v Winner semi-final 1


Bristol Academy WFC (ENG)
It has been a winter of change for Bristol, at this stage for the first time but finishing seventh of eight teams in the 2014 FA Women's Super League. Corinne Yorston, Natalia, Natasha Harding, Jemma Rose, Laura del Río and Alex Windell (all but one of whom faced FC Barcelona in the round of 16) have gone, with Welsh internationals Lauren Townsend, Hayley Ladd, Nadia Lawrence and Sharla Passariello arriving in their place.

The Vixens have begun their pre-season programme, beating second-tier side Reading WFC 1-0 with a goal from Grace McCatty, named as club captain for the new English campaign.

1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
The three-time European champions started 2015 superbly last weekend with a 5-1 thrashing of old rivals 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, overtaking them to go third in the Women's Bundesliga. Célia Šašić scored a hat-trick to take her season's goal total to 27, including a league-leading 16.

VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders)
Like Frankfurt, reigning German and European champions Wolfsburg hit the ground running as the winter recess ended last weekend, defeating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-0 to stay two points clear of the other unbeaten team, FC Bayern München. There was a goal on debut for newly signed ex-Chelsea LFC forward Yugi Okimi, and midfielder Julia Simic, acquired from Potsdam, also made her Wolfsburg bow. The result avenged Leverkusen's 1-0 win against Wolfsburg in January in the final of what will be the last DFB Indoor Cup.

FC Rosengård (SWE)
Last weekend saw an early start to the 2015 season for the Swedish title holders as they visited Göteborg FC in a Swedish Cup last-16 tie brought forward due to Rosengård's European engagements. Ramona Bachmann was sent off early on, with Rosengård already behind, but Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir equalised on 79 minutes and Marta clinched a 2-1 victory in extra time. The league does not commence until mid-April.

Glasgow City FC (SCO)
Another side in a long close season, Glasgow have begun their friendly programme by taking on English top-flight opposition. Last month they drew 1-1 with Sunderland WFC in Airdrie, and on Sunday Glasgow lost 3-2 at Manchester City WFC in a game where No1 Lee Alexander appeared for the last ten minutes after having broken a collarbone during November's round of 16 elimination of FC Zürich Frauen.

Having earlier signed forward Hayley Lauder as their first Scottish professional and goalkeeper Megan Cunningham, Glasgow have also added highly rated 16-year-old midfielder Erin Cuthbert from Rangers LFC and Celtic LFC defenders Rhonda Jones, capped over 100 times, and Georgie Rafferty. Elish McSorley has switched to Swedish outfit Mallbackens IF.

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA).
In contrast, the French season has continued without a break and after 11 straight league wins Paris are top, although their UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 victims Olympique Lyonnais are within five points with two games in hand and a 100% record. Last Sunday, Paris also suffered a French Cup quarter-final exit at EA Guingamp, succumbing 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Linköpings FC (SWE)
Unlike Rosengård, Linköping do not return to domestic action until 31 March with their own Swedish Cup tie against Vittsjö GIK as they seek to retain that trophy having only come fourth in the league in 2014.

However, they have played two pre-season matches, winning 2-1 at Eskilstuna United and then, on Tuesday, routing AIK Solna 9-1 with eight different scorers. Along with the close-season recruitment of goalkeeper Wendy Andersson, new contracts have been signed by Charlote Rohlin, Emilia Larsson and Maja Krantz.

Brøndby IF (DEN)
After a fine 2014 concluded with Brøndby in their first European quarter-final in three years and five points clear of champions Fortuna Hjørring at the winter break, coach Peer Lisdorf opted to step down for personal reasons, replaced by Per Nielsen who played 547 times for their men's team. His first purchase was Denmark Under-19 defender Rikke Sevecke and their competitive comeback is on Sunday against BSF.