Posted by: gtho4
Results & Standings .. UEFA - Tue Sep 04 2012 01:38 AM
The ten 3rd Qualifying Round matches (aka the play-off round) were completed last week on Wednesday night 29th August. The 10 winners joined the 22 teams who were exempt until the Group Phase. The draw for the group phase took place on Thursday 30th August .. if you've got a few hours to kill, you can read the complete details of the qualifying & exemption procedures here : Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2012-13. Most of the 32 teams in this year's comp are familiar names, but there are a few qualifiers whose names will be alien to most of us (see next post).
The group stage commences in a bit over a fortnight on Tuesday 18th September (the first round of the tipping comp), and the final will be played on Saturday 25th May 2013 in London at Wembley Stadium (the 19th round of the tipping comp). There's a two month mid-winter break, for all of us to grab some R&R, between the last round of the group phase on Wednesday 5th December and the start of the KO Round on Tuesday 12th February 2013.
|Rules: they're the same as last year, and the year before. The rules for this comp are simple:|
Dizart won it last year by a mere 2 pts from dg_dave .. illiniman14 collected bronze by a single point in front of a three-way tie for 4th between PaulE, Howie72 and gtho4. Three players finished last year's comp without a wooden spoon .. their spoon-less streaks will continue into this year's tipping comp:
27 weeks : PaulE (last spoon was in wk 11 of previous season 2010-11)
34 weeks : Howie72 (his last spoon was in wk 4 of previous season)