What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Stage?

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What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Stage?

Poll closed Aug 15, 2011.
  1. Bayern Munich

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  2. Arsenal

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  3. Lyon

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  4. Benfica

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  5. Villareal

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  6. Rangers

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  7. Copenhagen

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  8. Other

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  1. EvanJ

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  2. Chacal

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    Re: What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Sta

    1. Arsenal--can't remember the last time they didn't make it.
    2. Bayern--they always rebound nicely after not winning Bundesliga.
    3. Lyon--almost always reach the group stage of the CL.
    4. Villarreal--should get through
    5. Benfica--Lots of new players, so chemistry could be an issue.
    6. Udinese--I'll put them here instead of Copenhagen, since they're a solid outfit.
    7. Rangers--They struggle to score, which can be problematic in these 2-legged ties.
  3. EvanJ

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    Re: What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Sta

    The reason I didn't list Udinese is that they will be unseeded in the Fourth Qualifying (Playoff) Round and will have a 20% chance each at facing Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Lyon, and Villarreal and a 20% chance at facing the non-Champion with the best coefficient who advances from the Third Qualifying round.

    Edit: Why didn't you vote in the poll?
  4. Chacal

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    Re: What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Sta

    Sorry, now I just did. I go for the Gooners. :D


  5. johan neeskens

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    Re: What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Sta

    Bayern of course.

    All the seeded teams will probably go through with Copenhagen the only one to struggle, purely based on financial means which is the one key differentiator in the CL.
  6. BocaFan

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    Re: What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Sta

    Bayern has some injury concerns though (Ribery, Robben). Arsenal would be the biggest surprise. Would be absolutely shocking if they failed!
  7. wiz0rd

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    Re: What Club In The Qualifying Rounds Would You Be Most Surprised If They Don't Reach The Group Sta

    i hope Arsenal draws Rubin Kazan lol

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