Our Sweet 16 Starts Today…UEFA Champions League Knockout Phase

February 15, 2011 — by Suman

Round of 16 - Feb 15/16 & 22/23; March 8-9 & 15/16

Yet another advantage of being a soccer fan–our March Madness arrives a month early. The knockout phase of the Champions League starts today, with a sweet collection of 16 teams remaining. If you were one of the fans that was caught up by the World Cup last summer, but haven’t watched a game since Spain-Netherlands, now is the time to tune back in.

See below where and when to tune in. US-based fans, set your DVRs accordingly–or make plans to duck out of whatever responsibilities you may have in the afternoons (all matches kickoff at 20:45 CET = 2:45pmET/11:45amPT).

For tomorrow’s two games, see here for a preview of Milan-Tottenham by our resident Spurs fan, and here for a preview of Valencia-Schalke by Sean (who honestly didn’t know much about either side until researching this piece).

(A rather detailed aside on the structure of the tournament: there are four games this week, two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday, featuring 8 of the 16 teams that advanced from the group stage; and four more games next week (again two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday) featuring the other 8 teams.  Together these 8 matches constitute the first leg of the Round of 16.  Each round of the tournament from here until the championship game (Saturday May 28 at Wembley) consists of home-and-away legs.  So we’ll see these same 8 matchups again in a few weeks time (on March 8-9 and 15-16) for the return leg.  For instance, Tottenham Hotspur play AC Milan tomorrow in Milan; in three weeks AC Milan will travel to London to play Spurs at White Hart Lane.  Which team advances to is determined by aggregate goals, with away goals as the tiebreaker.)

Here are details regarding this week’s four fixtures (pulled from–click thru for club/match pages), followed by next week’s four fixtures, and for good measure the eight fixtures of the 2nd leg of the Round of 16 following that:

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Milan AC Milan 20:45 Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham FSC, Fox Deportes
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
Valencia Valencia CF 20:45 FC Schalke 04 Schalke MSG Plus,, Fox Sports Network
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS) – Stadium: Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Roma AS Roma 20:45 FC Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk Fox Soccer Plus,
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
Arsenal Arsenal FC 20:45 FC Barcelona Barcelona FSC, Fox Deportes
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arsenal Stadium, London (ENG)
The four matches next week which complete the first leg of the Round of 16:

Tuesday 22 February 2011

København FC København 20:45 Chelsea FC Chelsea
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Parken Stadion, Copenhagen (DEN)
Lyon Olympique Lyonnais 20:45 Real Madrid CF Real Madrid
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)

Wednesday 23 February 2011

Marseille Olympique de Marseille 20:45 Manchester United FC Man. United
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
Internazionale FC Internazionale Milano 20:45 FC Bayern München Bayern
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
The fixtures for the 2nd leg of the Round of 16:

Tuesday 8 March 2011

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Shakhtar Donetsk FC Shakhtar Donetsk 20:45 AS Roma Roma
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
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Barcelona FC Barcelona 20:45 Arsenal FC Arsenal
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)

Wednesday 9 March 2011

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Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur FC 20:45 AC Milan Milan
Referee: TBD – Stadium: White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
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Schalke FC Schalke 04 20:45 Valencia CF Valencia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER)

Tuesday 15 March 2011

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Man. United Manchester United FC 20:45 Olympique de Marseille Marseille
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Old Trafford, Manchester (ENG)
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Bayern FC Bayern München 20:45 FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Fußball Arena München, Munich (GER)

Wednesday 16 March 2011

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Chelsea Chelsea FC 20:45 FC København København
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
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Real Madrid Real Madrid CF 20:45 Olympique Lyonnais Lyon
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (ESP)