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Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry retires

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Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football after a trophy-laden 20-year career

The 1998 World Cup winner, and Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, left New York Red Bulls this month but there was speculation he might choose to play on at another club. Continue reading

Champions League round of 16 draws

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There will be a number of reunions in the UEFA

Champions League round of 16 following the draw in Nyon, with three of the ties having been played in last season’s competition.
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF saw off Manchester City FC and FC Schalke 04 respectively at this stage in 2013/14 and will hope for a repeat performance this time round. Chelsea FC beat Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals and are paired with the French side again, while there are historically significant ties between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, and Arsenal FC and AS Monaco FC – in the latter case due to the Arsène Wenger connection.

Round of 16 draw:

17 February & 11 March
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v FC Bayern München (GER)

18 February & 10 March
FC Schalke 04 (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI) v FC Porto (POR)

24 February & 18 March
Manchester City FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Juventus (ITA) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)

25 February & 17 March
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) v Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Arsenal FC (ENG) v AS Monaco FC (FRA)

• FULL SCHEDULE

Road to Berlin
Quarter-final draw: 20 March
Quarter-finals: 14/15 & 21/22 April
Semi-final draw: 24 April
Semi-finals: 5/6 & 12/13 May
Final (Olympiastadion, Berlin): 20.45CET, 6 June

Draw facts

• Dortmund overcame Juventus 3-1 in the 1997 UEFA Champions League final in Munich; the Italian team had won 6-1 over two legs in the UEFA Cup final four years earlier.

• Paris took on Chelsea in last season’s quarter-finals, the Londoners retrieving a 3-1 first-leg defeat with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge to progress on away goals.

• Manchester City-Barcelona is another repeat of a 2013/14 encounter, the Spanish club prevailing 2-0 in Manchester and 2-1 at home in last season’s round of 16.

• Real Madrid overwhelmed Schalke in the round of 16 last term, winning 6-1 in Gelsenkirchen and 3-1 in Spain; Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times in the tie.

• Atlético and Leverkusen played out two 1-1 draws in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Shakhtar and Bayern, and Porto and Basel have never met before.

• While Arsenal and Monaco have never played each other before, Arsène Wenger was in charge of Monaco between 1987 and 1994, winning Ligue 1 (1988) and the Coupe de France (1991). Monaco also reached the 1992 European Cup Winners’ Cup final under Wenger, losing 2-0 to SV Werder Bremen.

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Round of 16 draw lineup complete

The round of 16 draw in Nyon will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 12.00CET on Monday with holders Real Madrid CF leading the eight seeds. We profile the contenders.

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• Two seeding pots have been formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up.

• No team can play a club from their group or any side from their own association.

• The draw will be conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti, assisted by final ambassador Karl-Heinz Riedle.

Group winners: Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP), Real Madrid CF (ESP, holders), AS Monaco FC (FRA), Borussia Dortmund (GER), FC Bayern München (GER), FC Barcelona (ESP), Chelsea FC (ENG), FC Porto (POR)

Group runners-up: Juventus (ITA), FC Basel 1893 (SUI), Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER), Arsenal FC (ENG), Manchester City FC (GER), Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA), FC Schalke 04 (GER), FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

• Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 17/18 and 24/25 February and at home in the return matches on 10/11 and 17/18 March.

• The draw for the quarter-finals will be held at 12.00CET on 20 March with the semi-final lineup drawn on 24 April, also at 12.00CET.

NOTE: Possible opponents will not be confirmed until the official draw procedure is released. List for information only.

Group winners
A:
Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Can play: Basel, Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris, Schalke, Shakhtar
Qualified as: champions, Spain
Top scorer: Mario Mandžukić 5
Last season: runners-up (1-4aet v Real Madrid CF, Lisbon)
Previous European Cup best: runners-up (1974, 2014)

• Atlético won their three home group games with ten unanswered goals.

B: Real Madrid CF (ESP, holders)
Can play: Juventus, Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris, Schalke, Shakhtar
Qualified as: holders/third place Spain
Top scorers: Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo 5
Last season: winners (4-1aet v Club Atlético de Madrid, Lisbon)
Previous European Cup best: winners x 10 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014)

• With six wins, Madrid finished 11 points clear at the top of their group, equalling the record margin for the competition.

C: AS Monaco FC (FRA)
Can play: Juventus, Basel, Arsenal, Manchester City, Schalke, Shakhtar
Qualified as: runners-up, France
Top scorers: Aymen Abdennour, Fabinho, João Moutinho, Lucas Ocampos 1
Last season: not in Europe
Previous European Cup best: runners-up (2004)

• Monaco conceded just one goal, the lowest total in the group stage.

D: Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Can play: Juventus, Basel, Manchester City, Paris, Shakhtar
Qualified as: runners-up, Germany
Top scorer: Ciro Immobile 4
Last season: quarter-finals (2-3 agg v Real Madrid CF)
Previous European Cup best: winners (1997)

• Dortmund will hope having the final in Germany will be a good omen having beaten Juventus in Munich in the 1997 decider.

E: FC Bayern München (GER)
Can play: Juventus, Basel, Arsenal, Paris, Shakhtar
Qualified as: champions, Germany
Top scorer: Thomas Müller, Mario Götze 3
Last season: semi-finals (0-5 agg v Real Madrid CF)
Previous European Cup best: winners x 5 (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013)

• If Bayern get to the final, the game in Berlin would be their 300th in the European Cup.

F: FC Barcelona (ESP)
Can play: Juventus, Basel, Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Schalke, Shakhtar
Qualified as: runners-up, Spain
Top scorer: Lionel Messi 8
Last season: quarter-finals (1-2 agg v Club Atlético de Madrid)
Previous European Cup best: winners x 4 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011)

• With his hat-trick against APOEL FC on matchday five, Lionel Messi became the outright all-time UEFA Champions League top scorer.

G: Chelsea FC (ENG)
Can play: Juventus, Basel, Leverkusen, Paris, Shakhtar
Qualified as: third place, England
Top scorers: Didier Drogba, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matić, John Terry 2
Last season: semi-finals (1-3 agg v Club Atlético de Madrid)
Previous European Cup best: winners (2012)

• Chelsea were group stage top scorers with 17 goals.

H: FC Porto (POR)
Can play: Juventus, Basel, Leverkusen, Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris, Schalke
Qualified as: third place, Portugal/play-offs
Top scorer: Jackson Martínez 5
Last season: group stage/UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
Previous European Cup best: winners x 2 (1987, 2004)

• Porto’s opening 6-0 win against FC BATE Borisov was a club record for the competition.

Runners-up
A: Juventus (ITA)
Can play: Madrid, Monaco, Dortmund, Bayern, Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto
Qualified as: champions, Italy
Top scorer: Carlos Tévez 3
Last season: group stage/UEFA Europa League semi-finals
Previous European Cup best: winners x 2 (1985, 1996)

• Juve are hoping to get to at least the last four for the first time since making the 2003 final.

B: FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
Can play: Atlético, Monaco, Dortmund, Bayern, Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto
Qualified as: champions, Switzerland
Top scorer: Derlis Gonzalez 2
Last season: group stage/UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
Previous European Cup best: quarter-finals (1974)

• Breel Embolo became the sixth youngest scorer in the UEFA Champions League with the first goal inBasel’s 4-0 home win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, aged 17 years and 263 days.

C: Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
Can play: Atlético, Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto
Qualified as: fourth place, Germany/play-offs
Top scorer: Son Heung-Min 3
Last season: round of 16 (1-6 agg v Paris Saint-Germain)
Previous European Cup best: runners-up (2002)

• Leverkusen have gone out in the last 16/second group stage in all four of their UEFA Champions League seasons since reaching the 2002 final.

D: Arsenal FC (ENG)
Can play: Atlético, Madrid, Monaco, Bayern, Barcelona, Porto
Qualified as: fourth place, England, play-offs
Top scorers: Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sánchez, Danny Welbeck 3
Last season: round of 16 (01-3 agg v FC Bayern München)
Previous European Cup best: runners-up (2006)

• This is the 15th season in a row Arsenal have made it past the initial group stage but they have lost in the round of 16 four years running.

E: Manchester City FC (ENG)
Can play: Atlético, Madrid, Monaco, Dortmund, Barcelona, Porto
Qualified as: champions, England
Top scorer: Sergio Agüero 5
Last season: round of 16 (1-4 agg v FC Barcelona)
Previous European Cup best: round of 16 (2014)

• City had just two points after four games but beat Bayern 3-2 (having been two down) and AS Roma 2-0 away to advance.

F: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Can play: Atlético, Madrid, Dortmund, Bayern, Chelsea, Porto
Qualified as: champions, France
Top scorer: Edinson Cavani 5
Last season: quarter-finals (3-3 agg v Chelsea FC, lost on away goals)
Previous European Cup best: semi-finals x 1 (1995)

• Paris were pipped to first place in Group F with Wednesday’s loss at Barcelona.

G: FC Schalke 04 (GER)
Can play: Atlético, Madrid, Monaco, Barcelona, Porto
Qualified as: third place, Germany
Top scorer: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 3
Last season: round of 16 (2-9 agg v Real Madrid CF)
Previous European Cup best: semi-finals (2011)

• Schalke overtook Sporting Clube de Portugal on Wednesday with victory at NK Maribor as the Lions lost at Chelsea FC.

H: FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Can play: Atlético, Madrid, Monaco, Dortmund, Bayern, Barcelona, Chelsea
Qualified as: champions, Ukraine
Top scorer: Luiz Adriano 9
Last season: group stage/UEFA Europa League round of 32
Previous European Cup best: quarter-finals (2011)

• Adriano’s nine goals equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s group stage record from last term. A record eight of them came against one club, FC BATE Borisov.

*Top scorer stats are for group stage only