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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Champions League Latest News

The 16 teams competing in the UEFA Champions League first knockout round have been tweaking their squads ahead of the first leg of their last 16-ties later this month – with AC Milan new boy Pato perhaps the most eye-catching of the 45 players who have been registered.

Instant impact - The 18-year-old Brazilian has scored four goals in his first six Serie A games for the reigning European champions, and will hope to carry that form into the UEFA Champions League where the Rossoneri face Arsenal FC in the first knockout round.

Chelsea FC welcome back Michael Ballack after a long-term ankle injury and have also registered January signing Nicolas Anelka, with Steve Sidwell and Claudio Pizarro making way.

Georgios Samaras, Koki Mizuno and Barry Robson bolster the Celtic FC squad for their encounter with 2006 winners FC Barcelona, and Maniche reinforces FC Internazionale Milano who play Liverpool FC. Ties will be held on 19/20 February and 4/5/11 March.

UEFA Round Of 16 Champions League Clubs

AC Milan
IN : Pato,Alberto Paloschi
OUT : Serginho

Arsenal FC
IN : Vito Mannone, Håvard Nordtveit, Johan Djourou, James Dunne, Kerrea Gilbert, Gavin Hoyte, Abu Ogogo, Rene Steer, Henri Lansbury
OUT : Lassana Diarra, Mark Randall, Kieran Gibbs

AS Roma
IN : Carlo Zotti, Daniel Unal
OUT :Ahmed Apimah, Barusso, Marco Andreolli

Celtic FC
IN : Georgios Samaras, Koki Mizuno, Barry Robson,Scott Fox, Rocco Quinn
OUT : Jiří JarošíkMaciej ŻurawskiJames O’BrienTheodor Bjarnason

Chelsea FC
IN : Michael Ballack, Nicolas Anelka*
OUT : Steve SidwellClaudio Pizarro

FC Barcelona
IN : José Pinto
OUT : none

FC Internazionale Milano
IN : Maniche, *César, Pelé
OUT : Walter Samuel, Olivier Dacourt, Santiago Solari, Fabio Perssinotto, Giorgio Schiavini, Goran Slavkovski

FC Porto
IN : Hélder Barbosa, Rabiola
OUT : Edgar, Hélder Postiga, Rui Pedro

FC Schalke 04
IN : Albert Streit, Zé Roberto, Vicente Sánchez
OUT : Darío Rodríguez, Mimoun Azaouagh, Mesut Özil

Fenerbahçe SK
IN : Claudio Maldonado, Uğur Arslan Kuru *
OUT : Tümer Metin, Necati Yılmaz, Güven Güneri

Liverpool FC
IN : Martin Škrtel*
OUT : Mohamed Sissoko, Craig Linfield, Robert Threlfall, Jack Hobbs

Manchester United FC
IN : Ji-Sung Park, Rodrigo Possebon, Daniel Welbeck, Craig Cathcart
OUT : none

Olympiacos CFP
IN : Fernando Belluschi, LeonardoMirnes, Šišić
OUT : Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Rodrigo Javier Archubi, Marco Né

Olympique Lyonnais
IN : Jean-Alain Boumsong, César Delgado
OUT : Milan Baroš, Nadir Belhadj, Fábio Santos

Real Madrid CF
IN : none
OUT : none

Sevilla FC
IN : Ernesto Chevantón, Andrés Palop **, Pablo Vargas
OUT : Andreas Hinkel, Martí

* Players marked with an asterisk have already played in a UEFA club competition this season and are eligible to represent a different club according to article 15.07 of the Regulations for the UEFA Cup.

** Sevilla goalkeeper Andrés Palop returns to the A list having recovered from injury. His replacement, Pablo Vargas, is maintained as an A-list player.