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As we prepare for the anticipation of the round of 16 draw, Goal.com lays out the seedings and outlines the potential opponents each team can be pitted against

The next phase of the 2011-12 Champions League will begin this Friday as the fixtures for the last 16 will be determined.

With three Italian teams, two each from England, Spain, Germany, France and Russia, and sole survivors from Portugal, Switzerland and Cyprus, the first knockout round of Europe's blue-ribbon club competition will have a nice spread of representation across the continent.

The remaining 16 teams in the competition will be split into two pots: group winners will be seeded, and the group runners-up will be unseeded.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16 DRAW | THE SEEDS
  GROUP
WINNERS (SEEDED)
RUNNERS-UP (UNSEEDED)
A
 Napoli
B  Inter
 CSKA Moscow
C  Basel
D   Real Madrid
  Olympique Lyonnais
E   Chelsea
  Bayer Leverkusen
F   Arsenal
  Olympique de Marseille
G   APOEL
  Zenit St. Petersburg
H   Barcelona
  AC Milan

For the round of 16, group winners must be drawn against group runners-up. However, teams who had previously met during the group stage cannot be drawn against one another. Similarly, clubs from the same association cannot face each other even if they are in opposing seeds.

Here are all the potential rivals that each of the 16 teams can be drawn against.


WHO THE SEEDED TEAMS CAN MEET

 
Bayern Munich BAYERN  CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Marseille, Zenit, Milan
FC Internazionale Milano INTER
 Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit
Benfica BENFICA  Napoli, CSKA, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit, Milan
Real Madrid REAL MADRID
 Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit, Milan
Chelsea CHELSEA  Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Marseille, Zenit, Milan
Arsenal ARSENAL  Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Zenit, Milan
APOEL Nicosia APOEL  Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Milan
Barcelona BARCELONA  Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit



WHO THE UNSEEDED TEAMS CAN MEET

 
Napoli NAPOLI  Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona
PFC CSKA Moskva CSKA
 Bayern, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona
Basel BASEL  Bayern, Inter, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona
O. Lyon LYON
 Bayern, Inter, Benfica, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona
Leverkusen LEVERKUSEN   
 Inter, Benfica, Madrid, Arsenal, APOEL, Barcelona
Marseille MARSEILLE  Bayern, Inter, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, APOEL, Barcelona
Zenit ZENIT  Bayern, Inter, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona
AC Milan AC MILAN  Bayern, Benfica, Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL

Here's what we know so far. The two clubs from the Premier League cannot meet the two sides from La Liga. Inter will have the fewest options but on paper also the easiest, Milan and Marseille have the trickiest possible selection of rivals amongst the past champions, while Arsenal and Barcelona only have one former champion that they could face.

The draw for the last 16 will be held on December 16, 11:00 GMT.

The first leg of the last 16 will be played on February 14, 15 and 21, 22. The second leg will be played on March 6,7 and 13, 14.

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