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The 2003-04 champions have been paired with the ambitious French side, with the Ukrianian giants and the Croatians complete the group

PORTO
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Winners
Europe: Champions League group stage; Europa League round of 32
Coach: Vitor Pereira

Appointed: 2011

Stadium:
Estadio do Dragao

Capacity: 50,399

Best Champions League performance:
Winners twice (1987, 2004)
THE DANGER MAN
James Rodriguez

Rodriguez has forged a name for himself in just two seasons at the Dragao thanks to a number of eye-catching performances littered with goals and assists. After declaring his intention to stay with the Portuguese champions in July, he is back for the new season and will be expected to provide key moments alongside Hulk and Joao Moutinho, who have had somewhat busier, more unstable summers. Although a repeat of the 2004 heroics is as unlikely as ever, Porto have the individuals to vastly improve upon last season's group-stage exit.

DYNAMO KIEV
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Second
Europe: Europa League group stage
Manager: Yuri Syomin

Appointed: 2010

Stadium:
Olimpiysky National Sports Complex

Capacity:
70,050

Best Champions League performance:
Semi finals (1999)
THE DANGER MAN
Brown Ideye

Finishing joint-top scorer in his first season with the club after sealing a move from Sochaux, the 23-year-old Nigerian has started the 2012-13 term in the same rich vein of form.

The prolific striker has featured seven times for Dinamo since the start of the season and has seven goals to his name thus far – a goal a game. Clearly in peak condition, expect fine displays a hunger for goals from Ideye in Europe.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com International French Football Writer

"Paris Saint-Germain will be delighted with the outcome of the draw. Although Carlo Ancelotti’s side have so far failed to fire in Ligue 1, they will hope to be a smoother outfit by the time the autumn comes around, and they can legitimately hold hopes of ousting Porto and Dynamo Kiev, who were two of the softer sides in Pots 1 and 2, and winning the group.

"For a team who has not competed at this level for nearly a decade, they will face stiff tests against more established sides, with Porto in particular boasting a fine recent record against French opposition. Dinamo Zagreb were thumped infamously 7-1 at home by Lyon last season, and will want some measure of revenge, but PSG should prove too good for the Croatians.

PSG
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Runners-up
Europe: Europa League group stage
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Appointed: 2011

Stadium: Parc des Princes

Capacity: 48,712

Best Champions League performance: Semi-finals (1994-95)
THE DANGER MAN
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

When Thiago Silva was unveiled as a PSG player, the club announced that the defender was one part of their plan for dominance. The other was Zlatan. The Swede moved to France this summer from AC Milan, and made an immediate splash in Ligue 1 by scoring two goals on his debut.

His team-mates have not found things so easy, though, and Ibrahimovic's experience will be absolutely vital as player and club set about on their mission to win a first European crown.

DINAMO ZAGREB
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champions
Europe: Champions League group stages
Manager: Ante Cacic

Appointed: 2011

Stadium: Stadion Maksimir

Capacity: 38,923

Best Champions League performance: Group Stages (1998-99, 1999-00, 2011-12)
THE DANGER MAN
Sammir

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to a bigger league on more than one occasion, but has so far stayed loyal to the club that developed him as a footballer.

Sammir has made well over 100 league appearances for Dinamo, and has even been named the Zagreb side’s captain. The attacking midfielder is the Croatian champions’ creative brain and will be eager to prove his worth at the very highest level.

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