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Real Madrid draws Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group D

The Primera Division champion has been pitted against the English titleholder, the Eredivisie's finest and the Bundesliga powerhouse.

REAL MADRID
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Winner
Europe: Champions League semifinalist
Coach: Jose Mourinho

Appointed: 2010

Stadium:
Santiago Bernabeu

Capacity: 85,454

Best Champions League performance: Winner nine times (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002)
THE DANGER MAN
Cristiano Ronaldo

The attacker is one of the best players in the world and enjoyed a sensational 2011-12 season. Ronaldo scored 46 goals in La Liga, helping Real Madrid to the title. He scored 10 more goals in the Champions League, including goals in the round of 16 against CSKA, in the quarterfinals against APOEL, and in the semifinal against Bayern Munich. He also impressed at Euro 2012 with three goals as Portugal reached the semifinals.

MAN CITY
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champion
Europe: Champions League group stage; Europa League round of 16
Manager: Roberto Mancini

Appointed: 2009

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Capacity: 47,805

Best Champions League performance: Third in group stage (2011-12)
THE DANGER MAN
Yaya Toure

Many thought leaving Barcelona was a step down for the Ivorian, but he has flourished in Manchester, becoming the roaring engine of the City machine. His relentless drive was arguably what saw his side over the line to win the Premier League last season and he already knows how to win the Champions League. City can lose Sergio Aguero and fall back on Carlos Tevez - there is no substitute for Toure.

Ajax
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champion
Europe: Champions League group stages, Europa League round of 32
Manager: Frank de Boer

Appointed: 2010

Stadium:
Amsterdam ArenA

Capacity:
52,960

Best Champions League performance:
Winner four times (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)
THE DANGER MAN
Christian Eriksen

The Danish playmaker is regarded as one of Europe's biggest talents and has already shown what he’s capable of in the past few seasons.

Eriksen is still only 20, but has already won two Eredivisie titles, as well as one KNVB Beker. The young midfielder impressed last term with a phenomenal assist in the 4-0 home win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Dortmund
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champion
Europe: Champions League group stage
Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Appointed: 2008

Stadium: Signal Iduna Park

Capacity: 80,720

Best Champions League performance: Winner (1996-97)
THE DANGER MAN
Mario Gotze

After missing much of the tail end of last season through a series of frustrating injuries, the 20-year-old is fit and raring to go. He hardly featured during Germany's Euro 2012 campaign, but has started the season well, setting up a goal in his coutnry's friendly loss to Argentina and scoring the winner against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. Having endured last season's continental failure and missed much of the domestic double, he will be all the more eager to make his mark on the biggest stage.

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