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Bayern Munich takes on Valencia, Lille and BATE Borisov in Champions League Group F

The 2012 runner-up has been handed a draw including the Spanish side, coupled with clashes with the Ligue 1 outfit and the Belarusians

BAYERN
MUNICH
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Runners-up
Europe: Champions League Finalists
Coach: Jupp Heynckes

Appointed: 2011

Stadium:
Allianz Arena

Capacity:
69,901

Best Champions League performance:
Winners four times (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001)
THE DANGER MAN
Arjen Robben

When fit, the Dutch winger is one of the very best players in the world, and certainly the most dangerous in Jupp Heynckes' squad. Robben carried his team to the final two seasons ago, including stunning goals against Fiorentina and Manchester United, and if he remains healthy, he could set the tournament alight again in 2012-13.

VALENCIA
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Third
Europe: Champions League group stage; Europa League semi-finals
Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino

Appointed: 2012

Stadium:
Mestalla

Capacity:
55,000

Best Champions League performance:
Finalists (1999-2000, 2000-2001)
THE DANGER MAN
Roberto Soldado


Soldado joined Valencia in 2010 and has since hit 55 goals in 97 games for his hometown club, including two in as many matches this term. Valencia was knocked out in the group stages of the Champions League last season as Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen progressed, and even though it advanced to the semifinal of the Europa League, the Spanish side will look to Soldado (who recently rejected a move to Tottenham and wants to spend the rest of his career at Mestalla) to fire them to greater things in Europe this time around.

LILLE
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Third
Europe: Champions League group stage
Manager: Rudi Garcia

Appointed: 2008

Stadium:
Grand Stade Lille Metropole

Capacity:
50,186

Best Champions League performance:
Round of 16 (2007)
THE DANGER MAN
Salomon Kalou

Not surprisingly, Kalou has netted for his new club already despite having only sealed a move to the French top flight in July.

Boasting a wealth of European experience from his time with English club Chelsea, the Ivorian's pacey runs and guile on the ball will be called upon to ensure the Ligue 1 side create plenty of chances on Europe's biggest stage.

BATE BORISOV
SEASON 2011-12
League:
Champions
Europe: Champions League group stages
Manager: Viktor Goncharenko

Appointed: 2007

Stadium: Dinamo Minsk (home stadium unsuitable for European matches)

Capacity: 41,040

Best Champions League performance: Group Stages (2008-09, 2011-12)
THE DANGER MAN
Aliaksandr Hleb

The 31-year-old is without a doubt the most famous Belorussian player of the 21st century, and returned to the club where he started his professional career this summer.

Hleb has enjoyed spells at big clubs such as Stuttgart, Arsenal and Barcelona, and even though he’s no longer the player he was during his peak years, the attacking midfielder is still a force to be reckoned with.

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