A VERY INTERESTING draw in Monaco threw up another Mourinho-Rijkaard clash, for the third season in a row.
CHELSEA meet Barcelona, Werder Bremen and Levski Sofia of Bulgaria.
ARSENAL also face German opposition in Hamburg. Some instinct tells me that both Arsenal-Hamburg games will be spectacular and exciting.
Are Hamburg stronger than Porto or CSKA Moscow? We'll find out when the mini-league starts on September 13.
LIVERPOOL will be in Istanbul to play Galatasaray, in Holland to play PSV Eindhoven, and in France to play Bordeuax
MANCHESTER UNITED play Celtic, so it's Sir Alex versus his very good friend Gordon Strachan. Also in that group are Benfica and FC Copenhagen
MILAN have a soft group with no German or Spanish clubs : Lille, AEK Athens and Anderlecht.
INTER MILAN got Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow
VALENCIA are good enough to top a Roma-Olympiakos-Shakhtar Donetsk group.
FABIO CAPELLO will fancy his renovated Real Madrid to see off Lyon, Steua Bucharest and Dynamo Kiev, while also accumulating more points than Barca in the Primera Liga.
That is quite a big job but there is nobody more qualified to do it than Capello.
Trophies were awarded to last season's best keeper, best defender, best midfieder and best striker.
JENS LEHMANN dedicated his award to his teammates, Arsenal Wenger and the coaching staff.
The other trophies went to Puyol, Deco and Eto'o.
Deco said, " It's much easier when you've got top stars playing alongside you."
Arsenal's Champions League fixtures :
Sept 13 : Hamburg away
Sept 26 : Porto Home
Oct 17 : CSKA Moscow Away
Nov 1 : CSKA Moscow Home
Nov 21 : Hamburg Home
Dec 6 : Porto Away