Champions League guide: The lowdown on Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus
13:32 GMT, 20 December 2012
Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic have been handed tough draws against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus respectively in the last 16 of the Champions League.
As players, managers and fans alike begin preparations for the two-legged ties to be held in February and March, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know about the British clubs' opponents…
Kings of Spain: Real Madrid face Man United in a mouth-watering tie
Name: Real Madrid (Spain)
Opponent: Manchester United
Fixture dates: Real Madrid v Man United, February 12, 2013; Man United v Real Madrid, March 5, 2013
Previous meetings: P8, Man United W2, D3, Real Madrid W3
How they got here: Won the Spanish title for the first time in four years last season, ending Barcelona's recent dominance. Qualified second in their group behind Dortmund after picking up four points against United's great rivals Manchester City.
Current domestic league position: 3rd (13 points adrift of Barcelona in 1st)
Manager: Jose Mourinho – widely considered the best manager in world football, Mourinho is no stranger to English fans having won back-to-back Premier League title with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006. Has won this competition twice already, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
Captain: Iker Casillas – 31-year-old goalkeeper also captains Spain, and has lifted the World Cup and two European Championships doing so. Was in the Real side the last time they won the Champions League in 2002.
Cristiano Ronaldo – like his boss and fellow Portuguese Mourinho, Ronaldo needs little introduction. Won the Ballon d'Or in 2008 and would surely have won a few more by now had he not been playing at the same time as Lionel Messi. The lightning quick forward won this competition in 2008 with United, who he faces for the first time since leaving Old Trafford in 2009.
Style of play: Mourinho's preferred system is a 4-2-3-1 though he has always been willing to chop and change systems to suit opponents. The attacking trio of Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria are as good as any in world football.
The gaffer: Mourinho is going in search of his third Champions League title
Away day info
Distance from stadium to stadium: 902 miles
Flight time: 2 hours 40 mins
Stadium (capacity): Santiago Bernabu (85, 454)
Travelling from airport to stadium: The easiest route is via the metro. Line 8 will take you from the airport to Nuevo Ministerios and from there it’s only one stop on line 10 to the stadium.
Time difference: +1
Tourist attractions: Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.
Local beer: Mahou
Local delicacy: Gulas – eel foetuses.
Captain marvel: Casillas lifts the European Championship earlier this year
Name: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Fixture dates: Bayern Munich v Arsenal, February 12, 2013; Arsenal v Bayern Munich, March 5, 2013
Previous meetings: P4, Arsenal W1, D1, Bayern W2
How they got here: Finished
second in the Bundesliga last season – eight points adrift of winners
Dortmund – but still qualified automatically for the group stage.
Comfortably advanced from a weak group with 13 points despite a shock
3-1 loss to Belorussian minnows BATE.
Current domestic league position: 1st (nine points clear of Leverkusen in second)
Heynckes – returned to Bayern for a third spell as manager in the
summer of 2011. Agonisingly missed out on Champions League glory at the
Allianz in May as Chelsea recorded a famous victory.
Lahm – outstanding both defensively and going forward, the tireless
Lahm is just as comfortable playing in either full-back position. The
29-year-old is rated as one of the best defenders in the world.
Franck Ribery – in a star-studded side, the 29-year-old french winger
best sums up the ethos of Heynckes' Bayern, which is skill and pace in
abundance married with a willingness to work hard and press.
Style of play: Like
Mourinho at Real, Heynckes uses the popular 4-2-3-1 formation. With a
wealth of options Heynckes is able to chop and change his starting XI
without weakening his team too much or need to alter his system.
Star-studded: Heynckes coaches an expensively assembled squad
Away day info
Distance from stadium to stadium: 570 miles
Flight time: 1 hour 55 mins from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted
Stadium (capacity): Allianz Arena (71,137)
Travelling from airport to stadium: Less
than 18 miles, so a taxi will take less than thirty minutes. It is easy
to reach the City Centre from the airport via the S-Bahn (S8), which
will take about 40 minutes. When you reach Marienplatz, change over to
the U6 and it will take you to Frttmaning.
Time difference: +1 hour
Tourist attractions: Marienplatz, St. Peter’s Church, Olympiapark.
Local beer: Helles
Local delicacy: Munich Weisswurst – a Bavarian sausage made from finely minced veal and pork bacon.
Heartbreak: Bayern were beaten on penalties in last season's final
Name: Juventus (Italy)
Fixture dates: Celtic v Juventus, February 12, 2013; Juventus v Celtic, March 5, 2013
Previous meetings: P4, Celtic W2, D0, Juventus W2
How they got here: Juventus
qualified for this year's Champions League having gone last season
unbeaten to win the Serie A title for the first time since the
Calcioppoli scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006. A win and a
draw against Chelsea helped them top a tough group from which Shakhtar
Donetsk also qualified.
Current domestic league position: 1st (seven points clear of Inter in 2nd)
Manager: Antonio Conte – a former Juventus midfielder and Italy international, Conte won the Champions League with the team he now manages back in 1996. Has just finished serving a four-month touchline ban for his part in a match-fixing scandal while he was managing Siena.
Captain: Gianluigi Buffon – a World Cup winner in 2006, the 34-year-old has long been regarded as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet. Has been at Juventus since 2001, when he was signed from Parma for 32.6million – still the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.
Andrea Pirlo – the veteran Italian international playmaker is showing
no signs that he is in decline despite having won pretty much everything
there is to win. Celtic will have to starve his supply line if they are
to stand any chance of overcoming the Old Lady.
Style of play: Conte
operates with a 3-5-2 system, with the wing backs and two of the
central midfielders working hard to allow Pirlo room in front of three
uncompromising centre backs.
Star man: Pirlo is one of the world's finest playmakers
Away day info
Distance from stadium to stadium: 911 miles
Flight time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Stadium (capacity): Juventus Stadium (41,000)
Travelling from airport to stadium: The stadium – opened only last year – is 15 miles from Turin airport, so you could splash out on a
taxi. Alternatively, on match days there is a special tramline service
between the stadium and Bernini – a metro stop you can get to from
either Porta Susa or Porta Noava stations. A shuttle bus from the
airport will give you access to both of these stations.
Time difference: +1 hour
Tourist attractions: Piazza San Carlo, Santuario Basilica La Consolata, Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama).
Local beer: Birra di Primavera
Chocolate-making began in Turin, so visitors should definitely take the
opportunity to sample the ‘gianduiotto.’ The city's most celebrated
chocolate sweet, it is made from a cocoa-hazelnut paste.
New home: Conte is welcomed back at the Juventus stadium after his ban