One of the most strongest team of 2014–15 UEFA Champions League Barcelona will play their first match of group stage against Apoel Nicosia. Home stadium of Barca, Estadio Camp Nou will host this match. This is the test of Luis Enrique under the management of Barcelona. The manager have won all domestic games and is now looking confident for first win in first season of Champions league with Barca. Scroll down for match preview, time and TV channels of Barcelona vs Apoel.
Barcelona vs Apoel 2014 Time & Telecast
|Competition||UEFA Champions League 2014–15|
|Date||17 Sept [GMT], 18 Sept [IST]|
|Time||6:45pm [GMT], 12:15am [IST]|
|Stadium||Estadio Camp Nou|
|Seating capacity||98,787 spectators|
|Away team||Thrylos [The Legend]|
|C+ Liga de Campeones, Ten HD,|
beIN Sports 2, Sky Go Extra etc.
Spain: C+ Liga de Campeones / HD
Switzerland: SRF zwei, RSI La 2, RTS Sport, Teleclub Sport Live
Canada: Sportsnet World One, Sportsnet World Now
France: beIN Sports Connect, beIN Sports 2
Germany: Sky Go Deutschland
Finland: MTV3, Katsomo, Viasat Xtra 6
Norway: Viaplay Norway, Viasat Xtra 6, Viasat Motor Sweden
India: Ten Sports, TEN HD
South Africa: Supersport Select SA, Supersport 3
Austria: Sky Go Deutschland
Argentina: ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN Cono Norte
Denmark: Viaplay Denmark, TV3 Sport 1
Netherlands: Sport1 Golf
United Kingdom: Sky Go, Sky Go red button, Sky Go Extra
United States: Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports Florida
Barcelona vs Apoel 2014 Champions League Preview
For the first time after 2006–2007 season of this competition, Barca failed to qualify for the semi finals. They were knocked out by Atletico Madrid. This time, they qualified after finishing La Liga 2013–14 at second spot after Atletico Madrid.
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Last season, they played under the management of Gerardo Martino. Now Luis Enrique have taken charge of team. The Spanish manager won 1996–97 UEFA Cup winners Cup with Barca as a player.
APOEL have never won away from home in the UEFA Champions League proper. They have lost three of those eight matches and recorded notable draws at Chelsea FC, Atletico Madrid, FC Porto. Although they failed to win this trophy so far, but the hopes winning this title are still alive.
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The Spanish midfielder Pedro it would be a tough task to make victory over Apoel. He said “We will be playing against a physical side that tracks back well. I am sure it will be a difficult game. Every year we work hard to reach the Champions League final. It was a shame to lose to Atletico Madrid last year”.
Blaugrana are in their perfect track of winning back to back games. They are unbeaten in their last 5 games with all clean sheets. Whereas, their rivals have won 2 games out of last 5 games with 2 draws and one loss.
The Argentine captain Lionel Messi is just 2 goals away from scoring 400 official goals in all competitions. He will play this match with his new Adidas Adizero f50 Barca boots which are recently launched by the German kit supplier.