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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Barcelona, Milan Avoid Drawing Early Showdown

ENEVA -- AC Milan and Barcelona, who clashed in the European Cup final in May, avoided each other when the European Football Union made the draw for their club competitions.

Milan, who won the final in Athens 4-0 for its fifth title and third in six years, was drawn Wednesday in Group 4 of the new four-group Champions' League, the round-robin stage of the European Cup, along with three-time winner Ajax Amsterdam.

UEFA in December created an elite European Cup with eight teams seeded to go straight into the Champions' League, to be played between September and December, while the next 16 highest ranked sides meet in preliminary rounds over two legs on Aug. 10 and 24.

The decision left the champions of most of the rest of UEFA's 47 full members with places in the expanded UEFA Cu