Arguably the greatest quarterfinal grouping in the history of the UEFA Champions League will be drawn on Friday, with the eight remaining teams separated out into four matchups. Unlike the last round of the draw, there are no longer any restrictions for who can be drawn together. Teams from the same country can meet each other in the quarterfinals, while teams that met in the group stage could have been put into rematches, had two teams from any group advanced, which didn't happen in this competition.
Defending champions Bayern Munich are looking like a strong favorite to make a third consecutive trip to the finals, but on the evidence of recent performances, they might meet their match if they come across Real Madrid at any point in the competition. Los Merengues -- who play Barcelona, another remaining team, in El Clasico over the weekend -- scored nine goals in their Round of 16 tie against Schalke.
The complete list of teams in Friday's draw is as follows.
Champions League will be off the week after the draw, with play to resume the following week. The first legs of the ties drawn on Friday will be played April 1 and 2, with ties concluding April 8 and 9.
The draw gets underway at 7 a.m. ET, 12 p.m. local time from Nyon, Switzerland. As always, UEFA.com will carry a live stream of the draw. Unfortunately for English-speakers in the United States, the draw is not shown live on any English-language TV stations.
TV: FOX Deportes (U.S.), Eurosport (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada).
Online: UEFA.com (global), FOX Soccer 2 Go (U.S.)