FC Barcelona will continue their defence of the UEFA Champions League title with a quarter-final against the side they beat to win the competition in 2006, Arsenal FC.
For the first time since 1998/99 six nations were represented in the draw, made by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and the ambassador for the Madrid final, Emilio Butragueño. While Barcelona meet Arsenal over two legs on 30/31 March and 6/7 April, Olympique Lyonnais play French rivals FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Bayern München take on Manchester United FC in a replay of the 1999 Camp Nou final and FC Internazionale Milano meet PFC CSKA Moskva.
In the semi-finals, Barcelona or Arsenal will take on Inter or CSKA while the remaining French representatives face Bayern or United. The final will be played at Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu stadium, the first in its new Saturday slot of 22 May, part of a week-long festival that will also encompass the UEFA Women's Champions League final in Getafe two days earlier.
2009/10 UEFA Champions League draw
Quarter-finals: 30/31 March & 6/7 April
1: Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)
2: FC Bayern München (GER) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
3: Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)
4: FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) v PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Semi-finals: 20/21 & 27/28 April
1: Winner quarter-final 2 v Winner quarter-final 1
2: Winner quarter-final 4 v Winner quarter-final 3
Final: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid; 20.45CET, Saturday 22 May
Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2
Standard await Hamburg, Valencia host Atlético(uefa.com)
R. Standard de Liège are next as Hamburger SV continue their dream of winning the inaugural UEFA Europa League on home territory, though the all-Spanish tie between Valencia CF and Club Atlético de Madrid is perhaps the most eye-catching to come out of today's quarter-final draw.
Hamburg survived a serious scare against RSC Anderlecht last night and their reward is a meeting with another Belgian side, Standard. There were a few groans in the auditorium at the House of European Football when domestic rivals Valencia and Atlético were paired, but there is fair bit of history between SL Benfica and Liverpool FC too.
Liverpool beat Benfica in last eight of both the 1981 and 1984 European Champion Clubs' Cups, though they will need to be at their best to complete the hat-trick. Benfica knocked out Olympique de Marseille to reach this stage, a test the last two sides to win the UEFA Cup also passed.
That game was one of several highlights as the round of 16 concluded in thrilling style, eight matches producing 34 goals. Fulham FC provided four as they mounted a stirring comeback against Turin giants Juventus and their reward is a meeting with the other newcomers to this stage of a major UEFA competition, VfL Wolfsburg.
Draw process and fixtures
Today's draw in Nyon, Switzerland, was without seeding or country protection. As well as the quarter-finals, the draw was also made for the semi-finals, meaning sides know who they will meet over two legs on 30 April and 7 May should they progress. It was conducted by UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti and Hamburg final ambassador Uwe Seeler.
The quarter-finals are played on a home-and-away basis on 1 and 8 April, with the semi-finals on 22 and 29 April. This season's final will be at the Hamburg Arena at 20.45CET on Wednesday 12 May.
UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (1 and 8 April)
1 Fulham FC v VfL Wolfsburg
2 Hamburger SV v R. Standard de Liège
3 Valencia CF v Club Atlético de Madrid
4 SL Benfica v Liverpool FC
UEFA Europa League semi-finals (22 and 29 April)
1 Winner quarter-final 2 v Winner quarter-final 1
2 Winner quarter-final 3 v Winner quarter-final 4
UEFA Europa League final (12 May)
Winner semi-final 2 v Winner semi-final 1