The last four teams are poised to do battle in the UEFA
Champions League, and
FIFA.com users have identified their clear
favourites to lift the trophy. In our latest user poll, Sir Alex
Ferguson's star-studded Manchester United attracted a
remarkable 51.70 per cent of the votes cast.
Barcelona, who entertain the Red Devils on Wednesday evening in the second of this week's semi-final first-leg fixtures, trailed their Premier League opponents on 23.85 per cent of the votes. The first semi-final of the week sees Liverpool at home to Chelsea on Tuesday evening. The Reds and the Blues came third and fourth in our survey on 13.17 per cent and 11.28 per cent respectively.
United ahead on all channels
Even more astonishing than the margin of victory was the fact that the teams finished in the same order on all four language versions of FIFA.com. United achieved their top score of 60.42 per cent on the German-language channel, but even on the Spanish site, no fewer than 49.78 per cent of users responding to the survey felt Cristiano Ronaldo and Co were destined to ascend the European throne.
Barcelona, who share an identical undefeated record with their midweek opponents of eight wins and two draws in this season's Champions League, attracted 29.19 per cent of the votes from Spanish-speaking users. Both clubs are through to the semi-finals for the fifth time in the history of the competition in its current form, so the showdown promises to be a true clash of the titans.
Reds and Blues neck-and-neck
Liverpool and Chelsea, who cross swords in the Champions League last four for the third time, were hard to separate in the duel for third place in our poll. The closest result emerged from the French-language version, where Liverpool received 12.75 per cent of the votes to Chelsea's 12.36 per cent. By contrast, the English channel delivered victory to the Reds by more than two percentage points, Liverpool scoring 13.72 per cent to the London club's 11.67 per cent.
From this evening onwards, the tension and excitement will rise to perhaps hitherto unseen heights, before events on the evening of 21 May 2008 in Moscow prove the majority of FIFA.com users either right or wrong. Thank you for taking part in our poll to determine your favourites to win the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League, and we hope you'll join in and cast your vote again the next time we investigate the latest trends and opinions.