The new Champions League season is in full swing, with only the playoff round to go before the start of the actual group stage. Here are some of the more interesting breakdowns from the matches that were held on the 6th and the 7th of August. I am mainly interested in following the teams that qualify through the “champions path”, as they are less well-known and are mainly based in Eastern European countries. Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey) – Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) 3:1 (4:2 on aggregate) Fenerbahce S.K. Started: 4 Whites (2 Portuguese, 1 Czech, 1 Dutchman), 3 Turks (I am guessing that they could be considered borderline cases from a racial standpoint, for both phenotypical and cultural/religious/historical reasons), 4 Blacks (1 Brazilian, 1 Senegalese, 1 Nigerian, 1 Cameroonian) 3 Turks came on as substitutes (1 during the first half). Red Bull Salzburg Started: 8 Whites (5 Austrians, 1 Hungarian, 1 Slovenian, 1 Spaniard), 1 mestizo (Brazilian Andre Ramalho), 1 mulatto (Brazilian Alan Carvalho), 1 Black (Senegalese Sadio Mane). 2 Austrians entered the fray as substitutes during the second half. Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) – Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria) 0:1 (1:3 on aggregate) Partizan Belgrade Started: 10 Whites (8 Serbs, 1 Montenegrin, 1 Bulgarian), 1 Black (Cameroonian Eric Djemba-Djemba). 3 Serbs appeared as subs. Ludogorets Razgrad Started: 9 Whites (6 Bulgarians, 1 Finn, 1 Frenchman, 1 Slovenian), 2 mestizos (both Brazilians). 2 Portuguese and a Spaniard were the subs. Legia Warsaw (Poland) – Molde FK (Norway) 0:0 (1:1 aggregate score, the Poles advance due to the away goals rule). Legia Warsaw Started: 10 Whites (5 Poles, 1 Slovak, 1 Estonian, 1 Serbian, 1 Croatian, 1 Georgian), 1 mulatto (Dosa Junior who is from Brazil, but plays for the Cyprus national team). I am not sure whether Georgians are considered white in the US census, I guess that some may perceive them as “off-white”. 2 Poles came on as subs Molde FK Started: 9 Whites (7 Norwegians, 1 Swede, 1 Finn), 2 Blacks (2 Nigerians) 1 Senegalese, 1 Norwegian with Serbian roots and 1 Norwegian of Arab descent were the replacements for Molde. Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) – Nomme Kalju (Estonia) 6:2 (10:2 on aggregate) Plzen Started: 11 Whites (8 Czechs, 3 Slovaks) Finished: same ratio Nomme Kalju Started: 8 Whites (5 Estonians, 2 Estonians of Russian descent, 1 Italian), 1 Asian (1 Japanese), 2 Blacks (1 Frenchman with African roots, 1 Gambian) 2 Estonians and a Brazilians participated as subs Amazingly, Transnistria side Sheriff Tiraspol featured only 1 Moldovan (who appeared as an early substitute) in their 0:3 home loss against Dinamo Zagreb. BATE Borisov (who won 3:1 against Bayern Munich during the 2012/2013 season and whose starters are all from Belarus) had a disappointing campaign, as they were eliminated by Kazakh champions Shakhtar Karagandy by an aggregate score of 0:2, which is probably the biggest surprise so far. I am sure that this was a one-off and they will bounce back. The Belarusians were a bit unlucky in the return leg (their first Champions League group stage scorer - Sergey Krivets - missed a penalty kick that could have sent the second match into extra time).