FC Bayern München and VfL Wolfsburg face SL Benfica and Real Madrid CF respectively in the quarter-finals of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, while Borussia Dortmund have been paired with Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC in the last eight of the UEFA Europa League.
bundesliga.com was on hand to bring you live coverage of both draws, which you can recap below...
UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
FC Bayern München vs SL Benfica (ties to be played on 5 and 13 April)
VfL Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid CF (ties to be played on 6 and 12 April)
UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC (ties to be played on 7 and 14 April)
All three Bundesliga clubs drawn at home for first legs
More reaction to Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid
Andre Schürrle (Wolfsburg forward): "We had been hoping for an opponent of this calibre and now we've got one! It's a really attractive draw and we can look forward to two great games against Real."
Bas Dost (Wolfsburg striker): "It's a dream draw. To play against Real is a dream come true for any player and a wonderful experience. We're not just going into these games as spectators, though. We want to achieve something. We have nothing to lose."
Marcel Schäfer (Wolfsburg defender): "It's a great draw - it's great for the club, the team, the city and the fans. We're all really looking forward to two games against one of the best teams in the world and, of course, to the experience of playing at the legendary Estadio Santiago Bernabeu."
Christian Träsch (Wolfsburg defender): "It's a hugely attractive draw. Real are one of the best teams in the world. Although Real are favourites, we won't be bowled over – we want to present ourselves as best we can. In football, anything is possible."
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg head coach): "The anticipation is huge. Real Madrid is a fantastic draw and we're delighted about it. We're going to have to come up with something special. We'll give it our all."
More reaction to FC Bayern vs Benfica
Franck Ribery (Bayern midfielder): "Benfica are a good team with lots of good players, so we'll have to stay focused. It's the quarter-finals, so there are no easy games. Every match is tough. We'll have to work very hard in the first game at home."
David Alaba (Bayern defender): "We're looking forward to the matches, but it won't be easy, Benfica won both their Round of 16 matches against St. Petersburg and deserved to get through. They're dangerous. We want to go as far as possible, so we have to set ourselves the target of beating every opponent."
Xabi Alonso (Bayern midfielder): "Benfica did very well last season. We have to be focused, and then hopefully we'll reach the semi-finals. We have the experience from last year against Porto. Every opponent can be difficult at this stage in the competition. These are the eight best teams in Europe."
More reaction to Dortmund vs Liverpool
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund head coach):"We want to measure ourselves against the best, and we're up against another top side. It's a dream draw for all the fans, and a massive challenge for us as a team. We'll need two top performances to progress, and we're looking forward to two games of the highest level."
Mats Hummels (Dortmund captain): "It's a special draw, no question. We're up against a great team in another fantastic stadium. It's another incredibly attractive draw, but another really tough one."
Subotic excited for Klopp reunion
Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic was a big part of what BVB achieved under Klopp, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles, the 2011 DFB Cup and reaching the final of the 2012/13 Champions League, and is understandably looking forward to being reunited with his former mentor in the coming weeks. "I'm very excited," the Serbia international enthused. "It is very exciting to see Kloppo again. I trained with him for nine years and he has done very well there – he has changed the team – and I'm obviously excited to play against his new team. It's definitely going to be nice to see him again."
'World's strongest team'
It seems Jürgen Klopp would have preferred to avoid a reunion with in-form BVB. "Dortmund - why would I want the world's strongest team?" the Liverpool boss said when asked whether he would like to face his former club in the next round. "But if we go there, we try to win. We have to be prepared and hopefully we are."
Here's a look at who else Dortmund could have faced in the Europa League quarters.
The lowdown: Real Madrid CF
Winners of ten European Cups, Wolfsburg's upcoming opponents need no introduction. These days, Real are managed by one of football's all-time greats in Zinedine Zidane, and although they are third in La Liga, some 12 points behind leaders FC Barcelona, Los Blancos remain one of the favourites to reach the final in Milan. Wolfsburg trio Julian Draxler, Dante and Luiz Gustavo have all come up against Real at their previous clubs, but only the latter tasted victory.
Sometimes dreams do come true
Despite being a member of the Bayern side that lost 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 Champions League, Wolfsburg defender Dante said before the draw that he quite fancied facing one of Spain's big two in the next round. Now he's got his wish...
Two nights to remember
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has no complaints whatsoever about being drawn against ten-time European champions Real Madrid in the next round.
Sporting Director #Allofs: "Real is one of the biggest names in world football. These are two absolutely highlight games for us & our fans.— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) March 18, 2016
Benfica are through to the last eight on merit, according to FC Bayern's David Alaba, who signed a three-year contract extension earlier today.
It would have made for a cracking final, but German football legend Lothar Matthäus isn't complaining.
The lowdown: Liverpool
Liverpool have already claimed one Bundesliga scalp in FC Augsburg in the Round of 32. The Reds have two former Bundesliga players in ex-TSG 1899 Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino and Germany international midfielder Emre Can (FC Bayern and Bayer 04 Leverkusen), and famously lifted the 2000/01 UEFA Cup thanks to a Delfi Geli golden goal against Deportivo Alaves in their most recent trip to SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Suffice to say Jürgen Klopp did not expect to be returning to SIGNAL IDUNA PARK so soon. It just had to be!
BORUSSIA DORTMUND DRAW JÜRGEN KLOPP'S LIVERPOOL FC
The Klopp factor
Let's not forget, Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool FC are also in the pot after beating Manchester United 3-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16. That'd be some reunion if they draw Dortmund.
The Road to Basel
The draw for the Europa League is about to commence, with former Dortmund striker Alexander Frei on the podium to help out. BVB are the Bundesliga's only remaining representative in the competition, the final of which takes place in Basel on 18 May. Once again, it's an open draw, so there's no country protection or seedings.
The Wolves' den
Real Madrid are in for a tough time of it against Wolfsburg, particularly in the first leg at the Volkswagen Arena on 6 April. The Wolves have won all four of their Champions League matches in front of their own fans this term, and have only failed to score in one of their five matches all told. The decisive second leg will take place in Madrid on 12 April.
With Benfica having only lost twice in Europe this season - both 2-1 defeats to Atletico in the group stage - waylaid Bayern defender Holger Badstuber has reason to preach caution.
Set in stone
So Bayern will welcome Benfica to the Allianz Arena on 5 April, before travelling to Lisbon on 13 April.
Bayern lost 3-1 to FC Porto in last season's quarter-final first leg in Portugal, but won the return fixture 6-1 on home soil. Xabi Alonso, who is looking to become only the second player after Clarence Seedorf to win the Champions League with three different clubs, was part of that side, and knows all too well that there is no such thing as a free ride in Europe.
The lowdown: Benfica
After finishing second in Group C behind Club Atletico de Madrid, Benfica scored an impressive 3-1 aggregate win over Russia's FC Zenit in the Round of 16. The defending Portuguese champions - European Cup winners in 1961 and 1962 - are currently top of the Primeira Liga.
Let battle commence
No easy draws in the quarter finals, but an all-German final remains a distinct possibility.
Bayern are unbeaten (W4, D2) in their six previous meetings with Benfica in European competition, the most recent of which came in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Last 16, while Wolfsburg face Real Madrid for the first time. The two Bundesliga clubs will play their first legs at home on 5/6 April, before heading to the Iberian Peninsula a week later on 12/13 April.
FC BAYERN DRAW SL BENFICA
WOLFSBURG DRAW REAL MADRID CF
Just a reminder that the team drawn first will play the first leg at home...
Balls in the pot
Former AC Milan, FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Italy defender Gianluca Zambrotta helping out with today's draw. No country protection and no seedings, remember...
Here we go!
The ceremony is under way at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Bayern's quarter-final record is pretty impressive: P26 W17 L9. Only ten-time winners Real Madrid have contested more last-eight ties (P26 W17 L9).
Dates for your diaries
This season's Champions League final will take place in fashionable Milan, the scene of Bayern's 2001 UCL triumph over Valencia CF. The quarter finals are scheduled for 5/6 and 12/13 April, followed by the draw for the semi finals on 15 April, with the ties themselves being played on 26/27 April and 3/4 May.
Draxler leading Wolves into new territory
Julian Draxler, scorer of three goals in this season's Champions League, is proud to be part of a particularly exciting chapter in Wolfsburg's history: "I am delighted that we battled our way through and have taken a great step for the club. Coming this far in European competition for the first time casts a totally new light on the club."
Alaba staying put
Fantastic news for FC Bayern fans ahead of the draw: the ever-versatile David Alaba has signed a new deal until 2021. The Austria international is still only 23, but has already won four Bundesliga titles, three DFB Cups and the Champions League. "He can play in defence and in midfield, but it's not only his versatility, it's also about his personality," Guardiola said of Bayern's inimitable No27. "Everyone at the club loves David."
Wolfsburg have blown hot and cold domestically, but they have already proved a force to be reckoned with in this their second tilt at the Champions League. "It's true we have lacked consistency in the Bundesliga, but in the Champions League we won six out of eight, sporting director Klaus Allofs said. "That's an impressive feat for us. We are still developing, maybe we are even still at the beginning of that development. But it would be nice if we could find some consistency towards the end of the season."
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel had some special words for Tottenham following yesterday's triumphant night in north London. You can't help but love BVB, but there's no doubt they're the team to avoid for the other seven clubs in the Europa League draw.
You won't be surprised to learn that Robert Lewandowski is Bayern's top scorer in this season's Champions League with eight goals, the most important of the bunch pegging Juventus back to 2-1 on Wednesday night. Only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has found the net more often in Europe this term (13), but you wouldn't bet against Lewy usurping the Portuguese forward before the season is out.
Emotions running high
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did his late grandfather proud by netting both goals in Dortmund's 2-1 win over Tottenham in last night's Round of 16 second leg. The Gabon international is now second in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League scoring charts on seven goals, one behind Athletic Club's Aritz Aduriz.
Following Wednesday's heroic display against Juventus, Pep Guardiola said he doesn't care who Bayern are paired with in the last eight. "You have to beat everyone if you want to reach the final." Positive thinking - we like it.
Bayern have come up short in each of the last two Champions League campaigns, losing to FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF in the last four. They have also met Man City a fair few times in the group stage in recent years, but you have to go back all the way to 1974 for the Bavarians' only meeting with Atletico de Madrid in the final of the European Cup, which Bayern won thanks to a 5-1 aggregate win. Interestingly, Wolfsburg are the only side in the draw the men from Munich have not faced in UEFA competition, while Paris Saint-Germain are the only outfit against whom they have a negative record. For their part, the Wolves have faced only Atletico and PSG before, albeit in the third round of the UEFA Cup and Europa League respectively.
|Bayern vs||Wolfsburg vs|
|Atletico W1 D1 L0 F5 A1|
Barcelona W6 D2 L2 F18 A14
Benfica W4 D2 L0 F16 A4
Manchester City W3 D0 L3 F9 A8
Paris W2 D0 L4 F8 A8
Real Madrid W11 D2 L9 F33 A31
Statistics courtesy of uefa.com
|Atletico W0 D0 L2 F3 A5|
Manchester City N/A
Paris W0 D0 L2 F1 A5
Real Madrid N/A
With no seedings and no country restrictions in either competition, teams from the same nation could be paired together, meaning Bayern and Wolfsburg could face off in the last eight. The defending champions have already beaten the Wolves three times this season - twice in the Bundesliga and once in the DFB Cup - not that VfL will want to be reminded of that.
Third time lucky?
Dortmund made light work of Premier League title contenders Tottenham Hotspur FC in the Round of 16, and are now just one of two sides - along with Spain's Athletic Club - to have made it all the way to the quarters from the third qualifying round. BVB finished UEFA Cup runners-up in 1992/93 and 2001/02, but are the bookies' favourites to go the distance in 2015/16.
After topping Group B, Wolfsburg made relatively light work of Round of 16 opponents KAA Gent. A final 3-2 first-leg scoreline flattered the Belgian champions, but the Wolves were rarely troubled on home soil, winning 1-0 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate to progress to the last eight for the first time in their history.
It has been quite a roller-coaster ride ride for all concerned so far, not least for Group F winners FC Bayern. The five-time champions surrendered a two-goal lead in their Round of 16 first leg with Juventus FC, before falling 2-0 down inside 28 minutes in the return fixture at the Allianz Arena. Unsurprisingly, the prospect of failing to reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2010/11 did not sit well with the current Bundesliga leaders, who hit their straps when it mattered most. After Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller struck to send the game into extra time, substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman wrapped up one of the most memorable turnarounds of the Champions League era to take Bayern through. Suffice to say no one will want to draw Pep Guardiola's voracious brood in the last eight.
The wait is almost over
FC Bayern? Check. VfL Wolfsburg? Check. Borussia Dortmund? Check. The Bundesliga's proverbial last men standing harbour genuine hopes of going the distance in Europe, but who will they draw in the last eight? Stay tuned to find out!
|Champions League last eight||Europa League last eight|
|Atletico de Madrid (Spain)||AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)|
|FC Barcelona (Spain)||Athletic Club (Spain)|
|FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN (Germany)||BORUSSIA DORTMUND (Germany)|
|Manchester City FC (England)||FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)|
|Paris Saint-Germain FC (France)||Liverpool FC (England)|
|Real Madrid CF (Spain)||SC Braga (Portugal)|
|SL Benfica (Portugal)||Sevilla FC (Spain)|
|VFL WOLFSBURG (Germany)||Villarreal CF (Spain)|