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  • Babajide EverBlazin

Everything you need to know about the UEFA Champions League group stage draw

The draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage will take place this Thursday 25 August at 18:00 in Istanbul, Turkey.


- The draw involves 32 teams: the 26 who qualified directly for the group stage, plus the six winners of the play-offs.

- The teams are divided into four pots. Pot 1 includes the defending champions, the UEFA Europa League winner and the top six ranked national champions who did not qualify via one of the 2021-2022 continental titles, including Paris Saint-Germain. Pots 2 to 4 will be determined by the ranking of the clubs' coefficients.

- In the case of federations having 2 representatives, the clubs are paired up in order to divide their matches between Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In the case of federations with 4 or more representatives, 2 pairings are made. These pairings shall be based on television ratings.

- No team can play against a team from its own federation. Paris Saint-Germain will therefore not be able to play Olympique de Marseille.


Real Madrid CF (SPA, UEFA Champions League winners)

Eintracht Francfort (GER, UEFA Europa League winners)

Manchester City FC (ENG)

AC Milan (ITA)

FC Bayern Munich (GER)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

FC Porto (POR)

AFC Ajax (NED)

Pot 2:

Liverpool FC (ENG)

Chelsea FC (ENG)

FC Barcelone (SPA)

Juventus (ITA)

Club Atlético de Madrid (SPA)

Séville FC (SPA)

RB Leipzig (GER)

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Pot 3:

Borussia Dortmund (GER)

FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

RB Salzbourg (AUT)

FC Internazionale Milan (ITA)

SSC Naples (ITA)

SL Benfica (POR)

Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)

Pot 4:

Rangers FC (SCP)

GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Olympique de Marseille (FRA)

FC Copenhague (DEN)

Club Bruges (BEL)

Celtic FC (SCO)

FC Viktoria Pilsen (CZE)

Maccabi Haïfa FC (ISR)


Matchday 1: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September

Matchday 2: Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 September

Matchday 3: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October

Matchday 4: Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October

Matchday 5: Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October

Matchday 6: Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2 November

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