Champions League: What you should know about the Group Stage draw


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Champions League: What you should know about the Group Stage draw

The UEFA website published all the details of the great draw that will start the best club tournament on the planet football. Dates, times, drums and more.

When and where is the draw?

The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw ceremony starts on Thursday 26 August at 18:00 CET. (12:00 pm Central Mexico Time) The draw will take place in Istanbul, Turkey and will be broadcast live via streaming on UEFA.com. Final ambassador Andrey Arshavin and special guest Michael Essien will attend the draw.

Who participates in the raffle?

A total of 26 teams have automatically qualified for the group stage:

  • ESP: Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Sevilla, Villarreal

  • ENG: Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea

  • GER: Bayern, Leipzig, Dortmund, Wolfsburg

  • ITA: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus

  • FRA: LOSC, Paris

  • BY: Sporting CP, Porto

  • RUS: Zenit

  • BEL: Witches

  • UKR: Dynamo Kyiv

  • NED: Ajax

  • TUR: Beşiktaş

The last six places in the Group Stage were decided through the play-offs:

How does the giveaway work?

The teams will be divided into four seeded pots. Pot 1 will be comprised of the UEFA Champions League champion, the UEFA Europa League winner and the champions of the six highest-ranked countries that have not qualified through one of the 2020/21 continental titles. Pots 2, 3 and 4 will be determined based on the club coefficient ranking.

No team can play against a team from the same federation. Any other restrictions will be announced prior to the draw ceremony.

In the case of federations with two representatives, the clubs will be paired to distribute their matches between Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In the case of federations with four (or more) representatives, two pairings will be made. These pairings will be based around television audiences and will be confirmed prior to the draw ceremony.

The hype?

These will be the raffle drums.

BASS DRUM 1

Chelsea (England)
Villarreal (Spain)
Manchester City (England)
Atlético Madrid (Spain)
Inter (Italy)
Bayern Munich (Germany)
Lille (France)
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)

BASS DRUM 2

PSG (France)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Barcelona, ​​Spain)
Juventus (Italy)
Liverpool (England)
Manchester United (England)
Sevilla Spain)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

BASS DRUM 3

Porto (Portugal)
Ajax (Netherlands)
Atalanta (Italy)
RB Leipzig (Germany)
Zenit (Russia)
Benfica (Portugal)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
FC Salzburg (Austria)

BASS DRUM 4

AC Milan (Italy)
Wolfsburg (Germany)
Club Bruges (Belgium)
Besiktas (Turkey)
Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Malmö (Sweden)
Young Boys (Switzerland)
Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)

When are the group stage matches?

The full list of group stage matches will be communicated after the draw. The dates are as follows:

  • Matchday 1: September 14/15

  • Matchday 2: September 28/29

  • Matchday 3: October 19/20

  • Fourth day: November 2/3

  • Fifth matchday: 23/24 November

  • Matchday 6: December 7/8

The prizes to be awarded …

The following winners will also be announced during the draw ceremony:

  • UEFA Player of the Year

  • UEFA Player of the Year

  • UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year

  • UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year

  • Goalkeeper of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Season

  • Defender of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Season

  • Midfielder of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Season

  • Forward of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Season

  • Goalkeeper of the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League Season

  • Defender of the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League Season

  • Midfielder of the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League Season

  • Forward of the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League Season

The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final

The 2021/22 campaign will end on Saturday, May 28 and the final will take place at the Estadio de


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