UEFA Champions League draw: The 32 elite teams in the Champions League groups drawn Thursday will feature 12 former winners and four newcomers on European soccer’s biggest club stage. Defending champion Bayern Munich’s six titles are among 47 held by this year’s lineup for the 66th edition of the European Cup or Champions League. Real Madrid leads with 13 titles. Three of the four debutants — Krasnodar, Istanbul Basaksehir and Midtjylland — were formed by relatively recent mergers and have a combined age younger than the competition itself. The other newcomer, Rennes, dates its history to 1901 but never finished as high as third in the French league until last season.
Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who did not qualify via one of the 2019/20 titles. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings. No team can play a club from their own association.
Who is involved in the draw?
ESP (4): Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla
ENG (4): Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
ITA (4): Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Atalanta, Lazio
GER (4): Bayern, Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach
FRA (3): Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennes
RUS (3): Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva, Krasnodar*
UKR (2): Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kyiv*
POR (1): Porto
BEL (1): Club Brugge
NED (1): Ajax
AUT (1): Salzburg*
TUR (1): Istanbul Basaksehir
DEN (1): Midtjylland*
GRE (1): Olympiacos*
HUN (1): Ferencváros*