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UEFA Champions League group-stage draw: Juve vs Barca, Man Utd vs PSG among others

UEFA Champions League draw group stage highlights: Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 1, 2020 10:01:15 pm
Champions League Draw liveUEFA Champions League draw roundup: The event was held in Switzerland. (File)

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*

Live Blog
21:53 (IST)01 Oct 2020
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAW: IN FULL

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21:42 (IST)01 Oct 2020
UEFA AWARDS:
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The groups after third pot:

Group A: Bayern Munich, Salzburg, Atlético Madrid
Group B: Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiakos
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar
Group F: Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv
Group H: PSG, Manchester United, RB Leipzig

21:25 (IST)01 Oct 2020
The groups as of now:

Group A: Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Donetsk
Group C: Porto, Manchester City
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea
Group F: Zenit, Dortmund
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona
Group H: PSG, Manchester United

21:21 (IST)01 Oct 2020

Manchester United have drawn PSG in Group H! WOW!  Manchester City will face Porto in Group C.

21:20 (IST)01 Oct 2020
Draw Begins

Barcelona land in Group G with Juventus. It’s Messi v Ronaldo! Ajax are in Group D with Liverpool! Shakhtar Donetsk are drawn with Real Madrid in Group B.

21:18 (IST)01 Oct 2020
The Groups:

Group A: Bayern Munich
Group B: Real Madrid
Group C: Porto
Group D: Liverpool
Group E: Sevilla
Group F: Zenit
Group G: Juventus
Group H: PSG

21:13 (IST)01 Oct 2020
UEFA Champions League draw LIVE

Hello and welcome. A total of 15 countries are represented with Ferencváros giving Hungary just its second entry in 25 years.

The top-seeded teams in each of eight groups are the Champions League and Europa League title holders —- Bayern and Sevilla, respectively — plus league winners of the highest-ranked countries. They are: Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit St. Petersburg and Porto.

It means Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo can be drawn in a four-team group with second-seeded Barcelona and Lionel Messi.