Madrid and Lincoln bookend 2014/15 entries

The 77 contenders for 2014/15 are confirmed, with holders Real Madrid CF among 22 teams in the group stage and Gibraltar's first entrants one of 55 qualifying hopefuls.

Real Madrid CF players celebrate their UEFA Champions League title at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid CF players celebrate their UEFA Champions League title at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu ©Getty Images

The 77 contenders for the UEFA Champions League have been confirmed by UEFA, led by Real Madrid CF.

Madrid, along with last month's final opponents Club Atlético de Madrid, are among 22 teams given byes to the group stage, which starts in September, while 55 others enter in the three qualifying rounds or play-offs. A country's representation in the UEFA Champions League is determined by its UEFA coefficient ranking, which is calculated over a five-year basis.

The champions route, involving the 40 league winners not handed automatic group places, begins with six clubs entering the first qualifying round,  including Gibraltar's debut entrants Lincoln FC.

The draw for that stage, and the second qualifying round for which 31 teams are confirmed, will kick off the season on Monday at 12.00CET, streamed live on UEFA.com. FC Salzburg, APOEL FC and Aalborg BK enter in the third qualifying round of the the champions route, where eventually 20 teams will compete for the five group berths available from that path.

Runners-up and third and fourth-place finishers from Europe's 15 highest-ranked associations are in the league route. Ten will play in the third qualifying round with the winners joining five others in five play-off ties in August. All 77 hopefuls are looking for places in the final at the Olympiastadion, Berlin, on Saturday 6 June 2015.

SEASON CALENDAR

The list below is provisional, however, and is subject to pending legal proceedings and final confirmation from UEFA.

UEFA Champions League group stage
Position Club Coefficient
1 Real Madrid CF (ESP) – holders 161.542
2 FC Barcelona (ESP) 157.542
3 FC Bayern München (GER) 154.328
4 Chelsea FC (ENG) 140.949
5 SL Benfica (POR) 129.459
6 Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 119.542
7 FC Schalke 04 (GER) 95.328
8 Borussia Dortmund (GER) 82.328
9 Juventus (ITA) 80.387
10 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 80.300
11 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 78.193
12 FC Basel 1893 (SUI) 75.645
13 Manchester City FC (ENG) 72.949
14 Olympiacos FC (GRE) 67.720
15 PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) 66.899
16 AFC Ajax (NED) 61.862
17 Liverpool FC (ENG) 58.949
18 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) 58.459
19 Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) 55.340
20 RSC Anderlecht (BEL) 50.260
21 AS Roma (ITA) 39.887
22 AS Monaco FC (FRA) 11.300
23 Winner play-off  
24 Winner play-off  
25 Winner play-off  
26 Winner play-off  
27 Winner play-off  
28 Winner play-off  
29 Winner play-off  
30 Winner play-off  
31 Winner play-off  
32 Winner play-off  

The 32 teams will be split into four seeding pots of eight, and one from each pot will be drawn into eight groups at the group stage draw in Monaco on 28 August.

UEFA Champions League play-off – league route
Position Club Coefficient
1 Arsenal FC (ENG) 112.949
2 FC Porto (POR) 105.459
3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) 70.328
4 SSC Napoli (ITA) 61.387
5 Athletic Club (ESP) 54.542
6 Winner third qualifying round  
7 Winner third qualifying round  
8 Winner third qualifying round  
9 Winner third qualifying round  
10 Winner third qualifying round  

 

UEFA Champions League play-off – champions route
Position Club Coefficient
1 Winner third qualifying round  
2 Winner third qualifying round  
3 Winner third qualifying round  
4 Winner third qualifying round  
5 Winner third qualifying round  
6 Winner third qualifying round  
7 Winner third qualifying round  
8 Winner third qualifying round  
9 Winner third qualifying round  
10 Winner third qualifying round  

 

UEFA Champions League third qualifying round – league route
Position Club Coefficient
1 FC Zenit (RUS) 73.899
2 LOSC Lille (FRA) 45.300
3 FC København (DEN) 45.260
4 R. Standard de Liège (BEL) 38.260
5 Beşiktaş JK (TUR) 32.840
6 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)* 32.193
7 Panathinaikos FC (GRE)* 30.220
8 Feyenoord (NED) 13.362
9 Grasshopper Club (SUI) 9.645
10 AEL Limassol FC (CYP) 7.650

 

UEFA Champions League third qualifying round – champions route
Position Club Coefficient
1 FC Salzburg (AUT) 46.185
2 APOEL FC (CYP) 39.150
3 Aalborg BK (DEN) 5.260
4 Winner second qualifying round  
5 Winner second qualifying round  
6 Winner second qualifying round  
7 Winner second qualifying round  
8 Winner second qualifying round
 
9 Winner second qualifying round  
10 Winner second qualifying round
 
11 Winner second qualifying round  
12 Winner second qualifying round  
13 Winner second qualifying round  
14 Winner second qualifying round  
15 Winner second qualifying round  
16 Winner second qualifying round  
17 Winner second qualifying round  
18 Winner second qualifying round  
19 Winner second qualifying round  
20 Winner second qualifying round  

 

UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
Position Club Coefficient
1 FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) 39.451
2 Celtic FC (SCO) 36.813
3 FC BATE Borisov (BLR) 33.725
4 AC Sparta Praha (CZE) 28.870
5 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 23.925
6 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) 18.125
7 Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) 17.875
8 FC Sheriff (MDA) 17.075
9 NK Maribor (SVN) 16.200
10 Legia Warszawa (POL) 15.275
11 FK Partizan (SRB)* 14.825
12 Debreceni VSC (HUN) 10.325
13 ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK) 8.700
14 FC Aktobe (KAZ) 8.150
15 FK Ventspils (LVA) 7.750
16 Qarabağ FK (AZE) 7.575
17 HJK Helsinki (FIN) 7.435
18 FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) 6.975
19 Malmö FF (SWE) 6.265
20 KR Reykjavík (ISL) 5.350
21 F91 Dudelange (LUX) 4.975
22 Strømsgodset IF (NOR) 4.855
23 The New Saints FC (WAL) 4.850
24 Saint Patrick's Athletic FC (IRL) 4.775
25 KS Skënderbeu (ALB) 4.600
26 FK Rabotnicki (MKD) 4.550
27 Valletta FC (MLT) 4.466
28 HŠK Zrinjski (BIH) 4.000
29 Cliftonville FC (NIR) 3.225
30 VMFD Žalgiris (LTU) 3.050
31 FK Sutjeska (MNE) 2.450
32 Winner first qualifying round  
33 Winner first qualifying round  
34 Winner first qualifying round  

 

UEFA Champions League first qualifying round
Position Club Coefficient
1 FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) 4.575
2 HB Tórshavn (FRO) 3.175
3 FC Santa Coloma (AND) 2.166
4 FC Banants (ARM) 1.325
5 SP La Fiorita (SMR) 0.699
6 Lincoln FC (GIB) 0.000

*Pending CFCB or other final ranking decision