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Coming soon: group stage standings

Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 8.57CET
Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 8.57CET

Coming soon: group stage standings

The standings for the group stage will appear here after the draw is made in Monaco on 27 August.


Holders Barcelona lead the top seeds

Confirmed in group stage:
Pot 1*
FC Barcelona (ESP, holders) coefficient: 164.999
FC Bayern München (GER): 154.883
Chelsea FC (ENG): 142.078
SL Benfica (POR): 118.276
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 100.483
Juventus (ITA): 95.102
FC Zenit (RUS): 90.099
PSV Eindhoven (NED): 58.195

Other pots
Real Madrid CF (ESP): 171.999
Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP): 120.999
FC Porto (POR): 111.276
Arsenal FC (ENG): 110.078
Manchester City FC (ENG): 87.078
Sevilla FC (ESP): 80.499
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA): 72.983
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR): 65.033
Olympiacos FC (GRE): 62.380
Galatasaray AŞ (TUR): 50.020
AS Roma (ITA): 43.602
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER): 33.883
VfL Wolfsburg (GER): 31.883
KAA Gent (BEL): 13.440

These teams will be joined by the ten winners of the play-offs, which conclude on 25/26 August.

Group stage dates
Matchday one: 15/16 September
Matchday two: 29/30 September
Matchday three: 20/21 October
Matchday four: 3/4 November
Matchday five: 24/25 November
Matchday six: 8/9 December

*Following a change in the regulations for this season, Pot 1 for the group stage draw will now be formed by the champions of the top seven associations: Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Russia as well as the UEFA Champions League holders. However, as Barcelona also won the Spanish Liga, that slot goes to PSV, winners of the championship in the Netherlands, who are the eighth-ranked association.

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Road to the final

The UEFA Champions League comprises three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and four knockout rounds.

In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-off stage, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.

Group stage
The ten winners in the play-off round ties – five from the best-placed path and five from the champions path – join 22 automatic entrants in the 32-team group stage. The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams, who play home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December to decide which two teams from each section advance to the first knockout round. The third-place finishers in each group enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Knockout phase
From the last 16 until the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis with the same rules as the qualifying and play-off rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation, while from the quarter-finals on the draw is free.

The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at Fußball Arena München on Saturday 19 May 2012.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.

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