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UEFA Champions League-Group stage draw-Monaco - Thursday 28 August 2014 17.45CET
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GroupsMatches

Group A

AtléticoAtlético(ESP)
JuventusJuventus(ITA)
OlympiacosOlympiacos(GRE)
MalmöMalmö(SWE)

Group B

Real MadridReal Madrid(ESP)
BaselBasel(SUI)
LiverpoolLiverpool(ENG)
LudogoretsLudogorets(BUL)

Group C

BenficaBenfica(POR)
ZenitZenit(RUS)
LeverkusenLeverkusen(GER)
MonacoMonaco(FRA)

Group D

ArsenalArsenal(ENG)
DortmundDortmund(GER)
GalatasarayGalatasaray(TUR)
AnderlechtAnderlecht(BEL)

Group E

BayernBayern(GER)
Man. CityMan. City(ENG)
CSKA MoskvaCSKA Moskva(RUS)
RomaRoma(ITA)

Group F

BarcelonaBarcelona(ESP)
ParisParis(FRA)
AjaxAjax(NED)
APOELAPOEL(CYP)

Group G

ChelseaChelsea(ENG)
SchalkeSchalke(GER)
SportingSporting(POR)
MariborMaribor(SVN)

Group H

PortoPorto(POR)
Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk(UKR)
AthleticAthletic(ESP)
BATEBATE(BLR)

Pots

Pot 1

  • Real MadridReal Madrid(ESP)
  • BarcelonaBarcelona(ESP)
  • BayernBayern(GER)
  • ChelseaChelsea(ENG)
  • BenficaBenfica(POR)
  • AtléticoAtlético(ESP)
  • ArsenalArsenal(ENG)
  • PortoPorto(POR)

Pot 2

  • SchalkeSchalke(GER)
  • DortmundDortmund(GER)
  • JuventusJuventus(ITA)
  • ParisParis(FRA)
  • Shakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk(UKR)
  • BaselBasel(SUI)
  • ZenitZenit(RUS)
  • Man. CityMan. City(ENG)

Pot 3

  • LeverkusenLeverkusen(GER)
  • OlympiacosOlympiacos(GRE)
  • CSKA MoskvaCSKA Moskva(RUS)
  • AjaxAjax(NED)
  • LiverpoolLiverpool(ENG)
  • SportingSporting(POR)
  • GalatasarayGalatasaray(TUR)
  • AthleticAthletic(ESP)

Pot 4

  • AnderlechtAnderlecht(BEL)
  • RomaRoma(ITA)
  • APOELAPOEL(CYP)
  • BATEBATE(BLR)
  • LudogoretsLudogorets(BUL)
  • MariborMaribor(SVN)
  • MonacoMonaco(FRA)
  • MalmöMalmö(SWE)

Commentary

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That is the end of the UEFA.com DrawCentre for today. Do not forget that in-depth reaction and analysis of all eight groups will follow on UEFA.com this evening, while the UEFA Europa League DrawCentre opens at 10.00CET on Friday.

Headline news from Monaco
Full UEFA Champions League group stage fixture list
Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award
Ten-time winners Real Madrid draw five-time winners Liverpool
Karl-Heinz Riedle named 2015 UEFA Champions League final ambassador
Nadine Kessler wins UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award
UEFA Youth League groups mirror those of the UEFA Champions League
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Philipp Lahm (Bayern)Philipp Lahm, Bayern captain: “It's not an easy group, we have got three very good teams. One of them is Manchester City, the English champions. Especially the away matches will be tough tasks, but we have to do well in those.”
20.17
Besnik Hasi, Anderlecht coach: "It's a tough draw. There are some nice away trips, but these are extremely difficult opponents. Anderlecht have not survived the group stage since 2001, so it will be extremely difficult.”
20.13
Leonid Slutski (PFC CSKA Moskva)Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach: “Some people dream about flying into space for their whole life, while we fly there on a regular basis. If we speak more seriously we have been drawn into a very tough group.”
20.10
Matthias Sammer, Bayern sporting director: "Usually you have one or perhaps two easy opponents in a group, but that's not the case for us here. This group is highly attractive and very difficult, but it is also the right challenge for us."
20.09
UEFA Champions League historyWhich players are the oldest to ever take part in a UEFA Champions League match? We salute the competition's elder statesmen here.
20.03
Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool FC)Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager: "Initially, we're excited. To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting. But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special. I'm already thinking of Anfield on that night."
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Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City director of football: "“Last season Bayern were first, we were second and we also played CSKA, but the fourth one was very tough, a very strong team in Roma. All the clubs try to play good football, so it will be an amazing group.”
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Rudi Garcia, Roma coach: "We knew we were in the fourth pot and that we were going to face two great teams at least. In this case we picked two of the best teams at the moment and in the history of football. We are going to face the champions of Germany and the champions of England. It’s a beautiful draw."
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Bruno de Carvalho, Sporting president: "We have to consider that we are representing our country in the Champions League, where unfortunately we haven't played for a few seasons. We will give our best no matter who we face."
19.52
Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach: "We are meeting some old acquaintances and some fresh faces. I have never played in Anderlecht or Istanbul. Before the draw we didn't really wish for any particular opponents so we are taking it as it happened."
19.50
Raúl Garcia, Atlético midfielder: “We are looking forward to the Champions League just as much as last year. We know that it’s a top-level competition, so we have to be prepared for any type of game, because all our opponents will be strong."
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Rudi Völler(Bayer 04 Leverkusen)Rudi Völler, Leverkusen sporting director: "The quality of a Champions League group is often determined by the weakest opponent; our group became very complicated with the addition of Monaco [from Pot 4]."
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Horst Heldt, Schalke sporting director: "Our aim is the same as in recent years: We want to get through the group stage. We still have a score to settle with Chelsea, as we lost both matches to them last season."
19.44
Frank de Boer, Ajax coach: “When our goal is to reach the next stage, it is tough when you draw Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. With these teams it will be very difficult to finish first or second in the group."
19.42
Javi García, Zenit midfielder: "We have a very even group, I would say the most even there is. All four teams have the same chance of going through. As for me, I'm happy as I got the chance to play in Lisbon once again."
19.40
Georgi Dermendzhiev, Ludogorets coach: "“I am happy with the draw. It will be great to see European champions Real Madrid in Sofia and Liverpool are another giant."
19.39
Fernando HierroFernando Hierro, a UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid in 2002, helped to conduct the draw.
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Alan Dzagoev, CSKA midfielder: "Bayern and Manchester City again? You're kidding me! I'm trying to be a realist, so I understand it'll be very difficult for us, but we'll do our best and try to perform."
19.31
Míchel (Olympiacos FC)Míchel, Olympiacos coach: "Both Atlético and Juventus are very strong opponents. There were easier options for us, but one always has to fight. My hope is that my players will be consistent and produce high-level performances in all encounters."
19.28
Constantinos Charalambides, APOEL captain: "This is a very tough draw for us. We face three sides with rich traditions in world football, but we still see this as a great moment for us. It will be a challenging experience for the players, the coaching staff, the board and of course our fans."
19.26
Olcan Adın, Galatasaray midfielder: “I believe we can qualify. On paper, Anderlecht might seem like the weakest team in the group but the away game will certainly be difficult. Their domestic league has already started and they might hit top form earlier than us.”
19.23
UEFA Champions League group stage draw resultsReal Madrid CF will play Liverpool FC – a repeat of the 1981 European Cup final – in Group B after the Monaco draw, while Zlatan Ibrahimović will be on familiar ground in Group F - the full story is on UEFA.com.
19.22
Nadine Kessler was voted winner of the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award for 2013/14 ahead of VfL Wolfsburg team-mates Nilla Fischer and Martina Müller - the full story is on UEFA.com.
19.21
Cristiano Ronaldo, who led Real Madrid CF to UEFA Champions League glory last term, has been voted the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe - the full story is on UEFA.com.
19.19
The draw for the second edition of the UEFA Youth League has been made, the groups mirroring those of the UEFA Champions League - the full story is on UEFA.com.
19.12
Key news from Monaco:
• Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.
• Nadine Kessler wins UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award.
• Ten-time winners Real Madrid draw five-time winners Liverpool in group stage draw.
• Four domestic champions drawn in Group A.
• In-depth analysis and reaction to come on UEFA.com.
19.07
19.05
That is the end of the ceremony in Monaco, but stay with UEFA.com for live reaction from across the continent.
19.04 Learn the Ronaldo Rocket with UEFA Training Ground.
19.04
Cristiano Ronaldo wins the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. Ronaldo: "I'm really, really happy. I have to say thank you to my team-mates, because without the team individual awards are impossible."
19.02
Refresh your browser for live stream of UEFA President Michel Platini naming the winner.
19.01
Cristiano Ronaldo: "It was a fantastic year, a dream year, so I'm so proud of my team, my coach and the fans."
19.00
Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo are now on stage discussing their nominations. The winner will be announced imminently ...
18.58
Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben & Cristiano Ronaldo (UEFA Champions League draw)One journalist from each of UEFA's 54 member associations comprises the UEFA Best Player in Europe voting panel. They are making their choices live in the hall now ...
18.57
The 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award will be handed out shortly - will it be Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben or Cristiano Ronaldo?
18.56
18.54
Nadine Kessler wins the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award. She says: "It's a great feeling; I want to thank the team and the team behind the team."
18.50
Now is time for the panel inside the draw hall to cast their live vote for the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award. Nilla Fischer, Nadine Kessler and Martina Müller, the final three, are now on stage. The winner will be named shortly ...
18.49
Celebration (BV Borussia Dortmund)Karl-Heinze Riedle on being named ambassador for the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League final: "The Champions League has always been for me the biggest event there is - as a player, too - and to be the ambassador for it is just wonderful."
18.47
UEFA President Michel Platini will present the 2014 UEFA Monaco Charity Award cheque for €1m to Anne Tiivas from the UK National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
18.45
Group A - Atlético, Juventus, Olympiacos and Malmö - is the only group containing four champions.
18.43
Roma, the last team out, go into Group E; they traded home wins with Bayern in the 2010/11 group stage, their most recent appearance.
18.42
Maribor have never played any of their three opponents before.
18.42
Anderlecht beat Dortmund on away goals in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup third round.
18.37
Basel beat Ludogorets 6-2 on aggregate in the 2013/14 play-offs.
18.37 Debutants Ludogorets are drawn alongside Real Madrid, Liverpool and Basel in Group B. Recall their dramatic qualification from last night in our highlights video.
18.35
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain FC)If Malmö are drawn into Group F, Zlatan Ibrahimović will have played for all four teams in that section. Here come the Pot 4 teams ...
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Iker Casillas (UEFA Champions League draw)Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas picks out Barcelona earlier in the draw.
18.32 See how Galatasaray beat Arsenal in the 2000 UEFA Cup final after the two teams were pitted together once more.
18.32
Galatasaray beat Arsenal on penalties in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup final in Copenhagen to become the first Turkish club to win a European competition.
18.31
UEFA Champions League group stage drawBenfica knocked out Leverkusen in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League round of 32.
18.29
Ajax were beaten 4-0 in Barcelona in last season's group stage, but beat the Catalan club 2-1 in Amsterdam.
18.27
CSKA were also in the same group as Bayern and Manchester City last season, losing all four games against their German and English opponents.
18.27
Liverpool beat Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final in Paris, but were eliminated from the 2002/03 competition by Basel.
18.24
Now comes Pot 3 ...
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Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 home and away in last season's group stage, and also came out on top when the teams met at the same stage in 2007/08. Then a 2-0 home win in London preceded a 0-0 away draw for the Blues.
18.21
This is the third time in four years that Arsenal and Dortmund have been in the same group.
18.21
James Milner (Manchester City FC)Bayern and Manchester City, in Group E, were also in last season's group stage, each winning away. City's 3-2 win in Munich on matchday six ended Bayern's record ten-game winning streak in the competition.
18.20
Porto beat Shakhtar twice in the 2011/12 group stage, winning 2-0 in Ukraine and 2-1 at home. Both are in Group H this time.
18.18
Paris go into Group F along with Barcelona; the two teams met in the 2012/13 quarter-finals, when the Azulgrana progressed on away goals.
18.17
Zenit, the first Pot 2 team out, go into Group C, where they will play Benfica, meaning another reunion for Axel Witsel.
18.14 The UEFA Training Ground explores the making of Fernando Hierro.
18.14
Iker Casillas (UEFA Champions League draw) Iker Casillas comes out with the trophy at the start of the ceremony; now on stage is his Spanish compatriot Fernando Hierro.
18.11
Do not forget that the draw is streamed live in the video box to the right and the groups will fill up below as the clubs are picked out.
18.09
Bayern go into Group E, with holders Real Madrid drawn into Group B and Benfica in Group C. A reminder that all Pot 1 teams are drawn first and allocated a section each. Arsenal are the fourth club out ...
18.06
Winners in 2013, Bayern are the first team out ...
18.05
18.05
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino: "The 2014/15 UEFA Champions League season also sees two novelties - the use of vanishing spray paint by referees as from the play-off rounds onwards, and the removal of yellow cards after the quarter-finals, thus ensuring that players do not miss out on the final for multiple bookings."
18.03
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino: "Since the creation of the UEFA Champions League in 1992, no team has ever managed to retain the title, but I have no doubt that Real Madrid will do their best to prove the statistics wrong, and to write a fresh piece of history in the brilliant annals of the competition."
18.01
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has now taken over from the ceremony hosts as the start of the draw edges closer ...
18.00
Karl-Heinz RiedleNext on the stage is Karl-Heinze Riedle, who will be ambassador for next season's UEFA Champions League final in Berlin. Riedle scored twice for Borussia Dortmund in the 1997 showpiece.
17.55
Iker Casillas, now on stage with the UEFA Champions League trophy, says he and his Real Madrid team-mates were "very relieved after lots of suffering" when they wrapped up their 2013/14 triumph in Lisbon.
17.54
Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben & Cristiano Ronaldo (UEFA Champions League draw)Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo, the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award contenders, in their seats.
17.53
UEFA Champions League group stage drawThe Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, ahead of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.
17.49
For in-depth statistics about each of the teams in Pot 1, check out our profiles ...
17.48
For in-depth statistics about each of the teams in Pot 2, check out our profiles ...
17.45
Celebration (FC Basel 1893)FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 20
• How they qualified: first in Swiss Super League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 5 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage/UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (1973/74)
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Nilla Fischer, Iker Casillas, Martina Müller, Nadine KesslerReal Madrid's Iker Casillas with Wolfsburg trio Nilla Fischer (left), Martina Müller (second right) and Nadine Kessler.
17.39
FC Zenit players celebrateOur Pot 2 profiles continued ...

FC Zenit (RUS)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 21
• How they qualified: second in Russian Premier League, third qualifying round
• Group stage campaigns: 4 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16 • Best European Cup performance: round of 16 (2011/12, 2013/14)
17.37
Now just ten minutes until the draw starts ... stay with us for our live stream direct from Monaco and regular text updates, as well as immediate reaction, head-to-heads and analysis.
17.36
Mehdi Benatia (FC Bayern München)Bayern are among the biggest names awaiting the draw; UEFA.com's Steffen Potter considers how big a role new signing Mehdi Benatia could play in Josep Guardiola's back three.
17.30
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City FC)Manchester City FC (ENG)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 22
• How they qualified: first in English Premier League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 3 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: round of 16 (2013/14)
17.29
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF)Real Madrid's Iker Casillas on stage ahead of the draw, which begins in little over 15 minutes.
17.27 Didier Drogba, now back at Chelsea, revisits the 2012 UEFA Champions League final, when he equalised late in normal time for the Blues and ultimately struck the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
17.19
Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 24
• How they qualified: fourth in Bundesliga, play-offs
• Group stage campaigns: 8 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2001/02)
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Ernesto Valverde, Athletic coach: "We are going to be taking on the best clubs in Europe and playing in the most prestigious competition in the world; having the chance to take the city of Bilbao and Athletic to the draw gives me immense happiness."
17.10
Roberto (Olympiacos FC)Olympiacos FC (GRE)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 27
• How they qualified: first in Greek Super League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 15 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (1998/99)
17.07
17.07
Zoran Tošić (PFC CSKA Moskva)PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 28
• How they qualified: first in Russian Premier League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 7 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (2009/10)
17.04
German newspaper 'BILD' opened a poll for the three nominees for the UEFA Best Player Award. Unsurprisingly, the Bayern stars are proving to be the fans' favourites. Manuel Neuer is leading with 53% of the vote, followed by Arjen Robben with 34% and Cristiano Ronaldo with 12%.
17.02
Peter Schmeichel Draw host Peter Schmeichel gets glammed up backstage ahead of the start of the ceremony at 17.45CET. Not long to go now ...
17.00
Ajax celebrate winning the Dutch titleAFC Ajax (NED)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 30
• How they qualified: first in Eredivisie
• Previous group stage campaigns: 12 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage/UEFA Europa League round of 32
• Best European Cup performance: winners (1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1994/95)
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Urko Pardo, APOEL goalkeeper: "Whoever you play in the Champions League, you need to enjoy the occasion and give 100%. It makes no difference if you're playing against Barcelona, Porto or Zenit."
16.56
Mitja Viler, Maribor defender: "You live only once, so I'd like to see realy attractive group for Maribor now. Let me say Real or Barcelona from first pot, Juventus from the second and one a bit weaker club from third pot that we can be third in group and play at least in Europa league in spring."
16.53
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC)Liverpool FC (ENG)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 32
• How they qualified: second in English Premier League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 8 (last appearance: 2009/10)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: winners (1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84, 2004/05)
16.50
UEFA.com's men on the ground bring you a sense of the excitement in Monaco ...

16.47
With Liverpool back in Europe's premier club competition, watch highlights of their remarkable triumph over Milan in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul.
16.39
Andre Carrillo (Sporting Clube de Portugal)Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 33
• How they qualified: second in Portuguese Liga
• Group stage campaigns: 5 (last appearance: 2008/09)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (1982/83)
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16.35
A reminder of what's in store tonight ...

The draw starts at 17.45CET, with a live stream right here. During the course of the ceremony, voting will take place for the UEFA Best Player in Europe and UEFA Best Women's Player awards. We will announce the outcome of both of those and the draw itself as the balls come out. We will have full analysis and reaction from all eight groups as soon as we get it from our network of correspondents from across the continent, while there will also be a series of videos published throughout the evening.
16.29
Cesare Prandelli (Galatasaray AŞ)Galatasaray AŞ (TUR)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 36
• How they qualified: second in Turkish Super League
• Previous group stage campaigns: 12 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: semi-finals (1988/89)
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16.24
Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club)Athletic Club (ESP)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 37, play-offs
• How they qualified: fourth in Spanish Liga
• Group stage campaigns: 1 (last appearance: 1998/99)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (1956/57)
16.17 From Alfredo Di Stéfano's strike against Stade de Reims Champagne in 1956, to Zinédine Zidane's volley in 2002, UEFA.com picks five of Real Madrid's greatest final goals in the European Cup. Which is your favourite?
16.12
Anthony Vanden Borre (RSC Anderlecht)RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 44
• How they qualified: first in Belgian First League
• Group stage campaigns: 10 (last appearance: 2013/14)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: semi-finals (1981/82, 1985/86)
16.01
15.55
UEFA.com's Vassiliki Papantonopoulou, in Athens: The UEFA Champions League draw is the top story today for GoalNews and SportDay sports newspapers in Greece. Both of them run predictions with dream or nightmare scenarios for Olympiacos. Míchel's team are considered stronger than last season, when they were knocked out by Manchester United in the last 16.
15.48
With social media abuzz with talk of the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, Luis García, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Dietmar Hamann got in touch with their winners. Here are their views.
15.39
Rudi Garcia (AS Roma)AS Roma (ITA)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 55
• How they qualified: second in Serie A
• Previous group stage campaigns: 7 (last appearance: 2010/11)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (1983/84)
15.33
Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach: "I don't have any definite preferences. I have nothing against any team. It's going to be tough against any opponents, but we have to play."
15.30
15.29
Cillian Sheridan (APOEL FC)APOEL FC (CYP)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 61
• How they qualified: first in Cypriot First Division, third qualifying round
• Group stage campaigns: 2 (last appearance: 2011/12)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round/UEFA Europa League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: quarter-finals (2011/12)
15.27
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)Juventus will be without talismanic midfielder Andrea Pirlo for at least one of their group stage games after confirming he will be out for around a month with a hip injury.
15.19
Roman Eremenko, CSKA midfielder: "I'd really love to play against FC Barcelona. They are a great club and always will be."
15.17
FC BATE Borisov celebrateFC BATE Borisov (BLR)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 65
• How they qualified: first in Belarusian Premier League, second qualifying round
• Group stage campaigns: 3 (last appearance: 2012/13)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
• Best European Cup performance: UEFA Champions League group stage (2008/09, 2011/12, 2012/13)
15.14
Who is the team to avoid in each pot? You have your say @ChampionsLeague ...

15.13
Who is the team to avoid in each pot? You have your say @ChampionsLeague ...

15.09
Get involved on Twitter @ChampionsLeague using #UCLdraw:

15.06
UEFA Best Player in EuropeCristiano Ronaldo is in Portuguese newspaper A Bola today; the Real Madrid man gives a four-page interview about tonight's 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. "I keep working to be the best," he said.
15.03
Paolo Maldini (AC Milan) - 2007Who are the most successful players in the history of the UEFA Champions League? UEFA.com has all the answers here.
14.59
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad celebratePFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 104
• How they qualified: first in Bulgarian A League, second qualifying round
• Group stage campaigns: 0
• Last season: UEFA Champions League play-off/UEFA Europa League group stage
• Best European Cup performance: play-offs (2013/14)
14.52
Dante, Bayern defender: "I think Chelsea, Real, Barcelona and PSG are our main competitors for the title. It is maybe the toughest competition in the world. We have to show our very best."
14.50
O JogoPortuguese newspaper O Jogo has the “most recent Porto hero” Yacine Ibrahimi on their front page. The Algerian international has impressed with the Dragons since moving from Spain over the summer. Now comes the competition proper ...
14.42
NK Maribor players celebrateNK Maribor (SVN)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 120
• Entered competition: first in Slovene First League, second qualifying round
• Group stage campaigns: 1 (last appearance: 1999/2000)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League play-off/UEFA Europa League round of 32
• Best European Cup performance: UEFA Champions League group stage (1999/2000)
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Cosmin Moţi (PFC Ludogorets Razgrad)Cosmin Moţi, Ludogorets defender (part-time goalkeeper): “It does not matter for me who will be our opponent. We are here, is it is a dream come true. Let’s enjoy the moment, but be sure – we will continue to give our best.”
14.30
Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paris striker: ”Now the swedes don't have to watch the Champions League on the television, they can just go to Malmö! Next, the dream is that Malmö get to meet PSG. Congratulations and welcome to the big stage!”
14.21 UEFA President Michel Platini said "I want to finish what I have started" in pledging his immediate future to UEFA and stating his intention to seek a third term at the helm of the European body.
14.20
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco FC)AS Monaco FC (FRA)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 156*
• How they qualified: second in Ligue 1
• Group stage campaigns: 5 (last appearance: 2004/05)
• Last season: not in UEFA competition
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2003/04)
14.14
In the run-up to every group stage draw, the focus is on which of the four pots the 32 teams will be placed in: UEFA.com analysis how seedings have translated into results.
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Best Player in Europe three-man shortlistAs if the group stage draw was not enough, today also marks the announcement of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award. The winners will be named during tonight's draw.
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Markus Rosenberg (Malmö FF)Malmö FF (SWE)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 233
• How they qualified: first in Allsvenskan, second qualifying round
• Group stage campaigns: 0
• Last season: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (1978/79)
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How did they qualify? What is their pedigree? How did they get on last season? Allow UEFA.com to talk you through all 32 contenders between now and the draw, starting with lowest-ranked Malmö ...
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André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach: "It would be difficult to play against Porto. Of the two Portuguese teams, I would prefer Benfica. Our goal this season is to get to at least the quarter-finals. We want to play against the strongest opponents. We've built a good team that has something to prove."
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Paul Pogba (Juventus)Gazzetta dello Sport: “On paper, Juventus would be lucky to get teams like Porto, Olympiacos and BATE, though a group with Bayern, Liverpool and Monaco would certainly offer more adrenaline.”
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Sam Crompton is our man in Monaco for today's action and will be providing live updates on @ChampionsLeague throughout the day.
13.26 Ludogorets became the last team through to the group stage last night - watch how they did it truly remarkable style.
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UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League trophies and matchballsWelcome to UEFA.com's DrawCentre, building up to today's UEFA Champions League group stage draw, which begins at 17.45CET.

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