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Old and new meet in Monaco

Twelve former European champions and five newcomers are among 32 teams who have been divided into four pots for today's group stage draw.

Qualifying concluded
The conclusion of the third qualifying round on Wednesday night saw a further eight sides book places in the main section of European football's most prestigious club competition, with the same number having confirmed their progress on Tuesday evening. Villarreal CF, Real Betis Balompié, Udinese Calcio, FC Thun and FC Artmedia Bratislava are all in the group stage for the first time, with the opening games on 13/14 September.

Famous names
The five most successful clubs in European Champion Clubs' Cup history are involved, with Real Madrid CF on nine victories leading the way from AC Milan on six. Liverpool FC moved into third place on five successes in Istanbul in May, a triumph which enabled them to keep the trophy and step clear of four-times winners FC Bayern München and AFC Ajax in the pecking order. There are seven other former European champions among the 32 teams, while Arsenal FC are the only top-seeded side never to have lifted club football's greatest prize.

Eagerly-awaited draw
In Monaco, the 32 teams will go into the draw taking place in the Salle des Princes at the Grimaldi Forum at 16.00CET. For the purposes of the draw, the clubs will be placed into four pots according to their coefficients (see below). No side can draw opponents from their own nation, other than holders Liverpool, who are without country protection after UEFA granted them special dispensation to defend the trophy. This means they could be pitted in the same section as English champions Chelsea FC, who they beat in the 2004/05 semi-finals.

Pos.Club:Coeff:
1Real Madrid CF (ESP)131.326
2AC Milan (ITA)121.191
3FC Barcelona (ESP)117.326
4Liverpool FC (ENG, holders)115.864
5Manchester United FC (ENG)110.864
6FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)101.191
7FC Bayern München (GER)97.166
8Arsenal FC (ENG)93.864

Pos:Club:Coeff:
9FC Porto (POR)93.739
10Juventus FC (ITA)93.191
11PSV Eindhoven (NED)84.145
12Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)81.324
13Panathinaikos FC (GRE)70.715
14Chelsea FC (ENG)68.864
15Villarreal CF (ESP)58.326
16AFC Ajax (NED)52.145

Pos:Club:Coeff:
17Club Brugge KV (BEL)50.476
18RSC Anderlecht (BEL)47.476
19Olympiacos CFP (GRE)46.715
20FC Schalke 04 (GER)44.166
21AC Sparta Praha (CZE)43.223
22LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA)41.324
23Rangers FC (SCO)40.476
24Werder Bremen (GER)40.166

Pos:Club:Coeff:
25SL Benfica (POR)36.739
26Rosenborg BK (NOR)36.665
27Real Betis Balompié (ESP) 34.326
28Udinese Calcio (ITA)30.191
29Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)23.872
30SK Rapid Wien (AUT)15.208
31FC Thun (SUI)6.887
32FC Artmedia Bratislava (SVK)4.850