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Group-stage rivals ready for draw

The lineup for the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage has been completed with this week's ten play-off winners joining the 22 automatic entrants for this evening's draw in Monaco.

The UEFA Champions League trophy
The UEFA Champions League trophy ©Getty Images

The lineup for the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League group stage has been completed with the final five qualifiers earning their places on Wednesday night.

New faces
This week's ten play-off winners join the 22 automatic entrants in Thursday's group-stage draw, which will take place from 17.45CET at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and can be followed live by video and audio on uefa.com. VfL Wolfsburg, FC Rubin Kazan, AZ Alkmaar, R. Standard de Liège, AFC Unirea Urziceni, Debreceni VSC, APOEL FC and FC Zürich will all be making their debuts in a competition which sees 18 nations represented in the group stage this year.

Top seeds
The 32 sides are split into four seeding pots, with one from each to be drawn into the eight groups, though no team can meet another from the same association. Seeds are based on UEFA's coefficient system with holders FC Barcelona the top seeds and seven other leading clubs in Pot 1. The competition's most successful side, Real Madrid CF, are in the second pot along with Italian teams FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus while, after extended absences, Club Atlético de Madrid and ACF Fiorentina will compete in back-to-back editions having returned to Europe's élite last season. They are placed in Pot 3 with German champions VfL Wolfsburg and Belgian counterparts Standard in the final pot.

Matchday 1 takes place on 15/16 September, with fixtures continuing on 29/30 September, 20/21 October, 3/4 November, 24/25 November and 8/9 December. The top two sides from each section will progress to the first knockout round draw on 18 December, which will be held at 12.00CET in Nyon, while those finishing third will enter the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.

Pot 1ClubCoefficent
1FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)121.853
2Chelsea FC (ENG)118.899
3Liverpool FC (ENG)118.899
4Manchester United FC (ENG)111.899
5AC Milan (ITA)110.996
6Arsenal FC (ENG)106.899
7Sevilla FC (ESP)100.853
8FC Bayern München (GER)98.339

Pot 2ClubCoefficent
9Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)91.033
10FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)87.582
11Real Madrid CF (ESP)78.853
12PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)71.525
13FC Porto (POR)68.292
14AZ Alkmaar (NED)64.826
15Juventus (ITA)63.582
16Rangers FC (SCO)56.575

Pot 3ClubCoefficent
17Olympiacos FC (GRE)52.633
18Olympique de Marseille (FRA)48.033
19FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)46.370
20VfB Stuttgart (GER)45.339
21ACF Fiorentina (ITA)42.582
22Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)41.853
23FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)40.033
24Beşiktaş JK (TUR)32.445

Pot 4ClubCoefficent
25VfL Wolfsburg (GER)21.339
26R. Standard de Liège (BEL)21.065
27Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR)17.050
28FC Zürich (SUI)14.050
29FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)9.525
30AFC Unirea Urziceni (ROU)8.781
31APOEL FC (CYP)4.016
32Debreceni VSC (HUN)1.633