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Champions League group stage draw pots confirmed

The four pots have been confirmed for the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, which will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 18:00CET on Thursday.

Real Madrid are aiming to win a third straight title
Real Madrid are aiming to win a third straight title ©Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place on Thursday at 18:00CET and will be streamed live in our DrawCentre.

Which teams are in which pots?

Pot 1: Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Bayern München (GER), Juventus (ITA) Benfica (POR), Chelsea (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Monaco (FRA), Spartak Moskva (RUS)

Qarabağ eliminate København, create history
Qarabağ eliminate København, create history

Pot 2: Barcelona (ESP), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Sevilla (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Porto (POR), Manchester United (ENG)

Pot 3: Napoli (ITA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Basel (SUI), Olympiacos (GRE), Anderlecht (BEL), Liverpool (ENG), Roma (ITA), Beşiktaş (TUR)

Pot 4: Celtic (SCO), CSKA Moskva (RUS), Sporting CP (POR), APOEL (CYP), Feyenoord (NED), Maribor (SVN), Qarabağ (AZE), RB Leipzig (GER)

Draw notes

  • No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.
  • Following a decision by the UEFA Executive Committee, Ukrainian and Russian teams cannot be drawn against each other. 
  • The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

The following awards will be also be presented during the draw:

There will be four pots of eight teams
There will be four pots of eight teams©UEFA.com
  • UEFA Men's Player of the Year
  • UEFA Women's Player of the Year
  • Goalkeeper of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
  • Defender of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
  • Midfielder of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season
  • Forward of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season

Road to Kyiv
12/13 September: Group stage, matchday one
26/27 September:
Group stage, matchday two
17/18 October: Group stage, matchday three
31 October/1 November: Group stage, matchday four
21/22 November: Group stage, matchday five
5/6 December: Group stage, matchday six

11 December: Round of 16 draw
13/14 & 20/21 February: Round of 16, first leg
6/7 & 13/14 March: Round of 16, second leg

16 March: Quarter-final draw
3/4 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
10/11 April: Quarter-finals, second leg

13 April: Semi-final and final draw
24/25 April: Semi-finals, first leg
1/2 May: Semi-finals, second leg

26 May: Final (NSK Olimpiyski, Kyiv)

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