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Lineup complete for group-stage draw

The lineup for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage is complete and the 32 clubs have been split into four seeding pots for the draw at 18.00CET on Thursday in Monaco.

Lineup complete for group-stage draw
Lineup complete for group-stage draw ©UEFA.com

The lineup is complete for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage and 32 clubs await the draw at 18.00CET on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

Former champions AFC Ajax, returning duo AJ Auxerre and FC København and group-stage newcomers MŠK Žilina and Tottenham Hotspur FC became the final five sides to earn their berths at the conclusion of the play-off round on Wednesday night, all celebrating victories at home. Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC, FC Basel 1893, FK Partizan, SC Braga and SV Werder Bremen had earlier won through in Tuesday's play-off second legs to join the 22 automatic entrants led by holders FC Internazionale Milano.

In all, 18 associations are represented and as well as Tottenham and Žilina, Braga, Hapoel, Bursaspor and FC Twente will be making their group-stage debuts. By contrast, Manchester United FC will be in the draw for a record 16th time out of a possible 19. Only 12 of last year's 32 contenders have qualified again.

For the draw, the 32 teams are split into four seeding pots depending on each club's coefficient. Every group will contain one team from each of the seeding pots, though no club can play a side from their own association and there are further procedures determining the exact placing of each contender.

RouteLast inYears*2009/10**Best***
Pot 1
FC Internazionale Milano
Holders/ Champions, Italy
FC Barcelona
Champions, Spain
Manchester United FC
Runners-up, England
Chelsea FC
Champions, England
2009/108Round of 16Runners-up
Arsenal FC
Third place, England2009/1012Quarter-finalsRunners-up
FC Bayern München
Champions, Germany
AC Milan
Third place,
2009/1013Round of 16Winners
Olympique Lyonnais
Runners-up, France2009/1010Semi-finalsSemi-finals
Pot 2
SV Werder BremenThird place, Germany2008/096UEL, round of 16Quarter-finals
Real Madrid CF
Runners-up, Spain2009/1014Round of 16Winners
AS Roma
Runners-up, Italy2008/096UEL, round of 32Runners-up
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Champions, Ukraine
2008/095UEL, round of 32Group stage
SL Benfica
Champions, Portugal
2007/085UEL, qfWinners
Valencia CF
Third place, Spain2007/086UEL, qfRunners-up
Olympique de Marseille
Champions, France
2009/106UEL, round of 16Winners
Panathinaikos FCChampions, Greece2008/098UEL, round of 16Runners-up
Pot 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC
Fourth place, England
Debut0Did not compete
Rangers FC
Champions, Scotland
2009/109Group stageSemi-finals
AFC Ajax
2005/068UEL, round of 32
FC Schalke 04Runners-up, Germany2007/082Did not compete
FC Basel 1893Champions, Switzerland2008/092UEL, group stageSecond group stage
SC BragaRunners-up, PortugalDebut0UEL, 3qr
FC København
Champions, Denmark
2006/071UEL, round of 32Group stage
FC Spartak MoskvaRunners-up, Russia2006/079Did not competeSemi-finals
Pot 4
Tel-Aviv FC
Champions, Israel
Debut0UEL, round of 32
FC TwenteChampions, NetherlandsDebut0
UEL, round of 32N/A
FC Rubin KazanChampions, Russia2009/101
UEL, round of 16Group stage
AJ Auxerre
Third place, France
Did not compete
CFR 1907 ClujChampions, Romania2008/091
UEL, group stageGroup stage
FK Partizan
Champions, Serbia
2003/041UEL, group stageRunners-up
MŠK Žilina
Champions, Slovakia
UEL, play-off round
Champions, Turkey
Debut0Did not competeN/A

*Past group-stage appearances not including 2010/11
**UEFA Champions League unless stated
***Includes pre-1992 European Champion Clubs' Cup
UEL=UEFA Europa League
3qr=third qualifying round