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New Champions League season

The road to the second final in three years at Wembley Stadium began on Monday 25 June when the draw was made for the first and second qualifying rounds in Nyon, involving 37 of the 73 entrants.

The final will be at Wembley again
The final will be at Wembley again ©Getty Images

The road to the second UEFA Champions League final in three years at Wembley Stadium began on Monday 25 June when the draw was made for the first and second qualifying rounds in Nyon.

Six teams were in the initial stage, played in the first two weeks of July, and 31 other sides came in for the second qualifying round including FC Basel 1893, who made the round of 16 last season. The third qualifying round and play-offs followed as 17 further clubs come into contention for ten available places in the group stage alongside the 22 automatic entrants.

Among that number were all four English contenders: Manchester City FC, Manchester United FC, Arsenal FC and holders Chelsea FC. It will be at Wembley that the tournament concludes on Saturday 25 May 2013, making a swift return to the 2011 final venue to mark the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association. For the first time the semi-final draw will be held after the quarter-finals rather than together with the draw for the last eight.

Draw schedule
Time, date
LocationDraw details
12.00CET, 25/06/12NyonFirst and second qualifying rounds
12.00CET, 20/07/12NyonThird qualifying round
12.00CET, 10/08/12NyonPlay-offs
18.00CET, 30/08/12MonacoGroup stage
11.30CET, 20/12/12NyonRound of 16
12.00CET, 15/03/13NyonQuarter-finals
tbc, 12/04/13NyonSemi-finals

Match calendar
First qualifying round, 1st leg03-04/07/12
First qualifying round, 2nd leg10-11/07/12
Second qualifying round, 1st leg17-18/07/12
Second qualifying round, 2nd leg24-25/07/12
Third qualifying round, 1st leg31/07-01/08/12
Third qualifying round, 2nd leg07/08/08/12
Play-off, 1st leg21-22/08/12
Play-off, 2nd leg28-29/08/12
Group stage, Matchday 118-19/09/12
Group stage, Matchday 202-03/10/12
Group stage, Matchday 323-24/10/12
Group stage, Matchday 406-07/11/12
Group stage, Matchday 520-21/11/12
Group stage, Matchday 604-05/12/12
Round of 16, 1st leg12-13/02/13 & 19-20/02/13
Round of 16, 2nd leg05-06/03/13 & 12-13/03/13
Quarter-finals, 1st leg02-03/04/13
Quarter-finals, 2nd leg09-10/04/13
Semi-finals, 1st leg23-24/04/13
Semi-finals, 2nd leg30/04-01/05/13
Final (Wembley Stadium)25/05/13