When was it? Which teams were involved? When are the fixtures? All you need to know about the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw.
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The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage draw took place at 18:00 CET on Thursday 31 August.
Which teams were in the group stage draw?
The draw featured 32 teams – 26 automatic qualifiers as well as the six teams who came through qualifying and ultimately won their play-off ties. The clubs were split into four seeding pots.
ENG: Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle
ESP: Atlético, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla
ITA: Inter, Lazio, Milan, Napoli
GER: Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig, Union Berlin
FRA: Lens, Paris
POR: Benfica, Braga, Porto
NED: Feyenoord, PSV
SRB: Crvena zvezda
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
SUI: Young Boys
When was the Champions League group stage draw?
The draw ceremony started at 18:00 CET on Thursday 31 August.
How did the group stage draw work?
The 32 teams were split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consisted of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and six domestic champions. Pots 2 to 4 were determined by the club coefficient rankings.
No team could play a side from their own association. Paired clubs from the same country play on separate days.
Manchester City (ENG) – pairing A
Sevilla FC (ESP) – B
FC Barcelona (ESP) – C
SSC Napoli (ITA) – D
FC Bayern München (GER) – E
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) – F
SL Benfica (POR) – G
Feyenoord (NED) – H
Real Madrid CF (ESP) – C
Manchester United (ENG) – A
FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) – I
Borussia Dortmund (GER) – E
Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) – B
RB Leipzig (GER) – J
FC Porto (POR) – G
Arsenal FC (ENG) – K
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
FC Salzburg (AUT)
AC Milan (ITA) – I
SC Braga (POR)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) – H
S.S. Lazio (ITA) – D
FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
F.C. Copenhagen (DEN)
BSC Young Boys (SUI)
Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP)
Galatasaray A.Ş. (TUR)
Celtic FC (SCO)
Newcastle United FC (ENG) – K
1. FC Union Berlin (GER) – J
Royal Antwerp FC (BEL)
RC Lens (FRA) – F
Where was the Champions League draw?
After three years away, the draw returned to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
How could I watch the draw?
What happens after the draw?
Fixtures will be confirmed after the draw, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the round of 16. The third-placed sides in each group transfer to the UEFA Europa League knockout round play-offs, where they will face the UEFA Europa League group runners-up for places in the last 16.
What are the Champions League group stage dates?
Matchday 1: 19/20 September 2023
Matchday 2: 3/4 October 2023
Matchday 3: 24/25 October 2023
Matchday 4: 7/8 November 2023
Matchday 5: 28/29 November 2023
Matchday 6: 12/13 December 2023
What else happened during the draw ceremony?
Where is the 2023/24 final?
The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League final will take place at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 June. Known as the 'Home of Football', Wembley has hosted seven previous European Cup finals – more than any other stadium.