Madrid, Leicester among Champions League seeds

Real Madrid are among eight teams seeded in Pot 1 for the 2016/17 group draw on 25 August along with Leicester City, the sole debutant among the 22 confirmed clubs.

Leicester will be in the top group of seeds
Leicester will be in the top group of seeds ©AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid are among eight teams seeded in Pot 1 for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on 25 August along with Leicester City, the sole debutant among the 22 confirmed clubs.

Since 2015/16, Pot 1 for the group draw is formed by the holders and the champions of the top seven associations as per the UEFA association club coefficient rankings at the end of the 2014/15 season that formed the 2016/17 access list. The remaining three pots will be formed as per the UEFA club coefficient rankings at the end of 2015/16.

Juventus will be Pot 1 as Italian champions
Juventus will be Pot 1 as Italian champions©AFP/Getty Images

Pot 1 for 2016/17 group stage draw
Holders: Real Madrid
Spain: Barcelona
England: Leicester City
Germany: Bayern München
Italy: Juventus
Portugal: Benfica
France: Paris Saint-Germain
Russia: CSKA Moskva

Madrid could be seeded despite not winning the Liga
Madrid could be seeded despite not winning the Liga©Getty Images

Current coefficients of other teams qualified for group stage
Atlético Madrid (ESP) 144.142
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 110.035
Arsenal (ENG) 105.256
Sevilla (ESP)* 95.642
Napoli (ITA) 90.087
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 89.035
Basel (SUI) 87.755
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 74.256
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 65.976
Lyon (FRA) 63.049
PSV Eindhoven (NED) 57.112
Sporting CP (POR) 51.616
Club Brugge (BEL) 43.000
Beşiktaş (TUR) 34.920

*Because the UEFA Champions League holders, Real Madrid, would have earned a group place via their domestic league, the UEFA Europa League winners will be given a bye to the UEFA Champions League group stage rather than entering in the play-offs.

Places vacant
Play-offs: 10

  • If the access list needs to be adjusted once all the participants are known and admitted, priority for the UEFA Champions League will be given to the winners of the domestic championship (in accordance with the entry stage as per the access list). The adjusted list will be announced by UEFA.
  • The club coefficient rankings are based on results over the last five UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League campaigns, and are still subject to change between now and the finals of the two competitions.
  • If the UEFA Champions League winners had also finished top of their domestic league, the champions of the eighth-ranked nation (which this season was Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine) would have received the eighth place in Pot 1.

All information is subject to final approval from UEFA

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