The 2019/20 Champions League group stage as it stands

If the domestic seasons ended today, who would be in the 2019/20 group stage? Find out here.

Bayern have clinched a top-four spot in Germany
Bayern have clinched a top-four spot in Germany ©Getty Images

Twenty-six teams qualify automatically for the group stage of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.

The following sides go directly to the group stage: UEFA Champions League holders; UEFA Europa League winners; the top four in the Spanish, English, Italian and German leagues; France and Russia's top two; domestic champions in Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium and Turkey.

The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage as it stands

Teams in bold have qualified subject to final confirmation by UEFA

Barcelona top Europe's top-ranked domestic league
Barcelona top Europe's top-ranked domestic league©AFP


ESP: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Getafe
ENG: LiverpoolManchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal
ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Internazionale Milano, AC Milan
GER: Bayern München, Dortmund, Leipzig, Frankfurt
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille
RUS: Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva
POR: Porto
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Genk
TUR: İstanbul Başakşehir

The UEFA Champions League holders and UEFA Europa League winners, as well as six teams coming through qualifying, will also participate in the group stage.

• The champions of Spain, England, Italy (Juventus), Germany, France (Paris) and Russia are ensured places in Pot 1 of the group stage draw along with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League winners. The champions of Portugal and Ukraine could also enter in Pot 1 should one or both of the UEFA club competition winners clinch the title in one of those top-six leagues.

Italian champions Juventus will be back next season
Italian champions Juventus will be back next season©Getty Images

• Barcelona have sealed a record 24th group appearance; Real Madrid and Porto hope to emulate them while Juventus will become the sixth club to enter for the 20th time, an elite band Arsenal could also join.

• Of the sides still competing in the 2018/19 edition, Ajax are not currently in line for an automatic place next season. They will take part in qualifying regardless of whether they finish first or second in the Eredivisie.

• Involved in the tussle for fourth in Spain, Getafe or Alavés would be in line to make their first appearance at any stage of the UEFA Champions League; neither have even played in the qualifiers, and both clubs total just two UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League campaigns. Alavés made the final on their European debut in 2000/01; Getafe were the more recent of either to feature in 2010/11.

Frankfurt have impressed this term
Frankfurt have impressed this term©Getty Images

• German hopefuls Frankfurt have not appeared in Europe's elite competition since reaching the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1959/60.

• AC Milan would return to the group stage for the first time since 2013/14.

• Russian contenders Krasnodar were only founded in 2008 and have never even featured in qualifying for the competition, although they reached this season's UEFA Europa League round of 16.

• Turkish frontrunners İstanbul Başakşehir could also be group stage debutants.

*Standings accurate up to and including Sunday 21 April

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