Europe's finest set for group stage draw

English sides dominate the top seedings as 32 clubs await the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage draw, which will be streamed live on uefa.com from Monaco.

The UEFA Champions League trophy on display in Monaco
The UEFA Champions League trophy on display in Monaco ©Getty Images

English sides dominate the seedings for the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage draw which will take place from 18.00CET on Thursday at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum.

Qualifying concluded
Sixteen teams gained automatic entry to the competition proper and the same number came through the third qualifying round on Tuesday and Wednesday. Making their debut in the group stage are UEFA Cup holders FC Zenit St. Petersburg, CFR 1907 Cluj of Romania, the first Belarussian qualifiers, FC BATE Borisov, and the inaugural Cypriot entrants Anorthosis Famagusta FC. In all, 17 nations are represented in the draw, the ceremony for which will include the UEFA Club Football Awards.

Top seeds
As usual the 32 sides are split into four seeding pots, with one from each being drawn into the eight groups, though no team can meet another from the same association. All four English clubs are included in Pot 1 – holders Manchester United FC, last season's runners-up Chelsea FC, five-time winners Liverpool FC, and Arsenal FC – and alongside them are FC Barcelona, Olympique Lyonnais, FC Internazionale Milano and the competition's most successful side, Real Madrid CF.

Contenders
Among the teams in Pot 2 are both German entrants, FC Bayern München and Werder Bremen, 2004 winners FC Porto, and Juventus, back in the competition after a two-year absence. Placed in Pot 3 are former European champions Olympique de Marseille, FC Steaua Bucureşti and Celtic FC, plus Zenit and last term's quarter-finalists Fenerbahçe SK. Pot 4 features Club Atlético de Madrid, ACF Fiorentina and the two survivors from the first qualifying round, BATE and Anorthosis. Matchday 1 will be on 16/17 September, with fixtures continuing on 30 September/1 October, 21/22 October, 4/5 November, 25/26 November and 9/10 December. As usual the top two sides will progress to the first knockout round draw on 19 December while those finishing third will enter the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Live streaming
The draw will be streamed live on uefa.com. Users need to register , at no cost, to access the live video coverage, and are encouraged to do so in advance as the registration procedure involves the activation of the account after receiving an email. If you have already registered simply log in here .

Pot 1
Club Coefficent
1 Manchester United FC (ENG, holders) 107.996
2 Chelsea FC (ENG) 124.996
3 Liverpool FC (ENG) 118.996
4 FC Barcelona (ESP) 117.837
5 Arsenal FC (ENG) 110.996
6 Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 99.380
7 FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) 96.934
8 Real Madrid CF (ESP) 93.837

Pot 2 Club Coefficent
9 FC Bayern München (GER) 92.078
10 PSV Eindhoven (NED) 91.610
11 Villarreal CF (ESP) 90.837
12 AS Roma (ITA) 81.934
13 FC Porto (POR) 81.176
14 Werder Bremen (GER) 74.078
15 Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR) 67.176
16 Juventus (ITA) 66.934

Pot 3 Club Coefficent
17 Olympique de Marseille (FRA) 63.380
18 FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) 60.437
19 FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) 59.398
20 Panathinaikos FC (GRE) 52.525
21 FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA) 52.380
22 Celtic FC (SCO) 52.013
23 FC Basel 1893 (SUI) 51.993
24 Fenerbahçe SK (TUR) 51.469

Pot 4 Club Coefficent
25 FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 49.932
26 ACF Fiorentina (ITA) 40.934
27 Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 36.837
28 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) 34.932
29 CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU) 13.398
30 Aalborg BK (DEN) 12.748
31 Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP) 4.327
32 FC BATE Borisov (BLR) 1.760

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