The UEFA Champions League group stage draw came through with the high-profile matchups that fans wanted to lớn see.
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Group B is simply jaw-dropping, with four continental powers — Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto và AC Milan — while tournament favorites Manchester City và Paris Saint-Germain were drawn together in Group A. Now all that"s left is for Cristiano Ronaldo khổng lồ actually transfer khổng lồ Manchester thành phố as rumors suggest. If he does, it would set up a tasty showdown against PSG"s Lionel Messi và Neymar. It"s Champions League trophy or bust for both of those clubs.
Bayern Munich (Germany) will face Barcelona (Spain) & Chelsea (England) will lock horns with Juventus (Italy) in the other eye-catching matchups from the draw. Manchester United and Spain"s Villarreal will also meet again in a rematch of the 2021 Europa League final.
Lastly, in a highly improbable scenario, Inter Milan (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain) and Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) were drawn into the same group for the second straight edition.
All group-stage matches will be played in the six prescheduled windows: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24 & Dec. 7-8.
Champions League draw groups
Pot 1: Manchester thành phố (England)Pot 2: Paris Saint-Germain (France)Pot 3: RB Leipzig (Germany)Pot 4: Club Brugge (Belgium)
Pot 1: Atletico Madrid (Spain)Pot 2: Liverpool (England)Pot 3: Porto (Portugal)Pot 4: AC Milan (Italy)
Pot 1: Sporting CP (Portugal)Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund (Germany)Pot 3: Ajax (Netherlands)Pot 4: Besiktas (Turkey)
Pot 1: Inter Milan (Italy)Pot 2: Real Madrid (Spain)Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)Pot 4: Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)
Pot 1: Bayern Munich (Germany)Pot 2: FC Barcelona (Spain)Pot 3: Benfica (Portugal)Pot 4: Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Pot 1: Villarreal (Spain)Pot 2: Manchester United (England)Pot 3: Atalanta (Italy)Pot 4: BSC Young Boys (Switzerland)
Pot 1: LOSC Lille (France)Pot 2: Sevilla (Spain)Pot 3: RB Salzburg (Austria)Pot 4: VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Pot 1: Chelsea (England)Pot 2: Juventus (Italy)Pot 3: Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)Pot 4: Malmo FF (Sweden)
Champions League draw updates
All times ET
1:17 p.m.: The Coaches of the Year và the Players of the Year were named to wrap up the show:Player of the Year: Men - Jorginho (Chelsea), Women - Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona)Coach of the Year: Men - Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea), Women - Lluís Cortes (FC Barcelona)
1:07 p.m.: POT 4 - The final eight teams will fill out the rest of the groups. The first club drawn is BSC Young Boys.
1:04 p.m.: Now it"s time for the đứng đầu forwards from last year"s UEFA Champions League tournament:Forwards: Men - Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Women - Jennifer Hermoso (FC Barcelona)
12:56 p.m.: POT 3 - The next eight teams will be placed. Shakhtar were drawn first.
12:54 p.m.: We have our two Midfielders of the Year:Midfielders: Men - N"Golo Kante (Chelsea), Women - Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona)
12:48 p.m.: Man City và PSG are in the same group! If Ronaldo heads khổng lồ Man City, that sets up a juicy matchup against Lionel Messi & Neymar. They"d have khổng lồ play twice (home and away).
12:44 p.m.: POT 2 - Time for the Pot 2 draw. Things are moving fast now. Borussia Dortmund are the first name. Remember, now the restrictions kick in. Teams from the same country can"t be in the same group and the TV pairings have lớn be respected (if one team from the pairings lands in Groups A-D, then the other HAS to go into Group E-H and vice versa).
12:42 p.m.: Now a break for the Defender of the Year awards:Defenders: Men - Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Women - Irene Paredes (ex-Paris Saint-Germain)
12:38 p.m.: POT 1 - Manchester city is the first name drawn from Pot 1. These teams will go in each available group (in order) as they"re drawn. Ivanovic is handling all the Pot 1 teams. Chelsea is the last team drawn into Group H.
12:37 p.m.: We"re finally seeing club logos. They"re running through all the teams in Pot 1. Looks like we"ll be starting there.
12:32 p.m.: UEFA"s Giorgio Marchetti takes the stage. He"s the familiar face who leads the draw. Now there"s a đoạn clip explaining how it all works. There are computers involved.
12:28 p.m.: It"s time for one of the awards. Goalkeepers go first.Goalkeepers: Men - Edouard Mendy (Chelsea), Women - Sandra Paños (FC Barcelona)
12:26 p.m.: Wow. Neat little tidbit: Ivanovic scored the first goal in the St. Petersburg stadium that will host the final. It opened in 2017 in advance of the 2018 World Cup.
12:21 p.m.: Next up on the program is the introduction for two ex-Chelsea players helping khổng lồ conduct the draw: defender Branislav Ivanovic and Michael Essien.
Ivanovic looking lượt thích the guy who throws me out of the club when I’ve had the fifth tequila too many— Siavoush Fallahi (
12:08 p.m.: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin up on the stage. He will recognize those who helped Christian Eriksen survive cardiac arrest at the Euros, including captain Simon Kjaer. In a clip message Kjaer said: "I accept this award with my team and only with my team." The medical staff are in Istanbul và they"re all walking up to the stage to accept the awards.
Heroes. Simon Kjær & the medical team that saved Christian Eriksen"s life are the 2021 UEFA President"s Award winners.#UEFAawards pic.twitter.com/3vdmMSQSS9— UEFA (
Un prix est remis au personnel médical danois qui a sauvé la vie de Christian Eriksen pendant l’Euro