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The 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony holds on Thursday 30 August. It takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and will be streamed live on

Who is involved in the draw?

  • SPAIN: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia
  • GERMANY: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Hoffenheim
  • ENGLAND: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool
  • ITALY: Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Internazionale Milano
  • FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon, Monaco
  • RUSSIA: Lokomotiv Moskva, CSKA Moskva
  • PORTUGAL: Porto, Benfica
  • UKRAINE: Shakhtar Donetsk
  • BELGIUM: Club Brugge
  • TURKEY: Galatasaray
  • CZECH: Viktoria Plzeň
  • SWITZERLAND: Young Boys
  • NETHERLANDS: Ajax, PSV Eindhoven
  • GREECE: AEK Athens
  • SERBIA: Crvena Zvezda

Who is in which Pot?


  • Real Madrid (Holders)
  • Atletico Madrid (UEFA Europa League winners)
  • Barcelona
  • Bayern Munchen
  • Manchester City
  • Juventus
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Lokomotiv Moskva


  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Porto
  • Manchester United
  • Shakthar Donetsk
  • Benfica
  • Napoli
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Roma


  • Liverpool
  • Schalke
  • Lyon
  • Monaco
  • Ajax
  • CSKA Moskva
  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Valencia


  • Viktoria Plzen
  • Club Brugge
  • Galatasaray
  • Young Boys
  • Inter Milan
  • Hoffenheim
  • Crvena Zvezda
  • AEK Athens

How does the draw work?

  • The 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage under the new competition system are joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.
  • The teams are split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 consists of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.
  • No team can play a club from their own association and, based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, clubs from Russia and Ukraine must not be drawn in the same group.
  • In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs have been paired in order to split their matches between Tuesday and Wednesday, namely:
  • Real Madrid & Barcelona
  • Atlético Madrid & Valencia
  • Bayern & Dortmund
  • Man. City & Tottenham
  • Juventus & Internazionale Milano
  • Paris & Lyon
  • Lokomotiv Moskva & CSKA Moskva
  • Porto & Benfica
  • Man. United & Liverpool
  • Napoli & Roma
  • Schalke & Hoffenheim
  • Ajax & PSV Eindhoven

If a paired club is drawn, for example, in groups A, B, C or D, the other paired club – once drawn – will automatically be assigned to one group E, F, G or H.

The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.


UEFA awards

The following award winners will also be announced during the draw ceremony:

  • UEFA Men's Player of the Year
  • UEFA Women's Player of the Year
  • Goalkeeper of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season
  • Defender of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season
  • Midfielder of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season
  • Forward of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season

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