Uefa Champions League draw in full: Teams confirmed for 2021/22 group stages

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The Champions League draw is here, with 32 teams learning their fate for the 2021/22 group stages.

Manchester City face a tough test against Lionel Messi and PSG in Group A, while Liverpool have been drawn against Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and AC Milan in a tough Group B.

Manchester United face Villarreal - the side that beat them in last season’s Europa League final - while holders Chelsea kick things off against Juventus.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich face off in Group E, while Inter Milan and Real Madrid battle in Group D.

Champions League draw in full

Group A | Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

Group B | Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, FC Porto, AC Milan

Group C | Sporting, Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

Group D | Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Sheriff

Group E | Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

Group F | Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G | Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H | Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo

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And the men’s award goes to... Chelsea’s Jorginho! Who, erm, lost to N’Golo Kante in the midfielders award. But hey ho.

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Our penultimate award is for Uefa Women’s Player of the Year and the Barcelona dominance continues as Alexia Putellas claims the award.

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And it only tallies then that the men’s winner is Thomas Tuchel, who of course took over at Chelsea midway through the season and led them to Champions League glory.

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Still a few more awards to get through here, starting with the Uefa Women’s Coach of the Year. No surprises here - it’s Lluis Cortes, coach of the all-conquering Barcelona side that hammered Chelsea in last season’s Champions League final.

Here is a reminder of the draw in full...

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Group A | Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

Group B | Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

Group C | Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

Group D | Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sherrif

Group E | Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

Group F | Villarreal, Man United, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G | Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H | Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo

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Group E | Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

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Group D | Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sherrif

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Group H | Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo

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Group A | Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

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Group G | Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg

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Group B | Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

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Group C | Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

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Group F | Villarreal, Man United, Atalanta, Young Boys

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Just the pot four teams to come but before that it’s time to recognise the men’s and women’s forwards of the season.

And the winners are... Erling Haaland and Jennifer Hermoso, of Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.

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Group C | Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax

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Group B | Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto

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Group G | Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg

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Group F | Villarreal, Man United, Atalanta

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Group A | Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig

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Group H | Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit

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Group E | Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica

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Group D | Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk

We’ve seen this before...

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Pot three, on we go...

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Time for the midfielders of the season awards. Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante will be a popular winner of the men’s prize, with Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas taking the women’s award.

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Group F | Villarreal, Man United

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Group G | Lille, Sevilla

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Group E | Bayern Munich, Barcelona

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Group H | Chelsea, Juventus

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Group A | Man City, PSG

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Group B | Atletico Madrid, Liverpool

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Group D | Inter Milan, Real Madrid

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Group C | Sporting, Borussia Dortmund

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On to pot two. Plenty of big-hitters in here...

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And after that thrilling round of draws, we’re on to our our next award, for the best men’s and women’s defenders of last season’s Champions League.

Manchester City’s Ruben Dias is the men’s winner, while PSG’s Irene Paredes takes the women’s prize.

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Group E | Bayern Munich

Group F | Villarreal

Group G | Lille

Group H | Chelsea

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Group A | Man City

Group B | Atletico Madrid

Group C | Sporting

Group D | Inter Milan

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Apologies, we were experiencing a few technical issues there but we are back up and running just in time for the start of the draw.

We’re starting with allocating each of the pot one teams to a group...

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The Champions League draw is underway!

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We are almost underway...

Our first award of the night...

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The Uefa President’s Award, as was annouced earlier this week, has been given to Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and the medical staff who saved Christian Eriksen’s life after his collapse at Euro 2020.

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We begin with the Uefa awards ceremony for the previous year...

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We kick things of with a montage of some of last season’s “memorable” moments (I’d forgotten almost all of them).

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We are live from Istanbul...

A reminder of the pots before we get going...

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Plenty of big names arriving...

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Let’s remind ourselves of how last year’s competition ended...

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The stage is set...

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What would a nightmare draw look like?

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Let’s take Chelsea, the sole London representative and the defending champions as our example and see what a bit of a group of death might look like.

I reckon you could make a fair case that pot two is stronger than pot one and the Blues could end up with any of Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. Given they can’t get Man United or Liverpool, Sevilla are their only other option.

In pot three, the likes of Porto, Ajax and RB Leipzig have all gone deep in the competition in recent years, while AC Milan are the European heavyweights in pot four.

Awards season

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It’s not just the draw that’s taking place this afternoon - across the course of the ceremony there will be a host of awards handed out.

There will be goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward awards for the best players in both the men’s and women’s Champions Leagues, plus there Men’s and Women’s Coach and Player of the Year gongs will be dished out.

Champions League draw dates

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Matchday 1 | 14/15 September

Matchday 2 | 28/29 September

Matchday 3 | 19/20 October

Matchday 4 | 2/3 November

Matchday 5 | 23/24 November

Matchday 6 | 7/8 December

Draw rules

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The 32 teams will be split into four seeding pots, with pot 1 containing the holders (Chelsea), the Europa League winners (Villarreal) and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations who didn’t qualify by winning a 2020/21 continental title.

Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings. No team can play a side from their own association.

Associations with two teams will have clubs paired to split matches over Tuesdays and Wednesdays - and two pairing will be made for associations with four or more teams to accommodate TV audiences. That means Man City and United should play on separate days.

Zenit cannot be drawn with Dynamo because of a Uefa rule since 2014 keeping Russian and Ukrainian teams apart.

Champions League pots

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Pot One: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Inter Milan, Sporting Lisbon, Lille

Pot Two: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund

Pot Three: Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Benfica, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk

Pot Four: AC Milan, Club Brugge, Wolfsburg, Young Boys, Malmo, Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev, Sheriff Tiraspol

When is the draw?

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Date: The Champions League group-stage draw takes place today - Thursday, August 26, 2021 - in Istanbul, Turkey.

UK time: The draw will commence at 5pm BST.

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With everything that went on over the summer with Euro 2020, it feels like an awfully long time ago that Chelsea were edging out Manchester City in that all-English final at the end of last season.

And perhaps that’s no bad thing - the previous season’s pandemic-delayed conclusion meant that the qualifying rounds for one tournament had begun before the final of the last had even been played.

Either way, the return of Europe’s premier club competition is not far away...

Here we go

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You can almost hear the music already.

It’s Champions League draw day. Are you ready?

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