UEFA Champions League draw: Live updates as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and more discover their group stage fates
The draw for this year’s Champions League group stage takes place at 12 p.m. ET at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Defending champion Real Madrid will learn its opponents, along with fellow giants Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City and PSG. In total, 32 teams from across Europe will learn the group stage fates as the names are drawn.
One team that could be more interested than others in how this draw goes is Liverpool, which is in Pot 3 and could see itself placed in a so-called “group of death” alongside the very strong sides in Pots 1 and 2. Some prize for making the final last season, huh?
Here are the seeding arrangements for each of the 32 participating teams:
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Man City, Juventus, Paris St Germain, Lokomotiv Moscow
Pot 2: Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Man United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Benfica, Napoli, Tottenham, Roma
Pot 3: Liverpool, Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, Ajax, CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia
Pot 4: Viktoria Plzen, Brugge, Galatasaray, Young Boys, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim, Red Star Belgrade, AEK Athens
There are four pots of eight teams, and one team from each pot will form a group to create eight groups in total – and teams from the same national association are not allowed face each other in the group stage.
The stars are out in force in Monaco
Reminder that you can catch the UEFA Champions League draw live on DAZN. It’s free for the first month!
OK, let’s get into this. The broadcast is started…
(All times Eastern)
12:09 p.m. – A recap of last year’s tournament is being played at the Grimaldi Forum. Real Madrid fans are surely loving re-living this.
12:12 p.m. – The President’s Award is up first.
12:15 p.m. – David Beckham is the recipient of this year’s President’s Award.
12:21 p.m. – The Goalkeeper of the Season Award goes to Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas.
12:27 p.m. – Kaka and Diego Forlan will be the one selecting the balls from the bowls for this draw.
12:28 p.m. – The draw is starting!
12:30 p.m. – PSG is the first team drawn. The Parisians are placed in Group C.
12:31 p.m. – Defending champ Real Madrid will be in Group G.
12:32 p.m. – Bayern Munich will be in Group E. Will we see Canadian phenom Alphonso Davies in the Champions League after he transfers to the German giant in January?
12:33 p.m. – Barcelona gets drawn into Group B.
12:34 p.m. – Atletico Madrid headlines Group A.
12:35 p.m. – Juventus is the first team in Group H.
12:36 p.m. – Manchester City is drawn into Group F, which means Lokomotiv Moscow headlines Group D.
12:37 p.m. – Pot 1 is complete. The Defender of the Season Award is up next.
12:38 p.m. – Sergio Ramos is named Defender of the Year, making it two for two for Real Madrid so far.
12:41 p.m. – On to Pot 2… Porto is drawn first, and the Portuguese side will join Lokomtiv Moscow in Group D.
12:42 p.m. – Roma to Group G, with Real Madrid. Tough draw!
12:43 p.m. – Manchester United is drawn next. The Red Devils are drawn into Group H alongside Juventus.
12:44 p.m. – Borussia Dortmund to Group A. Atletico Madrid is the other club drawn into that group so far.
12:45 p.m. – Shakhtar Donetsk joins Manchester City in Group F.
12:46 p.m. – Benfica into Group E, where Bayern Munich awaits.
12:47 p.m. – Group C adds Napoli, which already had PSG as the Pot 1 representative.
12:48 p.m. – Tottenham Hotspur is the last team left, and it’ll head to Group B with Barcelona.
12:49 p.m. – Luka Modric is named Midfielder of the Year. I’m sensing a theme among these award winners. 🤔
12:50 p.m. – We’re halfway through the draw. Here’s how things currently stand.
12:51 p.m. – Lyon is the first team out of Pot 3. The French outfit is drawn into Group F with Man City and Shakhtar.
12:52 p.m. – CSKA Moscow is up next, going into Group G. Real Madrid and Roma await.
12:53 p.m. – FC Schalke is drawn into Group D with Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Porto.
12:54 p.m. – Valencia draws Group H, with Juventus and Man Utd.
12:55 p.m. – PSV Eindhoven gets into Group B, also featuring Barcelona and Spurs.
12:56 p.m. – Ajax of Amsterdam is allocated to Group E with Bayern and Benfica.
12:57 p.m. – Monaco gets Group A with Atletico and Dortmund.
12:58 p.m. – Liverpool into Group C, with PSG and Napoli.
12:59 p.m. – Who else? Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League Forward of the Season.
1:00 p.m. – Hoffenheim is first out of Pot 4 and into Group F with Man City, Shakhtar and Lyon.
1:01 p.m. – Galatasaray gets Group D, alongside Lokomtiv Moscow, Porto and Schalke.
1:02 p.m. – BSC Young Boys into Group H with Juventus, Man Utd and Valencia.
1:03 p.m. – Red Star Belgrade gets drawn into Group C, which also has PSG, Napoli and Liverpool. Canada national team goalkeeper Milan Borjan is Red Star’s No. 1.
1:04 p.m. – Club Brugge gets Group A, and Atletico, Dortmund and Monaco.
1:05 p.m. – Viktoria Plzen into Group G. Real Madrid, Roma and CSKA Moscow await.