Champions League: Group stage draw – live!  |  Champions League

Champions League: Group stage draw – live! | Champions League

Champions League: Group stage draw – live!  |  Champions League

The draw for the group stage of the 2022-23 Champions League takes place at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul this evening. The seeded pots look like this …

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  • Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, Porto, Ajax

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  • Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham

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  • Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Bayer Leverkusen

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  • Pot 4: Rangers, Marseille, Copenhagen, Bruges, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen, Maccabi Haifa, Dinamo Zagreb

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… and the usual rules apply. Teams from Pot 1 will be drawn into Groups A to H, then teams from the next three Pots in turn are plucked from the bowls of destiny. When a team from Pots 2, 3 and 4 are picked, a computer immediately dumps them into the first available group, taking restrictions into account. Those being: two teams from the same country can’t face each other, while certain pairings from the same country must play on different nights for TV purposes. Don’t ask, life’s too short, that’s why the computer’s going to deal with it.

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The draw is scheduled to begin at 7pm in Istanbul, which is 5pm BST. It won’t, of course, there will be a spirit-sapping amount of pomp, pish, faff and filler before anyone deigns to get down to business. But as soon as those damn balls are plucked, pulled apart, the paper within them unspooled, the names on the paper read out, and the teams assigned to groups, you’ll be the first to know. It’s on!

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Key events

More on this TV pairing thing. We might as well, we have time to kill. To ensure that certain clubs from the same country do not clutter the TV schedule on the same day, UEFA made 11 pairings. The eight groups are distinguished by color – A to D red, E to H blue – and when a paired club is drawn into, say, one of the red groups, the computer will ensure that the other paired club is assigned to blue. Headache. The pairings are as follows:

  • Real Madrid and Barcelona

  • Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig

  • Manchester City and Liverpool

  • AC Milan and Napoli

  • Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

  • PSG and Marseilles

  • Porto and Benfica

  • Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

  • Juventus and Internazionale

  • Atlético Madrid and Sevilla

  • Rangers and Celtic

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The timetable. This year’s group stage takes place in a nine-week window, instead of the usual three months. The things we do for Qatar. The first day will take place on Tuesday September 6, the last on Wednesday November 2. Here are the dates in your diary…

  • Day 1: September 6 and 7

  • Day 2: September 13 and 14

  • Day 3: October 4 and 5

  • Day 4: October 11 and 12

  • Day 5: October 25 and 26

  • Day 6: November 1 and 2

…then after everyone collapses at the World Cup, competition resumes later than usual. Here’s how the rest goes:

  • Round of 16: February 14 and 15; March 7 and 8

  • Round of 16: February 21 and 22; March 14 and 15

  • Quarter-finals: April 11 and 12; April 18 and 19

  • Semi-finals: May 9 and 10; May 16 and 17

Then the final on Saturday June 10, 2023, at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. As a great man once wondered after pondering the mechanics of an unnecessarily complicated draw: who is it going to be?

Preamble

The draw for the 2022-23 Champions League group stage takes place tonight at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul. Seeded pots look like this…

  • Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, Porto, Ajax

  • Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham

  • Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Naples, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Bayer Leverkusen

  • Pot 4: Rangers, Marseille, Copenhagen, Bruges, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen, Maccabi Haifa, Dinamo Zagreb

…and the usual rules apply. Teams from Pot 1 will be drawn into Groups A-H, then teams from the next three Pots will in turn be drawn from the Fate Bowls. When a team from pots 2, 3 and 4 is chosen, a computer immediately places it in the first available group, taking into account the restrictions. These being: two teams from the same country cannot play against each other, while certain pairs from the same country must play on different nights for television purposes. Don’t ask, life is too short, that’s why the computer will take care of it.

The draw is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Istanbul, which is 5 p.m. BST. It won’t, of course, there will be an amount of glitz, pish, faff and filler before anyone deigns to get to work. But as soon as those damn balls are ripped out, pulled apart, the paper inside unrolled, the names on the paper read, and the teams assigned to the groups, you’ll be the first to know. It’s on!

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