The 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage draw will take place today, August 25. The draw ceremony is being held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Twenty-six teams qualified automatically for the Champions League group stage via their 2021/22 league position, while six further teams booked their places via the play-offs.
Pot 1: Ajax, Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, PSG, Porto, Real Madrid
Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, Liverpool, RB Leipzig, Sevilla, Tottenham
Pot 3: Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sporting
Pot 4: Celtic, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Maccabi Haifa, Marseille, Viktoria Plzen, Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb
This is a thread for this season’s UEFA Champions League Draw. Join the discussion and share your views.
Sarina Wiegman is named UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year
Sarina Wiegman is the only manager in European Championship history to win a senior tournament with two different nations.
UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year.
Carlo Ancelotti is the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year
◉ First manager to win a league title in each of Europe’s top five divisions
◉ First manager to win four Champions League finals
◉ First manager to win four UEFA Super Cup finals
Carlo Ancelotti is the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year.
0 - Liverpool have never previously faced Rangers in a competitive match. The Reds’ only previous European Cup/Champions League meeting with a Scottish opponent was in the 1980-81 last 16, beating Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen 5-0 on aggregate en route to winning the title. First.
3 - Each of the last three European meetings between Chelsea and Milan have been drawn, with their last coming in the 1999-00 Champions League first group stage. Throwback.
Alexia Putellas is the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year
Karim Benzema is the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
Alexia Putellas’ 2021/22 season by numbers:
◎ 42 goals
◎ 21 assists
◎ Ballon d’Or
◎ UCL Golden Boot
◎ The Best Women’s Player
◉ UEFA Women’s Player of the Year
Another award for Alexia.
Karim Benzema’s 2021/22 season for club & country:
◎ 50 goals
◎ 16 assists
◎ Nations League
◎ Champions League
◎ UCL Player of the Season
◎ UCL Golden Boot
◎ Pichichi Trophy
◉ UEFA Men’s Player of the Year
8 - Man City have won each of their last eight Champions League home games against German opponents; those eight games have seen a combined 39 goals, with the Citizens scoring 30 and conceding nine. Expectant.
Ancelotti never fails to hit the
Name a better duo, we’ll wait
BAYERN AND BARCELONA IN THE SAME GROUP
It just had to happen
Alexia Putellas wins back-to-back UEFA Women’s Player of the Year awards
Led England to their first major trophy since 1966.
Sarina Wiegman is the UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year
Erling Haaland’s #UCL record for Dortmund:
◉ 13 games
◉ 15 goals
◉ 2 assists
Goals guaranteed when he returns to Germany.