Champions League football is back for the 2022/23 season and the biggest teams in Europe will soon find out their opponents when the draw for the group stage takes place.
Reigning champions Real Madrid will be looking to win European title number 15 after beating Liverpool in last year’s final in Paris.
The Spanish giants are joined by the likes of Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus in a star-studded lineup.
Here is everything you need to know about the Champions League group stage draw.
When is the draw for the Champions League group stage?
The all-important draw for the Champions League group stage will take place on Thursday, August 25 at 5pm.
The draw is being held in Istanbul, which will host the final in June 2023 at the city’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium.
The first round of group stage matches will take place on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7, with the second round of matches scheduled for the following week.
This year’s Champions League group stage will take just eight weeks to complete instead of the usual 12, as players must be released to their national teams by Sunday, November 13 in preparation for the start of the World Cup on November 20.
How can I watch the Champions League draw?
The Champions League draw is available for UK viewers to watch on BT Sport, who once again will have the exclusive rights to show European matches in the UK.
BT will show the draw in full, as well as giving their own expert opinion before and after the draw has taken place.
Who is in the Champions League group stage?
The lineup of teams taking part in this year’s Champions League has not yet been finalised, and will only be known once the qualification play-off round has been completed on August 24.
Last year’s Europa League finalists Rangers will be hoping to book their place in the draw by making it through their play-off tie against Dutch side PSV.
The teams will be drawn into four pots of eight, with the top two sides progressing to the knockout round and the third placed team dropping down into the Europa League.
The teams confirmed so far for the 2022/23 Champions League are as follows:
- Manchester City
- Atletico Madrid
- Real Madrid
- Bayern Munich
- Borussia Dortmund
- Eintracht Frankfurt
- Sporting CP
- Club Brugge
- Shakhtar Donetsk
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