UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw for the 2023/24 Season

Champions Collide: The Inside Scoop

The most anticipated event for football enthusiasts worldwide, the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, unfolded in grandeur Thursday, August 31st, at the iconic Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. With the clock striking 18:00 CET (Central European Time), the excitement was palpable as fans and clubs eagerly awaited the momentous event.

That’s 32 Teams Into 4 Pots

The draw showcased a dazzling array of 32 teams, a mix of 26 automatic qualifiers and six victors from the fierce qualifying rounds. Distinguished by their Champions League team stats, these clubs held their breath as the 4 pots were unveiled.

The 32 Clubs

ENG EnglandESP SpainESP ItalyGER GermanyFRA France
Arsenal
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle
Atlético
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Real Sociedad
Sevilla
Inter
Lazio
Milan
Napoli
Bayern
Dortmund
Leipzig
Union Berlin
Lens
Paris
POR PortugalNED NetherlandsNED AustriaNED ScotlandSRB Serbia
Benfica
Braga
Porto
Feyenoord
PSV
SalzburgCelticCrvena zvezda
BEL UkraineBEL BelgiumSUI SwitzerlandDEN DenmarkSUI Turkey
Shakhtar DonetskAntwerp Young BoysCopenhagenGalatasaray

In the spotlight, Pot 1 stood tall, housing the reigning champions, conquerors of the UEFA Europa League, and six domestic titans. The intricate dance continued with Pots 2 to 4, shaped by the pulse of the club coefficient rankings.

The 4 Pots

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Manchester City (ENG)Real Madrid CF (ESP)FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)BSC Young Boys (SUI)
Sevilla FC (ESP)Manchester United (ENG)FC Salzburg (AUT)Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP)
FC Barcelona (ESP)FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)AC Milan (ITA)Galatasaray A.Ş. (TUR)
SSC Napoli (ITA)Borussia Dortmund (GER)SC Braga (POR)Celtic FC (SCO)
FC Bayern München (GER)Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)PSV Eindhoven (NED)Newcastle United FC (ENG)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)RB Leipzig (GER)S.S. Lazio (ITA)FC Union Berlin (GER)
SL Benfica (POR)FC Porto (POR)FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)Royal Antwerp FC (BEL)
Feyenoord (NED)Arsenal FC (ENG)F.C. Copenhagen (DEN)RC Lens (FRA)

The Groups Drawn: Who Faces Who?

Fair play reigned supreme as the Champions League group stage draw unfolded, ensuring no team could spar with a familiar face from their own association. Clubs from the same nation were destined to take the field on separate days, adding more intrigue to the unfolding drama.

The Groups Drawn

As it stands, these are the groups drawn at the ceremony.

UEFA Champions League Groups

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
FC Bayern MunchenSevilla FCSSC NapoliSL Benfica
Manchester United FCArsenal FCReal Madrid FCInter Milan
FC CopenhagenPSV EindhovenSC BragaFC Red Bull Salzburg
GalatasarayRC LensFC Union BerlinReal Sociedad
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
FeyenoordParis Saint-GermainManchester City FCFC Barcelona
Atletico de MadridBorussia DortmundRB LeipzigFC Porto
LazioAC MilanCrvena zvezdaShakhtar Donetsk
Celtic FCNewcastle United FCYoung BoysRoyal Antwerp

And the Awards Go To…

As the curtain lifted on this extraordinary Champions League group stage draw event, a flurry of awards took center stage. Amidst the excitement, the prestigious 2022/23 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year, and UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year awards were bestowed upon the deserving icons of the beautiful game. The revelry didn’t stop there; the 2023 UEFA President’s Award found its recipient in the form of Miroslav Klose, honored by none other than the visionary UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw for 2023/24 holds the key to an electrifying, long-winded event that’s a gift that keeps on giving, where champions unite, fixtures ignite, and accolades take flight. Don’t. Miss. It!

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