The 2022-23 campaign starts for 32 clubs

These are the results of the Champions League group stage draw originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The stage is set for the biggest club tournament in world football.

The UEFA Champions League held its group stage draw for the 2022-23 season in Istanbul on Thursday as the 32 UCL clubs were divided into eight groups of four.

Champions Real Madrid landed in Group F alongside RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic. Los Blancos will be looking to win a record-extending 15th Champions League title in 2022-23.

The club beaten by Real Madrid in last year’s UCL final, Liverpool, have been placed in Group A with Ajax, Napoli and Rangers.

Group C has the best chance of being called ‘the group of death’ as ​​it boasts the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan, along with Viktoria Plzen.

Group G, meanwhile, will pit Manchester City star Erling Haaland against his former club Borussia Dortmund.

See the results of the Champions League draw in detail:

What are the Champions League groups for 2022-23?

Group A

Ajax

Liverpool

Naples

Rangers

Group B

Porto

Atletico MADRID

Bayer Leverkusen

Club Brugge

Group C

Bayern Munich

Barcelona

Inter Milan

Victoria Plzen

Group D

Eintracht Frankfurt

Tottenham

Sporting Lisbon

Marseille

Group E

Milan

Chelsea

RB Salzburg

Dinamo Zagreb

Group F

Real Madrid

RB Leipzig

Shakhtar Donetsk

Celtic

Group C

City of Manchester

Seville

Borussia Dortmund

Copenhagen

Group H

Paris Saint Germain

Juventus

Benfica

Maccabi Haifa

How does the Champions League draw work?

Similar to the World Cup draw, the 32 teams were divided into four pots based on ranking, and teams were then drawn from those pots into eight groups.

Each of the groups is led by one of the teams from Pot 1, which consists of last year’s Champions League winner (Real Madrid), last year’s Europa League winner (Eintracht Frankfurt) and the winner of the top leagues in England, Italy , Germany, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. (Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax moved up to Pot 1 because Real Madrid won both the Champions League and Spain’s top league, La Liga, last season.)

No team from the same country could enter the same group.

Who were the Champions League draw pots?

Container 1

Real Madrid

Eintracht Frankfurt

City of Manchester

Milan

Bayern Munich

PSG

Porto

Ajax

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Liverpool

Chelsea

Barcelona

Juventus

Atletico MADRID

Seville

RB Leipzig

Tottenham

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Borussia Dortmund

RB Salzburg

Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter Milan

Naples

Benfica

Sporting Lisbon

Bayer Leverkusen

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Rangers

Dinamo Zagreb

Marseille

Copenhagen

Club Brugge

Celtic

Victoria Plzen

Maccabi Haifa

When are the Champions League group stage matches?

UEFA Champions League 2022-23 action kicks off with Matchday 1 on September 6-7. Here is the full group stage schedule:

Competitive 1st: 6-7 Sept

Competitive 2nd: September 13-14

Competitive 3rd: 4-5 Oct

Competitive 4th: 11-12 Oct

Competitive 5th: 25-26 Oct

Competitive 6th: 1-2 Nov

When are the Champions League knockout stage matches?

After the group stage, the top 16 teams will advance to the knockout stage. These matches will be determined by a draw on 7 November 2022, for the round of 16 matches to be played between 14 and 22 February 2023.

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