The UEFA Champions League group stage draw for the 2023/24 season took place on August 31, 2023, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The draw resulted in some interesting matchups, with some teams being labeled as winners and others as losers. Here are some highlights from the draw:
– Arsenal, who were drawn in Group A alongside Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Club Brugge.
– Manchester City, who were drawn in Group C alongside Ajax, RB Leipzig, and Benfica.
– Barcelona, who were drawn in Group D alongside Juventus, Dynamo Kyiv, and Young Boys.
– Real Madrid, who were drawn in Group G alongside Porto, Lille, and Ludogorets.
– Newcastle, who were drawn in Group F alongside PSG, Borussia Dortmund, and AC Milan.
– Manchester United, who were drawn in Group B alongside Bayern Munich, FC Copenhagen, and Galatasaray.
The draw also resulted in two “Groups of Death,” which are groups that are particularly difficult due to the quality of the teams in them. Group F, which includes PSG, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, and Newcastle, is one of the groups of death. The other group of death is Group B, which includes Bayern Munich, Manchester United, FC Copenhagen, and Galatasaray.
The Champions League draw has set the stage for an exciting season, with some intriguing matchups to look forward to. Here are some additional highlights from the draw:
– Liverpool, who won the Champions League in the 2021/22 season, were drawn in Group E alongside Inter Milan, Olympiacos, and Zenit St. Petersburg.
– PSG, who lost to Liverpool in the final of the 2021/22 season, were drawn in Group F alongside Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, and Newcastle.
– Bayern Munich, who won the Champions League in the 2019/20 season, were drawn in Group B alongside Manchester United, FC Copenhagen, and Galatasaray.
– Manchester City, who lost to Bayern Munich in the final of the 2019/20 season, were drawn in Group C alongside Ajax, RB Leipzig, and Benfica.
The group stage fixtures will begin on September 12, 2023, and will conclude on December 6, 2023. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stages, which will begin in February 2024.
In conclusion, the Champions League draw for the 2023/24 season has set the stage for an exciting competition, with some intriguing matchups to look forward to. The draw resulted in some teams being labeled as winners and others as losers, and two “Groups of Death” emerged. The group stage fixtures will begin on September 12, 2023, and will conclude on December 6, 2023, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the knockout stages.
How the UEFA Champions League Draw for the 2023/24 Season was made
The draw for the UEFA Champions League groups, which took place on August 31st, divided the 32 hopeful teams into four pots. Here are the pairings and key dates for this season’s matches and draws:
1. Manchester City (ENG, Champions League holders)
2. Sevilla (ESP, Europa League holders)
3. Barcelona (ESP)
4. Napoli (ITA)
5. Bayern München (GER)
6. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
7. Benfica (POR)
8. Feyenoord (NED)
1. Real Madrid (ESP)
2. Manchester United (ENG)
3. Inter (ITA)
4. Dortmund (GER)
5. Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
6. Leipzig (GER)
7. Porto (POR)
8. Arsenal (ENG)
1. Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
2. Salzburg (AUT)
3. Milan (ITA)
4. Braga (POR)
5. PSV (NED)
6. Lazio (ITA)
7. Crvena zvezda (SRB)
8. Copenhagen (DEN)
1. Young Boys (SUI)
2. Real Sociedad (ESP)
3. Galatasaray (TUR)
4. Celtic (SCO)
5. Newcastle (ENG)
6. Union Berlin (GER)
7. Antwerp (BEL)
8. Lens (FRA)
The pairings for the groups are as follows:
Group A: Manchester City & Manchester United
Group B: Sevilla & Atlético
Group C: Barcelona & Real Madrid
Group D: Napoli & Lazio
Group E: Bayern & Dortmund
Group F: Paris & Lens
Group G: Benfica & Porto
Group H: Feyenoord & PSV
The match and draw dates for this season’s UEFA Champions League are as follows:
Group Stage Matches:
– Matchday 1: September 19–20, 2023
– Matchday 2: October 3–4, 2023
– Matchday 3: October 24–25, 2023
– Matchday 4: November 7–8, 2023
– Matchday 5: November 28–29, 2023
– Matchday 6: December 12–13, 2023
Champions League Draw Dates:
– Round of 16: December 18, 2023
– Quarter-finals & semi-finals draw: March 15, 2024
Knockout Phase Matches:
– Round of 16: February 13/14/20/21 & March 5/6/12/13, 2024
– Quarter-finals: April 9/10 & 16/17, 2024
– Semi-finals: April 30/May 1 & May 7/8, 2024
– Final: June 1, 2024
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