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The field of 32 teams for the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League is set. All eyes now shift to the group stage draw in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday, Aug. 26.
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The 32 team names will be split up into four different pots and a name will be drawn from each to give shape to the eight Champions League groups. The one major caveat: No club can play a team from its own country in the group stage.
Each team will play a total of six group-stage matches with the top two teams in each group advancing to the Champions League Round of 16 in February 2022. The team that finishes in third place in each group is eliminated, but the consolation prize is that it will drop into the UEFA Europa League knockout stage to face one of the Europa League group-stage runners-up.
WATCH: Champions League group stage draw on fuboTV
The Champions League group-stage matches will be played in the following six windows: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 7-8.
How to watch Champions League group stage draw
Date: Thursday, Aug. 26Time: 12 p.m. ETTV Channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)Spanish-language TV: TUDN
CBS will carry the Champions League draw live on CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) and streaming on all its platforms. Univision will do the same on TUDN.
The TUDN and CBSSN feeds will be streamed live on fuboTV (free 7-day trial).
Team pots for group stage draw
The 32 teams are divided into four pots containing eight teams each. A name from each pot will be drawn for each of Group A through Group H.
The eight teams in Pot 1 are predetermined: The pot will consist of the Champions League holders (Chelsea), the Europa League holders (Villarreal CF) and the champions of the top six-ranked associations: Spain (Atletico Madrid), England (Manchester City), Germany (Bayern Munich), Italy (Inter Milan), France (Lille), and Portugal (Sporting CP).
The rest of the pots are broken out based on each club’s UEFA club coefficients. Here’s the list of teams in each pot in the order of their coefficient score.
Bayern Munich (Germany) – 134Manchester City (England) – 125Atlético Madrid (Spain) – 115Chelsea (England) – 98Villarreal (Spain / UEFA Europa League holders) – 63Inter Milan (Italy) – 53Sporting CP (Portugal) – 45.5LOSC Lille (France) – 14
Real Madrid (Spain) – 127FC Barcelona (Spain) – 122Juventus (Italy) – 120Manchester United (England) – 113Paris Saint-Germain (France) – 113Liverpool (England) – 101Sevilla (Spain) – 98Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – 90
FC Porto (Portugal) – 87Ajax (Netherlands) – 82.5Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) – 79RB Leipzig (Germany) – 66RB Salzburg (Austria) – 59Benfica (Portugal) – 58Atalanta (Italy) – 50.5Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) – 50
Besiktas (Turkey) – 49Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) – 47Club Brugge (Belgium) – 35.5BSC Young Boys (Switzerland) – 35AC Milan (Italy) – 31Malmo FF (Sweden) – 18.5VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) – 14.5Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) – 14.5
Teams can”t be drawn into groups against teams from their own country. On top of that, to maximize television audiences UEFA goes a step further to make sure that teams from the same country aren”t drawn into groups that play on the same day. That way Barcelona and Real Madrid, for example, don”t play at the same time, which would cannibalize the TV audience in Spain, let alone around the world.
Here”s how UEFA pulls this off: Organizers have identified the teams they want to ensure play on separate days. If one of those teams is drawn in Groups A-D, then the other team has to be drawn in one of Groups E-H, thus guaranteeing the two teams never play on the same day. The same would be true if one of the flagged teams is drawn in Groups E-H (the other team would then have to be drawn in one of Groups A-D). Here are the teams that UEFA announced will be kept apart:
England: Chelsea & Manchester CityEngland: Manchester United & LiverpoolFrance: LOSC Lille & Paris Saint-GermainGermany: Bayern Munich & Borussia DortmundGermany: RB Leipzig & VfL WolfsburgItaly: Inter Milan & JuventusItaly: Atalanta & AC MilanPortugal: Porto & BenficaSpain: Real Madrid & BarcelonaSpain: Atlético Madrid & SevillaUkraine: Shakhtar Donetsk & Dynamo Kiev
UEFA Champions League clubs by country
|No. of Teams||Country||Qualified Teams|
|5||Spain||Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal|
|4||England||Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea|
|4||Germany||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|4||Italy||Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus|
|3||Portugal||Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica|
|2||France||LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain|
|2||Ukraine||Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk|
|1||Russia||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|1||Switzerland||BSC Young Boys|
How to watch the UEFA Champions League
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be carried in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish).
Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, GalavisionStreaming (English): Paramount+Streaming (Spanish): PrendeTV, TUDN.tv (authenticated users)
Matches that are carried by CBS or Univision TV channels will be streamed on fuboTV (free 7-day trial).