UEFA Champions League draw live updates: 2022/23 group stage fixtures to be announced in Istanbul

 UEFA Champions League draw live updates: 2022/23 group stage fixtures to be announced in Istanbul

UEFA Champions League draw live updates: 2022/23 group stage fixtures to be announced in Istanbul

The road to Istanbul begins in Istanbul, as the draw for the group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League will take place on Thursday, August 25, in the city that will host the final in June 2023.

The 32 clubs that have qualified for the group stage - 26 automatic qualifiers plus six teams that secured a place via the qualifying rounds - will learn their fate when names are drawn from pots at the glittering ceremony.

Eight groups will be formed, with the top two from each group advancing to the knockout rounds.

Given the composition of the pots (see below for the full breakdown), there are guaranteed to be some exciting group matches, including the possibility of last season's finalists - Liverpool and Real Madrid - meeting right away in the group stage.

Newsbcs will be following the event live and providing regular coverage of all the happenings in Istanbul, including full details of the group eliminations.

 Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Group A Ajax Amsterdam Liverpool Napoli 
Group B FC Porto Atletico Madrid Bayer Leverkusen 
Group C Bayern Munich Barcelona Inter Milan 
Group D Eintracht Frankfurt Tottenham Sporting CP 
Group E AC Milan Chelsea RB Salzburg 
Group F Real Madrid RB Leipzig Shakhtar Donetsk 
Group G Manchester City Sevilla B. Dortmund 
Group H PSG Juventus Benfica 

Champions League draw 2022/23 in Turkey 12:43 h ET: Already in pot 3.

Napoli: The first team drawn has four options. A, B, C or D. And they get group A and Liverpool.

FC Salzburg: All seven groups are available for the Austrian team. They get group E.

Benfica: Three options. F, G and H. And they get PSG and Juventus.

Borussia Dortmund: Only Group G is available for the German team.

Bayer Leverkusen: Also has only one choice and that is Group B.

Sporting Lisbon: All three remaining groups are available for them (C, D, F). They join Spurs and Eintracht. 

Shakthar Donetsk: Only one choice left in the face of Inter Milan. It's Real Madrid again.

Inter Milan: the last club joins Bayern and Barcelona. We have our group of death.

12:34 PM ET: Pot 2 is up. Here are the teams in order of selection:

RB Leipzig: They had a choice of groups E, F, G or H and have ended up in group F. It is the first time they will face Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Juventus: only group G and H are the options and they get PSG. Angel Di Maria will meet his ex-club.

Tottenham Hotspur: Have 5 options A-E. And it's group D. Eintracht for Spurs.

Liverpool: Three options for the Reds. A, B or C. And it's group A with Ajax.

Sevilla: Three options - B, C and G. The Spaniards get G against Man City.

Barcelona: They have only two options, B or C. And the Blaugrana gets to face Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski meets his ex-club!

Chelsea: There is only one option for the Blues, and that is with AC Milan in Group C

Atletico Madrid: And in Group B, it's once again against FC Porto.

12:28 PM ET: Ajax Amsterdam is the first name drawn, followed by FC Porto, Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and the rest. Each name takes the next group. No problems with pot 1, now it's pot 2's turn.

Group A: Ajax Amsterdam

Group B: FC Porto

Group C: Bayern Munich

Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt

Group E: AC Milan

Group F: Real Madrid

Group G: Manchester City

Group H: PSG 12:25 p.m. ET: It is clear from the explanatory video that this is a computerized draw that takes into account country conflicts, TV pairings and other considerations. It's all about the computer. Pot 1 comes first.

12:21 PM ET: UEFA's head of competition, deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti, is now on stage explaining the draw procedure. A video is played to clarify the details.

12:16 ET: Turkish international Hamit Altintop and former Man City star Yaya Toure are introduced. They will be involved in the draw.

12:11 p.m. ET: After a special video, Arrigo Sacchi comes on stage to receive the award. "I never thought this would happen," he says. "I have always done my best."

Sacchi says there are teams abroad that come closest to his soccer philosophy, even more so than the teams in his native Italy. He insists that the sport must entertain and provide excitement.

12:07 p.m. ET: They start with an award and that is the President's Award. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin explains why he decided to honor Arrigo Sacchi, calling him a visionary.

12:02 p.m. ET: The broadcast has begun. Co-hosts Pedro Pinto and Reshmin Chowdhury kick things off and immediately begin a recap of the highlights of 2021/22.

11:45 AM ET: Nice little tidbit from Squawka. Teams that were perfect in the group stage. There have only been 10 in history, and three of them last season.

11am ET: A reminder that three awards will also be presented at the event. Men's Player of the Year, Men's Coach of the Year, and a special President's Award.

8:30 AM ET: It's been a while since this has happened. The group stage will be more entertaining if both are there.

6 AM ET: We are six hours away from finding out if the following groups can become reality.

Champions League pots: how the 32 teams are seeded

There are four pots from which groups A to H are drawn. There are eight teams in each pot:

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
Real Madrid
(Champions League)
Liverpool (2)Borussia Dortmund (19)Rangers (33)
Eintracht Frankfurt
(Europa League)
Chelsea (5)RB Salzburg (21)Dinamo Zagreb (34)
Manchester City
(1st, England)
Barcelona (6)Shakhtar Donetsk (22)Olympique Marseille (38)
AC Milan
(1st, Italy)
Juventus (8)Inter Milan (23)FC Copenhagen (41)
Bayern Munich
(1st, Germany)
Atletico Madrid (9)Napoli (25)Club Brugge (44)
(1st, France)
Sevilla (12)Benfica (27)Celtic (51)
(1st, Portugal)
RB Leipzig (13)Sporting CP (28)Viktoria Plzen (55)
(1st, Netherlands)
Tottenham (14)Bayer Leverkusen (30)Maccabi Haifa (169)

Here you can see how the teams landed in the individual pots:

Pot 1

Pot 1 consists of the defending Champions League (Real Madrid) and Europa League (Eintracht Frankfurt) champions, as well as the reigning champions of the six countries at the top of the UEFA country coefficient list.

Since Real Madrid is both the Spanish champion (a top-six nation) and the defending UEFA Champions League champion, the spot reserved for the Spanish champion in pot 1 is allocated to the next best nation in the country coefficient list. In this case, that is the Netherlands and its reigning Eredivisie champion Ajax, who have been promoted to pot 1.

Pots 2-4

Pots 2, 3 and 4 are based on the UEFA Club Coefficient List, a ranking based on a mathematical formula that takes into account each club's performance in domestic and continental competitions over the past five years. Each club's UEFA club coefficient ranking is shown in brackets for pots 2-4.

Can teams from the same country be drawn into the same group?

Clubs from the same country cannot be drawn into the same group and must be placed in the next available place in another group.

This applies to 24 of the 32 participating clubs that are from countries that have multiple participants, as indicated in the list below:

No. of
5GermanyBayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen,
RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt
4EnglandManchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham
4ItalyAC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Juventus
4SpainReal Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
3PortugalBenfica, Porto, Sporting CP
2FrancePSG, Olympique Marseille
2ScotlandCeltic, Rangers
1AustriaRB Salzburg
1BelgiumClub Brugge
1CroatiaDinamo Zagreb
1Czech RepViktoria Plzen
1DenmarkFC Copenhagen
1IsraelMaccabi Haifa
1UkraineShakhtar Donetsk

TV Pairings: Teams that cannot play at the same time.

In addition, UEFA has paired certain clubs from the same nation to ensure that they do not play at the same time during the group stage (to optimize ratings).

Thus, if one of the teams listed below is drawn into groups A-D, the opposing team will automatically be assigned to one of groups E-H and vice versa: 

Real Madrid and Barcelona 

Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig 

Manchester City and Liverpool

AC Milan and Napoli 

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund 

Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille 

FC Porto and Benfica 

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur 

Juventus and Inter Milan 

Atletico Madrid and Sevilla 

Champions League draw TV channel, live stream

The UEFA Champions League 2022/23 group stage draw will take place on August 25 at 18:00 local time in Istanbul, Turkey.

The event will be televised in the UK and the US and can be streamed in other regions.

CountryDateTimeTV channelStreaming
AustraliaFri, Aug. 2602:00 AEST —Stan Sport
CanadaThurs, Aug. 2512:00 ET —DAZN
Hong KongFri, Aug. 2600:00 HKT —UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
IndiaThurs, Aug. 2521:30 IST —UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
MalaysiaFri, Aug. 2600:00 MYT —UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
New ZealandFri, Aug. 2604:00 NZST —UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
SingaporeFri, Aug. 2600:00 SST —UEFA.tv, UEFA YouTube
UKThurs, Aug. 2517:00 BSTBT Sport 1BT Sport site/app
USAThurs, Aug. 2512:00 ETTUDNfuboTV, Vix+, Paramount+,
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When does the Champions League start?

The group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League will open on September 6 and 7 with the first matchday. All matches will be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

What makes this season's schedule special is that all six group stage matchdays will take place within eight weeks of each other to complete the group stage before the break for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held for the first time in November and December.

Here are the key dates to circle in your calendar when it comes to Champions League group stage matches:

1Sept. 6-7, 2022
2Sept. 13-14, 2022
3Oct. 4-5, 2022
4Oct. 11-12, 2022
5Oct. 25-26, 2022
6Nov. 1-2, 2022

Match schedule of the knockout phase

The draw for the round of 16 of the 2022/23 Champions League will take place on November 7, 2022, just a few days after the conclusion of the group stage. 

The draw for the remaining rounds (quarterfinals and semifinals) of the 2022/23 Champions League round of 16 will take place on March 17, 2023.

Round1st Leg2nd Leg
Round of 16Feb. 14-22, 2023Mar. 7-15, 2023
Quarter-finalsApr. 11-12, 2023Apr. 18-19, 2023
Semi-finalsMay 9-10, 2023May 16-17, 2023
FinalJune 10, 2023 (Istanbul, Turkey)

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