This article details the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage.
The group stage featured 32 teams: the 22 automatic qualifiers and the 10 winners of the play-off round (five through the Champions Route, five through the League Route).
The teams were drawn into eight groups of four, and played each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays were 13–14 September, 27–28 September, 18–19 October, 1–2 November, 22–23 November, and 6–7 December 2011.
The top two teams in each group advanced to the first knockout round, while the third-placed teams dropped down to the Europa League round of 32.
The draw for the group stage was held at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco on 25 August 2011 at 17:45 CEST (UTC+02:00).
Teams were seeded into four pots based on their 2011 UEFA club coefficients. The title holders, Barcelona, were automatically seeded into Pot 1. Pot 1 held teams ranked 1–9, Pot 2 held teams ranked 10–24, Pot 3 held teams ranked 31–83, while Pot 4 held teams ranked 86–200 and unranked teams.
th Title Holder. The title holder automatically gets the top position of seeding list.
CR Qualified through Champions Route
LR Qualified through League Route
For the group stage draw, teams from the same national association cannot be drawn against each other. Moreover, the draw was controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage.
The fixtures were decided after the draw. On each matchday, four groups played their matches on Tuesday, while the other four groups played their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) alternating between each matchday. There are other restrictions, e.g., teams from the same city (e.g. Milan and Internazionale, which also share a stadium) do not play at home on the same matchday (UEFA tries to avoid teams from the same city playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days), and Russian teams do not play at home on the last matchday due to cold weather.Tie-breaking criteria
If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria would be applied to determine the rankings:
Times up to 29 October 2011 (matchdays 1–3) are CEST (UTC+02:00), thereafter (matchdays 4–6) times are CET (UTC+01:00).
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The 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw has been made, with highlights including Bayern v Paris, Chelsea v AtlГ©tico, Juventus v Barcelona and Real Madrid v Dortmund.Article top media content
The 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw has been made in Monaco.
Group A: Benfica (POR), Manchester United (ENG), Basel (SUI), CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Group B: Bayern MГјnchen (GER), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Anderlecht (BEL), Celtic (SCO)
Group C: Chelsea (ENG), AtlГ©tico Madrid (ESP), Roma (ITA), QarabaДџ (AZE)
Group D: Juventus (ITA), Barcelona (ESP), Olympiacos (GRE), Sporting CP (POR)
Group E: Spartak Moskva (RUS), Sevilla (ESP), Liverpool (ENG), Maribor (SVN)
Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Manchester City (ENG), Napoli (ITA), Feyenoord (NED)
Group G: Monaco (FRA), Porto (POR), BeЕџiktaЕџ (TUR), RB Leipzig (GER)
Group H: Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), APOEL (CYP)
Road to Kyiv
Matchday one: 12/13 September
Matchday two: 26/27 September
Matchday three: 17/18 October
Matchday four: 31 October/1 November
Matchday five: 21/22 November
Matchday six: 5/6 December
First legs: 13/14 & 20/21 February
Second legs: 6/7 & 13/14 March
First legs: 3/4 April
Second legs: 10/11 April
Semi-finals, first legs: 24/25 April
Semi-finals, second legs: 1/2 May
Final (NSK Olimpiyski, Kyiv): 26 May
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The 2007–08 UEFA Champions League was the 16th season of UEFA's premier European club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, since it was rebranded in 1992, and the 53rd tournament overall.
The final was played on 21 May 2008 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where Manchester United played against Chelsea, making it an all-English final for the first time in the history of the European Cup. Manchester United won the match 6–5 on penalties, following a 1–1 draw after extra time.Qualification
Seventy-six teams participated in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League from UEFA's 53 member associations. Each association enters a certain number of clubs to the Champions League based on its league coefficient; associations with a higher league coefficients may enter more clubs than associations with a lower league coefficient, but no association may enter more than four teams. All UEFA associations are guaranteed to have at least one team qualify, with the exception of Liechtenstein, which competes in the Swiss league system, but has no team in the Swiss Super League. One new nation entered their league champion in this year's tournament: Montenegro, following the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro. The champions from San Marino and Andorra also entered from this year onwards. Below is the qualification scheme for the 2007–08 Champions League: [ 1 ]
First qualifying round: (28 teams)
Second qualifying round: (28 teams)
Third qualifying round: (32 teams)
TH Title Holders: The champions of the 2006–07 competition went through to the group stage directly.Round and draw dates
The calendar shows the dates of the rounds and draw.
1 Group D teams played their Matchday 6 fixtures on 4 December due to Milan's participation in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan on 13 and 16 December.
2 As both Milan and Internazionale use the Stadio San Siro as their home pitch, and both were scheduled to play at home for the second leg of the first knockout round, Internazionale's home leg against Liverpool was postponed by one week to 11 March 2008.Qualifying rounds First qualifying round
The draw was held on Friday, 29 June 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The first leg matches were held on 17 July and 18 July, while the second legs were played on 24 July and 25 July 2007.Second qualifying round
The draw was held on Friday, 29 June 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The first leg matches were played on 31 July and 1 August, while the second legs were played on 7 August and 8 August 2007.Third qualifying round
The draw was held on Friday, 3 August 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football. The first leg matches were played on 14 August and 15 August, while the second legs were played on 28 August and 29 August 2007. Winners in this round qualified for the group stage, while the losing clubs entered the first round of the UEFA Cup. Due to the death of Antonio Puerta, the second leg of Sevilla's game against AEK Athens was postponed until 3 September.Group stage
The draw was held on Thursday, 30 August 2007 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The draw was hosted by Pedro Pinto and conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Michele Centenaro, UEFA's head of club competitions. The matches were played between 18 September and 12 December 2007.Tie-breaking criteria
Based on paragraph 6.05 in the UEFA regulations for the current season, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:
In results tables, the home team is listed in the left-hand column.Group B Group D Group F Group H Knockout stage
From the last 16 through to the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home and away basis with the same rules as the qualifying rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation.
The draw for the first knockout round was held on Friday, 21 December 2007 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's director of professional football.
The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals were both held on Friday, 14 March 2008 in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw was conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and Rinat Dasayev, the ambassador for the final in Moscow. Unlike the first knockout round, teams from the same group or country may be drawn together from the quarter-finals onwards.First knockout round
The first leg matches were played on 19 February and 20 February, while the second legs were played on 4 March and 5 March 2008. Due to a stadium clash with Milan, the second leg of Internazionale's game against Liverpool was held on 11 March.Quarter-finals
The first leg matches were played on 1 April and 2 April, while the second leg matches were played on 8 April and 9 April 2008.Semi-finals
The first leg matches were played on 22 April and 23 April, while the second leg matches were played on 29 April and 30 April 2008.
The 2008 UEFA Champions League Final was played on 21 May 2008 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The final was contested by Manchester United and Chelsea, representing the first time the final had been contested by two teams from England.
United won the match 6–5 on penalties after the game had ended in a 1–1 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo had given the eventual victors the lead after 26 minutes, only for Frank Lampard to equalise immediately before half-time. Ryan Giggs came on as a substitute late in the second half to make his 759th appearance for Manchester United, a new club record. Early in extra time, Giggs had a shot cleared off the Chelsea goal-line by John Terry, whilst Chelsea twice hit the Manchester United woodwork. A melée involving most of the 22 players ensued mid-way through the second half of extra time, with Didier Drogba being sent off for a slap on Nemanja Vidić right in front of the referee.
The scores level at full time, the match went to penalties. Chelsea took the upper hand in the third round of the shootout as Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty was saved by Petr Čech, handing John Terry the chance to win the cup with Chelsea's fifth penalty. However, Chelsea's captain lost his footing as he went to kick the ball, [ 3 ] and his shot hit the post. Ryan Giggs stepped up for United's seventh penalty, and scored, before Edwin van der Sar saved the following kick from Nicolas Anelka to crown Manchester United as the champions of Europe for the third time.
As winners of the competition, Manchester United went on to represent Europe at the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.
The top scorers from the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League (group stage and knockout stage only) are as follows:
Football, or soccer, fans across the globe are among the craziest fans (in a good way) in the world of sports entertainment. If you are a football fanatic, you are probably thrilled for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League. The group stages have already started on September 15 and will end on December 9, 2015.
If you’ve missed the first weeks of group stages, you can still catch up with the soccer matches from November 3 till December 9. Unfortunately, live streaming is restricted to certain locations only. For example, if you are trying to access a UK streaming channel but you are outside the UK, then you won’t be able to watch the fixtures.How to Watch the UEFA Champions League Group Stages Live
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Once you are subscribed to a legit VPN service, you can then unblock the live streams to watch the UEFA Champions League Group stages.Channels Broadcasting the UEFA Champions League Matches
There are several channels that are broadcasting the UEFA matches online. Some providers are paid services and there are also some that are free. If you are interested in watching the soccer matches for free, refer to the list of channels below.
bTV is a Bulgarian TV channel that is operated by bTV Media Group. bTV airs a variety of shows including reality shows, sporting events and TV games. To watch their coverage of the UEFA matches, use a Bulgarian IP address.
Mediaset is an Italian-based mass media company and is the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy. Use a VPN to get an Italian IP address to be able to access Mediaset and watch the UEFA Champions League group stages.
NTV is a leading TV station in Russia. If you want to watch the remaining matches in the UEFA Group stages, then make use of a Russian IP address to watch the soccer games on NTV.
TRT is a Turkish radio and TV channel that has been available to public since 1964. If you are looking to watch the UEFA matches for free, use a Turkish VPN to access TRT.
Ceska Televize is a television station of the Czech Republic since 1992. CT broadcasts various worldwide sports like the UEFA Champions League. Use a Czech IP address to access CT’s streaming service.The Best VPN for Watching the UEFA Champions League Online
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Uefa Champions League is right around the corner, with the first match being played on 13th September 2016, but before we jump into matches, there must be a draw first, which we will have a chance to see on Thursday 25th of August 18:00 CET.
25th of August is the date every football fan is going to take a break from anything he is doing, to watch the group stage draw of the most prestige European competition in football. UCL group stage draw will take place in Monaco, where 32 clubs (22 of whom are direct entrants while 10 have qualified in play-offs) will see who will have they face off against on the journey to Champions league cup.
The pots of teams are as followed:
The draw procedure has some rules, with addition of some new ones:
– No team can play a club from their own association
– Following a decision by the UEFA Executive Committee, Ukrainian and Russian squads cannot be drawn against each other
– the draw also establishes the groups for UEFA Champions League of UEFA Youth League
– the draw ceremony includes the vote for and presentation of the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Awards for men and women.
Besides the group stage draw, that takes place on 25th of August, we will see the following ones:
– Round of 16 draw (12/12/16)
Now as we got the schedule and rules out of the way, I’ll give you a short description of some teams competing in UCL and my thoughts on their performance.
The defending champions are back, by no surprise. This will be their 45th appearance in this prestige competition in their history. Still holding the most Champions league trophies (11), they are always one of the favourites to win it once more, as they proven last year. They seem to be stronger every year, or at least they manage to hold their strong position in domestic league and in the world. I am a bit sceptic how Zidane will manage the team, due to his lack of experience as a coach, but surely that won’t stop the “Blancos” to achieve a good result.
The biggest rivals of last year’s winners (Real Madrid). The team seems stronger on the paper, compared to last year, with quality players they are always expected to perform when they step on the pitch. Despite having less appearances in UCL (25), they can still be very proud of 4 titles they achieved. All of them in the last 10 years. This only shows Barcelona is one of the best teams in this decade and one of the teams you cannot count out of winning the cup. Actually I see them as a really strong favourite to win this year’s cup.
The biggest surprise of last years season, Ladies and Gentleman.. Leicester City. What a season have they had behind them. From being a “no one” to winning one of the strongest leagues in the world, bypassing teams with 10x their value. The team from Leicester has shown us all, money cannot buy you a title (khm Juventus), but teamwork and a real sportsmanship can get you one. Of course, with the title of BPL you also get a ticket for UCL. Despite their great season I do not see them as a favourite to win this one, solely due to lack of quality players and no experience in a competition like this one. It will still be interesting to watch them play, but I think the finals are just out of reach for them.
I’ll put it this way, If I was a professional footballer and I heard I will have to play against Bayern München, it would instantly send chills down my spine. “The German machine” is always an opponent you must respect. 31 appearances in UCL and 4 titles is a decent result and we can be sure the 4 trophies will get company of another sooner or later. Last year, Bayern was sadly knocked out by Atletico Madrid due to an away goal advantage and failed to qualify in the finals. This year they have a chance to show the world, they deserve a title, and I would not be surprised if they do. Still there are a lot of strong teams the Germans must defeat first.
The Italian squad, who has had a tremendous turnaround in the league. After a very bad start, winning only 1 out of 6 matches, they turned it around and won 26 of the 27 league matches. That gave them the title at the end of the season. This year’s transfer market has excellent for the “Old Lady”, bringing some exceptionally good players to their roster. Despite loosing Pogba to Manchester United, Italian champions seem stronger than previous season. Juventus is an experienced team in UCL, with 29 appearances to this date. With “only” 2 titles in their history book, they strive to add another one every year, but seem to fail when they confront a stronger team. They do not seem as a team that will be a strong competitor for the title, but a good result should be expected from them.
With only 5 appearances in UCL, they were really close to get to the finals last year, only to lose against the champions Real Madrid (1:0). The loss was surely painful, and they are back once again in a quest to outperform last year’s result. The team is stronger compared to last year and should not be underestimated. But the story is kind of the same as for Juventus. They are strong, but just might not be ready for winning the title. I expect a similar result to last year, an appearance in finals would be a surprise to me. Of course the draw will have a huge effect on the outcome.
Sevilla has won UEFA Europa League for the third consecutive time in the last season, which gave them the 5th title in that competition. With those good performances, they got their ticket to their 5th Champions league appearance. Despite dominating in Europa League, I don’t expect much from them in UCL. Teams here are a class above compared to those in Europa League, and Sevilla will feel the difference soon. Getting out of the group stage is a fair expectation, but of course it’s too early to call as we do not know the opponents they will have to face.
A team, which game Mourinho his glory. His “Golden Years” from 2001-2004 he has risen Porto from the ashes. In just 1 year, Porto won Primeira Liga (02/03) and went on to win the Champions cup in 2004 against Monaco, after Mourinho left Porto was never the same. He left a huge impression in the club’s history. NowwWith their 30th appearance, they are one of the teams, that keeps coming back to compete for the title. They have 2 trophies already and to be fair, the number of them won’t change for a while. Last few years did not do well for them, as they were knocked out too soon. In season 14/15, Bayern Műnich destroyed Porto in Quarter-finals (6:1) at home, 15/16 UCL was even worse, as they did not even get out of the group stage. They are surely not a team that can be a threat for the title race.
The “Parteponeli” have finished their last Serie A season in the 2nd place. When the season came close to being over Napoli and Juventus were really close and the battle for the title began. Despite being “defeated” and achieving silver, it was still a good result. Napoli is one of the fresh teams in UCL, as this will be their 6th appearance. Sadly they never came really close to winning the title, but seem to be coming back to try and leave a mark.
10th appearance in UCL and 0 titles. We cannot expect much from them to be fair, they could possibly advance out of group stage, but anything more would be a miracle. The team is decent in domestic league, finishing in top 5, but a very good result in UCL will just be too much for them.
Swiss team, that has been a part of UCL for quite some time now. A strong underdogs, that have not achieved more than a round of 16. I see them as a team, others wish to play against, as there are just a few teams that might struggle against them. All in all a very weak team, compared to others. Despite being a dominant force in Swiss league, I cannot see Basel achieving anything in UCL.
Arch rivals of Arsenal have had somewhat mixed feelings about last year’s season in BPL. They managed to finish 3rd, which gave them a ticket to UCL, but were bypassed by Arsenal, with 1 point lead. They are a decent team, but fail to perform in European competitions. In the last few years, they failed to advance from round of 16 in Europa League. Now for their 3rd time in UCL, they can expect to struggle. Still we can expect them to get out of the group stage if not faced with top teams.
this will be 33th appearance in UCL for the Russians. Quality wise, I find them to belong in the same bracket as Tottenham. They are not weak per se, but European competitions don’t suit them. They are constantly being knocked out of the competition in the early stages of UCL and with no huge changes to the team itself, the history just might repeat itself.
The French team has been able to get out of Group stages in recent UCL. They seem to be getting worse when years go by. Decade ago a Quarter-finals was something usual for them, even reachinf Semi-finals in 2009/10. But nowadays other teams are getting stronger, whereas Lyon stays the same. An underdog is a fair description for them, as they won’t see the finals of UCL for quite some time.
Back again after last year 17th appearance in UCL. Not a strong team by any means, as they have yet to win any European titles. Last year they achieved only 1 win against Arsenal, which was a huge surprise to say the least. That slip almost lost Arsenal a spot in round of 16, but just managed to slip by Olympiacos. This year won’t be much different for them. Depending on the teams they will get in the group, they should be really lucky to get a chance to advance in next stage. Anything more would be a miracle.
Besides Bayern München, one of the strongest teams in Germany. They have finished their last season in 2nd place, 10 points behind Bayern. As for Champions league, Borussia has participated in it 14 times, this year being their 15th time. Borussia is always an exciting team to watch, they seem like a well constructed team with spectacular fans. Despite being the underdogs, I can see them achieving a great result.
One of the top teams in EPL, who have finally managed to get rid of their 4th place finish in the league, with 2nd place last season. As for Champions league, Arsenal has been a constant participant, qualifying for UCL every year since 1999/2000. Still they did not achieve much in previous 6 attempts, getting knocked out of the competition right after leaving the group stage. Will this year be any different? Hard to say, but in my eyes they are not a favourite, not by a mile.
As for other teams I did not mention, it’s because they do not stand a chance in UCL. They will most likely play the opening 6 matches, get their name in the history as a attendant in UCL, back their bags and focus on their domestic leagues.
To call a outright winner would be really hard and foolish, as we do not know how will the teams perform on the pitch. In my (and probably most of the other people’s) eyes, Barcelona, Real and Bayern Münich are the teams that will probably battle it out in the end. If in any circumstance, they face each other before the finals/semi-finals we could see one of the underdogs shine . But as I said let’s give it some time and wait for the UEFA Champion’s league draw and the first match on 13th of September.
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