The Union of European Football Associations has launched the 2022 Champions League in an interesting and anticipating mode for football lovers around the world.
On Thursday, 25th August 2022 announced the official draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage in Istanbul.
Bayern Munich was placed in the same section as Barcelona. Bayern and Barcelona will also come up against Inter Milan in Group C, which is completed by the Czech champions Viktoria Plzen.
Last season’s beaten finalists Liverpool will play Ajax, Napoli, and Rangers in Group A while reigning champions Real Madrid will face Celtic as well as RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain — who again starts among the favorites to win a trophy that has continued to escape them since the Qatari takeover more than a decade ago — will meet Juventus as well as Benfica and Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa in Group H.
Chelsea, winners in 2021, will take on Serie A champions AC Milan as well as Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb in Group E, while Tottenham Hotspur will face last season’s Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt along with Sporting Lisbon and Marseille in Group D.
Porto and Atletico Madrid meet for the second season running in Group B, which also featured Bayer Leverkusen and Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Erling Haaland will face his former club as Manchester City was paired with Borussia Dortmund.
See the UEFA Champions League Draw below…
Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers
Group B: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Leverkusen, Club Brugge
Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter, Viktoria Plzeň
Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting CP, Marseille
Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb
Group F: Real Madrid, Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic
Group G: Man City, Sevilla, Dortmund, Copenhagen
Group H: PSG, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa
Fixtures will be confirmed after the draw for a group stage which will be contracted over eight weeks in autumn because of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The top two teams in each group advance to the round of 16.
The third-placed sides in each group transfer to the UEFA Europa League knockout round playoffs where they will face the UEFA Europa League group runners-up for places in the last 16.