The draw for the UEFA Champions League Group Stage takes place at 17:45 CET on Thursday 25 August 2011, at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, where representatives of the 32 clubs involved come together to discover which three clubs stand between them and a position in the Round of 16 knockout phase.
The draw was made to a backdrop of some drama, owing to the late withdrawal of Turkish side, Fenerbaçhe SK. The Turkish Football Federation withdrew Fenerbaçhe from the 2011/12 Champions League tournament on the evening of Wednesday 24th August 2011, a decision which was accepted by UEFA.
The UEFA Emergency panel placed Turkish Runner-Up, Trabzonspor AŞ, into the 2011/12 Champions League draw, and placed Play-Off opponents, Athletic Club Bilbao into the UEFA Europa League slot vacated by that side.
Speaking ahead of the draw, holding captain, Carles Puyol of FC Barcelona described holding the UEFA Champions League trophy as the “greatest ever” feeling.
Teams in the UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stage Draw
The 2011/12 UEFA Champions League Group Stage will be made up of eight groups of four teams. The draw placed the teams into four equal “pots”, based upon UEFA Club Coefficients, with the best teams seeded in Pot 1, the next best seeded in Pot 2, and so on.
Teams from the same national federation can not be drawn in the same group.
UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stage Draw – Seeding:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|FC Barcelona||AC Milan||FC Zenit St Petersburg||Borussia Dortmund|
|Manchester United FC||Olympique Lyonnais||AFC Ajax||SSC Napoli|
|Chelsea FC||FC Shakhtar Donetsk||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||GNK Dinamo Zagreb|
|FC Bayern München||Valencia CF||Olympiacos FC||APOEL FC|
|Arsenal FC||SL Benfica||Manchester City FC||Trabzonspor AŞ|
|Real Madrid CF||Villarreal CF||LOSC Lille Métropole||KRC Genk|
|FC Porto||PFC CSKA Moskva||FC Basel 1893||FC Viktoria Plzeň|
|FC Internazionale Milano||Olympique de Marseille||FC BATE Borisov||FC Oţelul Galaţi|
UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stage Draw
The UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stages were drawn from 18:00 CET in Monaco. The following eight groups will face each other in the competition.
The following UEFA Champions League 2011/12 were drawn:
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
||Zenit St Petersburg