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UEFA Champions League 2011/12: Group Stage Draw

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
Bayern Munich
Inter Milan
Manchester United
Real Madrid
CSKA Moscow
Manchester City
Otelul Galati
Dinamo Zagreb

Group E Group F Group G Group H
Chelsea FC
FC Porto
FC Barcelona
Shakhtar Donetsk
AC Milan
Bayer Leverkusen
Zenit St Petersburg
BATE Borisov
Borussia Dortmund


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