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    Here are the Champions League group stage draw results originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

    The stage for the biggest club tournament in world soccer is set.

    The UEFA Champions League held its group stage draw for the 2022-23 season in Istanbul on Thursday, as the 32 UCL clubs were split into eight groups of four.

    Reigning champion Real Madrid landed in Group F along with RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic. Los Blancos will be looking to win a record-extending 15th Champions League title in 2022-23.

    The club Real Madrid beat in last year’s UCL final, Liverpool, was placed into Group A with Ajax, Napoli and Rangers.

    Group C has the best case to be dubbed “the group of death,” as it boasts the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan, along with Viktoria Plzen.

    Group G, meanwhile, will pit Manchester City star Erling Haaland up against his old club in Borussia Dortmund.

    Here’s a full look at the Champions League draw results:

    What are the Champions League groups for 2022-23?

     

    Group A

    Ajax

    Liverpool

    Napoli

    Rangers

    Group B

    Porto

    Atletico Madrid

    Bayer Leverkusen

    Club Brugge

    Group C

    Bayern Munich

    Barcelona

    Inter Milan

    Viktoria Plzen

    Group D

    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Sporting Lisbon

    Marseille

    Group E

    AC Milan

    Chelsea

    RB Salzburg

    Dinamo Zagreb

    Group F

    Real Madrid

    RB Leipzig

    Shakhtar Donetsk

    Celtic

    Group G

    Manchester City

    Sevilla

    Borussia Dortmund

    Copenhagen

    Group H

    Paris Saint-Germain

    Juventus

    Benfica

    Maccabi Haifa

    How does the Champions League draw work?

    Similar to the World Cup draw, the 32 teams were divided into four pots based on rankings, and then teams were chosen from those pots into eight groups.

    Each of the groups is led by one of the teams from Pot 1, which consists of last year’s Champions League winner (Real Madrid), last year’s Europa League winner (Eintracht Frankfurt), and the winner of the top leagues in England, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. (The Netherlands’ Eredivisie champion, Ajax, was elevated to Pot 1 because Real Madrid won both the Champions League and Spain’s top league, La Liga, last season.)

    No teams from the same country could be placed into the same group.

    What were the Champions League draw pots?

     

    Pot 1

    Real Madrid

    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Manchester City

    AC Milan

    Bayern Munich

    PSG

    Porto

    Ajax

    Pot 2

    Liverpool

    Chelsea

    Barcelona

    Juventus

    Atletico Madrid

    Sevilla

    RB Leipzig

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Pot 3

    Borussia Dortmund

    RB Salzburg

    Shakhtar Donetsk

    Inter Milan

    Napoli

    Benfica

    Sporting Lisbon

    Bayer Leverkusen

    Pot 4

    Rangers

    Dinamo Zagreb

    Marseille

    Copenhagen

    Club Brugge

    Celtic

    Viktoria Plzen

    Maccabi Haifa

    When are the Champions League group stage matches?

    The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League action begins with Matchday 1 from Sept. 6-7. Here’s the full group stage schedule:

    Matchday 1: Sept. 6-7

    Matchday 2: Sept. 13-14

    Matchday 3: Oct. 4-5

    Matchday 4: Oct. 11-12

    Matchday 5: Oct. 25-26

    Matchday 6: Nov. 1-2

    When are the Champions League knockout stage matches?

    After the group stage, the top 16 teams will advance to the knockout stage. Those matchups will be determined in a draw on Nov. 7, 2022, for Round of 16 matches to take place between Feb. 14 and 22, 2023.

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