UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw: Open Thread

Champions League Final 600x330 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw: Open Thread

The draw for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League group stage has begun in the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

The top clubs from around the world will find out their fate, to see what groups they’ll play in.

Pot One: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Porto, Benfica.

Pot Two: Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, AC Milan, Schalke, Marseille, CSKA Moscow, PSG, Juventus

Pot Three: Zenit, Man City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Basel, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Leverkusen

Pot Four: FC Copenhagen, Napoli, Anderlecht, Celtic, Steaua Bucuresti, Viktoria Plzen, Real Sociedad, Austria Vienna

Group A

Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk
Bayer Leverkusen
Real Sociedad

Group B

Real Madrid
Juventus
Galatasaray
Copenhagen

Group C

Benfica
Paris Saint-Germain
Olympiacos
Anderlecht

Group D

Bayern Munich
CSKA Moscow
Manchester City
Plzen

Group E

Chelsea
Schalke
FC Basel
Steaua Bucharest

Group F

Arsenal
Olympique Marseille
Borussia Dortmund
Napoli

Group G

Porto
Atletico Madrid
Zenit St Petersburg
Austria Vienna

Group H

Barcelona
AC Milan
Ajax
Celtic

For viewers in the United States, the draw will be shown live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go. Coverage began at 11:30am ET.

Before, during and after the draw, share your reaction and thoughts in the comments section below.

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29 Responses to UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw: Open Thread

  1. Shyvoodoo says:

    Cant believe the draw is televised live on a channel that nyone BARELY HAS anymore!! Fox contempt for US soccer fans continues…

    • Who Dat says:

      The draw is streamed at UEFA.com and is available live on TV in the US on FOX Deportes. DIRECTV Channels 425 and 624.

  2. gillyrosh says:

    Uefa needs to stop with the time wasting.

  3. MoyesvMouvPelli says:

    Its on Fox Deportes if you dont have Fox Soccer Plus. i dont speak spanish but its better than nothing.

  4. David says:

    What decides the pots? How is Arsenal–who finished 4th and had a playoff game to qualify for a spot–in the top seeded pot, yet Man City is in the third seeded pot?

  5. Jeffrey Poling says:

    Group H has to be this years group of death, yeah?

  6. TheDuke says:

    The pots are decided by a uefa formula a little less complex than space travel but what it boils down to is Arsenal was the only EPL team in the last 16 of the Champions league last year and over the last five has one of the top eight consistently good performances. Now my question is it just me or do Barca and Milan end up together alot.

  7. CTBlues says:

    Wow Celtic get in the same group as Barca again.

  8. EDub says:

    I think half of London and Manchester are cheering … the other halves? Not so much.

  9. NeilO says:

    I hope super signing Flamini gets Arsenal into the next round. PPPPPPfffffffff!

  10. goatslookshifty says:

    Good luck Man City, you’re gonna need those multi-million quid signings get you out of that group!

  11. Frank says:

    Group F is the group of death, Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli in the same group. One of them will have to miss out.

    I group H, Ajax is no longer the powerhouse they once were. So Barca and Milan should advance but Milan are also not as strong as they once were.

    Group D is not an easy one either with City and Bayern favorites but CSKA no pushovers.

    Cannot wait for the ties to begin. When do they begin?

  12. MoyesvMouvPelli says:

    Group Winners for me. Utd Bayern Juve Barca PSG Atletico BVB and Chelsea. Runners Up. Leverkusen Real Benfica Cska Moscow Schalke Arsenal Porto and finally Milan.

  13. Bishopville Red says:

    Looks like Arsenal have the toughest of the English draws. Group F looks more Group of Death to me than group H. H looks like it’s pretty clear for Milan and Barça. Ajax and Celtic might be former winners, but….

    After Arsenal, Man City has the trickier of the remaining draws, with United and Chelsea left feeling that it could have been better, but could have been a lot worse too.

    SB

  14. Who Dat says:

    Not a surprise to see Ribery win the UEFA Footballer award.

    As long as reporters are voting,

    1. Messi will win only if he does something extraordinary in the UEFA Champions League final.

    2. Cristiano will never win.

  15. CR7 says:

    Group H looks like the group of death this time. Group C is surely the group of life.

  16. R.O says:

    Poor Celtic, although a rematch from last year vs. Barcelona. Celtic played a great game yesterday.

    This is the 3rd year in a row that Dortmund has been drawn into a very difficult group. I feel Napoli will be the dark horse with new Manager Benetiz having lots of experience to steer Napoli through to the next round and maybe beyond.

    Wonder why my Dortmund seems to be unlucky in getting tough draws and not get into a Group like C or G. I feel those are the two weakest groups.

  17. March says:

    Poor Celtic.

    ManU and Chelsea really lucked out here. Man City and especially Arsenal have tougher groups, but they’re not so bad they can’t advance from them.

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