Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan were draw together in the group of death in the Champions League, that will see Robert Lewandowski face his former club after leaving this summer.
The draw took place in Istanbul, on Thursday afternoon, with the final set to take place in Turkey next June, after the city was initially supposed to host in 2020 and 2021.
Real Madrid won last season’s competition, having been second favourites against PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool on the way to winning the title of European champions for the 14th time.
Those teams will all be amongst the favourites again this year, with PSG and City hoping to finally win their first European titles, with Bayern Munich will be another expected to compete.
Bayern will take on two of the prestigious teams in Europe at the Nou Camp and San Siro, in the toughest draw of the seeded teams.
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The draw for the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, made in Istanbul on Thursday:
Group A: Ajax (NED), Liverpool (ENG), Napoli (ITA), Rangers (SCO)
Group B: FC Porto (POR), Atletico Madrid (ESP), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Club Brugge (BEL)
Group C: Bayern Munich (GER), Barcelona (ESP), Inter Milan (ITA), Viktoria Plzen (CZE)
Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Sporting (POR), Marseille (FRA)
Group E: AC Milan (ITA), Chelsea (ENG), Red Bull Salzburg (AUT), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Group F: Real Madrid (ESP), RB Leipzig (GER), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Celtic (SCO)
Group G: Manchester City (ENG), Sevilla (ESP), Borussia Dortmund (GER), FC Copenhagen (DEN)
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Juventus (ITA), Benfica (POR), Maccabi Haifa (ISR)
When do Champions League qualifying matches start?
Preliminary round semi-finals: 21 June 2022
Preliminary round final: 24 June 2022
First qualifying round: 5/6 & 12/13 July 2022
Second qualifying round: 19/20 & 26/27 July 2022
Third qualifying round: 2/3 & 9 August 2022
Play-offs: 16/17 & 23/24 August 2022
When does the Champions League group stage start?
Matchday 1: 6/7 September 2022
Matchday 2: 13/14 September 2022
Matchday 3: 4/5 October 2022
Matchday 4: 11/12 October 2022
Matchday 5: 25/26 October 2022
Matchday 6: 1/2 November 2022
When do the knockout stages of the Champions League start?
Round of 16: 14/15/21/22 February & 7/8/14/15 March 2023
Quarter-finals: 11/12 & 18/19 April 2023
Semi-finals: 9/10 & 16/17 May 2023
Final: 10 June 2023
Where is the Champions League final in 2023?
The final will take place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, home of the Turkish national team. The venue famously hosted the 2005 decider, when Liverpool recovered from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’.
Istanbul was initially selected to host the 2020 final, but this was moved to Lisbon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the 2021 showpiece was due to take place in Istanbul, only for this also to be relocated – to Porto – to allow fans of each team to attend.
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2023: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Türkiye
2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England
2025: Munich Football Arena, Munich, Germany
When are the 2022/23 Champions League draws?
Preliminary round: 7 June 2022
First qualifying round: 14 June 2022
Second qualifying round: 15 June 2022
Third qualifying round: 18 July 2022
Play-off round: 2 August 2022
Group stage: 25 August 2022
Round of 16: 7 November 2022
Quarter-finals & semi-finals: 17 March 2023