2011-12 UEFA Champions League Draw Announced

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The draw for the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League group stage was conducted today in Monaco. Defeding champion Barcelona drew AC Milan, FC BATE Borisov and FC Viktoria Plzeň. Second-place finisher Manchester United drew SL Benfica (POR), FC Basel 1893 (SUI), FC Oţelul Galaţi (ROU).

Meanwhile, FC Bayern München will play against Manchester City in group play. The city of Munich will host the final on May 19, 2012.

The UEFA Champions League will now enter into the “Group Stage” with Matchday 1 starting on September 13th through 14th.

Matchday 1      13–14 September 2011
Matchday 2     27–28 September 2011
Matchday 3     18–19 October 2011
Matchday 4     1–2 November 2011
Matchday 5     22–23 November 2011
Matchday 6     6–7 December 2011

A Knockout Phase will follow the Group Stage. The Round of 16 will have a draw date of December 16th, 2011, with play beginning in mid-February. The final will be held on May 19th, 2012.

2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage

Group A
FC Bayern München (GER)
Villarreal CF (ESP)
Manchester City FC (ENG)
SSC Napoli (ITA)

Group B
FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA)
Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR)

Group C
Manchester United FC (ENG)
SL Benfica (POR)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
FC Oţelul Galaţi (ROU)

Group D
Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
AFC Ajax (NED)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group E
Chelsea FC (ENG)
Valencia CF (ESP)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
KRC Genk (BEL)

Group F
Arsenal FC (ENG)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
Olympiacos FC (GRE)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group G
FC Porto (POR)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)

Group H
FC Barcelona (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)