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Barcelona was drawn in a tough Champions League group with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. On Thursday, hoping to avoid a second consecutive group-stage exit since losing Lionel Messi.
Last season, Barcelona faced Bayern in the group stage. Which the German club won 3-0 both at home and away, as the Spanish giant finished third and failed to advance to the knockout stage.
Despite this, Barcelona has since recruited former Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski — the two-time FIFA player of the year. Who will now face his former teammates — despite financial difficulties that have hampered the club’s ability to sign and retain players.
Inter Milan is yet another former champion in a group that has won 14 European Cup or Champions League titles in total. The Czech Republic’s Viktoria Plze is the fourth team in Group C. Real Madrid has 14 titles and will defend the trophy against Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Celtic.
Shakhtar will play “home” games in neighboring Poland instead of Ukraine during the Russian military invasion. UEFA has barred all Russian teams from participating in its competitions.
Messi will try for a second year in a row to bring a European title to Paris Saint-Germain. Which has been drawn in a group with two former two-time champions, Juventus and Benfica, as well as Maccabi Haifa.
Manchester City’s star signing Erling Haaland will return to his old club Borussia Dortmund after a blockbuster offseason move. Sevilla and Copenhagen are also included in this group. Liverpool and Rangers will meet in the Champions League for the first time, in a group that also includes Ajax and Napoli.
The Champions League group stage begins early this season on September 6 and concludes five weeks earlier than usual on November 2 due to the World Cup in Qatar, which begins on November 20.
After six rounds of games in just eight weeks. There is a three-month break before the round of 16 begins in February.
Due to the first World Cup being played in the European winter. The Champions League final will be held on June 10 at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium.
It is the latest scheduled final since the first European Cup final in 1956. UEFA prize money will be distributed to the 32 teams in the amount of approximately 2 billion euros ($1.99 billion).
In the Champs League group stage, each team receives a base fee of 15.6 million euros ($15.5 million), plus 2.8 million euros ($2.78 million) for each win and 930,000 euros ($924,000) for each draw. Payments increase as you progress through the knockout rounds.
All of this adds up to the eventual champion receiving approximately 125 million euros ($124 million) in UEFA prize money.