Champions League group stage draw 2018-19
September 18, 2018-June 1, 2019 -- Europe’s new Champions League season kicks off on September 18 and culminates with the final at Spain’s Estadio Metropolitano, the new home of Atlético Madrid, on June 1, 2019. Reigning champions Real Madrid will face Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen in the group stages, while 2018 finalists Liverpool contest matches against Paris St-Germain, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade. Elsewhere, five-time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United with new club Juventus following his €100m summer transfer to Italy.
The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.
The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012-13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, drawing 360 million television viewers. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, where Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final.
Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the title for three successive seasons in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.