Graphic shows draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage 2019-20.


Champions League group stage draw 2019-20

By Chris Dinsdale

August 29, 2019 - Europe’s new Champions League season kicks off on September 17 and culminates with the final at Turkey’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 30, 2020. This will be the second time Istanbul has hosted the showpiece final, after Liverpool famously defeated AC Milan in 2005.

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.

Liverpool are the defending champions. They defeated English rivals Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s final to win the title for the sixth time.

PUBLISHED: 29/08/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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