The UEFA Champions League will be back on September 18.
The playoff round finished in late August, with the group stage draw held last Thursday. While the preliminary rounds of the tournament are always fun to watch and do attract a sizable amount of views, there is no comparison to the group stage.
While the knockout rounds—whether it be qualifying or after the group stage—are always very interesting, the Group Stage features all the best European teams, while also giving the smaller sides a chance to shine.
The Champions League brings together the best players in Europe. Whether they be from the biggest teams, like Real Madrid or Manchester United, or tiny sides from remote locations, such as Nordsjaelland or CFR Cluj, the world's top players will be participating in this year's group stage.
(This is part one of the list, featuring all the teams from Group A to Group D.)