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Champions League Group Draw 2014: Date, Time, Seedings, TV and Live Stream Info

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 18:  The UEFA Champions League trophy is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)
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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

Wednesday night saw the final few Champions League group-stage places confirmed, as the qualifiers joined the big boys in the hat for the 2014/15 campaign.

The draw can go one of two ways—either your team comes out in a friendly group and tattoos start to be planned of the Champions League trophy on your arm, or you get thrown in a group of death and resort to false happiness of your club’s new-found focus on the league.

Either way, it’s bound to be an exciting event, and here, we bring you full details of the draw.

 

Date: Thursday, August 28

Time: 4:45 p.m. BST/11:45 a.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports News HQ/Eurosport

Live Stream: UEFA Website

 

Champions League Destinies in the Balance

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When it comes to the Champions League, there’s no such thing as an easy draw, only a best-case scenario.

Teams have been blessed with “easy” draws on paper in recent seasons, but such is the overall quality of the competition that nothing can be taken for granted.

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 18:  The UEFA Champions League trophy and draw are prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland.  (Phot
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There are eight possible groups for teams to be drawn into from four seeded pots, with the only guarantee being that teams from the same domestic league won’t be drawn together.

Once one team from each of the four pots has been drawn into a group, it’s complete, and teams can begin to dream the impossible dream.

Here’s a look at the seeded pots for the 2014/15 draw:

Champions League 2014/15 Draw
Pot 1
TeamCountry
Real MadridSpain
BarcelonaSpain
Bayern MunichGermany
ChelseaEngland
BenficaPortugal
Atletico MadridSpain
ArsenalEngland
PortoPortugal
Pot 2
TeamCountry
SchalkeGermany
Borussia DortmundGermany
JuventusItaly
Paris Saint-GermainFrance
Shakhtar DonestskUkraine
BaselSwitzerland
Zenit St. PetersburgRussia
Manchester CityEngland
Pot 3
TeamCountry
Bayer LeverkusenGermany
OlympiacosGreece
CSKA MoscowRussia
AjaxNetherlands
LiverpoolEngland
Sporting LisbonPortugal
GalatasarayTurkey
Athletic BilbaoSpain
Pot 4
TeamCountry
AnderlechtBelgium
RomaItaly
APOELCyprus
BATE BorisovBelarus
Ludogorets RazgradBulgaria
MaiborSlovenia
MonacoFrance
MalmoSweden
UEFA

 

Arsenal qualified for the group stage by the skin of their teeth on Wednesday, disposing of Turkish side Besiktas 1-0 on aggregate in the play-off round.

The Gunners then moved straight into Pot 1 thanks to their consistent qualification for the last 16 over the years, where they join the Premier League’s other top seeds, Chelsea.

The best possible outcome for the Gunners and the Blues would be drawing FC Basel, Sporting Lisbon and Malmo—but fortune is never that generous.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  Alexis Sanchez (R) of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Santi Cazorla of Arsenal after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier 2nd leg match between Arsenal and Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium on August 27, 2014 i
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Should the worst happen to either Arsenal or Chelsea, and they could be faced with a group including Borussia Dortmund, Athletic Bilbao and Monaco.

While everyone associated with the Premier League was thrilled to see the Gunners prevail against Besiktas, Liverpool fans found their allegiances with the Turkish side on Wednesday evening with the draw in mind.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have been placed in Pot 3 thanks to Arsenal’s qualification, and could face Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and either Monaco or Roma in a real group of death.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Daniel Sturridge (C) of Liverpool celebrates with team-mate Philippe Coutinho after he scores the first goal of the game for his side during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield
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Madrid and Dortmund were paired together in 2012/13’s group stage, and the Reds will be praying that they find a way to avoid them both on their quest for European glory.

Drawing Porto from Pot 1 would be favourable for Rodgers and Co., while Basel and Malmo making up the rest of the group wouldn’t exactly be the worst thing, either.

Elsewhere, Manchester City come into the competition in Pot 2 once again, and will be looking to avoid the big boys this time around.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring the third goal with his team-mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2014 in Manchester,
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City have been out of luck in the Champions League in the last few seasons with their Pot 1 opponents, but they’ll be hoping it’s fourth-time lucky on their hunt for a generous draw.

Last season’s Champions League gave us drama, inspirational stories and a deserved champion, and it’s unlikely that this year’s tournament will break the mould.

No matter who your team is drawn against, being there for the journey is priceless.

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