Newcastle United join Arsenal & Man United as 32-team Champions League group stage line-up confirmed

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The 32 teams involved in the 2023-24 Champions League group stage, including Newcastle United, have been confirmed.

Newcastle United are set to discover their Champions League group stage opponents after the 32-team line-up was officially confirmed this evening.

The Magpies were among 26 teams to automatically qualify for the group stage from the likes of England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. The other six teams were decided on Tuesday and tonight after emerging from the qualifying stage.

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When is the Champions League group stage draw?

The draw for the Champions League group stage takes place in Monaco on Thursday, August 31 at 5pm. The draw will be streamed live on Uefa’s website and YouTube channel, while TNT Sport is also broadcasting the proceedings.

The 32 teams involved in the 2023-24 Champions League group stage, including Newcastle United, have been confirmed.  (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)The 32 teams involved in the 2023-24 Champions League group stage, including Newcastle United, have been confirmed.  (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
The 32 teams involved in the 2023-24 Champions League group stage, including Newcastle United, have been confirmed. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

How does the Champions League group stage draw work?

The 32 clubs involved will be split into eight groups of four, labelled Group A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H. Furthermore, the teams will be split into four seeding pots.

Pot 1 will consist of the holders, the Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations, including Premier League champions Manchester City. Pots 2 to 4 will be determined by the club coefficient rankings. No team can play a side from their own country until the knockout stages.

Champions League group stage teams in full

Pot one

  • Manchester City (ENG)
  • Sevilla (SPA)
  • Barcelona (SPA)
  • Napoli (ITA)
  • Bayern Munich (GER)
  • Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
  • Benfica (POR)
  • Feyenoord (NET)

Pot two

  • Real Madrid (SPA)
  • Manchester United (ENG)
  • Inter Milan (ITA)
  • Borussia Dortmund (GER)
  • Atletico Madrid (SPA)
  • RB Leipzig (GER)
  • Porto (POR)
  • Arsenal (ENG)

Pot three

  • Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
  • RB Salzburg (AUS)
  • AC Milan (ITA)
  • Braga (POR)
  • Lazio (ITA)
  • Red Star Belgrade (SER)
  • PSV Eindhoven (NET)
  • Copenhagen (DEN) or Young Boys (SWI)

Pot four

  • Rakow Czestochowa (POL) or Young Boys (SWI)
  • Real Sociedad (SPA)
  • Galatasaray (TUR)
  • Celtic (SCO)
  • NEWCASTLE UNITED (ENG)
  • Union Berlin (GER)
  • Lens (FRA)
  • AEK Athens (GRE) or Royal Antwerp (BEL)

When will Newcastle United’s Champions League group games take place?

Matchday one of the Champions League group stage gets underway on September 19 and 20.

Matchday two: October 3 and 4.

Matchday three: October 24 and 25.

Matchday 4: November 7 and 8.

Matchday five: November 28 and 29.

Matchday six: December 12 and 13.

If Newcastle gain qualification out of the group, the knockout stages begin in February. The final is held at Wembley.

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