2018–19 UEFA Champions League

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2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Wanda-Metropolitano.jpg
The Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
26 June – 29 August 2018
Competition proper:
18 September 2018 – 1 June 2019
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79 (from 54 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored94 (2.94 per match)
Attendance1,436,519 (44,891 per match)
Top scorer(s)Argentina Lionel Messi (5 goals)
All statistics correct as of 3 October 2018.

The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League will be the 64th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 27th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain.[1] The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.


Teams[change | change source]

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).[2][3][4]

Group stage
Spain Barcelona (1st) Germany Borussia Dortmund (4th) Italy Roma (3rd) Portugal Porto (1st)
Spain Atlético Madrid (2nd)EL England Manchester City (1st) Italy Internazionale (4th) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
Spain Real Madrid (3rd) England Manchester United (2nd) France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) Belgium Club Brugge (1st)
Spain Valencia (4th) England Tottenham Hotspur (3rd) France Monaco (2nd)[Note FRA] Turkey Galatasaray (1st)
Germany Bayern Munich (1st) England Liverpool (4th) France Lyon (3rd) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (1st)
Germany Schalke 04 (2nd) Italy Juventus (1st) Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (1st)
Germany 1899 Hoffenheim (3rd) Italy Napoli (2nd) Russia CSKA Moscow (2nd)
Play-off round
Champions Path League Path
Switzerland Young Boys (1st) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (1st)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Greece AEK Athens (1st) Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st) Russia Spartak Moscow (3rd) Belgium Standard Liège (2nd)
Portugal Benfica (2nd) Turkey Fenerbahçe (2nd)
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (2nd) Czech Republic (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
Romania CFR Cluj (1st) Denmark Midtjylland (1st) Switzerland Basel (2nd) Greece PAOK (2nd)
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Belarus BATE Borisov (1st) Netherlands Ajax (2nd) Austria Sturm Graz (2nd)
First qualifying round
Poland Legia Warsaw (1st) Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st) Albania Kukësi (2nd)[Note ALB] Armenia Alashkert (1st)
Sweden Malmö FF (1st) Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Republic of Ireland Cork City (1st) Luxembourg F91 Dudelange (1st)
Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1st) Slovenia (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar (1st) Northern Ireland Crusaders (1st)
Scotland Celtic (1st) Slovakia Spartak Trnava (1st) Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi (1st) Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė (1st)
Cyprus APOEL (1st) Hungary (1st) Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala (1st) Malta Valletta (1st)
Norway Rosenborg (1st) Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija (1st) Wales The New Saints (1st)
Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st) Iceland Valur (1st) Estonia Flora Tallinn (1st) Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta (1st)
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)
Preliminary round
Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st) Andorra FC Santa Coloma (1st) San Marino (1st) Kosovo Drita (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): In March 2018, Skënderbeu Korçë was handed a 10-year ban from UEFA club competitions over match fixing.[5] Since they finished as champions of the 2017–18 Albanian Superliga, Kukësi, the runners-up of the league, will enter the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League instead of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ France (FRA): Monaco is a club based in Monaco (which is not a UEFA member), but participates in the Champions League through one of the berths for France (any coefficient points they earn count towards France's total).

Round and draw dates[change | change source]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[6]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Preliminary round 12 June 2018 26 June 2018 (semi-final round) 29 June 2018 (final round)
Qualifying First qualifying round 19 June 2018 10–11 July 2018 17–18 July 2018
Second qualifying round 24–25 July 2018 31 July – 1 August 2018
Third qualifying round 23 July 2018 7–8 August 2018 14 August 2018
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2018 21–22 August 2018 28–29 August 2018
Group stage Matchday 1 30 August 2018
(Monaco)
18–19 September 2018
Matchday 2 2–3 October 2018
Matchday 3 23–24 October 2018
Matchday 4 6–7 November 2018
Matchday 5 27–28 November 2018
Matchday 6 11–12 December 2018
Knockout phase Round of 16 17 December 2018 12–13 & 19–20 February 2019 5–6 & 12–13 March 2019
Quarter-finals 15 March 2019 9–10 April 2019 16–17 April 2019
Semi-finals 19 April 2019 30 April – 1 May 2019 7–8 May 2019
Final 1 June 2019 at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

From this season, there will be staggered kick-off times – 18:55 CET and 21:00 CET.[2]

Group stage[change | change source]

The draw for the group stage will be held on 30 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (introduced starting this season): [7]

  • Pot 1 contains the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2017 UEFA country coefficients. If either or both title holders are one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the next highest ranked association(s) are also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contain the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients.

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays are 18–19 September, 2–3 October, 23–24 October, 6–7 November, 27–28 November, and 11–12 December 2018.

A total of 32 teams play in the group stage: 26 teams which enter in this stage, and the six winners of the play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path).

Group A[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DOR ATL BRU MON
1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 Advance to knockout phase 24 Oct 28 Nov 3–0
2 Spain Atlético Madrid 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6 6 Nov 3–1 28 Nov
3 Belgium Club Brugge 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Transfer to Europa League 0–1 11 Dec 24 Oct
4 France Monaco 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0 11 Dec 1–2 6 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group B[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR INT TOT PSV
1 Spain Barcelona 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 6 Advance to knockout phase 24 Oct 11 Dec 4–0
2 Italy Internazionale 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 6 Nov 2–1 11 Dec
3 England Tottenham Hotspur 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0 Transfer to Europa League 2–4 28 Nov 6 Nov
4 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0 28 Nov 1–2 24 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group C[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAP LIV PAR ZVE
1 Italy Napoli 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 6 Nov 28 Nov
2 England Liverpool 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3[a] 11 Dec 3–2 24 Oct
3 France Paris Saint-Germain 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 24 Oct 28 Nov 6–1
4 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 1 0–0 6 Nov 11 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: Liverpool 3, Paris Saint-Germain 0.

Group D[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification POR SCH GAL LOM
1 Portugal Porto 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4[a] Advance to knockout phase 28 Nov 1–0 6 Nov
2 Germany Schalke 04 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4[a] 1–1 6 Nov 11 Dec
3 Turkey Galatasaray 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3 Transfer to Europa League 11 Dec 24 Oct 3–0
4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0 24 Oct 0–1 28 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head away goals: Porto 1, Schalke 04 0.

Group E[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AJX BAY BEN AEK
1 Netherlands Ajax 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 4[a] Advance to knockout phase 12 Dec 23 Oct 3–0
2 Germany Bayern Munich 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4[a] 1–1 27 Nov 7 Nov
3 Portugal Benfica 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3 Transfer to Europa League 7 Nov 0–2 12 Dec
4 Greece AEK Athens 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0 27 Nov 23 Oct 2–3
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head away goals: Ajax 1, Bayern Munich 0.

Group F[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LYO MC SHK HOF
1 France Lyon 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 27 Nov 2–2 7 Nov
2 England Manchester City 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 1–2 7 Nov 12 Dec
3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 0 2 0 4 4 0 2 Transfer to Europa League 12 Dec 23 Oct 2–2
4 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1 23 Oct 1–2 27 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Group G[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CSKA RM ROM PLZ
1 Russia CSKA Moscow 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 7 Nov 27 Nov
2 Spain Real Madrid 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3[a] 12 Dec 3–0 23 Oct
3 Italy Roma 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 23 Oct 27 Nov 5–0
4 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 2 0 1 1 2 7 −5 1 2–2 7 Nov 12 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Head-to-head points: Real Madrid 3, Roma 0.

Group H[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV MU VAL YB
1 Italy Juventus 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6 Advance to knockout phase 7 Nov 27 Nov 3–0
2 England Manchester United 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 23 Oct 0–0 27 Nov
3 Spain Valencia 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 12 Dec 7 Nov
4 Switzerland Young Boys 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0 12 Dec 0–3 23 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA

Knockout stage[change | change source]

In the knockout stage, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

Round of 16[change | change source]

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 17 December 2018. The first legs will be played on 12, 13, 19 and 20 February, and the second legs will be played on 5, 6, 12 and 13 March 2019.

Quarter-finals[change | change source]

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 15 March 2019. The first legs will be played on 9 and 10 April, and the second legs will be played on 16 and 17 April 2019.

Semi-finals[change | change source]

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 19 April 2019. The first legs will be played on 30 April and 1 May, and the second legs will be played on 7 and 8 May 2019.

Final[change | change source]

The final will be played on 1 June 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Madrid's Estadio Metropolitano to host 2019 Champions League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Champions League and Europa League changes next season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  3. Kassies, Bert (4 March 2018). "Qualification for European Cup Football 2018/2019". kassiesA. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. Football seeding (17 May 2018). "Access list for 2018-19".
  5. "Albania's Skenderbeu handed 10-year ban over match-fixing in worst ever UEFA punishment". Tirana Times. 29 March 2018.
  6. "2018/19 Champions League match and draw calendar". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  7. "2018/19 UEFA Champions League regulations" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.

Other websites[change | change source]