Champions League 2021-22: Teams, groups, fixtures, results, draw, final

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  • Updated: September 15, 2021, 23:04 CEST
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After the huge drama surrounding the European Super League project last season, it is the UEFA Champions League which remains the continent’s top club football competition.

Chelsea go into the latest edition of the prestigious tournament as defending champions, having defeated Manchester City – who are expected to challenge again – in the 2020-21 final.

Having added Lionel Messi and a host of other big stars, Paris Saint-Germain are also expected to contest for glory right into the latter stages, with established stalwarts like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus involved once more.

FootballTransfers have compiled all the key information for the 2021-22 Champions League, with all dates, fixtures and qualified teams listed below in a hub that will be regularly updated throughout the season.

What teams are in the 2021-22 Champions League?

There are 32 teams who have qualified for the Champions League in the 2021-22 season.

Four teams will represent England, Germany and Italy, while there are five representatives from Spain because Villarreal won last year’s Europa League and finished outside of the top four in La Liga.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal, Inter, Milan, Juventus, Atalanta, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg make up those 17 teams.

After Monaco failed to qualify, there are only two teams from France’s Ligue 1 in the group stages, with Paris Saint-Germain joined by champions Lille.

Portugal have three representatives – Porto, Benfica and Sporting CP, while Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev will represent the Ukranian top flight.

Ajax, Salzburg, Zenit, Besiktas, Club Brugge, Young Boys, Malmo and Sheriff are the other teams who have made the final 32.

What are the groups for the 2021-22 Champions League?

The draw for the Champions League in 2021-22 was made on Thursday August 26.

With Man Utd and PSG among the teams in Pot 2 and Milan all the way down in Pot 4 when Lille and Sporting were up in Pot 1, there was always the possibility of some interesting combinations.

That proved to be the case, with Lionel Messi and PSG handed a clash against former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and Man City in Group A for what is the best of many headline fixtures to be picked out of the hat.

Group A: Man City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge.

Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, Milan,

Group C: Sporting CP, Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas.

Group D: Inter, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff.

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev.

Group F: Villarreal, Man Utd, Atalanta, Young Boys.

Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg.

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo.

What are the match and draw dates for 2021-22 Champions League?

Round of 16: The draw will take place on December 13, with the first legs being played on 15/16 and 22/23 February 2022. The second legs will be on 8/9 and 15/16 March.

The draw for the last eight and last four will take place at the same time on March 18 2022.

Quarter-finals: The first legs are on 5/6 April 2022, with the return matches on 12/13 April.

Semi-finals: 26/27 April 2022 will be the first legs of the last four ties, with the finalists decided in the second legs on May 3 and 4.

Final: The Champions League final for 2021-22 will be played on 28 May 2022.

Champions League group stage fixtures and results

Group A

Will Pep Guardiola go one better with City this season?

Will Pep Guardiola go one better with City this season?

Matchday 1 - September 15

Man City 6-3 RB Leipzig (Ake, Mukiele OG, Mahrez pen, Grealish, Cancelo, Jesus; Nkunku x3)

Club Brugge 1-1 PSG (Vanaken; Herrera)

Matchday 2 - September 28

RB Leipzig v Club Brugge

PSG v Man City

Matchday 3 - October 19

Club Brugge v Man City

PSG v RB Leipzig

Matchday 4 - November 3

RB Leipzig v PSG

Man City v Club Brugge

Matchday 5 - November 24

Man City v PSG

Club Brugge v RB Leipzig

Matchday 6 - December 7

RB Leipzig v Man City

PSG v Club Brugge

Group B

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool - can they repeat 2019?

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool - can they repeat 2019?

Matchday 1 - September 15

Liverpool 3-2 Milan (Tomori OG, Salah, Henderson; Rebic, Diaz)

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Porto

Matchday 2 - September 28

Milan v Atletico Madrid

Porto v Liverpool

Matchday 3 - October 19

Atletico Madrid v Liverpool

Porto v Milan

Matchday 4 - November 3

Liverpool v Atletico Madrid

Milan v Porto

Matchday 5 - November 24

Atletico Madrid v Milan

Liverpool v Porto

Matchday 6 - December 7

Milan v Liverpool

Porto v Atletico Madrid

Group C

Erling Haaland of Dortmund: Contender to be top scorer again

Erling Haaland of Dortmund: Contender to be top scorer again

Matchday 1 - September 15

Besiktas 1-2 Dortmund (Montero; Bellingham, Haaland)

Sporting CP 1-5 Ajax (Paulinho; Haller x4, Berghuis)

Matchday 2 - September 28

Ajax v Besiktas

Dortmund v Sporting CP

Matchday 3 - October 19

Besiktas v Sporting CP

Ajax v Dortmund

Matchday 4 - November 3

Dortmund v Ajax

Sporting CP v Besiktas

Matchday 5 - November 24

Besiktas v Ajax

Sporting CP v Dortmund

Matchday 6 - December 7

Dortmund v Besiktas

Ajax v Sporting CP

Group D

Karim Benzema will be Real Madrid's man for goals this season

Karim Benzema will be Real Madrid's man for goals this season

Matchday 1 - September 15

Sheriff 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Traore, Yansane)

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid (Rodrygo)

Matchday 2 - September 28

Shakhtar Donetsk v Inter

Real Madrid v Sheriff

Matchday 3 - October 19

Shakhtar Donetsk v Real Madrid

Inter v Sheriff

Matchday 4 - November 3

Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk

Sheriff v Inter

Matchday 5 - November 24

Sheriff v Real Madrid

Inter v Shakhtar Donetsk

Matchday 6 - December 7

Real Madrid v Inter

Shakhtar Donetsk v Sheriff

Group E

Will Memphis fill in Lionel Messi's shoes at Barcelona?

Will Memphis fill in Lionel Messi's shoes at Barcelona?

Matchday 1 - September 14

Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich (Muller, Lewandowski x2)

Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Benfica

Lewandowski and Bayern downed Barcelona

Lewandowski and Bayern downed Barcelona

Matchday 2 - September 29

Benfica v Barcelona

Bayern Munich v Dynamo Kiev

Matchday 3 - October 20

Barcelona v Dynamo Kiev

Benfica v Bayern Munich

Matchday 4 - November 2

Bayern Munich v Benfica

Dynamo Kiev v Barcelona

Matchday 5 - November 23

Barcelona v Benfica

Dynamo Kiev v Bayern Munich

Matchday 6 - December 8

Benfica v Dynamo Kiev

Bayern Munich v Barcelona

Group F

Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Man Utd

Matchday 1 - September 14

Young Boys 2-1 Man Utd (Ngamaleu, Siebatcheu; Ronaldo)

Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta (Trigueros, Groeneveld; Freuler, Gosens)

Ronaldo scored but Man Utd made a nightmare start

Ronaldo scored but Man Utd made a nightmare start

Matchday 2 - September 29

Man Utd v Villarreal

Atalanta v Young Boys

Matchday 3 - October 20

Villarreal v Young Boys

Man Utd v Atalanta

Matchday 4 - November 2

Atalanta v Man Utd

Young Boys v Villarreal

Matchday 5 - November 23

Villarreal v Man Utd

Young Boys v Atalanta

Matchday 6 - December 8

Atalanta v Villarreal

Man Utd v Young Boys

Group G

Ivan Rakitic is Sevilla's main star

Ivan Rakitic is Sevilla's main star

Matchday 1 - September 14

Sevilla 1-1 Salzburg (Rakitic pen; Sucic pen)

Lille 0-0 Wolfsburg

Matchday 2 - September 29

Salzburg v Lille

Wolfsburg v Sevilla

Matchday 3 - October 20

Lille v Sevilla

Salzburg v Wolfsburg

Matchday 4 - November 2

Wolfsburg v Salzburg

Sevilla v Lille

Matchday 5 - November 23

Lille v Salzburg

Sevilla v Wolfsburg

Matchday 6 - December 8

Salzburg v Sevilla

Wolfsburg v Lille

Group H

Romelu Lukaku was Chelsea's big signing this season

Romelu Lukaku was Chelsea's big signing this season

Matchday 1 - September 14

Chelsea 1-0 Zenit (Lukaku)

Malmo 0-3 Juventus (Alex Sandro, Dybala pen, Morata)

Matchday 2 - September 29

Zenit v Malmo

Juventus v Chelsea

Matchday 3 - October 20

Zenit v Juventus

Chelsea v Malmo

Matchday 4 - November 2

Juventus v Zenit

Malmo v Chelsea

Matchday 5 - November 23

Chelsea v Juventus

Malmo v Zenit

Matchday 6 - December 8

Zenit v Chelsea

Juventus v Malmo

When and where is the Champions League final?

The final will be played on May 28 at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

It will be the first final Russia has hosted since 2008, when Man Utd beat Chelsea on penalties in a famous game in Moscow.

Chelsea won the last Champions League final, beating Manchester City 1-0 in Porto.

Bayern Munich had beaten PSG by the same narrow scoreline in 2019-20, which Portugal also hosted, though that match was in Lisbon.

Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in an all-Premier League final in Madrid to conclude the 2018/19 competition.

That victory for Liverpool ended a streak of three consecutive triumphs for Real Madrid and five straight wins from teams in La Liga (x4 Real Madrid, x1 Barcelona).