ICYMI: Here's the UEFA Champions league Group stage draws

The draws for the group stage of what's undoubtedly the greatest annual sporting event was held yesterday in Monaco. In addition to the draws, the awards for the best players in UEFA club competitions was almost handed out. 

The award was almost exclusively a Real Madrid thing with the exception of Gianluigi Buffon who picked up the Best Goalie award, The best defender award went to the Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos, Lukas Modric took the best midfielder award and Cristiano Ronaldo went home with best forward award. The awards for  the best men's and women's player of the year was also handed out.

The award for the best women's player of the season  went to Lieke Martens who recently won the UEFA Women's Euro Championship with the Netherlands. The award for the UEFA Best men's player of the season went to none other than Cristiano Ronaldo who's had a exceptional year winning the Champions league, La Liga, Club World Cup and the Euros. 

The draws pitied some familiar foes with Real Madrid taking on Dortmund once again. English Champions Chelsea find themselves in the same group as Atletico Madrid, while Barรงa has been handed an opportunity to do-over their quarter-final defeat at the hands of Italian Champions Juventus. One team that would be rueing their luck would be Tottenham Hotspurs who have the unenviable position of having to face both Real Madrid and Dortmund while Manchester United and Liverpool couldn't have wished for a better pairing than they got. 

The composition of the groups are as follows:

Benfica ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น 
Manchester United ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 
Basel ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 
CSKA Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 

Bayern Munich ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 
PSG ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 
Anderlecht ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช 
Celtic ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 

Chelsea ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 
Atletico Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 
Roma ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 
Qarabag ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 

Juventus ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 
Olympiacos ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท 
Sporting ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น 

Spartak Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 
Sevilla ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 
Liverpool ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 
NK Maribor ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 

Shaktnak Donetsk ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 
Manchester City ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 
Napoli ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 
Feyenoord ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ 

Monaco ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น 
Beskitas ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท 
Leipzig ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 

Real Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 
Borussia Dortmund ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 
Tottenham Hotspurs ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 
APOEL ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ 

The group stage matches of this year's UEFA Champions league will be played as follows:

Match day one: 12-13 September
Match day two: 26-27 September
Match day three: 17-18 October
Match day four: 31 October-1 November
Match day five: 21-22 November
Match day six: 5-6 December


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