There is always a so called ”Group of Death” in these tournaments and this season sees Spanish champions, Real Madrid and the English champions Manchester City drawn in the same Group along with Dutch champions Ajax and German league winners Borussia Dortmund.
In terms of other British interest; GROUP B sees Arsenal meet Schalke for the third time in four seasons while Olivier Giroud returns to face his old side as Montpellier are also in the Group, from whom the Frenchman joined the Gunners in the summer. Greek champions Olympiakos complete the Group.
GROUP E sees Chelsea face the long trip to Ukraine to face Shaktar Donetsk and a side who have never beaten them in Europe – Juventus. The fourth seeds are the debutants from Denmark; Nordsjaellands and Chelsea will be very happy to see them.
Glasgow Celtic, back in the Group stage for the first time in four years were drawn in GROUP G alongside Spanish giants Barcelona as well as Benfica and the long trip to Spartak Moscow. This tie will see Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady return to Celtic Park with his current club Spartak Moscow. A very tough draw for the Scottish champions.
GROUP H sees top seeds Manchester United in a Group that they will have to be happy with as they will face Braga, Galatassaray and FC Cluj – none of whom are European heavyweights.
At the same event as the Champions League draw, Spanish two time European and World champion Andrés Iniesta was named as the European Footballer of the Year.
GROUP A: FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris Saint-Germain, Dinamo Zagreb
GROUP B: Arsenal, Schalke 04, Olympiacos, Montpellier SC
GROUP C: AC Milan, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, Anderlecht, Málaga
GROUP D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund
GROUP E: Chelsea, Shaktar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland
GROUP F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, LOSC Lille, Bate Borisov
GROUP G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Glasgow Celtic
GROUP H: Manchester United, FC Braga, Galatasaray, FCR 1907 Cluj