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Champions League 2019-20: Teams, groups & knockout fixtures

The 2019-20 Champions League group stage got under way in September as the search for continental glory resumes.

Europe's elite will look to nip England's resurgence in the bud after witnessing the Premier League deliver all four finalists for UEFA's club competitions.

Lionel Messi's quest for a fifth continental crown with Barcelona continues, while Cristiano Ronaldo will be expected to inspire Juventus to their first title since 1996.

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Record-breaking Real Madrid, meanwhile, will be aiming to return to the summit and there is always room for a bolt from the blue, a la Ajax in last season's edition.

Goal brings you everything you need to know about the 2019-20 tournament, including group stage, knockout stage, fixtures and more.


  1. Champions League 2019-20 groups, fixtures & results
  2. When did the 2019-20 Champions League start?
  3. Where is the 2019-20 Champions League final?

Champions League 2019-20 groups, fixtures & results

The UCL group stage draw was made on August 29 at UEFA headquarters at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco .

Thirteen-time champions Real Madrid progressed from Group A along with Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund qualified from Group F at the expense of Inter, while Bayern secured top spot in Group B with Tottenham finishing in second place.

Reigning champions Liverpool won their group and qualified on the final matchday with a 2-0 away win at Salzburg, while Napoli took the unseeded spot.

Manchester City progressed from their group alongside Serie A upstarts Atalanta, while Juventus and Atletico Madrid emerged from Group D.

RB Leipzig and Lyon qualified from Group G, with Valencia and Chelsea topping group H.

Fixtures & results

When did the 2019-20 Champions League start?

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2019

The UCL group stage is commenced on September 17, concluding on December 11.

The draw for the last 16 phase will take place on December 16, with the round beginning on February 18-19.

The final will be played on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

You can see the tournament fixture dates in the table below.

PhaseDraw dateGame dates
Preliminary Round Jun 11Jun 25 / 28
First qualifying round Jun 18Jul 9 / 10 / 16 / 17
Second qualifying round Jun 18Jul 23 / 24 / 30 / 31
Third qualifying round Jul 22Aug 6 / 7 / 13
Play-off Aug 5Aug 20 / 21 / 27 / 28
Group stage Aug 29Sep 17 - Dec 11
Last 16 Dec 16Feb 18 / 19 / 25 / 26 & Mar 10 / 11 / 17 /18
Quarter-final Mar 20Apr 7 / 8 / 14 /15
Semi-final Mar 20Apr 28 / 29 & May 6 / 7
Final Mar 20May 30

Where is the 2019-20 Champions League final?

Ataturk Olympic Stadium Istanbul 2018

The 2019-20 Champions League final will take place in Turkey at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

A 76,000-seater venue, Ataturk Stadium previously staged the Champions League final in 2005, which saw Liverpool pull off a remarkable comeback against AC Milan - dubbed 'The Miracle of Istanbul' - to lift the trophy.

First opened in 2002, it is the biggest football stadium in the country and is home to the Turkey national team, as well as serving as a temporary venue for the likes of Galatasaray, Istanbul Basaksehir, Kasimpasa and Besiktas.