Welcome to live coverage of the draw for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
The finest teams from across Europe will face off from September to early December in a bid to progress to the knockout stages of club football’s most prestigious competition and this afternoon’s draw in Istanbul is sure to throw up some intriguing permutations.
After several surprise winners of European leagues last season the group stages promise to be all the more intriguing with some of the biggest names in the sport clustered together in pot two.
Indeed there is the potential for four former champions to meet in the groups this winter; either way the return of the Champions League promises to be one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.
Paris St. Germain
Red Bull Leipzig
Sporting Club de Portugal
LOSC Lille Metropolè
FC Red Bull Salzsburg
Zenit St. Petersburg