2021–22 UEFA Champions League

The 2021–22 UEFA Champions League is the 67th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 30th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

2021–22 UEFA Champions League
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The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
22 June – 25 August 2021
Competition proper:
14 September 2021 – 28 May 2022
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 80 (from 54 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored44 (2.75 per match)
Attendance445,466 (27,842 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ivory Coast Sébastien Haller
(4 goals)
All statistics correct as of 15 September 2021.

The final will be played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was originally scheduled to be played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.[1] However, due to the postponement and relocation of the 2020 final, the final hosts were shifted back a year, with Saint Petersburg instead hosting the 2022 final.[2] The winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup.

This season is the first since 1998–99 (the last season when the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was played) where three major European club competitions (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and the newly created UEFA Europa Conference League) are organised by UEFA. No changes are made to the format of the Champions League, but teams which are eliminated from the preliminary round and first qualifying round of the Champions League are now transferred to the Europa Conference League instead of the Europa League.[3] Chelsea are the defending champions.

On 24 June 2021, UEFA approved the proposal to abolish the away goals rule in all UEFA club competitions, which had been used since 1965. Accordingly, if in a two-legged tie two teams score the same amount of aggregate goals, the winner of tie would not be decided by the number of away goals scored by each team but always by 30 minutes of extra time, and if the two teams score the same amount of goals in extra time, the winner would be decided by a penalty shoot-out.[4]

Association team allocationEdit

A total of 80 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein,[Note LIE] which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA association coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[5]

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein)[Note LIE] each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League and 2020–21 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league. However, the Champions League title holders have qualified through their domestic league, meaning the additional entry for the Champions League title holders is not necessary for this season.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2020 UEFA association coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2015–16 to 2019–20.[6]

Apart from the allocation based on the association coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UEL) – Additional berth for UEFA Europa League title holders
Association ranking for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1   Spain 102.283 4 +1 (UEL)
2   England 90.462
3   Germany 74.784
4   Italy 70.653
5   France 59.248 3
6   Portugal 49.449
7   Russia 45.549 2
8   Belgium 37.900
9   Ukraine 36.100
10   Netherlands 35.750
11   Turkey 33.600
12   Austria 32.925
13   Denmark 29.250
14   Scotland 27.875
15   Czech Republic 27.300
16   Cyprus 26.750 1
17    Switzerland 26.400
18   Greece 26.300
19   Serbia 25.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20   Croatia 24.875 1
21   Sweden 22.750
22   Norway 21.750
23   Israel 19.625
24   Kazakhstan 19.250
25   Belarus 18.875
26   Azerbaijan 18.750
27   Bulgaria 17.375
28   Romania 16.700
29   Poland 16.625
30   Slovakia 15.875
31   Liechtenstein 13.500 0 [Note LIE]
32   Slovenia 13.000 1
33   Hungary 12.875
34   Luxembourg 8.000
35   Lithuania 7.875
36   Armenia 7.625
37   Latvia 7.625
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38   Albania 7.375 1
39   North Macedonia 7.375
40   Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.875
41   Moldova 6.750
42   Republic of Ireland 6.700
43   Finland 6.500
44   Georgia 5.750
45   Malta 5.750
46   Iceland 5.375
47   Wales 5.000
48   Northern Ireland 4.875
49   Gibraltar 4.750
50   Montenegro 4.375
51   Estonia 4.375
52   Kosovo 4.000
53   Faroe Islands 3.750
54   Andorra 2.831
55   San Marino 0.666

DistributionEdit

The following is the access list for this season.[7] As the Champions League title holders, Chelsea, which were guaranteed a berth in the Champions League group stage, already qualified via their domestic league (as fourth place in the 2020-21 Premier League), the following changes to the access list were made:

  • The champions of association 11 (Turkey) entered the group stage instead of the play-off round.
  • The champions of association 13 (Denmark) entered the play-off round instead of the third qualifying round.
  • The champions of association 15 (Czech Republic) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
  • The champions of associations 18 (Greece) and 19 (Serbia) entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.
Access list for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 31 champions from associations 20–51 (except Liechtenstein)[Note LIE]
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round
(26 teams)
Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 16–19
  • 16 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(6 teams)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round
(20 teams)
Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 14–15
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 5–6
  • 3 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round
(12 teams)
Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 12–13
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • Europa League title holders
  • 11 champions from associations 1–11
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 4 third-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • TH: Champions League title holders
  • EL: Europa League title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.: League positions of the previous season
  • Abd-: League positions of abandoned season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe as determined by the national association; all teams are subject to approval by UEFA as per the guidelines for entry to European competitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

CC: 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[9]

Qualified teams for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
Group stage   Chelsea (4th)TH   Villarreal (7th)EL   Atlético Madrid (1st)   Real Madrid (2nd)
  Barcelona (3rd)   Sevilla (4th)   Manchester City (1st)   Manchester United (2nd)
  Liverpool (3rd)   Bayern Munich (1st)   RB Leipzig (2nd)   Borussia Dortmund (3rd)
  VfL Wolfsburg (4th)   Inter Milan (1st)   Milan (2nd)   Atalanta (3rd)
  Juventus (4th)   Lille (1st)   Paris Saint-Germain (2nd)   Sporting CP (1st)
  Porto (2nd)   Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st)   Club Brugge (1st)   Dynamo Kyiv (1st)
  Ajax (1st)   Beşiktaş (1st)
Play-off round CH   Red Bull Salzburg (1st)   Brøndby (1st)
Third qualifying round CH   Rangers (1st)   Slavia Prague (1st)
LP   Monaco (3rd)   Benfica (3rd)   Spartak Moscow (2nd)   Genk (2nd)
  Shakhtar Donetsk (2nd)
Second qualifying round CH   Omonia (1st)   Young Boys (1st)   Olympiacos (1st)   Red Star Belgrade (1st)
LP   PSV Eindhoven (2nd)   Galatasaray (2nd)   Rapid Wien (2nd)   Midtjylland (2nd)
  Celtic (2nd)   Sparta Prague (2nd)
First qualifying round   Dinamo Zagreb (1st)   Malmö FF (1st)   Bodø/Glimt (1st)   Maccabi Haifa (1st)
  Kairat (1st)   Shakhtyor Soligorsk (1st)   Neftçi Baku (1st)   Ludogorets Razgrad (1st)
  CFR Cluj (1st)   Legia Warsaw (1st)   Slovan Bratislava (1st)   Mura (1st)
  Ferencváros (1st)   Fola Esch (1st)   Žalgiris (1st)   Alashkert (1st)
  Riga (1st)   Teuta (1st)   Shkëndija (1st)   Borac Banja Luka (1st)
  Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)   Shamrock Rovers (1st)   HJK (1st)   Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)
  Hibernians (Abd-2nd)[Note MLT]   Valur (Abd-1st)[Note ISL]   Connah's Quay Nomads (1st)   Linfield (1st)
  Lincoln Red Imps (1st)   Budućnost Podgorica (1st)   Flora (1st)
Preliminary round   Prishtina (1st)   HB (1st)   Inter Club d'Escaldes (1st)   Folgore (1st)

Notes

  1. ^
    Iceland (ISL): The 2020 Úrvalsdeild was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iceland. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment based on the average number of points per matches played for each team, Valur (who were declared champions), were selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League by the Football Association of Iceland.[10]
  2. ^
    Liechtenstein (LIE): The seven teams affiliated with the Liechtenstein Football Association (LFV) all play in the Swiss football league system. The only competition organised by the LFV is the Liechtenstein Football Cup – the winners of which qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
  3. ^
    Malta (MLT): The 2020–21 Maltese Premier League was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malta. The top team of the league at the time of the abandonment, Ħamrun Spartans, were declared champions but were subsequently banned from competing in European competitions for a match fixing case dating back to 2013. As a result, the second-placed team, Hibernians, were selected to play in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League by the Malta Football Association.[11][12][13]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows.[14] All matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays apart from the preliminary round final, which takes place on a Friday, and the final, which takes place on a Saturday. The third qualifying round second legs are only played on a Tuesday due to the 2021 UEFA Super Cup on the following Wednesday. Scheduled kick-off times starting from the play-off round are 18:45 (instead of 18:55 previously) and 21:00 CEST/CET.[15]

All draws start at 12:00 CEST/CET and are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, except the group stage draw on 26 August 2021 which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey[16] and starts at 18:00 CEST.

Schedule for 2021–22 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 8 June 2021 22 June 2021 (semi-finals) 25 June 2021 (final)
First qualifying round 15 June 2021 6–7 July 2021 13–14 July 2021
Second qualifying round 16 June 2021 20–21 July 2021 27–28 July 2021
Third qualifying round 19 July 2021 3–4 August 2021 10 August 2021
Play-offs 2 August 2021 17–18 August 2021 24–25 August 2021
Group stage Matchday 1 26 August 2021 14–15 September 2021
Matchday 2 28–29 September 2021
Matchday 3 19–20 October 2021
Matchday 4 2–3 November 2021
Matchday 5 23–24 November 2021
Matchday 6 7–8 December 2021
Knockout phase Round of 16 13 December 2021 15–16 & 22–23 February 2022 8–9 & 15–16 March 2022
Quarter-finals 18 March 2022 5–6 April 2022 12–13 April 2022
Semi-finals 26–27 April 2022 3–4 May 2022
Final 28 May 2022 at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Qualifying roundsEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 8 June 2021, 12:00 CEST.[17] The preliminary round matches, which consisted of two semi-finals on 22 June 2021 and the final on 25 June 2021, were originally to be played at Gundadalur, Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands,[18] but were moved due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Faroe Islands.[19] The matches were instead played in Albania, with the semi-finals at Elbasan Arena, Elbasan and Niko Dovana Stadium, Durrës, and the final at Elbasan Arena.[20]

The winner of the preliminary round final advanced to the first qualifying round. The losers of the semi-finals and final were transferred to the Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-finals
Folgore   0–2   Prishtina
HB Tórshavn   0–1   Inter Club d'Escaldes
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final
Prishtina   2–0   Inter Club d'Escaldes

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 15 June 2021, 12:00 CEST.[21] The first legs were played on 6 and 7 July, and the second legs were played on 13 and 14 July 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the Champions Path second qualifying round. The losers were transferred to the Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Fola Esch   2–7   Lincoln Red Imps 2–2 0–5
Slovan Bratislava   3–2[A]   Shamrock Rovers 2–0 1–2
Malmö FF   2–1   Riga 1–0 1–1
Bodø/Glimt   2–5   Legia Warsaw 2–3 0–2
Connah's Quay Nomads   2–3   Alashkert 2–2 0–1 (a.e.t.)
HJK   7–1   Budućnost Podgorica 3–1 4–0
CFR Cluj   4–3   Borac Banja Luka 3–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
Shkëndija   0–6   Mura 0–1 0–5
Teuta   0–5   Sheriff Tiraspol 0–4 0–1
Dinamo Tbilisi   2–4   Neftçi Baku 1–2 1–2
Maccabi Haifa   1–3   Kairat 1–1 0–2
Ludogorets Razgrad   2–0   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–0 1–0
Ferencváros   6–1   Prishtina 3–0 3–1
Žalgiris   5–2   Linfield 3–1 2–1
Flora   5–0   Hibernians 2–0 3–0
Dinamo Zagreb   5–2   Valur 3–2 2–0

Notes

  1. ^ Losers drawn to receive a bye to the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.

Second qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 16 June 2021, 12:00 CEST.[22] The first legs were played on 20 and 21 July, and the second legs were played on 27 and 28 July 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the third qualifying round of their respective path. The Champions Path losers were transferred to the Europa League Champions Path third qualifying round, while the League Path losers were transferred to the Europa League Main Path third qualifying round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Dinamo Zagreb   3–0   Omonia 2–0 1–0
Slovan Bratislava   2–3   Young Boys 0–0 2–3
Legia Warsaw   3–1   Flora 2–1 1–0
Alashkert   1–4   Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 1–3
Olympiacos   2–0   Neftçi Baku 1–0 1–0
Kairat   2–6   Red Star Belgrade 2–1 0–5
Lincoln Red Imps   1–4   CFR Cluj 1–2 0–2
Malmö FF   4–3   HJK 2–1 2–2
Ferencváros   5–1   Žalgiris 2–0 3–1
Mura   1–3   Ludogorets Razgrad 0–0 1–3
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Rapid Wien   2–3   Sparta Prague 2–1 0–2
Celtic   2–3   Midtjylland 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)
PSV Eindhoven   7–2   Galatasaray 5–1 2–1

Third qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 19 July 2021, 12:00 CEST.[23] The first legs were played on 3 and 4 August, and the second legs were played on 10 August 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the play-off round of their respective path. The Champions Path losers were transferred to the Europa League play-off round, while the League Path losers were transferred to the Europa League group stage.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Dinamo Zagreb   2–1   Legia Warsaw 1–1 1–0
CFR Cluj   2–4   Young Boys 1–1 1–3
Olympiacos   3–3 (1–4 p)   Ludogorets Razgrad 1–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Red Star Belgrade   1–2   Sheriff Tiraspol 1–1 0–1
Malmö FF   4–2   Rangers 2–1 2–1
Ferencváros   2–1   Slavia Prague 2–0 0–1
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
PSV Eindhoven   4–0   Midtjylland 3–0 1–0
Spartak Moscow   0–4   Benfica 0–2 0–2
Genk   2–4   Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 1–2
Sparta Prague   1–5   Monaco 0–2 1–3

Play-off roundEdit

The draw for the play-off round was held on 2 August 2021, 12:00 CEST.[24] The first legs were played on 17 and 18 August, and the second legs were played on 24 and 25 August 2021.

The winners of the ties advanced to the group stage. The losers were transferred to the Europa League group stage.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Red Bull Salzburg   4–2   Brøndby 2–1 2–1
Young Boys   6–4   Ferencváros 3–2 3–2
Malmö FF   3–2   Ludogorets Razgrad 2–0 1–2
Sheriff Tiraspol   3–0   Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 0–0
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Monaco   2–3   Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Benfica   2–1   PSV Eindhoven 2–1 0–0

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F;   Purple: Group G;   Pink: Group H.

The draw for the group stage was held on 26 August 2021, 18:00 CEST (19:00 TRT), in Istanbul, Turkey.[16][25] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots, each of eight teams, based on the following principles:

  • Pot 1 contained the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2020 UEFA country coefficients.[6]
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[9]

Teams from the same association, and due to political reasons, teams from Ukraine and Russia, could not be drawn into the same group. Prior to the draw, UEFA formed pairings of teams from the same association (one pairing for associations with two or three teams, two pairings for associations with four or five teams) based on television audiences, where one team was drawn into Groups A–D and another team was drawn into Groups E–H, so that the two teams would play on different days.[26]

The matches will be played on 14–15 September, 28–29 September, 19–20 October, 2–3 November, 23–24 November, and 7–8 December 2021. The top two teams of each group will advance to the round of 16. The third-placed teams will be transferred to the Europa League knockout round play-offs, while the fourth-placed teams will be eliminated from European competitions for the season.

Sheriff Tiraspol will make their debut appearance in the group stage. They will be the first team from Moldova to play in the Champions League group stage.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MCI PSG BRU LPZ
1   Manchester City 1 1 0 0 6 3 +3 3 Advance to round of 16 24 Nov 3 Nov 6–3
2   Paris Saint-Germain 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] 28 Sep 7 Dec 19 Oct
3   Club Brugge 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] Transfer to Europa League 19 Oct 1–1 24 Nov
4   RB Leipzig 1 0 0 1 3 6 −3 0 7 Dec 3 Nov 28 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 15 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Paris Saint-Germain 1, Club Brugge 0.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LIV ATM POR MIL
1   Liverpool 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 3 Nov 24 Nov 3–2
2   Atlético Madrid 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 19 Oct 0–0 24 Nov
3   Porto 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Transfer to Europa League 28 Sep 7 Dec 19 Oct
4   Milan 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0 7 Dec 28 Sep 3 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 15 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Disciplinary points: Atlético Madrid −3, Porto −11.

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AJX DOR BES SPO
1   Ajax 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 Advance to round of 16 19 Oct 28 Sep 7 Dec
2   Borussia Dortmund 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 3 Nov 7 Dec 28 Sep
3   Beşiktaş 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 Transfer to Europa League 24 Nov 1–2 19 Oct
4   Sporting CP 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0 1–5 24 Nov 3 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 15 September 2021. Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHE RMA INT SHK
1   Sheriff Tiraspol 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Advance to round of 16 24 Nov 3 Nov 2–0
2   Real Madrid 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 28 Sep 7 Dec 3 Nov
3   Inter Milan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Transfer to Europa League 19 Oct 0–1 24 Nov
4   Shakhtar Donetsk 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 7 Dec 19 Oct 28 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 15 September 2021. Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAY BEN DKV BAR
1   Bayern Munich 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Advance to round of 16 2 Nov 29 Sep 8 Dec
2   Benfica 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 20 Oct 8 Dec 29 Sep
3   Dynamo Kyiv 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] Transfer to Europa League 23 Nov 0–0 2 Nov
4   Barcelona 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0 0–3 23 Nov 20 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 14 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b UEFA Club Coefficient: Benfica: 58.000, Dynamo Kyiv 47.000.

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification YB ATA VIL MUN
1   Young Boys 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Advance to round of 16 23 Nov 20 Oct 2–1
2   Atalanta 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] 29 Sep 8 Dec 2 Nov
3   Villarreal 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[a] Transfer to Europa League 2 Nov 2–2 23 Nov
4   Manchester United 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0 8 Dec 20 Oct 29 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 14 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Atalanta 2, Villarreal 0.

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SLZ SEV LIL WOL
1   Red Bull Salzburg 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] Advance to round of 16 8 Dec 29 Sep 20 Oct
2   Sevilla 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1[a] 1–1 2 Nov 23 Nov
3   Lille 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[b] Transfer to Europa League 23 Nov 20 Oct 0–0
4   VfL Wolfsburg 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[b] 2 Nov 29 Sep 8 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 14 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals scored in all group matches: Red Bull Salzburg 1, Sevilla 0.
  2. ^ a b Disciplinary points: Lille −2, VfL Wolfsburg −8.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV CHE ZEN MAL
1   Juventus 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Advance to round of 16 29 Sep 2 Nov 8 Dec
2   Chelsea 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 23 Nov 1–0 20 Oct
3   Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Transfer to Europa League 20 Oct 8 Dec 29 Sep
4   Malmö FF 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0 0–3 2 Nov 23 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 14 September 2021. Source: UEFA

StatisticsEdit

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank[27] Player Team Goals Minutes played
1   Sébastien Haller   Ajax 4 90
2   Christopher Nkunku   RB Leipzig 3 81
3   Robert Lewandowski   Bayern Munich 2 90

Top assistsEdit

Rank[28] Player Team Assists Minutes played
1   Antony   Ajax 3 70
2   Cristiano   Sheriff Tiraspol 2 90

European Super League controversyEdit

On 18 April 2021, UEFA, the Football Association, the Premier League, the Italian Football Federation, Serie A, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and La Liga learned of plans from a number of English, Italian, and Spanish clubs to create the European Super League.[29] UEFA and the national associations announced that if such a league were to be established, its participants would be banned from playing in international and domestic competitions.[30] Later that same day, English clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur), Italian clubs (Inter Milan, Juventus, and Milan), and Spanish clubs (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid) announced the establishment of the Super League, putting them at risk of being banned.[31] On 20 April, Arsenal,[32] Liverpool,[33] Manchester City,[34] Manchester United,[35] and Tottenham Hotspur[36] withdrew after the Football Association threatened to ban participating clubs from domestic football,[37] and Chelsea withdrew a day later.[38] This led to the project's collapse,[39] as Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and Milan also withdrew.[40] The Super League suspended its operations,[41] with the case to be taken by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to establish whether UEFA and FIFA have the exclusive right to organise competitions.[42]

On 7 June, the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police notified the Spanish precautionary measure, which had earlier issued an injunction against UEFA and FIFA, and referred a cuestión preliminar (English: preliminary question) to the CJEU on whether UEFA and FIFA have violated articles 101 and 102 of the TFEU,[43] to both governing bodies, ruling them to not execute sanctions against Super League clubs.[44] On 15 June, it was officially confirmed that the remaining three clubs (Barcelona, Juventus, and Real Madrid), which did not sign the Commitment Declaration of the sanctioned other nine clubs,[45] and filed a new motion to scrap the agreement UEFA signed with nine clubs,[42] were admitted to the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, pending the disciplinary proceedings UEFA opened against them but which were suspended after the Swiss notification.[46]

See alsoEdit

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