Here are the results of the UEFA Champions League draw; Ronaldo wins Player of the Year award

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw has taken place in Monaco.

Here are the results of the draw:

    Group A: S.L Benfica; Manchester United; FC Basel; CSka Moskva.

    Group B: FC Bayern Munchen; Paris Saint-Germain; RSC Anderlecht; Celtic FC.

    Group C: Chelsea FC; Atlético madrid; AS Roma; Qarabag FK.

    Group D: Juventus FC; Barcelona FC; Olympiacos FC; Sporting CP.

    Group E: C Spartak Moskva; Sevilla FC; Liverpool FC; NK Maribor.

    Group F: FC Shakhtar Donetsk; Manchester City; SSC Napoli; Feyenoord .

    Group G: AS Monaco FC; FC Porto; Besiktas JK; RB Leipzig.

    Group H: Real Madrid; Borussia Dortmund; Tottenham FC; Apoel FC.

The UEFA awards were also presented:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo received the UEFA Player of the Year award;
  • Lieke Martens received the Women's Player of the Year award;
  • Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon received the UEFA Goalie of the Year award;
  • Luka Modrić received the UEFA Midfielder of the Year award
  • Six top-flight British clubs have reached the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years with today's draw, held in Monaco, producing some interesting ties as well as a 'group of death' for one English team.

    Here, we take a look at the opponents the sides will come up against as they seek to advance to the last-16 stage by finishing in the two top of their respective groups.

    Manchester United - Group A

    Benfica - Bela Guttman, the manager of the Portuguese side's last European Cup victory in 1962, is said to have put a curse on the club after leaving in acrimonious circumstances shortly after that success, saying: "Not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion." The Eagles have lost eight European finals and have not tasted victory since 1962.

    Basle - The Swiss team have only lost three out of 10 matches in the Champions League against English sides - with two of those coming last season against Arsenal.

    CSKA Moscow - It is the Russian side's fifth consecutive season in the Champions League but they have failed to progress from the group stage on each occasion.

    Celtic - Group B

    Bayern Munich - Head coach Carlo Ancelotti is seeking a record-breaking year if his Bundesliga side are triumphant. Success would give the 58-year-old his fourth Champions League title as a manager (he is currently tied with former Liverpool boss Bob Paisley on three) and, following victories with AC Milan and Real Madrid, would become the first person to manage three different teams to Champions League glory.

    Paris St Germain - From nine group stage appearances, the French side have only reached the semi-finals once, in 1994-1995.

    Anderlecht - Rene Weiler's side have only progressed out of the group stages once (2001) since the inception of the Champions League in 1992-1993 season.

    Chelsea - Group C

    Atletico Madrid - Los Rojiblancos have never won the European Cup/Champions League but have reached the final three times - 1974, 2014 and 2016. In 2014, it was also the first final to feature two teams from the same city as Atletico lost to Real.

    Roma - The Italian team made back-to-back quarter-final appearances in this competition in 2008 and 2009, but they have failed to reach the same stage in either the Champions League or the Europa League ever since.

    Qarabag - Gurban Gurbanov's side are the first Azerbaijani side to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

    Liverpool - Group E

    Spartak Moscow - Wigan Athletic have a higher UEFA coefficient ranking than the Russian champions, despite plying their trade in the third tier of English football.

    Sevilla - The Spanish side have only reached the European Cup quarter-finals on one occasion in 1958, and lost 10-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid. However, they have won the Europa League five times in the last dozen years.

    Maribor - The Slovenian club have never made it past the group stage in either of their Champions League campaigns in 2000 and 2015. Midfielder Blaz Vrhovec has picked up the most yellow cards in this year's tournament so far with four bookings in six qualifying matches.

    Manchester City - Group F

    Shakhtar Donetsk - The Ukrainian champions have never advanced further than the quarter-finals stage of the competition, which they achieved in 2011.

    Napoli - Partenopei suffered their heaviest home defeat in the Champions League last season when they lost 3-1 in the second leg of the last -16 clash with eventual winners Real Madrid.

    Feyenoord - Won the Eredivisie title for the first time in 18 years to make the group stage, which is also their first time in European football's elite competition since 2002-2003.

    Tottenham - Group H

    Real Madrid - Zinedine Zidane became the seventh person to win the Champions League trophy as player and manager when his side defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid in a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory in 2016. He won it as a player with Los Blancos in 2001, scoring the match-winning goal against Bayer Leverkusem.

    Borussia Dortmund - Former Scotland international Paul Lambert played in centre midfield for Dortmund in their only Champions League success in their history (1997).

    Apoel - The Cypriot team were managed by current Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen last season, where he guided them into the last 16.


By Ciara Phelan

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