Many Real Madrid fans were excited to see what this season’s UEFA Champions League would hold for them in regards to the groups. Furthermore, with two of their players (Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo) nominated for the UEFA Best Player award, it was definitely going to be an interesting night!

The Groups:

First of all, let’s take a look at all the groups that were drawn earlier tonight.

Group A –
Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Arsenal (England)
Basel (Switzerland)
Ludogorets (Bulgaria)

Group B –
Benfica (Portugal)
Napoli (Italy)
Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Besiktas (Turkey)

Group C –
Barcelona (Spain)
Manchester City (England)
Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Celtic (Scotland)

Group D –
Bayern Munich (Germany)
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Rostov (Russia)

Group E –
CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Tottenham (England)
Monaco (France)

Group F –
Real Madrid (Spain)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Legia Warsaw (Poland)

Group G –
Leicester City (England)
Porto (Portugal)
Club Brugge (Belgium)
Copenhagen (Denmark)

Group H –
Juventus (Italy)
Sevilla (Spain)
Lyon (France)
Dinamo Zaghreb (Croatia)


A Closer Look At Group F:

Now, Real Madrid were drawn alongside Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, and Legia Warsaw. Let’s take a little bit of a closer look at these three teams in regards to their UEFA Champions League campaigns so far.

Borussia Dortmund –

With one UEFA Champions League title to their name, Borussia Dortmund will be keen on trying to repeat the misery they brought onto the White House a few years ago. At the same time, Real Madrid will want to continue their European dominance and show BVB their true capabilities.

Last season, Dortmund reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

Sporting Lisbon – 

Sporting Lisbon are known, not necessarily for their matches on the big stage, but rather for breeding some of the greatest Portuguese players we have met. Two names in the Real Madrid squad will be relishing this opportunity to return home as Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe both played for Sporting Lisbon before moving elsewhere.

Last season, Sporting Lisbon reached the Round of 32 in the Europa League.

Legia Warsaw – 

Being placed in Pot 4, Legia Warsaw were prepared for a tough group and that’s exactly what they got. Having said that, the Polish club are known in Poland and will be doing everything they can to make a name for themselves on the European stage with their “underdog tag”.

Last season, Legia Warsaw reached the Group Stages of the Europa League.

Important UEFA Champions League Dates:

28–29/06/16: First qualifying round, first leg
05–06/07/16: First qualifying round, second leg
12–13/07/16: Second qualifying round, first leg
19–20/07/16: Second qualifying round, second leg
26–27/07/16: Third qualifying round, first leg
02–03/08/16: Third qualifying round, second leg
16–17/08/16: Play-off round, first leg
23–24/08/16: Play-off round, second leg
13–14/09/16: Group stage, matchday one
27–28/09/16: Group stage, matchday two
18–19/10/16: Group stage, matchday three
01–02/11/16: Group stage, matchday four
22–23/11/16: Group stage, matchday five
06–07/12/16: Group stage, matchday six
14–15/02/17 and 21–22/02/17: Round of 16, first leg
07–08/03/17 and 14–15/03/17: Round of 16, second leg
11–12/04/17: Quarter-finals, first leg
18–19/04/17: Quarter-finals, second leg
02–03/05/17: Semi-finals, first leg
09–10/05/17: Semi-finals, second leg
03/06/17: Final (National Stadium of Wales, Cardiff)