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UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw and Awards

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The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday, 26 August 2021, alongside presentation of UEFA individual awards. Branislav Ivanovic and Michael Essien assisted in picking the balls from the pots during the draw.


Champions League Draw Result


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Below is the UEFA Champions League group stage draw result:

Group A

  • Manchester City (ENG)

  • Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

  • RB Leipzig (GER)

  • Club Brugge (BEL)

Group B 

  • Atlético Madrid (ESP) 

  • Liverpool (ENG) 

  • Porto (POR)

  •  AC Milan (ITA)

Group C

  • Sporting CP (POR)

  • Borussia Dortmund (GER)

  • Ajax (NED)

  •  Beşiktaş (TUR)

Group D 

  • Inter Milan (ITA) 

  • Real Madrid (ESP) 

  • Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

  •  Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)

Group E

  • Bayern Munich (GER)

  • Barcelona (ESP) 

  • Benfica (POR)

  •  Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)

Group F

  • Villarreal (ESP) 

  • Man. United (ENG) 

  • Atalanta (ITA)

  •  Young Boys (SUI)

Group G 

  • Lille (FRA) 

  • Sevilla (ESP) 

  • Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)

  •  Wolfsburg (GER)

Group H 

  • Chelsea (ENG) 

  • Juventus (ITA) 

  • Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS)

  •  Malmö (SWE)


UEFA Awards


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Concurrently with the Champions League group stage draw, there was presentation of annual individual UEFA awards that recognised standout players as well as coaches from the 2020/21 editions of both men and women category of the competition.

The major individual titles were the:

  • UEFA Men’s Player of the Year

  • UEFA Women’s Player of the Year

  • UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year

  • UEFA Women’s Coach of the Year

In addition to the aforementioned titles positional awards were presented to the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward for Men and Women category of the 2020/21 Champions League. There was also the Europa League Player of the Season Award.

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UEFA Player of the Year


Nominees

Men Category

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Man City)

  • Jorginho (Italy, Chelsea)

  • Ngolo Kante (France, Chelsea).

Women Category

  • Jenni Hermoso (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Lieke Martens (Barcelona, Netherlands)

  • Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain) 

Award Winners

Men: The UEFA Men's player of the year 2020/21 is Jorginho.

Women: The UEFA women's player of the year 2020/21 is Alexia Putellas.


UEFA Men's Coach of the Year


Nominees

Men Category

  • Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

  • Roberto Mancini (Italy)

  • Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea) 

Women Category

  • Lluis Cortés (Barcelona)

  • Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden) 

  • Emma Hayes (Chelsea) 

Coach of the Year award winners

Men: The UEFA Men's Coach of the Year winner is Thomas Tuchel

Women: The UEFA Women's Coach of the Year winner is Lluis Cortés.


UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season


Award Nominees

Men Category

  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)

  • Ederson (Manchester City, Brazil)

  • Edouard Mendy (Chelsea, Senegal)

Women Category

  • Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea, Germany)

  • Christian Endler (OL, Chile)

  • Sandra Paños (Spain, Barcelona)

Goalkeeper of the Season Award Winners

Men: The UEFA Men's Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season 2021 Award winner is Edouard Mendy.

Women: The UEFA Men's Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season 2021 Award winner is Sandra Paños.


UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season


Award Nominees

Men Category

  • Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea, Spain)

  • Rúben Dias (Manchester City, Portugal)

  • Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea, Germany)

Women Category

  • Magadalena Eriksson (Chelsea, Sweden)

  • Mapi Léon (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Irene Paredes (Barcelona, Spain)

Defender of the Season Award Winners

Men: The UEFA Men's Champions League Defender of the Season 2020/21 Award winner is Rúben Dias.

Women: The UEFA Men's Champions League Defender of the Season 2020/21 Award winner is Irene Paredes.


EUFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season


Award Nominees

Men's Category

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)

  • Jorginho (Chelsea, Italy)

  • Ngolo Kante (Chelsea, France)

Women's Category

  • Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Ji So-yun (Chelsea, South Korea)

  • Alexia Putellas (Barcelona, Spain)

Midfielder of the Season Award Winners

Men: The UEFA Men's Champions League Midfielder of the Season Award winner is Ngolo Kante.

Women: The UEFA Women's Champions League Midfielder of the Season Award winner is Alexia Putellas.


UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season


Award Nominees

Men's Category

  • Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund, Norway)

  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland)

  • Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

Women's Category

  • Caroline Graham Hansen (Barcelona, Norway)

  • Jennifer Hermoso (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Lieke Martens (Barcelona, Netherlands

UEFA Midfielder of the Season Award Winners

Men: The UEFA Men's Champions League Forward of the Season Award winner is Erling Haaland.

Women: The UEFA Women's Champions League Midfielder of the Season Award winner is Jennifer Hermoso.


Europa League Player of the Season


Award Nominees

  • Edinson Cavani (Manchester United, Uruguay)

  • Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United, Portugal)

  • Gerard Moreno (Villarreal, Spain)

The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season 2020/21 is Gerard Moreno.


UEFA President's Award 2021


The 2021 edition of the UEFA President's award honoured the "heroes of Copenhagen" who came to the aid of Christian Eriksen at the UEFA EURO Cup 2020 match between Denmark and Finland. The recipients of the award were the medical team and the Danish national team captain Simon Kjær.

Here is the full list:

The Matchday one of the UEFA Champions League willl get underway on September 14 and 15.

Meanwhile, Saint Petersburg will host this season's Champions League final on May 28 2022.

I look forward to kickoff.


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Wow. I love the draws. Manchester United seems to be in a softer group. PSG and Manchester City will be on the face-off once again. N'golo Kante, that was a worthy win for the Chelsea middleman. Congratulations to the Chelsea Helmsman. This is a win for all football fans. Nice share.

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Thanks, man. I agree with you, of the English clubs, Man united got the easier ride. The three nominees for UEFA player of the year were all midfielders (the first time it is dominated by all midfielders) just wondering where the forwards went. I like Kante, so congrats to him.

So which group do you think is the toughest?

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I couldn't watch the event but I checked every bit of it on the Uefa website while it was on.

The choice of the award was great and the Uefa draw was my favorite part of the event. I look forward to having a great season in the champions league this season.

Teams look more prepared just from the results we have seen across various leagues.

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The excitement is on. I look forward to the games, especially the PSG and Man City showdown.

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It's going to be a tough one indeed with the involvement of Lionel Messi, city can't be underrated as well. They have one of the best coaches in the world and the team is loaded

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Though PSG has really improved their team this campaign (just imaging the forward line had Mbappe stayed), it doesn't make Man City underdogs. Both legs will be tough.

Which group do you think is the group of death (toughest group)?

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