Munich - Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund could hardly have been dealt a tougher draw in this year's UEFA Champions League group stages after being pitted alongside nine-time winners Real Madrid, English Premier League titleholders Manchester City and Dutch giants Ajax in Group D.

"Exciting is the only way to describe this group," said BVB boss Jürgen Klopp afterwards. "It gives you goosebumps. Of course Real Madrid and Manchester City have a lot more money to play with than we go, but that won't affect us. We don't feel like we have to compete with them in terms of who's prettier, who's bigger and who's more expensive. We're just going to make sure we're the most unpleasant opponents possible. This group is simply a fantastic story."

Heynckes: "Doable on paper"


Last season's runners-up - both in the Champions League and in the Bundesliga - Bayern Munich, have been given a somewhat more manageable task in Group F with Valencia of Spain and France's Lille OSC, as well as Belarussian outfit BATE Borisov.

"It's certainly a doable group for us on paper," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. "However, the Champions League is tough and you have to respect every opponent. We're certainly looking forward to the competition getting started."

Schalke off to London


FC Schalke 04, semi-finalists in the competition in 2011, will take on Lukas Podolski's Arsenal in Group B. The Royal Blues will also face Greek record champions Olympiacos and Ligue 1 winners Montpellier.

Head coach Huub Stevens had this to say on the draw: "There are no easy opponents in the Champions League. We're up against the French and the Greek champions. Then there's Arsenal, a top club who we played against a few years ago in the Champions League. We're looking forward to the matches and want to do as well as wel can."

UEFA Champions League group stage overview:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Porto (POR) Arsenal (ENG) AC Milan (ITA) Real Madrid (ESP)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) FC Schalke 04 (GER) Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) Manchester City (ENG)
Paris St. Germain (FRA) Olympiacos (GRE) Anderlecht (BEL) Ajax (NED)

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group G

Chelsea (ENG) Bayern Munich (GER) Barcelona (ESP) Manchester United (ENG)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) Valencia (ESP) Benfica (POR) Braga (POR)
Juventus (ITA) Lille (FRA) Spartak Moskva (RUS) Galatasaray (TUR)

Read bundesliga.com's LIVE coverage of the draw below...



18:50: Thanks for joining us. We will be back tomorrow with live coverage of the UEFA Europa League draw featuring Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96.

18:47: That concludes bundesliga.com's coverage of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw. Bayern Munich will be confident about qualifying from Group F, FC Schalke 04 will be breathing a sigh of relief having avoided the big teams, while Borussia Dortmund are going to have to prove their European credentials in the nightmarish Group D.

18:45: Here's an overview of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw:

Group A: Porto (POR), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Paris St. Germain (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Group B: Arsenal (ENG), FC Schalke 04 (GER), Olympiacos (GRE), Montpellier (FRA)
Group C: AC Milan (ITA), Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS), Anderlecht (BEL), Malaga (ESP)
Group D: Real Madrid (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Ajax (NED), Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Group E: Chelsea (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Juventus (ITA), Nordsjaelland (DEN)
Group F:FC Bayern Munich (GER), Valencia (ESP), Lille (FRA), BATE Borisov (BLR)
Group G: Barcelona (ESP), Benfica (POR), Spartak Moskva (RUS), Celtic (SCO)
Group H: Manchester United (ENG), Braga (POR), Galatasaray (TUR), CFR Cluj (ROU)

18:39:... Borussia Dortmund once again have an uphill task in the Champions League as they fall into Group D with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax.

18:38: Cluj are drawn with Manchester United, Braga, Galatasary in Group H which means...

18:37: Malaga go into Group C with AC Milan, Zenit St. Patersburg and Anderlecht.

18:36:Bayern Munich's group is complete as Bate Borisov are drawn in Group F alongside Lille and Valencia.

18:35: Danish champions Nordsjælland are drawn in Group E with Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus.

18:35: Still waiting for Borussia Dortmund as Montpellier join FC Schalke 04, Arsenal and Olympiacos in Group B.

18:34: Dinamo Zagreb are drawn in Group A with Porto, Dynamo Kyiv and Paris St. germain.

18:33: First out from Pot 4 are Scottish champions Celtic, who won the European Cup 1967, are pitted against Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.

18:32: BVB will have their fingers crossed they don't end up in Group D with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax.

18:31: Defensive stalwart Fabio Cannavaro will be picking the teams in Pot 4 which includes reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

18:30:... leaving Spartak Moscow to join Barcelona and Benfica in Group G.

18:29: Italians champions Juventus, who remained unbeaten the whole of last season, are drawn in Group E with Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk...

18:28: Former European heavyweights Ajax will face Real Madrid and Manchester City in Group D.

18:27: Paris St. Germain, who have spent heavily over the summer, are drawn in Group A against Porto and Dynamo Kyiv.

18:27: Anderlecht go into Group C with AC Milan and Zenit St. Petersburg.

18:27: Olympiacos, who were in a group with Borussia Dortmund last season, join FC Schalke 04 and Arsenal in Group B.

18:26:Bayern Munich have never faced Lille in the Champions League.

18:25: Lille are the next side to be picked by Ruud Gullit and will be in Group F with Bayern Munich and Valencia.

18:24: First out are Galatasary, the only Turkish team in the competition, will face Manchester United and Braga in Group H.

18:23: The former Dutch international is drawing the teams in Pot 3.

18:22: Two-time European Cup winner Ruud Gullit: "There is no other competition that can compare to the Champions League."

18:21: It's all starting to take shape.

18:20: Zenit St. Petersburg, who beat Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 2008, are the last side out and join AC Milan in Group C.

18:19: Premier League titleholders Manchester City have been pitted against Real Madrid in Group D.

18:18:Borussia Mönchengladbach conquerers Dynamo Kyiv have been drawn in Group A with Porto.

18:17: 2011 Champions League semi-finalists FC Schalke 04 are drawn in Group B with Arsenal

18:16: Braga are the next side to be drawn and will be in Group H with Manchester United.

18:15: After surprising many in this competition last year Benfica have been handed a tough draw and join Barcelona in Group G.

18:14: Valencia, who were knocked out of the competition at the group stages last season by Bayer 04 Leverkusen, have been drawn in Group F with Bayern Munich.

18:13: The first team out are Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk, who join Chelsea in Group E.

18:12: The 1995 Ballon D'Or winner will be helping draw the teams from Pot 2, which includes FC Schalke 04.

18:11: Former Monaco, Paris St. Germain and AC Milan striker George Weah is now reflecting on his own Champions League memories.

18:10: Manchester United are the penultimate team out and drawn in Group H, meaning fellow Premier League side Arsenal are in Group B.

18:09: Current titleholders Chelsea are drawn in Group E.

18:09: A new-look AC Milan side are the next side to be drawn and they've been put in Group C.

18:08: FC Porto, finalists in 2004, are the fourth team out and they've been drawn in Group A.

18:07: Three of last season's semi-finalists have now been drawn already.

18:07: Barcelona, looking to regain their title, have been drawn in Group G.

18:06:Bayern Munich are the next team out and they've been drawn in Group F.

18:05: First team out is Real Madrid. How fitting that the nine-time champions should be the first drawn in Group D...

18:03:Teams from same nation cannot be drawn in the same group.

18:02: Bastian Schweinsteiger and FC Bayern will no doubt be watching on with avid anticipation hoping to be offered a chance to put to rest their disappointment from last season.

18:00: UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino is now describing the process undertaken to complete the group draw.

17:58: Steve Mcmanaman, the first Englishman to win the Champions League with a foreign team, believes there is a lot at stake for the English teams with the final taking place in London.

17:54: 1964 European Player of the Year, Denis Law, who will be picking the teams from Pot 1, is being introduced to the crowd as one of four of the competition's legends who will be involved in the group stage draw.

17:51: Frank Lampard has brought out the Champions League trophy and is currently on stage discussing what it meant to win the final in Munich last season with Chelsea.

17:46: Bundesliga titleholders Borussia Dortmund face the toughest draw of the three German teams involved as they sit in Pot 4. Jürgen Klopp's youngsters gained invaluable experience in the tournament last season, but finished bottom of Group F. A worst-case scenario for BVB would see them pitted against fellow league winners Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus.

17:43: Elsewhere FC Schalke 04 return to the Champions League after playing in the UEFA Europa League last year. The Royal Blues have reached the latter stages of a major European competition for the last two seasons running and will be looking to capitalise on that trend again this campaign. Huub Stevens and Co. are in Pot 2 and will be eager to avoid the likes of Barcelona and reigning champions Chelsea when the draw gets underway.

17:40: Bayern Munich are hoping to banish memories of the 'disaster dahoam' in the 2012/13 competition. The German record titleholders are amongst a host of Europe's big names in Pot 1, but will be hoping to avoid another tough group draw after being pitted against Manchester City, Napoli and Villareal last season.

17:31: Hello and welcome to bundesliga.com's LIVE coverage of the UEFA Champions League draw in Nyon, where three German representatives are anxiously awaiting their fate at Europe's top table. We'll have updates every couple of minutes, so keep refreshing this page using the button above to keep bang up to date with the latest...

As one of the eight top-seeded teams, tournament regulars Bayern Munich can look forward to a relatively advantageous draw, while Schalke 04, third in the Bundesliga last season, have done well enough on the European stage in recent years to earn a place in the pot for the second seeds. By contrast, the German top flight's third representatives - and the country's champions for the past two years, Borussia Dortmund - will be plucked out of pot 4, reserved for the eight teams with the lowest coefficient - and thus face the prospect of a potentially much tougher group.

The 32 teams in the group stage draw are divvied up into eight groups of four (Groups A-H), consisting of one team from each of the four bowls. Each side plays the other three home and away, with the top two qualifying for the first knock-out round of the competition. The third-placed team in each group earns a berth in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Pot 1
Chelsea FC (holders), FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, FC Porto, AC Milan

Pot 2:
Valencia CF, SL Benfica, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St. Petersburg, FC Schalke 04, Manchester City, SC Braga, Dynamo Kyiv

Pot 3:
Olympiakos FC, AFC Ajax, RSC Anderlecht, Juventus, Spartak Moskva, Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille, Galatasaray AS

Pot 4:
Glasgow Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, FC BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, CFR 1907 Cluj, Málaga CF, Montpellier Hérault SC, FC Nordsjælland

The final of the 2012/13 Champions League will be played at Wembley Stadium on 25 May next year.