bundesliga.com rounds up how the draw developed, and brings you the latest reaction from the Bundesliga's four representatives...
|Club Atletico de Madrid||Real Madrid CF||SL Benfica||Arsenal FC||FC Bayern München||FC Barcelona||Chelsea FC||FC Porto|
|Juventus||FC Basel 1893||FC Zenit St Petersburg||Borussia Dortmund||Manchester City FC||Paris Saint-Germain FC||FC Schalke 04||FC Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Olympiacos FC||Liverpool FC||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Galatasaray AS||PFC CSKA Moskva||AFC Ajax||Sporting Clube de Portugal||Athletic Club|
BVB midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, currently out injured, is looking forward to playing in the country of his parents' birth when Dortmund face Galatasaray. "Because of my Turkish roots, it's a game i'm really looking forward to. Arsenal are a great team and it will be a chance for us and the fans to see some of their German lads again."
And the winner is revealed as Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who succeeds Franck Ribery as UEFA Best Player in Europe.
Best Player in Europe
Now attentions turn to which player will be crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14, and there are two Bundesliga names on the three-man shortlist: Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben, both of FC Bayern, are up against Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. Which one of these three greats will it be...
18:42 So there we have it. Some familiar duels from previous years have been thrown up un this year's draw, but all four Bundesliga sides will feel confident of progressing to the knockout stages.
18:31 And Bayer, the final team to be drawn, end up in Group C, with Benfica and Zenit, while Dortmund and Schalke have Galatasaray and Sporting respectively. There's still one team to be drawn for each of the eight groups, so let's find out who it is, with the help of Real Madrid legend Francisco Gento...
18:22 So just like last season, Dortmund will face Arsenal and Schalke will face Chelsea in the group stage. And there's another English-German tie as Bayern take on Manchester City for the third time in the last four seasons. Next up it's the Pot 3 teams to be drawn, by former Real Madrid player Manuel Sanchis, so where will Leverkusen end up?
18:13 So that's Pot 1 done, with FC Bayern into put Group E. But who'll be joining them? And where will Dortmund and Schalke end up? Three-time Champions League winner Fernando Hierro draws the Pot 2 balls...
18.03 Now then, it's time for Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary, explains the method in which the draw is made before the process begins...
18:01 Former Dortmund and Bremen striker Karl-Heinz Riedle is invited to the stage to talk about his two goals in the 1997 final against Juventus, before turning his attention to the final of this season's competition in Berlin. "We've seen from the German Cup finals of recent years and the World Cup in 2006 that Berlin is a great place to host these events. It will go down as a great choice to stage this year's final."
17:45 So here we go then. Hosts Peter Schmeichel and Melanie Winiger have taken to the stage and the ceremony is underway. First we'll have the group stage draw, followed by the revelation of the winner of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for 2013/14.
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, BVB striker Ciro Immobile has revealed the prospect of winning the Champions League with the North Rhine-Westhphalians persuaded him to swap Italy for Germany. "That's one of the main reasons I signed for the club in the first place," said the 24-year-old, who finished as top scorer in Seria A last season. Dortmund last reached the final of Europe's premier club competition in 2013, when they lost out to FC Bayern München at Wembley Stadium.
FC Bayern also fell foul of the Spanish giants last season of course, Pep Guardiola's side succumbing to a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Madrid, who went on to clinch La Decima - their tenth European Cup victory. Could Xabi Alonso make the difference if the two sides meet again this time around? The midfielder has arrived in Munich to undergo a medical ahead of his proposed move to the 2013/14 Bundesliga champions.
1. Today at 6 p.m. will be the draw for the UEFA Championsleague groups. Really looking forward to see our opponents. #da27— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) August 28, 2014
Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 didn’t get off to the best of starts in the Bundesliga last weekend, but both sides will be looking to improve on last season's respective last-16 and quarter-final exits in the Champions League. Dortmund and Schalke were knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid, with BVB bowing out after a narrow 3-2 aggregate defeat and Schalke exiting the competition after a heavy 9-2 loss over the two legs.
Bayer Leverkusen eased into the group stages with a comfortable aggregate win over Danish outfit FC Kobenhavn. After winning 3-2 in Denmark's capital last week, goals from Heung-Min Son, Hakan Calhanoglu and in-form Stefan Kießling (pictured) earned Roger Schmidt's charges a straight-forward 4-0 victory at the BayArena on Wednesday evening, thereby becoming the fourth Bundesliga outfit to seal their place in the first round of the tournament. Die Werkself have been placed in pot 3.
Today also marks the announcement of the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe award, With FC Bayern München duo Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben shortlisted for the gong alongside Real Madrid CF's Cristiano Ronaldo. The winner will be announced during this evening's draw, and you can click on the above links to find out exactly why the 2014 FIFA Golden Glove winner and the flying Dutchman have been nominated for the award. Do they deserve their place on the shortlist? We certainly think so...
Last season's semi-finalists FC Bayern confirmed today that they've reached an agreement with Xabi Alonso ahead of a proposed move to the German record titleholders. The 32-year-old Real Madrid CF midfielder, who retired from international football on Wednesday, is expected in Munich today to undergo a medical, with vice chairman Jan-Christian Dreesen expecting the transfer to be completed within the next 48 hours.
Overview: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Monaco could all feasibly end up in the same group - and what a group it would be!
On 16 and 17 September, 32 clubs will kick off their UEFA Champions League campaign as they begin their road to Berlin. Those 32 clubs will learn their fate this afternoon, as the draw for the group stage takes place in Monaco. With FC Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen all in the hat (or Pots 1 to 4), the Bundesliga is once again well represented in Europe's premier club competition.