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2020–21 UEFA Champions League
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Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
8 August 2020 – 30 September 2020
Competition proper:
20 October 2020 – 29 May 2021
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79, 80 or 81

The 2020–21 UEFA Champions League will be the 66th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 29th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

The final will be played at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League in the 2021 UEFA Super Cup.

Association team allocation

A total of 79, 80 or 81 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League and 2019–20 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league.

Association ranking

For the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2019 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2014–15 to 2018–19.

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) – Additional berth for UEFA Champions League title holders
  • (UEL) – Additional berth for UEFA Europa League title holders
Association ranking for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Flag of Spain.png Spain 103.569 4
2 England.png England 85.462
3 Flag of Italy.gif Italy 74.725
4 Germany.png Germany 71.927
5 Flag of France.png France 58.498 3
6 Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia 50.549
7 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 48.232 2
8 Belgium.png Belgium 39.900
9 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 38.900
10 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 34.600
11 Netherlands.png Netherlands 32.433
12 Flag of Austria.png Austria 31.250
13 Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 28.675
14 Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 27.600
15 Croatia.png Croatia 27.375
16 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 27.025 1
17 Switzerland.png Switzerland 26.900
18 Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 24.925
19 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 22.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20 Scotland.png Scotland 22.125 1
21 Belarus Flag.svg Belarus 21.875
22 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 20.900
23 Flag of Norway.png Norway 20.200
24 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 19.250
25 Flag of Poland.png Poland 19.250
26 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 19.000
27 Flag of Israel.png Israel 18.625
28 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 17.500
29 Romania.png Romania 15.950
30 Slovakia.png Slovakia 15.625
31 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 15.000
32 Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein 13.500 0
33 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 10.500 1
34 Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia 8.000
35 Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 7.750
36 Flag of Albania.png Albania 7.500
37 Flag of Republic Ireland.gif Republic of Ireland 7.450
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38 Flag of Finland.gif Finland 7.275 1
39 Flag of Iceland.png Iceland 7.250
40 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.125
41 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 6.750
42 Latvia.png Latvia 5.625
43 Luxembourg.png Luxembourg 5.500
44 Flag of Armenia.png Armenia 5.250
45 Malta.png Malta 5.125
46 Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia 5.000
47 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 4.750
48 Flag of Wales.gif Wales 4.125
49 Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 4.125
50 Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands 4.000
51 Flag of Gibraltar.png Gibraltar 4.000
52 Flag of Northern Ireland.jpg Northern Ireland 3.875
53 Flag of Kosovo.png Kosovo 2.500
54 Flag of Andorra.png Andorra 1.831
55 San Marino.png San Marino 0.666

Distribution

The following is the default access list.

Access list for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round
(34 teams)
  • 33 champions from associations 18–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 15–17
  • 17 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(6 teams)
  • 6 runners-up from associations 10–15
Third qualifying round Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 13–14
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 3 runners-up from associations 7–9
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 5–6
  • 3 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 11–12
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • Champions League title holders
  • Europa League title holders
  • 10 champions from associations 1–10
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 4 third-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Changes will be made to the access list above if the Champions League and/or Europa League title holders, which are guaranteed berths in the Champions League group stage, also qualify for the Champions League via their domestic leagues.

  • If the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage via their domestic league, the champions of association 11 (Netherlands), Ajax, will enter the group stage, and champions of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds will also be promoted accordingly.
  • If the Europa League title holders qualify for the group stage via their domestic league, the third-placed team of association 5 (France), Rennes, will enter the group stage, and non-champions of the highest-ranked associations in earlier rounds will also be promoted accordingly.

As a result of schedule delays to both the 2019–20 and 2020–21 European seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 European season started before the conclusion of the 2019–20 European season. Therefore, the changes to the access list that should be made based on which teams are the Champions League and Europa League title holders cannot be certain until matches of the earlier qualifying rounds have been played and/or their draws have been made. UEFA will use "adaptive re-balancing" to change the access list once the berths for the Champions League and Europa League title holders are determined, and "will ensure that the competition rounds of the qualifying phase that have already been drawn or played at the moment the titleholders are determined will not be impacted." (Regulations Article 3.04) The following scenarios are possible:

  • At the time of the draws for the first qualifying round and second qualifying round (Champions Path) are held on 9 and 10 August 2020, it cannot be certain whether the Champions League title holder berth will be vacated as one of the quarter-finalists of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League have not qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic league (Lyon). Therefore, these draws will proceed as normal per the default access list, and will not be changed regardless of whether the matches have been played, even if at any time during the final eight tournament of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, to be concluded with the final on 23 August 2020, that it is certain that the Champions League title holder berth will be vacated. If the eventual winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League have already qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic league, meaning the Champions League title holder berth is vacated, "adaptive re-balancing" will start from the third qualifying round (Champions Path), whose draw will be held on 31 August 2020, and the following changes to the access list will be made:
    • The champions of association 11 (Netherlands), Ajax, will enter the group stage instead of the play-off round (Champions Path).
    • The champions of associations 13 and 14 (Czech Republic and Greece), Slavia Prague and Olympiacos, will enter the play-off round (Champions Path) instead of the third qualifying round (Champions Path).
  • At the time of the draw for the second qualifying round (League Path) is held on 10 August 2020, it cannot be certain whether the Europa League title holder berth will be vacated as at least one of the quarter-finalists of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League have not qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic leagues (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bayer Leverkusen, Copenhagen and Basel). Therefore, this draw will proceed as normal per the default access list, and will not be changed regardless of whether the matches have been played, even if at any time during the final eight tournament of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, to be concluded with the final on 21 August 2020, that it is certain that the Europa League title holder berth will be vacated. If the eventual winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League have already qualified for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage via their domestic league, meaning the Europa League title holder berth is vacated, "adaptive re-balancing" will start from the third qualifying round (League Path), whose draw will be held on 31 August 2020, and the following changes to the access list will be made:
    • The third-placed team of association 5 (France), Rennes, will enter the group stage instead of the third qualifying round (League Path).
    • The third-placed team of association 6 (Russia), Krasnodar, will enter the play-off round (League Path) instead of the third qualifying round (League Path).

Teams

NOTE: The following list of qualified teams is provisional, subject to final confirmation by UEFA, as each participating team must obtain a UEFA club licence. All qualified teams are included in this list as long as they have not been banned by UEFA or have not failed their final appeal with their football association on obtaining a licence.

In early April 2020, UEFA announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the deadline for entering the tournament had been postponed until further notice. UEFA also sent a letter to all member associations that domestic leagues must be completed in full without ending prematurely in order to qualify for European competitions. After meeting with the 55 UEFA associations on 21 April 2020, UEFA strongly recommended them to finish domestic top league and cup competitions, although in some special cases where it is not possible, UEFA would develop guidelines concerning participation in its club competitions in case of a cancelled league or cup. After the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 23 April 2020, UEFA announced that if a domestic competition is prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons in accordance with conditions related to public health or economic problems, the national associations concerned are required to select their participating teams for the 2020–21 UEFA club competitions based on sporting merit in the 2019–20 domestic competitions, and UEFA reserves the right to refuse their admission if UEFA deems the termination of the competitions not legitimate, or the selection procedure not objective, transparent and non-discriminatory, or the team is perceived by the public as qualifying unfairly. A suspended domestic competition may also be restarted with a different format from the original one in a manner which would still facilitate qualification on sporting merit. All leagues should communicate to UEFA by 25 May 2020 whether they intend to restart their competitions, but this deadline was later extended. On 17 June 2020, UEFA announced that associations must enter their teams by 3 August 2020.

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round:

  • TH: Champions League title holders
  • EL: Europa League title holders
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.: League positions of the previous season
  • Abd-: League positions of abandoned season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe as determined by the national association; all teams are subject to approval by UEFA as per the guidelines for entry to European competitions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second qualifying round, third qualifying round and play-off round are divided into Champions Path (CH) and League Path (LP).

Qualified teams for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Entry round Teams
GS Germany Bayern Munich (1st)TH Spain Sevilla (4th)EL Spain Real Madrid (1st) Spain Barcelona (2nd)
Spain Atlético Madrid (3rd) England Liverpool (1st) England Manchester City (2nd)[Note ENG] England Manchester United (3rd)
England Chelsea (4th) Italy Juventus (1st) Italy Inter Milan (2nd) Italy Atalanta (3rd)
Italy Lazio (4th) Germany Borussia Dortmund (2nd) Germany RB Leipzig (3rd) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach (4th)
France Paris Saint-Germain (Abd-1st)[Note FRA] France Marseille (Abd-2nd)[Note FRA] France Rennes (Abd-3rd)[Note FRA] Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st)
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow (2nd) Portugal Porto (1st) Belgium Club Brugge (Abd-1st)[Note BEL] Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir (1st) Netherlands Ajax (Abd-1st)[Note NED]
PO CH Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st) Czech Republic Slavia Prague (1st) Greece Olympiacos (1st)
LP Russia Krasnodar (3rd)
Q3 LP Portugal Benfica (2nd) Belgium Gent (Abd-2nd)[Note BEL] Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)
Q2 CH Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Denmark Midtjylland (1st) Switzerland Young Boys (1st)
LP Turkey Beşiktaş (3rd)[Note TUR] Netherlands AZ (Abd-2nd)[Note NED] Austria Rapid Wien (2nd) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (2nd)
Greece PAOK (2nd) Croatia Lokomotiva (2nd)
Q1 Cyprus Omonia (Abd-1st)[Note CYP] Serbia Red Star Belgrade (1st) Scotland Celtic (Abd-1st)[Note SCO] Belarus Dynamo Brest (1st)
Sweden Djurgårdens IF (1st) Norway Molde (1st) Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Poland Legia Warsaw (1st)
Azerbaijan Qarabağ (Abd-1st)[Note AZE] Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st) Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Romania CFR Cluj (1st)
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava (1st) Slovenia Celje (1st) Hungary Ferencváros (1st) North Macedonia Sileks (Abd-2nd)[Note MKD]
Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol (1st) Albania Tirana (1st) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (1st) Finland KuPS (1st)
Iceland KR (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo (Abd-1st)[Note BIH] Lithuania Sūduva (1st) Latvia Riga (1st)
Luxembourg Fola Esch (Abd-1st)[Note LUX] Armenia Ararat-Armenia (1st) Malta Floriana (Abd-1st)[Note MLT] Estonia Flora (1st)
Georgia Dinamo Tbilisi (1st) Wales Connah's Quay Nomads (Abd-1st)[Note WAL] Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica (Abd-1st)[Note MNE] Faroe Islands (1st)
Gibraltar Europa (Abd-1st)[Note GIB]
PR Northern Ireland Linfield (Abd-1st)[Note NIR] Kosovo Drita (1st) Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes (1st) San Marino Tre Fiori (Abd-1st)[Note SMR]

Schedule

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise). The tournament would originally have started in June 2020, but had been delayed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. The new schedule was announced by the UEFA Executive Committee on 17 June 2020.

All qualifying matches, excluding the play-off round, will be played as single leg matches, hosted by one of the teams decided by draw (except the preliminary round which will be played at neutral venue), and will be played behind closed doors.

Schedule for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 17 July 2020 8 August 2020 (semi-final round) 11 August 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 9 August 2020 18–19 August 2020
Second qualifying round 10 August 2020 25–26 August 2020
Third qualifying round 31 August 2020 15–16 September 2020
Play-off Play-off round 1 September 2020 22–23 September 2020 29–30 September 2020
Group stage Matchday 1 1 October 2020
(Geneva)
20–21 October 2020
Matchday 2 27–28 October 2020
Matchday 3 3–4 November 2020
Matchday 4 24–25 November 2020
Matchday 5 1–2 December 2020
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2020
Knockout phase Round of 16 14 December 2020 16–17 & 23–24 February 2021 9–10 & 16–17 March 2021
Quarter-finals 19 March 2021 6–7 April 2021 13–14 April 2021
Semi-finals 27–28 April 2021 4–5 May 2021
Final 29 May 2021 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

The original schedule of the competition, as planned before the pandemic, was as follows (all draws held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).

Original schedule for 2020–21 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 9 June 2020 23 June 2020 (semi-final round) 26 June 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 16 June 2020 7–8 July 2020 14–15 July 2020
Second qualifying round 17 June 2020 21–22 July 2020 28–29 July 2020
Third qualifying round 20 July 2020 4–5 August 2020 11 August 2020
Play-off Play-off round 3 August 2020 18–19 August 2020 25–26 August 2020
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2020
(Monaco)
15–16 September 2020
Matchday 2 29–30 September 2020
Matchday 3 20–21 October 2020
Matchday 4 3–4 November 2020
Matchday 5 24–25 November 2020
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2020
Knockout phase Round of 16 14 December 2020 16–17 & 23–24 February 2021 9–10 & 16–17 March 2021
Quarter-finals 19 March 2021 6–7 April 2021 13–14 April 2021
Semi-finals 27–28 April 2021 4–5 May 2021
Final 29 May 2021 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the following special rules are applicable to the qualifying phase and play-offs:

  • Prior to each draw, UEFA will publish the list of known travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All teams must inform UEFA if there are other existing restrictions other than those published. If a team fails to do so which as a consequence the match cannot take place, the team is considered responsible and to have forfeited the match.
  • If travel restrictions imposed by the home team's country prevent the away team from entering, the home team must propose an alternative venue that allows the match to take place without any restrictions. Otherwise they are considered to have forfeited the match.
  • If travel restrictions imposed by the away team's country prevent the away team from leaving or returning, the home team must propose an alternative venue that allows the match to take place without any restrictions. Otherwise UEFA will decide on a venue.
  • If after the draw, new restrictions imposed by either the home team's or away team's country prevent the match from taking place, the team of that country are considered to have forfeited the match.
  • If either team refuses to play the match, they are considered to have forfeited the match. If both teams refuse to play or are responsible for a match not taking place, both teams are disqualified.
  • If a team has players and/or officials tested positive for COVID-19 preventing them from playing the match before the deadline set by UEFA, they are considered to have forfeited the match.
  • In all cases, the two teams may agree to play the match at the away team's country or at a neutral country, subject to UEFA's approval. UEFA has the final authority to decide on a venue for any match, or to reschedule any match if necessary.
  • If, for any reason, the qualifying phase and play-offs cannot be completed before the deadline set by UEFA, UEFA will decide on the principles for determining the teams qualified for the group stage.

Four countries (Poland, Hungary, Greece and Cyprus) have provided neutral venue hubs which allow matches to be played at their stadiums without restrictions.

Preliminary round

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League preliminary round

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 17 July 2020, 12:00 CEST. The semi-finals were played on 8 August at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland. The final was due to be played at the same venue on 11 August but the match was cancelled after two players from Drita tested positive for COVID-19 and Linfield were awarded a technical 3–0 win.

Bracket

Semi-final round Final round
                           
  8 August  Kosovo Drita 2  
Nyon  Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes 1  
  11 August  Kosovo Drita 0
  Nyon  Northern Ireland Linfield (awd.) 3
8 August  San Marino Tre Fiori 0
  Nyon  Northern Ireland Linfield 2  


Summary

The semi-finals were played on 8 August at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland. The final was due to be played at the same venue on 11 August but the match was cancelled after two players from Drita tested positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and Linfield were awarded a technical 3–0 win.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
Tre Fiori San Marino 0–2 Flag of Northern Ireland Linfield
Drita Flag of Kosovo 2–1 Flag of Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Drita Flag of Kosovo 0–3
(awd.)
Flag of Northern Ireland Linfield

Qualifying rounds

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds

First qualifying round

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 9 August 2020, 12:00 CEST.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ferencváros Flag of Hungary 2–0 Flag of Sweden Good one Djurgårdens IF
Celtic Scotland 6–0 Flag of Iceland KR
Legia Warsaw Flag of Poland 1–0 Flag of Northern Ireland Linfield
Sheriff Tiraspol Flag of Moldova 2–0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
Connah's Quay Nomads Flag of Wales 0–2 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Red Star Belgrade Flag of Serbia 5–0 Flag of Gibraltar Europa
Budućnost Podgorica Flag of Montenegro 1–3 Flag of Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Ararat-Armenia Flag of Armenia 0–1 (a.e.t.) Flag of Cyprus Omonia
Floriana Malta 0–2 Romania CFR Cluj
Maccabi Tel Aviv Flag of Israel 2–0 Latvia Riga
Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan 4–0 Flag of Macedonia Sileks
Dinamo Tbilisi Flag of Georgia 0–2 Flag of Albania Tirana
Dynamo Brest Belarus Flag 6–3 Flag of Kazakhstan Astana
Molde Flag of Norway 5–0 Flag of Finland KuPS
Flora Flag of Estonia 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(2–4 p)
Flag of Lithuania Sūduva
Celje Flag of Slovenia 3–0 Flag of Republic Ireland Dundalk
Faroe Islands 21 Aug (17) Slovakia Slovan Bratislava

The losers will enter the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Second qualifying round

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 10 August 2020, 12:00 CEST. The matches were played on 25 and 26 August 2020.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Champions Path
CFR Cluj Romania 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(5–6 p)
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Young Boys Switzerland 3–1 Faroe Islands
Celtic Scotland 1–2 Flag of Hungary Ferencváros
Sūduva Flag of Lithuania 0–3 Flag of Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Legia Warsaw Flag of Poland 0–2 (a.e.t.) Flag of Cyprus Omonia
Celje Flag of Slovenia 1–2 Flag of Norway Molde
Ludogorets Razgrad Flag of Bulgaria 0–1 Flag of Denmark Midtjylland
Dynamo Brest Belarus Flag 2–1 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan 2–1 Flag of Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
Tirana Flag of Albania 0–1 Flag of Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Team 1  Score  Team 2
League Path
AZ Netherlands 3–1 (a.e.t.) Flag of Czech Viktoria Plzeň
PAOK Flag of Greece.svg 3–1 Flag of Turkey Beşiktaş
Lokomotiva Croatia 0–1 Flag of Austria Rapid Wien

Third qualifying round

The matches were played on 15 and 16 September 2020.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Champions Path
Ferencváros Flag of Hungary 2–1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–6 p)
Flag of Norway Molde
Omonia Flag of Cyprus 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Flag of Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Midtjylland Flag of Denmark 3–0 Switzerland Young Boys
Maccabi Tel Aviv Flag of Israel 1–0 Belarus Flag Dynamo Brest
Team 1  Score  Team 2
League Path
PAOK Flag of Greece.svg 2–1 Flag of Portugal Benfica
Dynamo Kyiv Flag of Ukraine 2–0 Netherlands AZ
Gent Belgium 2–1 Flag of Austria Rapid Wien

Play-off round

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round#Play-off round

The draw for the play-off round was held on 1 September 2020, 12:00 CEST. The first legs were played on 22 and 23 September, and the second legs were played on 29 and 30 September 2020.

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Champions Path
Slavia Prague Flag of Czech 1–4 Flag of Denmark Midtjylland 0–0 1–4
Maccabi Tel Aviv Flag of Israel 2–5 Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–2 1–3
Olympiacos Flag of Greece.svg 2–0 Flag of Cyprus Omonia 2–0 0–0
Molde Flag of Norway 3–3 (a) Flag of Hungary Ferencváros 3–3 0–0
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
League Path
Krasnodar Flag of Russia Good One 4–2 Flag of Greece.svg PAOK 2–1 2–1
Gent Belgium 1–5 Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–2 0–3

Group stage

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage

A total of 32 teams play in the group stage: 26 teams which enter in this stage, and the six winners of the play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path).

The draw for the group stage was held on 1 October 2020, 18:00 CEST. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (introduced starting 2015–16 season):

  • Pot 1 contains the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2019 UEFA country coefficients. If either or both title holders were one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the next highest ranked association(s) are also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contain the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays are 20–21 October, 27–28 October, 3–4 November, 24–25 November, 1–2 December and 8–9 December 2020.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also participate in the 2020–21 UEFA Youth League on the same matchdays, where they compete in the UEFA Champions League Path (the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations compete in a separate Domestic Champions Path until the play-offs).

Krasnodar, Midtjylland, İstanbul Başakşehir and Rennes will make their debut appearances in the group stage. This season became the first in the history of the Champions League in which three Russian clubs will play in the group stage.

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Germany Bayern Munich Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Spain Atlético Madrid
Flag of Austria Red Bull Salzburg Transfer to Europa League
Flag of Russia Good One Lokomotiv Moscow

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain Real Madrid Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Flag of Italy Inter Milan Transfer to Europa League
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach

Group C

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Portugal Porto Advance to knockout phase
England Manchester City
Flag of Greece.svg Olympiacos Transfer to Europa League
Flag of France Marseille

Group D

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
England Liverpool Advance to knockout phase
Netherlands Ajax
Flag of Italy Atalanta Transfer to Europa League
Flag of Denmark Midtjylland

Group E

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain Sevilla Advance to knockout phase
England Chelsea
Flag of Russia Good One Krasnodar Transfer to Europa League
Flag of France Rennes

Group F

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Russia Good One Zenit Saint Petersburg Advance to knockout phase
Germany Borussia Dortmund
Flag of Italy Lazio Transfer to Europa League
Belgium Club Brugge

Group G

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Italy Juventus Advance to knockout phase
Flag of Spain Barcelona
Flag of Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Transfer to Europa League
Flag of Hungary Ferencváros

Group H

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain Advance to knockout phase
England Manchester United
Germany RB Leipzig Transfer to Europa League
Flag of Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir

Knockout phase

Main article: 2020–21 UEFA Champions League knockout phase

Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 14 December 2020. The first legs will be played on 16, 17, 23 and 24 February, and the second legs will be played on 9, 10, 16 and 17 March 2021.

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 19 March 2021. The first legs will be played on 6 and 7 April, and the second legs will be played on 13 and 14 April 2021.

Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 19 March 2021, after the quarter-final draw. The first legs will be played on 27 and 28 April, and the second legs will be played on 4 and 5 May 2021.

Final

Main article: 2021 UEFA Champions League Final

The final will be played on 29 May 2021 at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. A draw will be held on 19 March 2021, after the quarter-final and semi-final draws, to determine the "home" team for administrative purposes.

29 May 2021 (2021-05-29)
22:00 TRT
TBD ? v ? TBD Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul
Report

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