LiveSportsday - Champions League draw as it happened


  1. Liverpool will face holders Real Madrid in Champions League group draw
  2. Man City drawn with Bayern Munich and Roma; Arsenal to face Dortmund; Chelsea get Schalke
  3. Wayne Rooney appointed England captain
  4. Jack Colback, Fabian Delph, Calum Chambers & Danny Rose in England squad
  5. Louis van Gaal expects more Man Utd signings as Di Maria presented to media
  6. GET INVOLVED: What do you think of the Champions League draw?

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By Luke Reddy and Michael Emons

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And that is everything from a hectic day on Sportsday Live. We will be back at 08:00 BST on Friday, for all the latest news, transfer rumours and information before the weekend's action. Thanks for joining us and bye for now.

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Just a reminder that there will be a separate live text commentary for tonight's Europa League matches as Tottenham and Hull City aim to secure their places in the main group phase of the competition.

'We have a few plates spinning'

West Brom boss Alan Irvine says he wants to make one more signing before the transfer window closes on 1 September.

Irvine, who has signed 10 players in the summer, is after another winger to complete his squad.

"We have a few plates spinning at the moment," says Irvine. "If you pin all your hopes on one player and that one goes wrong where do you turn?

"You have got to make sure there are other options. We have a preferred choice but that might not be the one which happens."

Champions League draw reaction


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells his club's official website: "Hopefully it was great for the supporters to sit and watch the draw for the first time in five years.

"To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting. But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special.

"I'm already thinking of Anfield on that night. But there are two other good teams in it along with us. It's a tough group but we'll really look forward to the challenge of getting out of the group."

Palace close in on Zaha deal


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Crystal Palace are "very close" to completing the season-long loan signing of Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United, according to new manager Neil Warnock (pictured).

Zaha, 21, will return to Palace after just two appearances for United despite costing the Old Trafford club £15m.

"We're very close, we've agreed everything, there's just a few little bits insurance-wise," said Warnock. "The forms are signed from our end, and I've spoken to Wilfried."

Thursday's Europa League action

Tottenham v AEL Limassol (19:45 BST)

Tottenham will be without Spanish striker Roberto Soldado for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Cypriot side AEL Limassol.

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Soldado scored in Mauricio Pochettino side's 2-1 win in the first leg, but will not play because of neck and back injuries.

Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches could feature for the first time this season after recovering from a back injury. Right-back Kyle Naughton returns following suspension, but Kyle Walker is ruled out with a hip problem.

Welsh rugby row over

Rugby Union

The long-running feud in Welsh rugby between the Welsh rugby union and the four regions has been settled, with the announcement of a new six-year Rugby Services Agreement.

Under the new agreement, the Wales head coach Warren Gatland will select a number of players to be dual-contracted, a move designed to ensure a core of Welsh internationals remain in Wales.


A new selection policy has also been finalised, ruling that no player based overseas can play for Wales, although Gatland is able to make exceptions. The WRU will contribute 60% of the dual-contracts, with the regions 40%.

The regions will all receive an increase in funding from the union, as well as a one-off payment of £500,000. The agreement will mean British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will now be able to resume club duties for Cardiff Blues.

Champions League draw


We asked for your votes on which English side had the toughest Champions League group. There is a clear winner, by a huge margin. A total of 73.9% of you said Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini's men face Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E.

It seems the majority of you do indeed disagree with Andre Schurrle. He reckons Chelsea have a tough draw, but only 4% of you believe the Blues have the hardest route out of the group stages.

Chelsea face Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor in Group G.

Thursday's Europa League action

Hull City v KSC Lokeren (19:45 BST)

Hull City boss Steve Bruce will once again give his fringe players a chance as they aim to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their Europa League play-off with KSC Lokeren.

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Bruce made wholesale changes to his squad for the 1-0 defeat in Belgium last week and should again start with defender Harry Maguire. Striker Yannick Sagbo could start after serving a two-game domestic ban.

New signing Michael Dawson is not eligible following his move from Tottenham this week.

Europa League previews


Tomorrow will be the Europa League draw. Celtic will definitely be there after their defeat in the Champions League play-off round, while two English clubs - Tottenham and Hull - will be hoping to join them. They both play tonight, so let's have a look at their games.

Another award for Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

Liverpool face Real Madrid

Ben Smith

BBC Sport


"Liverpool have won all three of their previous European Cup ties with Real Madrid without conceding a goal."

Champions League draw


Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweets: Great draw for LFC decent chance to get through and the experience for the players of playing against Madrid. Real away my first Euro trip as a fan. Not easy for Man City with Munich and Roma who were outstanding in Serie A last season. Think they will go through though with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

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Some reaction to the Champions League draw.

Simon Ho: Schalke, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor we (Chelsea) should breeze that, but we shouldn't get lazy, these teams are in the Champions League.

Kenneth Fitzmaurice: Happy with the draw for Liverpool. Can see us topping this group. Liverpool to reach semis in return to Champions league.

Koroye E Young: Arsenal have a moderately easy ride and that should ease the pressure in our chase for multiple trophies and new players.

Andrew Priestley: Manchester City get yet another tough Champions League group draw. They have absolutely no luck in this competition.

Get involved

So there you have it… the Champions League draw has been made.

Who do you think has the toughest draw? Vote on the top right-hand side of this page.

The vote closes at 18:15 BST and the result will be announced here soon afterwards. If you want to, you can read our full terms and conditions.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweets: Some familiar and some new teams and grounds to travel to. Can't wait to hear the Champions League anthem again in September, bring it on!

Get involved


So the draw has been made. Happy with your opponents? Confident of reaching the knock-out phase? Let us know your thoughts. Get involved on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday.

Champions League draw

It looks like Manchester City have the toughest task out of the four English sides. German champions Bayern Munich, Russian champions CSKA Moscow and Roma, runners-up in last season's Serie A, all await for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Jose Mourinho will be smiling. Chelsea face Schalke (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) and Slovenian champions Maribor, who knocked Celtic out in the play-off round. Schalke came third in the Bundesliga, while Sporting Lisbon came second in the Primeira Liga.

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Liverpool and Arsenal will also be fancying their chances of finishing in the top two. Brendan Rodgers's side faces a mouth-watering tie against Real Madrid, and will be confident of overcoming the other two sides - Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal play Borussia Dortmund, Belgian champions Anderlecht and Turkish runners-up Galatasaray.

Ready for the big time



Ludogorets Razgrad only formed in 2001 and play in a stadium which holds 8,000 supporters.

In a fairytale for the Bulgarian club, they will face Liverpool, Basel and Real Madrid in this season's Champions League.

Last night they overcame Steaua Bucharest when defender Cosmin Moti played in goal for a penalty shootout, saving twice and scoring from the spot.

Champions League draw

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo

Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco.

Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht

Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, Roma.

Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia.

Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor

Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov.

Champions League draw


Arsenal's group is complete. They will face Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Galatasaray (Turkey) and Anderlecht (Belgium).

Champions League draw


Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad needed a centre-half to go in goal and save two penalties in the shoot-out to qualify for the Champions League. Well, what a reward. Real Madrid and Liverpool await them, along with Basel of Switzerland, in Group B.

APOEL Nicosia have the toughest task of all teams. They have to get out of a group containing Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Ajax. Good luck, lads.

Like buses


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Barcelona met Ajax for the first time in their history in last season's Champions League group stage. The Dutch side won at home but went down 4-0 at the Nou Camp. The sides will meet again this year.

Champions League draw


This is looking like a great draw for Chelsea so far. Schalke and Sporting Lisbon will not be causing any sleepless nights for Jose Mourinho or anyone at Stamford Bridge.

Champions League draw so far


Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos

Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool

Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen

Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow

Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax

Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon

Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao

Champions League draw

Liverpool are in the Champions League for the first time in five years. They will be facing Real Madrid and Basel as they are in Group B.

Manchester City will have a tricky trip to CSKA Moscow, as well as games against German champions Bayern Munich. It is looking a tough draw for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Every year there is a so-called Group of Death. This year it is Group F. Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Ajax.

German champions await City again


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In last season's tournament, Manchester City lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich but won 3-2 in Germany. The sides will meet again in Group E.

Champions League draw

Liverpool are in pot three. Group F is one to avoid with Barcelona and Paris St-Germain lurking. Group A could be tricky as well with Atletico Madrid and Juventus in it so far.

Champions League draw so far

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus

Group B: Real Madrid, Basel

Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg

Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund

Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City

Group F: Barcelona, Paris St-Germain

Group G: Chelsea, Schalke

Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk

Champions League Draw

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Barcelona are in Group F with Paris St-Germain, who have ex-Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad. That will be a tasty one.

Manchester City face Bayern Munich in Group E. Arsenal will face Borussia Dortmund in Group D.

Champions League draw

Ex-Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro will be the man drawing the second teams in each group. Arsenal will be in Group D, Chelsea in Group G. Peter Schmeichel is the master of ceremonies. A new role for the ex-Manchester United goalkeeper. Now things get interesting...

Champions League Draw

Here we go. The draw is under way. Do not go anywhere.

Liverpool's rehearsal draw


A number of journalists at the Champions League draw say Liverpool drew Juventus, Monaco and Real Madrid in rehearsals.

That would certainly be tough for Brendan Rodgers's side if that is repeated in the main event.

'Warnock has Palace's interests at heart'


Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has been talking about his former Selhurst Park manager Neil Warnock returning to Crystal Palace.

"I was pleased for Palace that Neil Warnock was named manager," Clyne tells BBC Radio Solent.

"He has the club's best interests at heart. When I was there he gave me my opportunity to play in the first team so for the youngsters there it will be good for them. He has experience and is good at getting the best out of players and hopefully he will do well at Palace."

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Some more Champions League chat before the draw starts.

Francois Guguen: Hoping for PSG to be drawn vs Barca, Ajax & Malmo #ZlatanTour

Chris Johnston: I'd love Champions League Group B to be Benfica, Basel, Bayer Leverkusen and Bate Borisov.

Steven Gleave: As a Liverpool fan I want Barca, PSG and Roma. Glitz and glamour over trips to eastern Europe!

Rian Hoskins: Hope Chelsea avoid Basel and Shakhtar so Zenit in pot two, probably Sporting Lisbon in pot three and Maribor or Malmo in pot four.

Welcome in the hillside


Swansea City manager Garry Monk wants Roy Hodgson to attend the Liberty Stadium after none of his players were called up by the England manager for two forthcoming internationals.

Hodgson named four uncapped players in his 22-man squad but overlooked the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Nathan Dyer who have impressed as Swansea won their opening two games in the Premier League.

"I know he's never been here to the Liberty Stadium to watch them as England manager and he'd have to come and watch us first before he can pick anyone," said Monk ahead of West Brom's visit on Saturday. "If they work hard there's no excuse not to try and look at them."

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Some thoughts on the upcoming Champions League draw.

Daniel Hodgkin: As a neutral hopefully we'll get Real Madrid, Dortmund, Liverpool and Roma in one group.

Josh Bailey: Arsenal need to avoid long trips to Zenit/Shakhtar and tricky teams like Olympiakos/APOEL would take Basel, Ajax and Malmo/Roma.

Niall Moran: As a confident Chelsea fan it doesn't matter who we are drawn against. Will top the group for sure.


Amanda O'Shaughnessy: Liverpool fan just looking to avoid Barcelona/Suarez reunion, don't want that sale to come back and bite us.

Champions League draw

So a reminder of how the Champions League draw, which begins at 16:45 BST, works. Each team is in one of four pots and cannot play another side from the same country. Each group will consist of one team from each pot.

Pot one: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Porto, Real Madrid.

Pot two: Basel, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg.

Pot three: Ajax, Athletic Bilbao, Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow, Galatasaray, Liverpool, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon.

Pot four: Anderlecht, APOEL Nicosia, BATE Borisov, Ludogorets Razgrad, Malmo, Maribor, Monaco, Roma.

Get involved

The Champions League draw is coming up from 16:45 BST. So we are asking Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fans what sides you want to face and who do you want to avoid and why? Tweet us using #bbcsportsday

Champions League draw - best and worst scenarios


Liverpool are playing in the Champions League for the first time in five seasons and will be hoping the draw (16:45 BST) will be kind to them.


A favourable draw for the 2005 winners could see them playing Porto (Portugal), Basel (Switzerland) and Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria).

The worst possible outcome would have them lining up against Real Madrid (Spain), Paris St-Germain (France) and Roma (Italy).

Holtby uncertainty


Lewis Holtby admits he could be moving on from Tottenham Hotspur this summer because of a lack of first-team action at White Hart Lane.

The former Schalke midfielder has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga with Hamburg.

"I'm a young player and I want to be playing all the time. That's very important for me, for my development and for my career," says the 23-year-old.

Seven heaven for Angel


"Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to me at Madrid and explained how important it is. I hope I can live up to it," says Angel Di Maria when asked about his decision to wear the number seven shirt at Manchester United.


The Argentina international follows in the footsteps of Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham and Bryan Robson.

Van Gaal's top mark for team player

Ben Smith

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"The lasting impression of that press conference was the obvious pride and delight that was written across Louis van Gaal's face throughout.

"He spoke at the start to reiterate that his new £60m signing must be a team player and with every answer Di Maria echoed that sentiment, so much so that Van Gaal actually mentioned how impressed he was by his new player's answers as the press conference went on.

"Di Maria said he had spoken to Ronaldo about the significance of the number seven shirt and the impression he gave out was that he was very much revelling in his role as Britain's most expensive footballer."

Other sport headlines

Formula 1: Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber questions whether Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg can remain team-mates at Mercedes.


Golf: Scotland's Stephen Gallacher opens with a 72 at the Italian Open as he targets a top-two finish that would earn him a Ryder Cup place.

Rowing: Britain's Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are in dominant form as they cruise into Saturday's women's pair World Championship final.

Rugby union: London Irish boss Brian Smith says his side will mount a serious challenge for silverware this season.

'We have 10 injuries'


Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal confirms Ander Herrera remains injured and Marcos Rojo is still waiting for a work permit.

"We have 10 injuries, one more than last week," says Van Gaal.

More signings at Man Utd


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects to do more business by the end of the transfer window on Monday.

"The club will [announce] when the time's there. Players will leave, others will come," he tells a news conference.

United have already signed Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo this summer.

Champions League draw - best and worst scenarios


Manchester City are in the second pot for the Champions League draw (16:45 BST) and will be hoping to do better than last season when they were knocked out by Barcelona in the last-16 phase.


A great draw for Manuel Pellegrini's side would see them facing Porto (Portugal), Athletic Bilbao (Spain) and Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria).

However, there will be no smiles if the draw sees them grouped with Real Madrid (Spain), CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Roma (Italy)

World Rowing Championships update


BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto in Amsterdam: "Olympic champion Katherine Grainger, who will be part of the BBC rowing presentation team this week, tells me she's looking forward to seeing Britain's men's four of Alex Gregory, Andy Triggs Hodge, Moe Sbihi and George Nash, who are gold-medal favourites, in action this afternoon.

"We've seen the new-look men's four dominate every race they've done this season," she says. "They're talking very confidently and they feel they've improved in speed since we last saw them at the Lucerne World Cup.

"The exciting thing is, they are talking about how this could be the fastest men's four Britain have ever had which is quite a statement considering the success we have had in the event, winning gold at the last four Olympics."

'We're restoring and rebuilding a new team'


More from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who has yet to win a game this season.

"We have to look at the future and we're doing that now with Manchester United by restoring and rebuilding a new team and that costs time," says Van Gaal.

"I'm sorry to say that for the fans because they are amazing. We lost 4-0 at MK Dons and they were singing and supporting the players. It's fantastic that we have such fans and I hope we shall fulfil their expectations, but it's not done in one month."

'I come to help'


Record signing Angel Di Maria explains his decision to move to the Premier League. He says: "Manchester United have already won many trophies and are a very big team. I have come to help raise the game and become an important team once again. I want to win many trophies with them.

"I'm very pleased to play for Manchester United. I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they're not playing in the Champions League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. I'm pleased with the manager for choosing me to come to Manchester United."