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Summary

  1. Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets
  2. Group B: Benfica, Napoli, D Kiev, Besiktas
  3. Group C: Barcelona, Man City, B Moenchengladbach, Celtic
  4. Group D: B Munich, Atletico, PSV, Rostov
  5. Group E: CSKA, Leverkusen, Tottenham, Monaco
  6. Group F: R Madrid, B Dortmund, Sporting, L Warsaw
  7. Group G: Leicester, Porto, Brugge, FC Copenhagen
  8. Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, D Zagreb
  9. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday - best and worst Champions League groups

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth and Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

So long, farewell...

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Right, that's it for the Champions League group stage draw but do not fret, for if it's football live text commentary you're after we have West Ham's Europa League qualifying play-off against Astra Giurgiu coming right up here.

We'll leave you with a recap of the groups, until next time....

Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas.

Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic.

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov.

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco.

Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw.

Group G:Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge, FC Copenhagen.

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb.

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Andrew Morris: Amazing draw Leicester! They have a real chance of progressing. Arsenal, as usual, have a straight forward group. City tough.

Vigan Budima: Xhakabrothers to face each other once again, now at club level.

Good spot, Vigan. Granit Xhaka of Switzerland and Arsenal up against brother Taulant Xhaka of Albania and Basel.

Izzet on target

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Muzzy Izzet.

That's the answer to who scored Leicester's last goal in a European competition, and it came in a 3-1 second-leg defeat to Red Star Belgrade in the Uefa Cup first round in 2000-01.

Gerry Taggart had scored in the first leg, but the Foxes were held to a 1-1 draw at Filbert Street.

The Foxes of course have never featured in Europe's top-tier competition, and that means Jamie Vardy and co will get the chance to become the club's first Champions League goalscorer when the group stage kicks off next month.

Tottenham return

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Tottenham are no strangers to Europe, but the Champions League remains something of a rare venture for the north Londoners.

The club's only appearance in the competition's modern format came in 2010-11, and was eventually ended by Real Madrid at the quarter-final stage after memorable wins against both Milan clubs.

Cue memories of that Gareth Bale hat-trick...

Spurs, fresh off the back of a double-winning domestic season, did reach the European Cup semi-finals in 1961-62, when a Eusebio-led Benfica went through by the odd goal after losing the second-leg 2-1 at White Hart Lane. The Portuguese side went on to beat Real Madrid in the final.

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Manchester City and Arsenal have recent history in Europe, and the Champions League, but let's have a quick look at how England's other representatives for this year's competition have fared in the past.

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Lotak: Well we (Spurs) dodged a major bullet.

George Dyer: Leicester's lucky streak continues.

Chris Lawton: Perfect group for #lcfc in the #UCLdraw all winnable games and not too much travelling, can't wait!

The road to Cardiff...

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The first group stage games will get under way in the week of the 13 and 14 September, but when will it all end I hear you scream?

Well, the answer is on 3 June in Cardiff.

There won't be any Welsh club interest in the final at the Principality (formerly Millennium) Stadium, but one Gareth Bale might fancy it....

Ronaldo named best in Europe

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Now it's time for the Best Men's Player in Madrid, sorry Europe, as Real's Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico's Antoine Griezmann make their way to the stage.

And the award goes to...Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

What's stat all about?

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Uefa's statisticians have been crunching the numbers, and bring you this bit of wisdom: "Of all the teams ever to be drawn from Pot One, 56% have gone on to top their group. 

"They have failed to reach the last 16 only 14% of the time." 

Good news for Leicester? 

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Parky: As a Chelsea fan, feels strange that were not in it :( decent draw so far for Spurs and Leicester.

Bello: This draw is pretty straight forward.Most would easily pick the two to qualify from each group.

Hegerberg named best women's player

Now the draw is complete, we've a few awards to get through.

The first is Best Women's Player in Europe, and that huge trophy (it's massive) goes to Norway's Ada Hegerberg.

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So, what do we think of that? Which team faces the toughest task to qualify for the knockout stages?

For Pep Guardiola, it's a return to Barcelona, while Manchester City will also head north of the border to face Celtic.

Arsenal have the French champions in PSG, while Premier League winners Leicester City get Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen.

As for Tottenham, surely Mauricio Pochettino's side will be pleased with a group that also includes CSKA Moscow, Leverkusen and Monaco?

Let us know your thoughts at #bbcsportsday

The final draw

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After a lot of fumbling around (mainly by Ian Rush), we finally have our confirmed groups for the 2016/17 Champions League:

Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas.

Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic.

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, FC Rostov.

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco.

Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw.

Group G:Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge, FC Copenhagen.

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb.

Celtic to face City

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Celtic are the last side out of the draw, and they are drawn with Manchester City, Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Elsewhere, it's Group F for Legia Warsaw, which means Real Madrid, Dortmund and Sporting, while GNK Dinamo go into Group H alongside Juventus, Sevilla and Lyon.

Newcomers FC Rostov will face Bayern, Atletico and PSV in their first ever Champions League group stage outing - that completes Group D.

Group B is also complete, with Besiktas joining Benfica, Napoli and Dynamo Kiev.

Foxes get Copenhagen

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Well, Leicester City fans must fancy their chances of progressing from this group. No draw in this competition is easy, of course, but Copenhagen are the ones to complete Group G, along with Porto and Club Brugge.

Monaco - arguably the toughest of the pot four sides - join Tottenham in Group E.

Group A complete

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Team Champions League draw, in the name of balance, have brought on a defender.

Though it's still a rather attacking option in former Real Madrid and Brazil left back Roberto Carlos.

It's his job to complete the groups with just pot four to go, and the first finalised group sees Bulgarian side Ludogorets join PSG, Arsenal and Basel in Group A.

The draw so far...

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Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev

Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur

Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon 

Group G:Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon

Tough test for Man City

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Manchester City's group is already looking tough, as well as Barcelona they get Borussia Monchengladbach in Group C, while Arsenal and PSG are joined by Basel in Group A. 

Foxes joined by Brugge

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Van Nistelrooy pulls out former side PSV, with Ian Rush again struggling to unscrew the group ball before declaring it's Group D for the Dutch - that's Bayern and Atletico.

Leicester City will be joined by Belgian side Club Brugges in Group G, while Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev join Napoli and Benfica in Group B.

Spurs into Group E

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Tottenham Hotspur are out, and they are given Group E with CSKA Moscow and Leverkusen - will Spurs fans fancy that?

Sporting Lisbon get handed a challenging group with Real Madrid and Dortmund, and that means a return to his old club for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lyon join Juve and Sevilla

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Another pot, another switch, another top class striker. Ruud van Nistelrooy is next to be called up to draw the teams.

First out the bowl for the former Manchester United striker is Lyon, and with the trusty hands of Ian Rush still on group-picking duty, the French side get Group H - that's Juventus and Sevilla.

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Benhard Naweseb: Keeping a close eye on how they are handling the balls, trying to figure out which ones are hot and which is cold

Gregory Mandapat: Thierry Henry better not disappoint and get a good draw for Arsenal. Group B or Group E!

Vasily Pugh: Doesn't seem right not having Infantino chairing the draw for CL. Maybe he'll descend from above at the end.

Pep heads back to Barca

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Well, well, well, Manchester City complete the teams to be drawn from pot two, and Pep Guardiola will be heading back to the Camp Nou as it's Group C and Barcelona for his new side.

Bayer Leverkusen will face CSKA Moscow in Group E, and it's a mammoth clash in Group D too as Atletico Madrid join Bayern Munich.

Arsenal get PSG

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Thierry Henry can't resist a smile as he pulls Arsenal out of the bowl, and has a chuckle as they're given Group A for a match up with French champions Paris St-Germain.

Napoli are next out, they get Benfica in Group B.

Dortmund face Madrid

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Europa League winners Sevilla get Juventus in Group H for a second successive season, while Borussia Dortmund are drawn with the European champions, Real Madrid.

Henry joins the floor

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Substitution, it's Clarence Seedorf off and Thierry Henry on. The French forward, of course, was a Champions League winner with Barcelona.

His old club Arsenal are also in pot two, but he draws Porto out first and Ian Rush puts them in Group G alongside.....Leicester City!

Leicester in Group G

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How are you with superstition, Leicester City fans?

0 - Group G is the only group not to have produced a single Champions League winner in the last 13 seasons. Unwanted.

Juventus last out

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Ian Rush places Paris St-Germain in Group A, and that just leaves us, hopefully, with Juventus.

Yes, Clarence Seedorf pulls out the Italian champions and they go into the remaining group - Group H.

Bayern top Group D

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Manager Carlo Ancellotti, looking to win a Champions League title with a third club, sees his Bayern Munich team drawn in Group D.

Portuguese champions Benfica, meanwhile, will be the top seeds in Group B and CSKA Moscow are drawn in Group E.

'A dream' for Leicester fans

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Leicester City fan Carl Shaw on BBC Radio 5 live:

"It [being involved in the draw] is dreams that you thought would never come true.

"Looking at the groups, I wouldn't mind being drawn with Borussia Dortmund, PSV Eindhoven and Ludorgrets Razgrad, although it might be nice to draw Ranieri's old side Monaco from pot four.

"I believe we can get through the group stage and I think we'll end up facing a British club in the knock-out stages."

Foxes up

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It's the Premier League champions, and Leicester City are the first side to go into Group G.

They're quickly followed by the European champions, who will play in Group F.

Here we go

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So, the first team out of the pot are Barcelona, picked by Clarence Seedorf, and their group is....

Well, Ian Rush is struggling to undo this mini football with the group number inside, but eventually the former Liverpool striker puts them in Group C.

Anyone but Atletico

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It may be Premier League champions Leicester City's first foray in Europe's top club competition, but the Foxes have competed on the continent before.

Their place as one of the top seeds means a perhaps unwelcome reunion with Atletico Madrid, from pot two, could be on the cards - the Foxes have been knocked out twice by the Spanish giants in two of their three European outings.

Having progressed against Glenavon in the preliminary round, Leicester met Atletico in the European Cup Winners' Cup first round in the 1961-62 season and lost 2-0 in Madrid after a 1-1 draw at home.

Some 36 years later they met again in the Uefa Cup, but an Ian Marshall goal proved too little as Juninho scored in both legs to send Los Rojiblancos through.

Pot luck...

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Here's a quick recap of which clubs are in which pots for the Champions League draw, with the winners of the top-ranked European leagues making it into pot one.

The rest comes down to a club's coefficients and previous European performances, hence why Arsenal and Manchester City both make it into pot two, despite City having to come through qualifying.

Of course, no team can be drawn against a team from their own country in the group stages. Teams from Russia and Ukraine will also not be drawn together.

Pot One: Real Madrid (qualified as holders), Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus; Benfica, Paris St-Germain, CSKA Moscow.

Pot Two: Arsenal, Man City, Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, Sevilla, Porto, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen.

Pot Three: Tottenham, Basel, Dynamo Kiev, Lyon, PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Club Brugge, Monchengladbach.

Pot Four: Celtic, Monaco, Besiktas, Legia Warsaw, Dinamo Zagreb, Ludogorets Razgrad, Kobenhavn, Rostov.

The Real deal - Madrid pair are in attendance

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Ronaldo and Bale suited and booted 👔 #UCLdraw #UEFABestPlayer

Ronaldo and Bale suited and booted 👔 #UCLdraw #UEFABestPlayer

No place for Dutch giants

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Four-time European champions Ajax missed out on a place in the Champions League group stage after losing 4-1 to Rostov.

Russian side Rostov won 5-2 on aggregate to reach the group stage for the first time in their history.

It is the second season in a row that Ajax have failed to reach the groups - they were knocked out by Rapid Vienna a year ago.

Top pot for Foxes

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Without delving too deeply into the confusing world of coefficients, what you really need to know is it is the changes to this year's draw that have landed Premier League champions Leicester City in pot one.

Clubs were previously ranked on their performances in Europe over a number of years prior to the season's competition, which would have put Claudio Ranieri's men in pot four.

As it is, they won't get that dream tie against Barcelona on Real Madrid, yet, but in theory they should be handed an easier route to the knockout stages.

How to follow the draw

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Settled down? Cuppa at the ready? Not long to go now until the group stage draw for the 2016/17 Champions League.

However, if you're about to head out in the car - or can't stay with us here - then Ian Dennis will be providing live updates on proceedings over on BBC Radio 5 live.

Listen here.

Details of #UCLdraw from 5 on @bbc5live for #LCFC #MCFC #THFC #AFC #Celtic

Gary's ready...

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Time for the @ChampionsLeague draw. Leicester City are in pot one. Pot one! Still sublimely bonkers.