Draw: UEFA Champions League Group Stage

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dortmund-championsleague70Holders Dortmund have been drawn in Group G of this season’s UEFA Champions League Group Stage, where they’ll face Spanish side Valencia, Belgian runners-up Standard Liège, and Polish champions Legia Warsaw over the next fifteen weeks – a modest 3,000km total trip this autumn.

Chelsea were the first team drawn, and despite being the only side in their group who didn’t win their league last season, they’ll fancy their chances of progression to the last sixteen from Group A that also includes Anderlecht, Rapid Vienna and Olympique Lyonnais.

Group B features 2013 winners Bayern Munich are drawn alongside Turkish champions Fenerbahçe again this season, and they’ll be joined by Dinamo Zagreb and Zenit St. Petersburg.

Real Madrid will meet Benfica for the second season in a row, and Group C is completed by Ukrainian champions Metalist Kharkiv, and competition débutantes FSV Mainz.

The four sides in Group D Celtic, AC Milan, Villarreal, and Tottenham Hotspur – finished 1st, 2nd, 34rd, and 4th last season in their respective domestic leagues. Celtis and Spurs also met in last year’s competition.

The curious pairings from last season are also repeated in Group E with Arsenal and Olympiakos up against each other, where they’ll batt;e BSC Young Boys of Switzerland and Dutch champions FC Twente for places in the Second Knockout Round.

Competition new boys Shamrock Rovers face daunting trips to Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Sporting Lisbon in Group F, but will no doubt be thrilled at being the first Irish side to ever reach this stage.

Runners-up Barcelona were drawn in Group H alongside Juventus and Rubin Kazan, who both won their respective leagues last season, as well as AS Monaco who feature at this stage of the competition for the first time in ten years.

The 32 clubs have all received €10m from UEFA for competing at this stage.

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Dortmund will begin and end their Group Stage matches at home, with Valencia first to visit on 17 September. Scheduling means that Borussia Dortmund have rearranged three domestic matches, including the trips to Hamburg and Augsburg.

The club’s 25-man squad must be registered with UEFA on 01 September. [Fixture List]

BORUSSIA DORTMUND FIXTURE CHANGES
SEPTEMBER 2014
17 Valencia (ESP)          Home  UEFA Champions League Group G
30 Standard Liège (BEL)    Away  UEFA Champions League Group G
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OCTOBER 2014
21 Legia Warsaw (POL)      Away  UEFA Champions League Group G
29 Hamburger SV            Away  Bundesliga - moved from 17/09
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NOVEMBER 2014
05 Legia Warsaw (POL)      Home  UEFA Champions League Group G
12 Eintracht Braunschweig  Home  Pokal 2ndR - moved from 29/10
25 Valencia (ESP)          Away  UEFA Champions League Group G
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DECEMBER 2014
03 Augsburg                Away  Bundesliga - moved from 26/11
10 Standard Liège (BEL)    Home  UEFA Champions League Group G
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