Watch the UCL draw live in Nigeria: All you need to know

Watch the UCL draw live in Nigeria: All you need to know
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Read on to learn everything about the 2023/24 UCL draw.

The UEFA Champions League will return in September and see Manchester City defending a title for the first time in the competition. Real Madrid’s back-to-back title will take some beating but of the teams that can pull it off, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tops the list.

First, they will need to find out their group-stage opponents. This will be determined in a draw which UEFA have scheduled to happen on Thursday 31 August 2023.

Here, Goalball Live brings you information on the UCL draw for the 2023/24 season.

UCL draw: Teams participating in the 2023/24 season Champions League

26 teams qualified from the top-ranked leagues under UEFA and another six came from the UCL playoff rounds for the UCL draw. That makes a total of 32 teams gearing up to find out who they will be doing battle with in this season’s tournament with their eye on the title being held by Manchester City.

Super Eagles forwards Victor Osimhen (Napoli) and Samuel Chukwueze (AC Milan) will be partaking in this season’s competition. Super Eagles defender Zaidu Sanusi and his team FC Porto will also be in the tournament.

Red Star Belgrade, where Peter Olayinka plies his trade, will also be in the tournament, as will Sadiq Umar’s Real Sociedad and Chidera Ejuke’s Royal Antwerp, who also employs midfielder Alhassan Yusuf.

The 2023/24 UCL season will also be the last time that the tournament will have 32 participating teams. From the 2024/25 season (next season), there will be 36 teams. This will see the total number of matches increase from 125 to 189, with each team playing eight games instead of six at the group stages.

It will also be the first tournament that will not feature either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the competition’s two leading men. Both players are now comfortable outside Europe as the clock winds down on their illustrious careers.

The full list of teams that will be participating in the Champions League and their pot classification for the UCL draw are as follows.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Manchester City Real Madrid Shakhtar Donetsk Real Sociedad
Sevilla Manchester United Red Bull Salzburg Galatasaray
Barcelona Inter Milan AC Milan Celtic
Napoli Borussia Dortmund Braga Newcastle United
Bayern Munich Atlético de Madrid Lazio Union Berlin
Paris Saint-Germain Red Bull Leipzig Red Star Belgrade RC Lens
Benfica FC Porto PSV Eindhoven Royal Antwerp
Feyenoord Arsenal FC København Young Boys

The UCL fixtures after the UCL draws are as follows.

Group Stage Fixtures

  • Matchday 1: 19-20 September
  • Matchday 2: 3-4 October
  • Matchday 3: 24-25 October
  • Matchday 4: 7-8 November
  • Matchday 5: 28-29 November
  • Matchday 6: 12-13 December

Knockout Stage Fixtures

  • Round of 16 (1): 13-14 and 20-21 February
  • Round of 16 (2): 5-6 and 12-13 March 2024

Quarter-finals Fixtures

  • Quarterfinal 1 and 2: 9-10 April 2024
  • Quarterfinal 3 and 4: 16-17 April 2024

Semi-finals

  • Semi-final 1: 30 April and 1 May 2024
  • Semi-final 2: 7 and 8 May 2024

Final: June 1, 2024

Time for UCL draw in Nigeria

The time for UCL draw in Nigeria in 5 PM. Nigerians can watch the draw online or on their TV sets.

UCL draw: Venue and how to watch in Nigeria

The UCL draw will be held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. To watch the game, Nigerians will have to get a DStv or a GOtv subscription along with the DStv or GOtv decoder to access the Supersport Africa channel.

For those who prefer streaming, Paramount Plus, which can be accessible on Amazon Prime Video via a VPN, is an alternative.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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