Seeding in the Champions League 2010/2011

UEFA European Cup Football
by Bert Kassies

This page shows the list of seeded and unseeded teams for draws in the qualifying rounds and the group stage of the Champions League 2010/2011. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2010 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2010/2011 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2010/2011 for an overview of berths per country.

The clubs defeated in the 1st and 2nd qualifying rounds are eliminated from the competition. The 15 clubs defeated in the 3rd qualifying round are entitled to play in the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, and the 10 clubs defeated in the 4th qualifying round are entitled to play in the group stage of the Europa League. The 3rd and 4th qualifying rounds are split into two sections: one for champions and one for non-champions.

The Champions League cup-holder spot will not be used because Internazionale already qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. This implies that the champion of the 13th country on the ranking list (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland) has direct access to the group stage, the champion of the 16th country on the ranking list (FC KÝbenhavn, Denmark) has direct access to the 3rd qualifying round, and the champions of the 48th and 49th countries on the ranking list (HB Torshavn, Faroe Islands and Jeunesse d'Esch, Luxembourg) have direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League.

1st Qualifying Round (4 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Santa Coloma          And   0.700              Birkirkara               Mlt   0.433
Tre Fiori                Sma   0.650              Rudar Pljevlja           Mon   0.425

Unseeded teams in the 1st qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: Birkirkara replaced the seeded team FC Santa Coloma (0.700), and Rudar Pljevlja replaced the seeded team Tre Fiori (0.650). The reason for this is that the draw for the 2nd qualifying round is made before the results of the 1st qualifying round are known.

For the draw of the 2nd round the 34 teams were divided into 3 regional groups of 10-12 teams.

2nd Qualifying Round (34 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Hapoel Tel-Aviv          Isr  27.775              HJK Helsinki             Fin   2.399
Sparta Praha             Cze  27.395              Levadia Tallinn          Est   2.374
Rosenborg BK             Nor  23.980              Metalurgs Liepaja        Lat   2.149
FC Salzburg              Aut  19.915              FH Hafnarfjardar         Isl   2.083
Litex Lovech             Bul  15.900              Zeljeznicar Sarajevo     Bos   1.749
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  14.466              Olimpi Rustavi           Geo   1.649
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  13.800              Pyunik Yerevan           Arm   1.599
BATE Borisov             Bls  13.308              NK Koper                 Slo   1.391
Lech Poznan              Pol  11.008              Inter Baku               Azb   1.349
MSK Zilina               Svk  10.666              Renova Dzepciste         Mac   1.316
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol   5.458              Dinamo Tirana            Alb   1.049
DVSC Debrecen            Hun   5.350              HB Torshavn              Far   0.866
Omonia Nicosia           Cyp   4.599              The New Saints           Wal   0.766
AIK Stockholm            Swe   3.838              Birkirkara *             Mlt   0.700
Bohemians Dublin         Irl   2.908              Rudar Pljevlja *         Mon   0.650
Ekranas Panevezys        Lit   2.683              Linfield Belfast         Nir   0.574
FK Aktobe                Kaz   2.399              Jeunesse d'Esch          Lux   0.249

Unseeded teams in the 2nd qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: The New Saints replaced the seeded team Bohemians Dublin (2.908), and HJK Helsinki replaced the seeded team Ekranas Panevezys (2.683). The reason for this is that the draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying round are known.

For the draw of the 3rd round the 20 champions were divided into 2 groups of 10 teams.

3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (20 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Basel                 Sui  48.675              BATE Borisov **          Bls  13.308
Anderlecht               Bel  42.580              Lech Poznan **           Pol  11.008
FC KÝbenhavn             Den  34.470              MSK Zilina **            Svk  10.666
Hapoel Tel-Aviv **       Isr  27.775              Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol   5.458
Sparta Praha **          Cze  27.395              DVSC Debrecen **         Hun   5.350
Rosenborg BK **          Nor  23.980              Omonia Nicosia **        Cyp   4.599
FC Salzburg **           Aut  19.915              AIK Stockholm **         Swe   3.838
Litex Lovech **          Bul  15.900              The New Saints **        Wal   2.908
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  14.466              HJK Helsinki **          Fin   2.683
Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  13.800              FK Aktobe **             Kaz   2.399

3rd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Zenit St. Petersburg     Rus  61.258              Celtic                   Sco  38.158
Ajax                     Ned  55.309              Unirea Urziceni          Rom  18.898
FenerbahÁe               Tur  54.890              PAOK Thessaloniki        Gre  11.479
Dinamo Kiev              Ukr  42.910              Young Boys               Sui   7.675
Sporting Braga           Por  39.659              AA Gent                  Bel   6.580

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Basel *3              Sui  48.675              Rosenborg BK **          Nor  23.980
Anderlecht *3            Bel  42.580              FC Salzburg **           Aut  19.915
FC KÝbenhavn *3          Den  34.470              Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  13.800
Hapoel Tel-Aviv **       Isr  27.775              MSK Zilina **            Svk  10.666
Sparta Praha **          Cze  27.395              Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol   5.458

4th Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Sevilla                  Esp 108.951              Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  42.910
Werder Bremen            Ger  94.841              Sporting Braga *3        Por  39.659
Zenit St. Petersburg *3  Rus  61.258              Sampdoria                Ita  30.867
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  56.371              AJ Auxerre               Fra  19.748
Ajax *3                  Ned  55.309              Young Boys *3            Sui   7.675

Once the 4th qualifying round (or play-off round) has been completed, the 32 remaining clubs are drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same association will not be drawn into the same group. A computer draw determines the final position of the teams within their group. These positions determine the order of the home and away matches. The following match sequence applies:

1st match day: 2 v 3              4th match day: 1 v 3
               4 v 1                             4 v 2

2nd match day: 1 v 2              5th match day: 3 v 2
               3 v 4                             1 v 4

3rd match day: 3 v 1              6th match day: 2 v 1
               2 v 4                             4 v 3
See 2006 draw procedure announced and 2008 group-stage draw for more details of the group stage draw.

Group Stage (32 teams)

Pot 1                          coef.              Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Internazionale (TH)      Ita 100.867              Werder Bremen *4         Ger  94.841
FC Barcelona             Esp 136.951              Real Madrid              Esp  84.951
Manchester United        Eng 125.371              AS Roma                  Ita  83.867
Chelsea                  Eng 118.371              Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  73.910
Arsenal                  Eng 115.371              Benfica                  Por  72.659
Bayern MŁnchen           Ger 110.841              Valencia                 Esp  66.951
AC Milan                 Ita  99.867              Olympique Marseille      Fra  62.748
Olympique Lyon           Fra  96.748              Panathinaikos            Gre  56.979


Pot 3                          coef.              Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Tottenham Hotspur *4     Eng  56.371              Hapoel Tel-Aviv **       Isr  27.775
Glasgow Rangers          Sco  56.158              FC Twente Enschede       Ned  25.309
Ajax *3                  Ned  55.309              Rubin Kazan              Rus  21.758
Schalke 04               Ger  54.841              AJ Auxerre *4            Fra  19.748
FC Basel *3              Sui  48.675              CFR Cluj                 Rom  15.898
Sporting Braga *3        Por  39.659              Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  13.800
FC KÝbenhavn *3          Den  34.470              MSK Zilina **            Svk  10.666
Spartak Moscow           Rus  33.758              Bursaspor                Tur   6.890

The eight group-winners and eight runners-up of the group stage qualify for the second round. The clubs that finish this stage in third position in their group move into the third round of the current Europa League. The clubs that finish this stage in fourth position in their group are eliminated.

The draw for the 2nd round takes the following rules into account:
a) Clubs from the same association must not be drawn against each other,
b) The winners and runners-up of the same group must not be drawn against each other,
c) The group winners must not be drawn against each other,
d) The runners up must not be drawn against each other,
e) The runners up must play the first leg at home.
The group winners are seeded above the runners-up.
See 2008 CL 2nd round draw procedure for more details.

Round 2 (16 teams)

1st in CL group                                  2nd in CL group
------------------------ ---                     ------------------------ ---
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng                     Internazionale           Ita
Schalke 04               Ger                     Olympique Lyon           Fra
Manchester United        Eng                     Valencia                 Esp
FC Barcelona             Esp                     FC KÝbenhavn             Den
Bayern MŁnchen           Ger                     AS Roma                  Ita
Chelsea                  Eng                     Olympique Marseille      Fra
Real Madrid              Esp                     AC Milan                 Ita
Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr                     Arsenal                  Eng

For the draw of the quarter-finals and semi-finals no clubs will be seeded.

KEY:
*  = team started in 1st qualifying round
** = team started in 2nd qualifying round
*3 = team started in 3rd qualifying round
*4 = team started in 4th qualifying round

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