Seeding in the Champions League 2012/2013

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 2012/2013. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2012 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2012/2013 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2012/2013 for an overview of berths per country.

Although the regulations no longer require the use of regional groups (as used before 2009), UEFA still uses some kind of regionalization in CL-Q2 and EL-Q1. At first the clubs are divided into seeded and unseeded teams, and then the seeded and unseeded teams are split into regional groups. The general approach seems to use the North/Central/South scheme, but no specific rules are known.

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 title holder Chelsea did not already qualify for the Champions League, and therefore the 4th English team, Tottenham Hotspur, has to take part in the Europa League group stage since the maximum number of clubs from one country in the Champions League is 4. This implies that the 3rd team of the 6th country on the ranking list (Sporting Braga, Portugal) and the 2nd team of the 7th country on the ranking list (Spartak Moscow, Russia) have direct access to the 4th qualifying round of the Champions League.

1st Qualifying Round (6 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Linfield Belfast         Nir   2.766     Tre Penne                Sma   0.933
F91 Dudelange            Lux   2.716     FC Lusitanos             And   0.700
Valletta FC              Mlt   2.616     B36 Torshavn             Far   0.533

Unseeded teams in the 1st qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round. 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.

2nd Qualifying Round (34 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
FC Basel                 Sui  53.360     Shamrock Rovers          Irl   4.475
BATE Borisov             Bls  29.641     Hapoel Kiryat Shmona     Isr   4.400
FC Salzburg              Aut  29.265     Molde FK                 Nor   3.935
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  24.774     Zeljeznicar Sarajevo     Bos   3.683
MSK Zilina               Svk  14.974     KR Reykjavik             Isl   3.566
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  14.350     Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul   2.850
Helsingborg IF           Swe  12.680     The New Saints           Wal   2.799
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol   9.849     Linfield Belfast *       Nir   2.766
DVSC Debrecen            Hun   7.950     F91 Dudelange *          Lux   2.716
NK Maribor               Slo   6.424     Valletta FC *            Mlt   2.616
FK Ventspils             Lat   5.674     Buducnost Podgorica      Mon   2.375
Slovan Liberec           Cze   5.570     Flora Tallinn            Est   2.283
Slask Wroclaw            Pol   5.483     Neftchi Baku             Azb   2.241
HJK Helsinki             Fin   5.326     Shakhtyor Karaganda      Kaz   1.816
AEL Limassol             Cyp   5.099     SkŽnderbeu KorÁŽ         Alb   1.783
Ekranas Panevezys        Lit   4.875     Vardar Skopje            Mac   1.133
FC Zestafoni             Geo   4.733     Ulisses Yerevan          Arm   0.941

UEFA did not publish any info on Q2 draw groups, and there was no live coverage of the draw event. Apparently, the draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: BATE Borisov, MSK Zilina, DVSC Debrecen, NK Maribor, AEL Limassol
unseeded: Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, Zeljeznicar Sarajevo, (Linfield Belfast), SkŽnderbeu KorÁŽ, Vardar Skopje
Group 2
seeded: FC Basel, FC Salzburg, Helsingborg IF, FK Ventspils, HJK Helsinki, Ekranas Panevezys
unseeded: Shamrock Rovers, Molde FK, KR Reykjavik, The New Saints, (F91 Dudelange), Flora Tallinn
Group 3
seeded: Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan Belgrade, Sheriff Tiraspol, Slovan Liberec, Slask Wroclaw, FC Zestafoni
unseeded: Ludogorets Razgrad, (Valletta FC), Buducnost Podgorica, Neftchi Baku, Shakhtyor Karaganda, Ulisses Yerevan

Unseeded teams in the 2nd qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: F91 Dudelange replaced the seeded team FC Salzburg (29.265), Hapoel Kiryat Shmona replaced the seeded team MSK Zilina (14.974), Molde FK replaced the seeded team FK Ventspils (5.674), and Neftchi Baku replaced the seeded team FC Zestafoni (4.733). 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.

3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (20 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
FC Basel **              Sui  53.360     Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol   9.849
Anderlecht               Bel  48.480     DVSC Debrecen **         Hun   7.950
Celtic                   Sco  32.728     NK Maribor **            Slo   6.424
BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.641     Molde FK **              Nor  (5.674)
F91 Dudelange *          Lux (29.265)    Slovan Liberec **        Cze   5.570
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  24.774     Slask Wroclaw **         Pol   5.483
CFR Cluj                 Rom  18.764     HJK Helsinki **          Fin   5.326
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona **  Isr (14.974)    AEL Limassol **          Cyp   5.099
Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  14.350     Ekranas Panevezys **     Lit   4.875
Helsingborg IF **        Swe  12.680     Neftchi Baku **          Azb  (4.733)

For the draw of the 3rd round for Champions the 20 teams are divided into 2 groups of 10 teams:
Group 1
seeded: Anderlecht, (BATE Borisov), (FC Salzburg), CFR Cluj, (Helsingborg IF)
unseeded: (DVSC Debrecen), (NK Maribor), (Slovan Liberec), (Slask Wroclaw), (Ekranas Panevezys)
Group 2
seeded: (FC Basel), Celtic, (Dinamo Zagreb), (MSK Zilina), (Partizan Belgrade)
unseeded: (Sheriff Tiraspol), (FK Ventspils), (HJK Helsinki), (AEL Limassol), (FC Zestafoni)

3rd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (8 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Dinamo Kiev              Ukr  62.026     Club Brugge              Bel  35.480
Panathinaikos            Gre  50.920     FC Vaslui                Rom  13.764
FC KÝbenhavn             Den  46.505     Feyenoord                Ned  12.603
FenerbahÁe               Tur  41.310     Motherwell               Sco   6.728

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
FC Basel **              Sui  53.360     CFR Cluj *3              Rom  18.764
Anderlecht *3            Bel  48.480     Helsingborg IF **        Swe  12.680
Celtic *3                Sco  32.728     NK Maribor **            Slo   6.424
BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.641     AEL Limassol **          Cyp   5.099
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  24.774     Hapoel Kiryat Shmona **  Isr   4.400

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

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Sporting Braga           Por  63.069     FenerbahÁe *3            Tur  41.310
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  62.026     Udinese                  Ita  38.996
Panathinaikos *3         Gre  50.920     Lille OSC                Fra  38.835
FC KÝbenhavn *3          Den  46.505     MŠlaga CF                Esp  16.837
Spartak Moscow           Rus  46.066     Borussia MŲnchengladbach Ger  15.037

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.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Chelsea (TH)             Eng 135.882     Valencia                 Esp  89.837
FC Barcelona             Esp 157.837     Benfica                  Por  87.069
Manchester United        Eng 141.882     Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  84.026
Bayern MŁnchen           Ger 133.037     Zenit St. Petersburg     Rus  79.066
Real Madrid              Esp 121.837     Schalke 04               Ger  78.037
Arsenal                  Eng 113.882     Manchester City          Eng  63.882
FC Porto                 Por  98.069     Sporting Braga *4        Por  63.069
AC Milan                 Ita  89.996     Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  62.026

Pot 3                          coef.     Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  61.420     Celtic *3                Sco  32.728
Ajax                     Ned  58.103     Borussia Dortmund        Ger  31.037
Anderlecht *3            Bel  48.480     BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.641
Juventus                 Ita  46.996     Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  24.774
Spartak Moscow *4        Rus  46.066     CFR Cluj *3              Rom  18.764
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra  45.835     MŠlaga CF *4             Esp  16.837
Lille OSC *4             Fra  38.835     Montpellier              Fra  11.835
Galatasaray              Tur  38.310     FC Nordsjślland          Den   8.005

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
------------------------ ---                     ------------------------ ---
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra                     FC Porto                 Por
Schalke 04               Ger                     Arsenal                  Eng
MŠlaga CF *4             Esp                     AC Milan                 Ita
Borussia Dortmund        Ger                     Real Madrid              Esp
Juventus                 Ita                     Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr
Bayern MŁnchen           Ger                     Valencia                 Esp
FC Barcelona             Esp                     Celtic *3                Sco
Manchester United        Eng                     Galatasaray              Tur

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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