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Seeding in the Champions League 2013/2014

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 2013/2014. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2013 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2013/2014 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2013/2014 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the CL Regulations 2013/14.

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 cup-holder spot will not be used because Bayern München already qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. This implies that the champion of the 13th country on the ranking list (Denmark) has direct access to the group stage, the champion of the 16th country on the ranking list (Cyprus) has direct access to the 3rd qualifying round, and the champions of the 48th and 49th countries on the ranking list (Northern Ireland and Luxumburg) have direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League.

1st Qualifying Round (4 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
EB Streymur              Far   2.316     FC Lusitanos             And   1.100
Tre Penne                Sma   1.383     Shirak Gyumri            Arm   0.850

Unseeded teams in the 1st qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: Shirak Gyumri replaced the seeded team Tre Penne (1.383). 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.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
BATE Borisov             Bls  39.175     Zeljeznicar Sarajevo     Bos   4.566
Celtic                   Sco  37.538     FH Hafnarfjardar         Isl   4.083
Steaua Bucuresti         Rom  35.604     ETO Györ                 Hun   3.850
Viktoria Plzen           Cze  28.745     The New Saints           Wal   3.766
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  25.916     Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul   3.450
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  17.425     Sligo Rovers             Irl   3.225
Legia Warsaw             Pol  13.650     Shakhtyor Karaganda      Kaz   2.941
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol  11.533     Skënderbeu Korçë         Alb   2.833
NK Maribor               Slo   9.941     Birkirkara               Mlt   2.541
Slovan Bratislava        Svk   8.341     EB Streymur *            Far   2.316
IF Elfsborg              Swe   8.125     Cliftonville             Nir   2.116
Maccabi Tel-Aviv         Isr   8.075     Vardar Skopje            Mac   2.050
Molde FK                 Nor   7.835     Daugava Daugavpils       Lat   1.658
HJK Helsinki             Fin   6.701     Shirak Gyumri *          Arm  (1.383)
Ekranas Panevezys        Lit   6.300     Sutjeska Niksic          Mon   1.300
Neftchi Baku             Azb   5.708     Kalju Nomme              Est   1.191
Dinamo Tbilisi           Geo   5.333     CS Fola Esch             Lux   0.925

The draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: Steaua Bucuresti, Viktoria Plzen, Sheriff Tiraspol, NK Maribor, Neftchi Baku
unseeded: Zeljeznicar Sarajevo, Skënderbeu Korçë, Birkirkara, Vardar Skopje, Sutjeska Niksic
Group 2
seeded: Celtic, Legia Warsaw, IF Elfsborg, Molde FK, HJK Helsinki, Ekranas Panevezys
unseeded: FH Hafnarfjardar, The New Saints, Sligo Rovers, Cliftonville, Daugava Daugavpils, Kalju Nomme
Group 3
seeded: BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan Belgrade, Slovan Bratislava, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Dinamo Tbilisi
unseeded: ETO Györ, Ludogorets Razgrad, Shakhtyor Karaganda, (EB Streymur), (Tre Penne), CS Fola Esch

Unseeded teams in the 2nd qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: Shakhtyor Karaganda replaced the seeded team BATE Borisov (39.175), Kalju Nomme replaced the seeded team HJK Helsinki (6.701), Skënderbeu Korçë replaced the seeded team Neftchi Baku (5.708), FH Hafnarfjardar replaced the seeded team Ekranas Panevezys (6.300), Ludogorets Razgrad replaced the seeded team Slovan Bratislava (8.341). 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  59.785     Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol  11.533
Shakhtyor Karaganda **   Kaz (39.175)    NK Maribor **            Slo   9.941
Celtic **                Sco  37.538     Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  (8.341)
Steaua Bucuresti **      Rom  35.604     IF Elfsborg **           Swe   8.125
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  35.366     Maccabi Tel-Aviv **      Isr   8.075
Viktoria Plzen **        Cze  28.745     Molde FK **              Nor   7.835
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  25.916     Kalju Nomme **           Est  (6.701)
Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  17.425     FH Hafnarfjardar **      Isl  (6.300)
Austria Wien             Aut  16.575     Skënderbeu Korçë **      Alb  (5.708)
Legia Warsaw **          Pol  13.650     Dinamo Tbilisi **        Geo   5.333

The draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: FC Basel, (Steaua Bucuresti), APOEL Nicosia, (Partizan Belgrade), (Legia Warsaw)
unseeded: (NK Maribor), (Slovan Bratislava), (Maccabi Tel-Aviv), (Molde FK), (Dinamo Tbilisi)
Group 2
seeded: (BATE Borisov), (Celtic), (Viktoria Plzen), (Dinamo Zagreb), Austria Wien
unseeded: (Sheriff Tiraspol), (IF Elfsborg), (HJK Helsinki), (Ekranas Panevezys), (Neftchi Baku)

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

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Olympique Lyon           Fra  95.800     PAOK Thessaloniki        Gre  28.800
Zenit St. Petersburg     Rus  70.766     FC Salzburg              Aut  28.075
PSV Eindhoven            Ned  64.945     FC Nordsjĉlland          Den  12.640
Metalist Kharkiv         Ukr  62.451     Grasshoppers Zürich      Sui   7.285
Fenerbahçe               Tur  46.400     Zulte Waregem            Bel   6.880

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
FC Basel *3              Sui  59.785     Austria Wien *3          Aut  16.575
Celtic **                Sco  37.538     Legia Warsaw **          Pol  13.650
Steaua Bucuresti **      Rom  35.604     NK Maribor **            Slo   9.941
Viktoria Plzen **        Cze  28.745     Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul   3.450
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  25.916     Shakhtyor Karaganda **   Kaz   2.941

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

Seeded teams                   coef.     Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Arsenal                  Eng 113.592     PSV Eindhoven *3         Ned  64.945
Olympique Lyon *3        Fra  95.800     Metalist Kharkiv *3      Ukr  62.451
AC Milan                 Ita  93.829     Fenerbahçe *3            Tur  46.400
Schalke 04               Ger  84.922     Real Sociedad            Esp  17.605
Zenit St. Petersburg *3  Rus  70.766     Paços de Ferreira        Por  12.833

After the draw Metalist Kharkiv was banned by UEFA due to match fixing and replaced by PAOK Thessaloniki.

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.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Bayern München (TH)      Ger 146.922     Atlético Madrid          Esp  99.605
FC Barcelona             Esp 157.605     Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  94.951
Chelsea                  Eng 137.592     AC Milan *4              Ita  93.829
Real Madrid              Esp 136.605     Schalke 04 *4            Ger  84.922
Manchester United        Eng 130.592     Olympique Marseille      Fra  78.800
Arsenal *4               Eng 113.592     CSKA Moscow              Rus  77.766
FC Porto                 Por 104.833     Paris Saint-Germain      Fra  71.800
Benfica                  Por 102.833     Juventus                 Ita  70.829

Pot 3                          coef.     Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- -------     ------------------------ --- -------
Zenit St. Petersburg *3  Rus  70.766     FC Kĝbenhavn             Den  47.140
Manchester City          Eng  70.592     Napoli                   Ita  46.829
Ajax                     Ned  64.945     Anderlecht               Bel  44.880
Borussia Dortmund        Ger  61.922     Celtic **                Sco  37.538
FC Basel *3              Sui  59.785     Steaua Bucuresti **      Rom  35.604
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  57.800     Viktoria Plzen **        Cze  28.745
Galatasaray              Tur  54.400     Real Sociedad *4         Esp  17.605
Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  53.922     Austria Wien *3          Aut  16.575

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
------------------------ ---            ------------------------ ---
Bayern München (TH)      Ger            Arsenal *4               Eng
FC Barcelona             Esp            AC Milan *4              Ita
Chelsea                  Eng            Schalke 04 *4            Ger
Real Madrid              Esp            Zenit St. Petersburg *3  Rus
Manchester United        Eng            Manchester City          Eng
Atlético Madrid          Esp            Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra            Galatasaray              Tur
Borussia Dortmund        Ger            Bayer Leverkusen         Ger

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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