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Seeding in the Champions League 2014/2015

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by Bert Kassies

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This page shows the preliminary seeding lists in the Champions League 2014/15. If you have any information about data at this page being incorrect, incomplete, or out-of-date, please send a message to bert.kassies@xs4all.nl.

This page shows the list of seeded and unseeded teams for draws in the qualifying rounds and the group stage of the Champions League 2014/2015. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2014 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2014/2015 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2014/2015 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the CL Regulations 2014/15.

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 Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid already qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. This implies that the champion of the 13th country on the ranking list (Switzerland) has direct access to the group stage, the champion of the 16th country on the ranking list (Austria) has direct access to the 3rd qualifying round, and the champions of the 47th and 48th countries on the ranking list (Northern Ireland and Wales) have direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League.

1st Qualifying Round (6 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Levadia Tallinn          Est   4.575              Banants Yerevan          Arm   1.325
HB Torshavn              Far   3.175              La Fiorita               Sma   0.699
FC Santa Coloma          And   2.166              Lincoln Red Imps         Gib   0.000

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.

Below it is assumed that seeded teams of the 1st qualifying round qualify for the 2nd qualifying round.

2nd Qualifying Round (34 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Steaua Bucuresti         Rom  39.451              Dinamo Tbilisi           Geo   6.975
Celtic                   Sco  36.813              Malmö FF                 Swe   6.265
BATE Borisov             Bls  33.725              KR Reykjavik             Isl   5.350
Sparta Praha             Cze  28.870              F91 Dudelange            Lux   4.975
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  23.925              Strømsgodset IF          Nor   4.855
Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul  18.125              The New Saints           Wal   4.850
Maccabi Tel-Aviv         Isr  17.875              St. Patrick's Athletic   Irl   4.775
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol  17.075              Skënderbeu Korçë         Alb   4.600
NK Maribor               Slo  16.200              Levadia Tallinn *        Est   4.575
Legia Warsaw             Pol  15.275              Rabotnicki Skopje        Mac   4.550
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  14.825              Valletta FC              Mlt   4.466
DVSC Debrecen            Hun  10.325              Zrinjski Mostar          Bos   4.000
Slovan Bratislava        Svk   8.700              Cliftonville             Nir   3.225
FK Aktobe                Kaz   8.150              HB Torshavn *            Far   3.175
FK Ventspils             Lat   7.750              Zalgiris Vilnius         Lit   3.050
Garabag Agdam            Azb   7.575              Sutjeska Niksic          Mon   2.450
HJK Helsinki             Fin   7.435              FC Santa Coloma *        And   2.166

The draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: BATE Borisov, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Sheriff Tiraspol, NK Maribor, FK Aktobe
unseeded: Dinamo Tbilisi, Skënderbeu Korçë, Levadia Tallinn *, Zrinjski Mostar, Sutjeska Niksic
Group 2
seeded: Celtic, Sparta Praha, Partizan Belgrade, DVSC Debrecen, Slovan Bratislava, FK Ventspils
unseeded: Malmö FF, KR Reykjavik, The New Saints, Cliftonville, HB Torshavn *, FC Santa Coloma *
Group 3
seeded: Steaua Bucuresti, Dinamo Zagreb, Ludogorets Razgrad, Legia Warsaw, Garabag Agdam, HJK Helsinki
unseeded: F91 Dudelange, Strømsgodset IF, St. Patrick's Athletic, Rabotnicki Skopje, Valletta FC, Zalgiris Vilnius

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 reason for this is that the draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying round are known.

Below it is assumed that seeded teams of the 2nd qualifying round qualify for the 3rd qualifying round.

3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (20 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Salzburg              Aut  46.185              NK Maribor **            Slo  16.200
Steaua Bucuresti **      Rom  39.451              Legia Warsaw **          Pol  15.275
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  37.650              Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  14.825
Celtic **                Sco  36.813              DVSC Debrecen **         Hun  10.325
BATE Borisov **          Bls  33.725              Slovan Bratislava **     Svk   8.700
Sparta Praha **          Cze  28.870              FK Aktobe **             Kaz   8.150
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  23.925              FK Ventspils **          Lat   7.750
Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  18.125              Garabag Agdam **         Azb   7.575
Maccabi Tel-Aviv **      Isr  17.875              HJK Helsinki **          Fin   7.435
Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol  17.075              AaB Aalborg              Den   5.260

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

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Zenit St. Petersburg     Rus  73.899              Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk    Ukr  32.193
Lille OSC                Fra  45.300              Panathinaikos            Gre  30.220
FC København             Den  45.260              Feyenoord                Ned  13.362
Standard Liège           Bel  38.260              Grasshoppers Zürich      Sui   9.645
Besiktas                 Tur  32.840              AEL Limassol             Cyp   7.650

Below it is assumed that the seeded teams of the 3rd qualifying round qualify for the 4th qualifying round. If unseeded teams qualify other teams may take the seeded spot.

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Salzburg *3           Aut  46.185              Sparta Praha **          Cze  28.870
Steaua Bucuresti **      Rom  39.451              Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  23.925
APOEL Nicosia *3         Cyp  37.650              Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  18.125
Celtic **                Sco  36.813              Maccabi Tel-Aviv **      Isr  17.875
BATE Borisov **          Bls  33.725              Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol  17.075

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

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Arsenal                  Eng 112.949              Athletic Bilbao          Esp  54.542
FC Porto                 Por 105.459              Lille OSC *3             Fra  45.300
Zenit St. Petersburg *3  Rus  73.899              FC København *3          Den  45.260
Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  70.328              Standard Liège *3        Bel  38.260
Napoli                   Ita  61.387              Besiktas *3              Tur  32.840

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.

Below it is assumed that the seeded teams of the 4th qualifying round qualify for the group stage. If unseeded teams qualify other teams may shift to a higher pot.

Group Stage (32 teams)

Pot 1                          coef.              Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Real Madrid              Esp 161.542              Schalke 04               Ger  95.328
FC Barcelona             Esp 157.542              Borussia Dortmund        Ger  82.328
Bayern München           Ger 154.328              Juventus                 Ita  80.387
Chelsea                  Eng 140.949              Paris Saint-Germain      Fra  80.300
Benfica                  Por 129.459              Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  78.193
Atlético Madrid          Esp 119.542              FC Basel                 Sui  75.645
Arsenal *4               Eng 112.949              Zenit St. Petersburg *3  Rus  73.899
FC Porto *4              Por 105.459              Manchester City          Eng  72.949

Pot 3                          coef.              Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Bayer Leverkusen *4      Ger  70.328              Anderlecht               Bel  50.260
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  67.720              FC Salzburg *3           Aut  46.185
CSKA Moscow              Rus  66.899              AS Roma                  Ita  39.887
Ajax                     Ned  61.862              Steaua Bucuresti **      Rom  39.451
Napoli *4                Ita  61.387              APOEL Nicosia *3         Cyp  37.650
Liverpool                Eng  58.949              Celtic **                Sco  36.813
Sporting CP Lisbon       Por  58.459              BATE Borisov **          Bls  33.725
Galatasaray              Tur  55.340              AS Monaco                Fra  11.300

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)

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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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