The 2017-18 UEFA Champions League has taken shape.
European soccer’s governing body conducted the Champions League group-stage draw Thursday in Monaco, dividing the 32 entrants into eight groups of four teams. Real Madrid is the two-time defending champion, and the 31 other teams will attempt to dethrone the Spanish giant.
The teams will play six games in the round-robin group stage, with the winners and runners-up advancing to the round of 16. The third-place finishers will drop into the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
The group stage will begin Sept. 12 and run through Dec. 6.
Here’s this season’s Champions League group-stage draw.
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