The 32 participants in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League have learned their group-stage fate.

By Avi Creditor
August 29, 2019

The roadmap for the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League was set in Monaco on Thursday, as the 32 participants learned their group opponents at the much-anticipated draw.

The field was completed on Wednesday, when the final three qualifying playoff series were decided. Last season's surprise semifinalist, Ajax, cemented its return to the competition proper, along with Club Brugge and Slavia Praha, joining Tuesday's playoff winners Red Star Belgrade, Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.

Liverpool is the defending champion and will look to win a seventh European title with the same core group that won it all in Madrid less than three months ago. Its group quest includes a second straight pairing with Napoli, a test against American manager Jesse Marsch's RB Salzburg and Genk.

Another group of note for U.S. fans is Group H, which includes Chelsea (Christian Pulisic), Ajax (Sergino Dest) and Lille (Tim Weah) along with Valencia.

The toughest group may be that of Group F, which includes Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.

Here are the eight groups that resulted from the draw:

Group A

PSG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray

Group B

Bayen Munich, Tottenham, Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade

Group C

Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta

Group D

Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group E

Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk

Group F

Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague

Group G

Zenit-St. Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig

Group H

Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille

In addition to determining the groups, UEFA handed out its awards for Champions League and women's players of the year, in addition to the President's Award, which went to Eric Cantona.

GOALKEEPER OF THE SEASON: Alisson, Liverpool

DEFENDER OF THE SEASON: Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

MIDFIELDER OF THE SEASON: Frenkie de Jong, Ajax (now Barcelona)

FORWARD OF THE SEASON: Lionel Messi, Barcelona

WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE SEASON: Lucy Bronze, Lyon/England

MEN'S PLAYER OF THE SEASON: Van Dijk

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