UEFA Champions League 2015/2016 Schedule & Fixtures

Barcelona players celebrate with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus in Berlin on June 6 2015 (credit: Getty Images)
Only 24 days after Barcelona became kings of Europe, the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League kicks off with the first qualifying round of the next competition.

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While players competing in the Copa America have not yet even been able to head off on their summer break, with that tournament still only at the semi-final stage, the European minnows are setting off on the long road to Milan.

The San Siro Stadium stages the 2015-16 Champions League Final on May 28, but it’s highly unlikely that any of the teams playing the opening matches this June will get to the group stage let alone the showdown itself.

The bottom eight countries in the UEFA club association rankings are represented in the first qualifying round and two of them are from the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday June 30, Northern Irish champions Crusaders host Levadia Tallinn of Estonia, while on Wednesday it’s the turn of Welsh club The New Saints who travel to the Faroe Islands to face B36 Torshavn.

Also in action on Tuesday are Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar, who take on Andorran opposition in the shape of FC Santa Coloma, while the other tie has Armenian side Pyunik Yerevan at home to Folgore Falciano of San Marino in the first leg.

Champions League qualifying action takes place in Gibraltar (Getty Images)

However, the Champions League takes on considerably more interest across the continent in the second qualifying round, which starts on July 14 and 15, when the winners of 30 more European domestic competitions enter the fray.

Among them are Celtic, whose campaign never really got off the ground last term when they were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round, subsequently received a reprieve when their conquerors were disqualified and then lost again in the play-offs against Maribor.

Just like last year, the Scottish champions open up against rivals from Iceland, this time Stjarnan rather than KR Reykjavik whom they beat 5-0 on aggregate last July.

Among the other teams entering in the second round that will also be hopeful of reaching the group stage are Steaua Bucharest, the opponents of Slovakian club Trencin, and Malmo who take on Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania.

2015-16 UEFA Champions League schedule (all kick-off times BST)


First qualifying round first leg

Tuesday June 30

17:00 Pyunik Yerevan (Armenia) v Folgore Falciano (San Marino)
19:00 Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar) v FC Santa Coloma (Andorra)
19:45 Crusaders (Northern Ireland) v Levadia Tallinn (Estonia)

Wednesday July 1

19:00 B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands) v The New Saints (Wales)

First qualifying round second leg

Tuesday July 7

17:00 Levadia Tallinn v Crusaders
19:00 FC Santa Coloma v Lincoln Red Imps
19:00 The New Saints v B36 Torshavn
19:30 Folgore Falciano v Pyunik Yerevan

Second qualifying round first leg

Tuesday July 14/Wednesday July 15

Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus) v Vardar (Macedonia)
B36 Torshavn or The New Saints v Videoton (Hungary)
BATE Borisov (Belarus) v Dundalk (Republic of Ireland)
Celtic (Scotland) v Stjarnan (Iceland)
Fola Esch (Luxembourg) v Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Hibernians (Malta) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
HJK Helsinki (Finland) v Ventspils (Latvia)
Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) v Milsami Orhei (Moldova)
Malmo (Sweden) v Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania)
Maribor (Slovenia) v Astana (Kazakhstan)
Midtjylland (Denmark) v Lincoln Red Imps or FC Santa Coloma
Molde (Norway) v Pyunik Yerevan or Folgore Falciano 
Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) v Dila Gori (Georgia)
Qarabag (Azerbaijan) v Rudar Pljevlja (Montenegro)
Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) v Lech Poznan (Poland)
Skenderbeu (Albania) v Crusaders or Levadia Tallinn
Trencin (Slovakia) v Steaua Bucharest (Romania)

Second qualifying round second leg

Tuesday July 21/Wednesday July 22

Astana v Maribor
Crusaders or Levadia Tallinn v Skenderbeu
Dila Gori v Partizan Belgrade
Dinamo Zagreb v Fola Esch
Dundalk v BATE Borisov
Lech Poznan v Sarajevo
Lincoln Red Imps or FC Santa Coloma v Midtjylland
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Hibernians
Milsami Orhei v Ludogorets Razgrad
Pyunik Yerevan or Folgore Falciano v Molde
Rudar Pljevlja v Qarabag
Steaua Bucharest v Trencin
Stjarnan v Celtic
Vardar v Apoel Nicosia
Ventspils v HJK Helsinki
Videoton v B36 Torshavn or The New Saints
Zalgiris Vilnius v Malmo

July 28-29 – Third qualifying round first leg


August 4-5 – Third qualifying round second leg
August 7 – Draw for play-off round
August 18-19 – Play-off round first leg
August 25-26 – Play-off round second leg
August 27 – Draw for group stage


September 15-16 – Group stage match day 1
September 29-30 – Group stage match day 2


October 20-21 – Group stage match day 3


November 3-4 – Group stage match day 4
November 24-25 – Group stage match day 5


December 8-9 – Group stage match day 6
December 14 – Draw for round of 16


February 16-17 – Round of 16 first leg
February 23-24 – Round of 16 first leg

MARCH 2016

March 8-9 – Round of 16 second leg
March 15-16 – Round of 16 second leg
March 18 – Draw for quarter-finals

APRIL 2016

April 5-6 – Quarter-final first leg
April 12-13 – Quarter-final second leg
April 15 – Draw for semi-finals
April 26-27 – Semi-final first leg

MAY 2016

May 3-4 – Semi-final second leg
May 28 – Champions League Final in Milan
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