UEFA Champions League 2016/2017 Schedule & Fixtures

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy after their victory in the 2016 final against Atletico Madrid (credit: Getty Images)
Real Madrid will defend the trophy in the 2016-17 Champions League after increasing their record of European titles to 11 with a second victory in three years over local rivals Atletico.

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Los Blancos are now four ahead of AC Milan on the list of most prolific European champions having triumphed on penalties in the San Siro following a 1-1 draw, Cristiano Ronaldo netting the decisive spot-kick to inflict Champions League Final heartbreak on Atletico once more.

The defeat was all the more galling for Diego Simeone’s side because they had knocked out favourites Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the two previous rounds, and it’s those two giants who head the betting again for Europe’s most prestigious club prize ahead of Real Madrid.

Heading the English contingent, at least as far as the bookmakers are concerned, are Manchester City, who reached the semi-finals for the first time in 2015-16, losing 1-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid, and now have two-time winning coach Pep Guardiola to lead them into battle.

Claudio Ranieri, manager of Leicester City, lifts the Premier League trophy (Getty Images)
But it will not be City among the top eight seeds when the draw for the group stage takes place, for having finished fourth in the Premier League they will have to qualify and so shock English champions Leicester City find themselves in exalted company in Pot 1 alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and CSKA Moscow.

Pot 2 will include Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, triple consecutive Europa League champions Sevilla, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen, while Tottenham Hotspur are the fourth English representatives and also go straight into the group stage.

The competition gets under way on Tuesday June 28 with the first qualifying round in which the champions of the eight lowest-ranked countries in the UEFA co-efficient list take part, including Welsh representatives The New Saints who start off at home to Tre Penne of San Marino.

Scottish champions Celtic and their new manager Brendan Rodgers enter in the second qualifying round starting on July 12, for which they are seeded and will meet either Flora Tallinn of Estonia or Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar.

2016-17 UEFA Champions League schedule (all kick-off times BST)

JUNE 2016

First qualifying round first leg

Tuesday June 28

17:00 Flora Tallinn (Estonia) v Lincoln Red Imps (Gibraltar)
18:00 Valletta (Malta) v B36 Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
19:00 Santa Coloma (Andorra) v Alashkert (Armenia)
19:00 The New Saints (Wales) v Tre Penne (San Marino)

JULY 2016

First qualifying round second leg

Tuesday July 5

16:00 Alashkert v Santa Coloma
18:00 B36 Torshavn v Valletta
19:30 Tre Penne v The New Saints

Wednesday July 6

18:00 Lincoln Red Imps v Flora Tallinn

Second qualifying round first leg

Tuesday July 12

18:00 Qarabag (Azerbaijan) v Dudelange (Luxembourg)
19:00 BATE Borisov (Belarus) v SJK (Finland)
19:30 Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) v Liepaja (Latvia)
19:45 Vardar (Macedonia) v Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

Wednesday July 13

18:15 Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania) v Astana (Kazakhstan)
18:30 Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) v Mladost Podgorica (Montenegro)
19:45 Crusaders (Northern Ireland) v Copenhagen (Denmark)


Dundalk (Republic of Ireland) v FH (Iceland)
Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Israel) v Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)
Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia) v Trencin (Slovakia)
Rosenborg (Norway) v Norrkoping (Sweden)
Skenderbeu (Albania) v Ferencvaros (Hungary)
Zrinjski Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina) v Legia Warsaw (Poland)
Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) v Alashkert or Santa Coloma
Flora Tallinn or Lincoln Red Imps v Celtic (Scotland)
The New Saints or Tre Penne v APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus)
Valletta or B36 Torshavn v Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)

July 15 – Draw for third qualifying round
July 19-20 – Second qualifying round second leg
July 26-27 – Third qualifying round first leg


August 2-3 – Third qualifying round second leg
August 5 – Draw for play-off round
August 16-17 – Play-off round first leg
August 23-24 – Play-off round second leg
August 25 – Draw for group stage


September 13-14 – Group stage match day 1
September 27-28 – Group stage match day 2


October 18-19 – Group stage match day 3


November 1-2 – Group stage match day 4
November 22-23 – Group stage match day 5


December 6-7 – Group stage match day 6
December 12 – Draw for round of 16


February 14-15 – Round of 16 first leg
February 21-22 – Round of 16 first leg

MARCH 2017

March 7-8 – Round of 16 second leg
March 14-15 – Round of 16 second leg
March 17 – Draw for quarter-finals

APRIL 2017 

April 11-12 – Quarter-finals first leg
April 18-19 – Quarter-finals second leg
April 21 – Draw for semi-finals

MAY 2017

May 2-3 – Semi-finals first leg
May 9-10 – Semi-finals second leg

JUNE 2017

June 3 – Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
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