Real Madrid top of the pots for Champions League







Champions League holders Real Madrid top the list of 22 teams that have received byes to the 2014-15 group stage, while 55 others will compete in the three qualifying rounds or play-offs this summer in an effort to join them.

On Wednesday UEFA confirmed the 77 teams that will endeavour to reach the final at the Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday 6th June 2015. Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao complete the Spanish contingent.

The champions route, involving the 40 league winners not given byes to the group stage, starts with six sides entering the first qualifying round, including Gibraltar’s inaugural entrants Lincoln FC.

The draw for this stage and the second qualifying round, involving 31 confirmed teams, will take place on Monday 23rd June at 12:00 (10:00 GMT).

FC Salzburg, APOEL FC and Aalborg BK will begin their journey in the third qualifying round, which will see 20 teams battle for five group-stage berths.

UEFA also confirmed that each country’s representation in the Champions League is dictated by its UEFA coefficient ranking, which is calculated over a five-year basis.

The coefficient ranking of the participating clubs is as follows:

– Group stage:

.1. Real Madrid (ESP) – 161.542
.2. Barcelona (ESP) 157.542
.3. Bayern Munich (GER) 154.328
.4. Chelsea (ENG) 140.949
.5. Benfica (POR) 129.459
.6. Atlético de Madrid (ESP) 119.542
.7. Schalke 04 (GER) 95.328
.8. Borussia Dortmund (GER) 82.328
.9. Juventus (ITA) 80.387
10. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 80.300
11. Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 78.193
12. Basilea (SUI) 75.645
13. Manchester City (ENG) 72.949
14. Olympiacos (GRE) 67.720
15. CSKA Moscow (RUS) 66.899
16. Ajax (HOL) 61.862
17. Liverpool (ENG) 58.949
18. Sporting Lisboa (POR) 58.459
19. Galatasaray (TUR) 55.340
20. Anderlecht (BEL) 50.260
21. Roma (ITA) 39.887
22. Monaco (FRA)