After a three-year absence, the UEFA Champions League draw is set to return to the Principality’s Grimaldi Forum, where the group stage fixtures of the most highly coveted European football tournament will be decided on Thursday, August 31.

Teams from 11 top European leagues will discover their upcoming opponents over the course of the draw ceremony, which is set to begin in Monaco at 18:00 local time. The likes of Arsenal, Paris, Benfica and Real Madrid are among the 32 teams that will take part in the annual tournament, having concluded the previous season at or near the top of their respective league tables.

For this reason, AS Monaco will not participate in the Champions League this season, nor any of the lesser European tournaments, having finished their 2022/23 Ligue 1 season in sixth place. Supporters of the Principality side will be pleased to see an improvement in the Monegasque’s form this season, so here’s to hoping that Monaco will be included in the draw next year, rather than just host it.

The draw will be streamed live on

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