• Bayern Munich face FC Barcelona while Borussia Dortmund face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi finals
  • A derby could take place for the final with two German or Spanish sides
  • The draw took place at 11:00am BST, following the Europa League draw in which Chelsea drew Basel and Benfica will play Fenerbahce
Champions League trophy
This Champions League trophy was taken by Chelsea in Munich last season. Now the German giants want to make up for their failings against the Blues.

9:00: Welcome everyone to the Champions League semi final draw live blog. Four teams who have proven themselves against every level of opposition, and are ready to fight for the continent's most coveted trophy. With all the English teams out of the mix in the round of 16, it's been the Germans and the Spanish who have shown their prowess across Europe; seasoned finalists Bayern Munich, who will aim for a second Champions League final in a row, are through alongside compatriots Borussia Dortmund, who have been the Cinderella story of the tournament and make their way to the semis for the first time since 1998. Meanwhile, it was always expected that Real Madrid and Barcelona would be in the mix, though both received scares in the quarters against Galatasaray and PSG respectively. Whatever draws are made today, the meetings between these clubs will be particularly mouthwatering for all fans of the beautiful game.

9:20: For all four teams, the road to the semi finals have been a long one, but for Borussia Dortmund it has been one big party as the club aim higher and higher than they thought possible when they were drawn in the group of death last year. But the side proved all the cynics wrong, defeating Real Madrid and drawing with the Spanish giants at the Barnebeu, and putting in equally ganerous performances against Ajax and Manchester City. The German title holders showed just how they could not be underestimated with a brilliant performance against Shakhtar Donetsk at home, and a last minute thrilling comeback against Malaga to seal their semi final berth.

9:35: In the case of Real Madrid, while their efforts in the group stages weren't enough to topple Dortmund off top spot, the side were eually convincing, particularly against Ajax where they scored eight goals in two ties against the Dutch champions. A tough draw against Manchester United looked to be going against them as they drew at home, but a red card in the second leg completely changed the momentum of the match-up and through Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 11 goals in 10 games for the side, they were able to assert their dominance over England's best chance at winning the Champions League prize again. A quarter final against Galatasaray saw Jose Mourinho's men tested only at times in the second leg, and they are currently looking at the possibility of another match up with bitter rivals Barcelona or a semi final repeat against Bayern Munich, which the side lost on penalties this time last year.

Yupp Heynckes and Jose Mourinho
Yupp Heynckes and Jose Mourinho go at it in the Champions League 2012 semi final.

9:38: The possibility of another draw between Jose Mourinho and Yupp Heynckes before he makes way for Pep Guardiola is certainly tantalising, but would you rather see Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the semi or the final?

9:45: On to Bayern Munich, and what a season it's been for the German side, who have become the fastest Bundesliga club in history to seal the title before the campaign comes to an end. Taking the domestic honours back from Borussia Dortmund, Bayern are currently preparing for one of the world's most successful current managers to join the fold in the summer. But in the meantime, they've undergone a very convincing Champions League run that has many placing them in prime spot to win the tournament. Winning every group stage match except one, and thrashing Lille 6-1 in the proess, Bayern topped their group with considerable advantage as they headed into the knock out stages. Arsenal would pose a threat in the second leg only to last year's runners up, and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon commented after his side were torn apart in the quarters that he believed Bayern would go all the way. A meeting against Dortmund would allow them to assert their dominance in both country and continent once more, but the pair could also be meeting in the final for the ultimate prize.

9:50: Lastly, but certainly not least, we have Barcelona; the side that can't be discounted from Champions League glory with or without Guardiola. It's certainly an understatement to say they have brought a whole new level of excitement to the tournament, with a shock loss to Celtic in the grou pstages bringing some to question if they had lost their magic European touch that has brought them three ultimate victories in eight years. But when they play at their best, as AC Milan learnt over two legs in the last 16, they are unstoppable. Lionel Messi continues to be the centrepoint the team's sucess; his performance against PSG as he recovered from injury was proof of this; and though some have argued the side don't have the same creative talents under Tito Vilanova as Guardiola, a meeting with Real Madrid will always bring fire and Dortmund could lose out to the side on experience alone.

9:55: Remember the last time Real Madrid and Barcelona faced off in a Champions League semi final? It wasn't pretty to say the least. Barcelona went through 3-1 on aggregate to face Manchester United in the final, but the constant fighting between the two sides marred the brilliance of their footballing skills.

Real Madrid Barcelona
It was cards galore when Real Madrid took on Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League semi final.

10:00: ONE HOUR TO GO!!!

10:03: For Real Maarid, it's the 24th time that they've been in the semi finals of the Champions League - the record for the competition. The side are also in the last four for the third season running. With nothing to play for in the La Liga, as Barcelona look set to wrap up the title, Jose Mourinho will be looking to end the season with Europe's biggest prize for a third time with a third different club.

10:10: Perhaps the most exciting match of the knock out stages was Borussia Dortmund v Malaga, in the second leg of the quarter final. With everything to play for and a score of 0-0 from the first leg, Malaga scored first to put the Germans on the back foot. For a side with so many financial problems, who currently sit sixth in the La Liga table and certainly won't be participating in Champions League next season, Malaga themselves were a story of achieving the unexpected in this tournament. Robert Lewandowski equalised to give Dortmund hope, but when Eliseu scored from an apparent offside position in the 82nd minute it all looked over. Not quite though, with Jurgen Klopp's men finding the back of the net twice in extra time, once in another offside position, to seal a victory full of all the elements that make us love football so much. The manager commented afterwards: "I cannot describe what is happening inside me. I think I need to see a doctor. Over the two games we are deserved winners. We are in the semi-final, it's one of the best nights ever."

Marco Reus
Marco Reus celebrates with Dortmund teammates after one of the most exciting nights in the club's history.

10:20: For Jose Mourinho, his job is currently on thin ice at Madrid if reports are to be believed. The wildly successful manager claims he will discuss his future with the club at the end of the season, after some particularly controversial selections during the season reportedly riled up the players and fans. The Spanish press has been watching closely for any body language, lip movement or dirty look to suggest the Portuguese tactician is on his way out. Where could you see him going if he does leave Madrid? And will he leave even if they win the Champions League?

10:25: The winners of the semi final will get a first-class ticket to Wembley, with the English stadium hosting the Champions League final for the second time in three years. In 2011, Barcelona won at the Three Lions' home, breaking Manchester United's hearts by taking away their chance to win the Cup on their own national turf. This is the first time a stadium has hosted the final twice in three years, and will coincide with the celebration of 150 years of the FA.

Wembley Stadium
All roads lead to Wembley in the 2012-13 Champions League campaign.

10:35: Some country-wide trivia for you: Spain is the most successful Champions League nation in the history of the tournament, winning the cup 13 times. England And Italy are second with 12 each, and Germany and Holland have six a piece. Could Germany be about to get one up on their sporting rivals?

10:40: The Cup waiting patiently as the announcers get ready. Just 20 minutes to go!

Champions League cup 2013
The draw awaits.

10:45: Before the Champions League draw takes place, the Europa League draw will happen, with Benfica, Basel, Chelsea and Fenerbahce also awaiting their fate. Chelsea, Basel and Fenerbahce all entered the tournament after going out of the Champions League group stages, with the Blues becoming the first team to do so a season after winning the final.

10:50: 10 MINUTES TO GO!! Get those balls ready! Speaking of balls, the one that will be on the pitch in Wembley for the final has been designed to celebrate 50 years of finals in European Cups at the historic English ground. AC Milan beat Benfica 2-1 on the pitch in 1963 the first time they hosted such an event, and Adidas have designed the ball to reflect such history.

Champions League ball
The ball the teams will hope goes their way in the 2013 final.

11:00: Let the draw begin!

11:06: Ruud van Nistelrooy takes to the stage to help select the teams for the Europa League and Champions League semi finals. The Holland legend scored 56 goals in his time in the Champions League, and was the tournament's top scorer three times.

11:15: Fenerbahce will play Benfica for the first Europa League semi final

11:16: Basel will play Chelsea in the second Europa League semi final

11:18: A big clash for current Champions League trophy holders Chelsea. Basel have a huge recent history with English clubs in Europe, having knocked out Manchester United in the group stages of the Champions League in 2011, and beating Tottenham last night on penalties to go through to the semis of the Europa League in dramatic fashion.

11:22: The winners of semi final 1 (Fenerbahce and Benfica) will play as the home team in the final. Now you know which shirt to pack if you're travelling to Amsterdam on May 15.

11:26: And now for the Champions League draw.

11:30: Dates of the matches are 23rd, 24th April and 30th April, 1st May

First semi final is Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona

Second semi final is Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

Bayern and Dortmund will play at home first on 23rd and 24th April respectively.

11:35: Fantastic match-ups - the possibility of two teams from the same country facing each other in the final, or it could be a repeat of last year's semi final with Bayern v Madrid or Barcelona v Dortmund! Dortmund already played Madrid twice in the group stages, beating the Spanish giants at home and drawing away with the side. Meanwhile against Barcelona, Bayern has won 3 times, drawn twice and lost once over the history of the competition.

11:37: The winners of semi final two (Dortmund or Madrid) will be the home team for the final.

11:39: And this concludes the draw for the day. Two brilliant line-ups in the Champions League semi final, as Dortmund look to overthrow regular attendants Real Madrid and Bayern take on the club where incoming manager Pep Guardiola once was, Barcelona. Thanks for joining us!