11am BST - Champions League play-off draw live from Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland

  • Last season's semi-finalists Manchester City discover group phase qualifying fate after scraping a fourth-place finish in the Premier League last term
  • Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are hoping to reach the competition proper for the first time in three seasons after overcoming Lincoln Red Imps and FC Astana in previous rounds
  • League of Ireland champions Dundalk are in uncharted waters after shock upset of Bate Borisov at Oriel Park on Tuesday
  • Both British clubs are among 10 teams seeded via the separate Champions and League routes
  • First leg ties to be played on the 16/17 August, with the return fixtures to come a week later
  • Europa League play-off draw also takes place today
Champions League trophy
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That concludes our live coverage of today's Champions League proceedings, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for a full round-up of the draw.

You can also join my colleague Josh Evans as he stands by to discover West Ham's opponents in the play-off round of the Europa League.

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Dundalk have been handed a tough test against Ekstraklasa champions Legia Warsaw, while Celtic are set for another long journey to Israel. Fans will likely see this as a favourable draw but will need to be wary after Hapoel Be'er Sheva's exploits against Olympiacos.


So there we have it. Steaua Bucharest, who finished second in Liga I last term behind Astra Giurgiu and lost to Rosenborg in the Europa League play-off round, stand between Manchester City and a place in the group stages of the Champions League.


Guardiola's side will travel to Romania for the first leg. It's not the shortest trip, but you've got to think he will be pleased with that.


Villarreal vs Monaco


Young Boys vs Borussia Mönchengladbach


Ajax vs FC Rostov


FC Porto vs Roma


Steaua Bucharest vs MANCHESTER CITY


That concludes the champions route. Now for Manchester City and the league path...


Dinamo Zagreb vs FC Salzburg


Dundalk vs Legia Warsaw


FC Copenhagen vs APOEL


CELTIC vs Hapoel Be'er Sheva


Ludogorets Razgrad vs Viktoria Plzen


Here we go. The champions route will be drawn first...



Play-off first-leg ties will be played on the 16/17 August, with return fixtures taking place the next week.

A reminder that the 10 winners from this final preliminary round will enter the group stages of the 2016/17 Champions League, joining the 22 clubs that qualified automatically.


Roma definitely looks like the toughest potential tie for City, who would probably also prefer to avoid Monaco or a lengthy journey to the historic town of Rostov in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia.

Celtic, who have already put the miles in this summer with trips to Gibraltar and Kazakhstan, could wind up meeting Dundalk and would presumably like to avoid Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb following their victory over Arsenal in last season's group stage. The Bhoys have lost in the play-off round in each of the last two years (Maribor and Malmo).

Israeli Premier League winners Hapoel Be'er Sheva made headlines this week with their shock defeat of Champions League stalwarts Olympiacos and would likely present a similarly tricky test.


League route


Manchester City

FC Porto



Borussia Mönchengladbach



Steaua Bucharest

AS Monaco

Young Boys

FC Rostov


So how does this all work, I hear you cry?

Well, the clubs boasting the five highest Uefa coefficients in both the separate 'champions' and 'league' routes of the draw are seeded. They will be paired alongside unseeded opponents from the same section.

Here is a full list of the teams involved:

Champions route


Viktoria Plzen


FC Salzburg


Legia Warsaw


Dinamo Zagreb

Ludogorets Razgrad

FC Copenhagen

Hapoel Beer-Sheva



While much of the attention will inevitably fall upon Guardiola's City, League of Ireland champions Dundalk are aiming to become the first team from the Emerald Isle ever to reach the group stage.


Stephen Kenny's side trailed Belarusian champions Bate Borisov, whose matchday squad included former Arsenal and Barcelona winger Alexander Hleb, 1-0 heading into the home leg of their third qualifying round tie. However, a brace from David McMillan and an injury-time goal from Robbie Benson secured a memorable win and provoked scenes of utter jubilation at Oriel Park.

Dundalk, like all the other sides in the forthcoming play-off round, will be guaranteed a spot in the Europa League group stages if they fail to advance any further. What an achievement.


Manchester City are the only other British club involved at this stage courtesy of finishing fourth on goal difference last season behind surprise champions Leicester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, who all secured automatic entry into the group stages. Manchester United, Southampton and West Ham are in the Europa League.

A failure to qualify for the latter stages of the Champions League despite an embarrassment of riches was always a traditional sore point for City, yet they finally got over that hurdle last season by advancing to the last four with knockout victories over Dynamo Kiev and Paris Saint-Germain. They could potentially have reached the showpiece at Milan's San Siro were it not for a surprisingly lacklustre and insipid performance in their narrow second-leg defeat to eventual winners Real Madrid.

Pep Guardiola, a two-time winner of the competition during his time in charge of Barcelona, will be keen to re-establish his credentials after three consecutive semi-final defeats with Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola
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Hello and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the draw for the play-off round of the 2016/17 Champions League from Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic are bidding to reach the group stage of Europe's elite club competition for the first time in three seasons after a last-gasp Moussa Dembele penalty helped the reigning Scottish Premiership champions to edge past nine-man FC Astana of Kazakhstan 3-2 on aggregate this week.

Moussa Dembele
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