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UEFA Champions League play-off draw: 11am BST.

  • Liverpool will face Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim for a place in the Champions League group stage.
  • Celtic, one of the seeded teams in the draw, face Kazakhstan outfit Astana.
  • The first legs will be played on 14-15 August, with the return games a week later on 22-23 August.
  • Napoli vs Nice is arguably the most intriguing tie of the round, while serial Europa League winners Sevilla face a tough trip to Istanbul Basaksehir.
  • 10 winners of the ties will join the 22 teams who have already qualified for the group stage.
Champions League

A run-down of the Champions League play-off round fixtures:

  • Qarabag vs Kobenhavn
  • Apoel Nicosia vs Slavia Praha
  • Olympiakos vs FJK Riejka
  • Celtic vs Astana
  • Hapoel Beer Sheva vs Maribor
  • Istanbul Basaksehir vs Sevilla
  • BSC Young Boys vs CSKA Moscow
  • Napoli vs Nice
  • Hoffenheim vs Liverpool
  • Sporting Lisbon vs Steaua Bucharest

That brings to an end our coverage of the UEFA Champions League draw. Have a good day.

Champions League trophy

Celtic face a slightly easier opponent but a much longer trip than Liverpool. The Scottish giants will battle with Astana, a team they edged out during last season's Champions League qualifiers, for a place in the group stage.

Rodgers' men will fancy themselves to progress, but they may have preferred to face a different side given the journey they will have to take to Kazakhstan.

So Jurgen Klopp faces a tough trip back to Germany, with Liverpool pitted against Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim.

The Bundesliga outfit have no real European pedigree but performed admirably under their 29-year-old coach last season in order to earn a spot in Europe's premier club competition.

Nagelsmann will be able to call on stars with Premier League experience in the form of Serge Gnabry and Harvard Nordtveidt, and it will be interesting to see how he will manage without Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule, who both joined Bayern Munich this summer.

Liverpool will be seen as the favourites, but Klopp et al will know that they will have to be at their best in order to proceed to the group stage.

The final tie has been drawn - Sporting Lisbon will face Steaua Bucharest.


Italian outfit Napoli are next to be drawn. They will face Nice in a tie that looks to be the most interesting so far.

BSC Young Boys the next to be drawn. CSKA Moscow are the team standing between the Swiss outfit and the group stage.

With the Champions pot done and dusted, we now move on the to the League route, which Liverpool are situated in.

Istanbul Basaksehir, Champions League debutants, are first out. They will face Spanish outfit Sevilla, serial Europa League victors.

Hapoel Beer Sheva are the final team drawn from the Champions route. They will play Maribor.

Celtic have been drawn. They will a play a team they faced and beat last season, Astana. Another long trip for Rodgers' Bhoys.

Greek giants and serial title winners Olympiakos are next to be drawn. They will face Croatian outfit Riejka.

Apoel are the next out. They will face Czech outfit Slavia Prague.

Qarabag are the first team to be drawn, and they will play Danish outfit FC Copenhagen.

UEFA's Head of Club Competitions Michael Heselschwerdt has been introduced to explain how the draw will progress and outline the process of the 'Champions route'.

After a brief summary, we are ready to get down to business.

A highlights package of last season's Champions League final is being presented for our viewing pleasure.

Real Madrid became the first team to win the trophy twice in the tournament's rejuvenated format - can they retain it again this season?

UEFA president Alexander Ceferin is not present for today's draws. The reason why is unclear. Proceedings set to get underway.

A timely reminder from Celtic.

Just moments away from the beginning of the draw in Nyon.

Will Jurgen Klopp be smiling when proceedings come to an end?

Jurgen Klopp
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Meanwhile, in Paris...

A UEFA official is already out on stage in Nyon, going through the administrative jargon and explaining how the draw will pan out. Not long to go until the first ball is drawn.

The play-off draw for the Europa League will immediately follow the draw for Europe's premier club competition.

The sole British representation in the Europa is Everton, who defeated Slovakian outfit Ruzomberok 2-0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round.

In case you wondering when these ties will take place, the first leg is scheduled to take place on 14-15 August, with the return games a week later between 22-23 August.

The group stage draw takes place on Thursday 24 August at 5pm BST.

Jurgen Klopp and Emre Can

Celtic endured a tough ride against Norwegian outfit Rosenborg in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, with a goal from James Forrest edging them into play-off contention earlier this week.

Brendan Rodgers' men will be glad to know that they are one of the seeded teams, but they look likely to face a long-haul trip judging by their potential opponents, who could be Qarabag, Astana, Rijeka, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, or Slavia Prague.

Liverpool are set to delve back into the Champions League after a two-year hiatus, and have been placed in the league route due to the way in which they qualified for the competition.

Jurgen Klopp's men will fancy their chances against their potential oppoents, who could be Steaua Burcharest, Young Boys, Nice, 1899 Hoffenheim or Istanbul Basaksehir, but they will assumingly want to avoid the French and German outfits respectively.

Read more on who Liverpool may face here.

Good morning and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of the UEFA Champions League play-off round draw, which begins at 11am BST.

Liverpool and Celtic are the British representation for the draw in Switzerland. The Reds and the Bhoys are waiting with baited breath to see who they have to overcome in order to reach the group stage of Europe's premier league competition, with Jurgen Klopp's men looking in danger of facing a rather tricky opponent due to their placing in the league route.

Celtic may have an easier ride as they are one of the seeded teams, but all will soon be revealed. Stay with IB Times UK for the latest updates and reaction.