Champions League 23/24: who has already qualified? Potential group stage opponents for Newcastle United

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26 teams will be confirmed for next year’s Champions League tournament by end of domestic season.

As the domestic season draws to a close, the competition is heating up for who will take the remaining 2023/24 tournament Champions League spots.

Newcastle United are the latest British side to have confirmed their place in next year’s tournament and will join Celtic, Arsenal and Manchester City in September’s group stages. The Magpies drew 0-0 at home to Leicester City to secure their spot and the final team from England will be one of Manchester United or Liverpool.

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Here is all you need to know about who is set to make next season’s group stages:

Who qualifies for Champions Leauge 2023/24?

A total of 80 teams from 53 of the 55 UEFA member associations will take part but only 32 will reach the tournament proper. Those who achieve automatic qualification (and therefore do not need to go through further qualifiers) are determined by UEFA Association coefficients which are used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:

  • Associations 1-4 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 5-6 have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7- 15 (except Russia) have two teams qualify
  • Associations 16-55 each have one team qualify
  • 2022/23 winners and 2022/23 Europa winners are each given additional entry if they do not qualify through the domestic league
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland during UCL semi-final against Bayern Munich Manchester City’s Erling Haaland during UCL semi-final against Bayern Munich
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland during UCL semi-final against Bayern Munich | Getty Images

Who has already qualified for the tournament proper?

Premier League:

England sit at the top of the UEFA coefficient with four teams set to qualify. As it stands, Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United have qualified. Manchester United only need a point from their Premier League match with Chelsea to secure the final spot this week but a loss will give Liveprool the chance to overtake them on the final day.

La Liga:

Spain are second in the coefficient ranking with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid having confirmed they will finish within the top four. Real Madrid have also secured a place and Real Sociedad currently sit fourth but could be caught by Villarreal before the season ends.

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Serie A:

Serie A champions Napoli have been confirmed for some time and they will be joined by Lazio in the group stages. AC Milan, Inter, Atalanta and Roma are fighting for the other two spots following a points deduction for Juventus that has seem them drop out of contention. Inter can also qualify by winning the Champions League this season as can Roma by lifting the Europa League.

Bundesliga:

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have all secured their place in next season’s group stage. With just one round of fixtures remaining in the German top flight the final spot will go to either SC Freiburg or Union Berlin.

Others

There are only two other nations who have secured Champions League Group Stage qualification: Scotland’s Celtic and the leaders in the Serbian SuperLiga, Red Star Belgrade.

When does 2023/24 Champions League begin?

Qualifying will start from 27 June and conclude on 30 August 2023 while the tournament proper will begin with the group stages on 19 September and will finish with the grand finale at Wembley on 1 June 2024.

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