Last Saturday of May in Kiev there will take place the final of the current draw of the Champions League with participation of Real, Spain and Liverpool, England. And exactly in a month, on the 26th of June, that is, in parallel with the World Cup in Russia, in various countries of the Old World will be held qualification stage for the next Champions League tournament.
It is obvious that today football fans are interested in the list of participants of an autumn group stage. We will remind you that after nine seasons in a row the rules of former regulations, now there have happened considerable changes in qualification of the best clubs of the continent into the main grid of the Champions League. Now the direct berths into a group stage will surely get not twenty two teams as it was earlier but and twenty six. Including, 4 best clubs of the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, the Italian Series A and German Bundesliga.
As of this writing the names of 21 participants of the next group stage are already known. These are Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool (England), Barcelona, Atlético, Real and Valencia (Spain), Juventus, Napoli and Roma (Italy), Bayern, Schalke, Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund (Germany), PSG (France), Lokomotiv Moscow and CSKA (Russia), Porto (Portugal), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) and Brugge (Belgium).
Thus, now there are still left 5 free berths for which nine various teams are fighting. These are two Italian clubs Lazio and Inter, three favorites of the French Ligue 1 – Monaco, Lyon and Marseille and also two applicants for a new champion title in the championships of Turkey (Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe) and the Czech Republic (Viktoria and Slavia Praha). The final of the Champions League tournament will be held on the 1st of June, Saturday 2019 at home arena Atlético de Madrid Wanda Metropolitano.