2015–16 UEFA Champions League

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2015–16 UEFA Champions League
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The San Siro in Milan hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates 30 June – 26 August 2015 (qualifying)
15 September 2015 – 28 May 2016 (competition proper)
Teams 32 (group stage)
78 (total) (from 53 associations)
Final positions
Champions Spain Real Madrid (11th title)
Runners-up Spain Atlético Madrid
Tournament statistics
Matches played 125
Goals scored 347 (2.78 per match)
Attendance 5,114,427 (40,915 per match)
Top scorer(s) Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo (16 goals)

The 2015–16 UEFA Champions League was the 61st season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 24th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona were the title holders, but were eliminated by Atlético Madrid in the quarter-finals.

The 2016 UEFA Champions League Final was played between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at the San Siro in Milan, Italy.[1] It was the second time in the tournament's history that both finalists were from the same city, after the same clubs faced each other in the 2014 final. Real Madrid defeated Atlético Madrid 5–3 on penalties (1–1 after extra time) in the final to win a record-extending eleventh European Cup/Champions League title.

As the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid qualified as the UEFA representative at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan (their third Club World Cup appearance),[2] and also earned the right to play against the winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, Sevilla, in the 2016 UEFA Super Cup.[3]

Format changes[edit]

The UEFA Executive Committee held in May 2013 approved the following changes to the UEFA Champions League starting from the 2015–16 season (for the three-year cycle until the 2017–18 season):[4]

  • The winners of the previous season's UEFA Europa League will qualify for the UEFA Champions League. They will enter at least the play-off round, and will enter the group stage if the berth reserved for the Champions League title holders is not used.
  • The previous limit of a maximum of four teams per association will be increased to five, meaning that if the Champions League title holders or the Europa League title holders are from the top three ranked associations (but not both from the same one) and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association will not be prevented from participating in the tournament. However, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association will be moved to the Europa League.[5]

Association team allocation[edit]

A total of 78 teams from 53 of the 54 UEFA member associations participated in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[6]

  • Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–54 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League and 2014–15 UEFA Europa League were each given an additional entry if they would not qualify for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league. Because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the UEFA Champions League, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders were from the same top three ranked association and finished outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association would be moved to the Europa League.[7] For this season:
    • The winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, Barcelona, qualified through their domestic league, meaning the additional entry for the Champions League title holders was not necessary.
    • The winners of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, Sevilla, did not qualify through their domestic league, meaning the additional entry for the Europa League title holders was necessary.

Association ranking[edit]

For the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2014 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2009–10 to 2013–14.[8][9]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (EL) – Additional berth for Europa League title holders
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 97.713 4 +1(EL)
2 England England 84.748
3 Germany Germany 81.641
4 Italy Italy 66.938 3
5 Portugal Portugal 62.299
6 France France 56.500
7 Russia Russia 46.998 2
8 Netherlands Netherlands 44.312
9 Ukraine Ukraine 40.966
10 Belgium Belgium 36.300
11 Turkey Turkey 34.200
12 Greece Greece 33.600
13 Switzerland Switzerland 33.225
14 Austria Austria 30.925
15 Czech Republic Czech Republic 29.350
16 Romania Romania 27.257 1
17 Israel Israel 26.875
18 Cyprus Cyprus 23.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Denmark Denmark 21.300 1
20 Croatia Croatia 19.625
21 Poland Poland 18.875
22 Belarus Belarus 18.625
23 Scotland Scotland 16.566
24 Sweden Sweden 16.325
25 Bulgaria Bulgaria 15.625
26 Norway Norway 14.275
27 Serbia Serbia 14.125
28 Hungary Hungary 11.625
29 Slovenia Slovenia 11.000
30 Slovakia Slovakia 11.000
31 Moldova Moldova 10.375
32 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 10.375
33 Georgia (country) Georgia 9.875
34 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 8.250
35 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.500
36 Finland Finland 7.175
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Iceland Iceland 6.750 1
38 Latvia Latvia 6.250
39 Montenegro Montenegro 6.000
40 Albania Albania 5.500
41 Lithuania Lithuania 5.250
42 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 5.250
43 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 5.125
44 Luxembourg Luxembourg 4.875
45 Malta Malta 4.833
46 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 4.500 0
47 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3.625 1
48 Wales Wales 3.000
49 Armenia Armenia 2.875
50 Estonia Estonia 2.875
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2.125
52 San Marino San Marino 0.999
53 Andorra Andorra 0.833
54 Gibraltar Gibraltar 0.000

Distribution[edit]

In the default access list, the Champions League title holders enter the group stage.[10][11] However, since Barcelona already qualified for the group stage (as the champions of the 2014–15 La Liga), the Champions League title holders berth in the group stage is given to the Europa League title holders, Sevilla.[12][13]

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(8 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 47–54
Second qualifying round
(34 teams)
  • 30 champions from associations 16–46 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 4 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round Champions Route
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 13–15
  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
Play-off round Champions Route
(10 teams)
  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Route)
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 4–5
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round (League Route)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 12 champions from associations 1–12
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • Europa League title holders
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (Champions Route)
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (League Route)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

Teams[edit]

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses, except Sevilla which qualified as Europa League title holders. (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).[14][15]

Group stage
Spain BarcelonaTH (1st) Germany Bayern Munich (1st) Portugal Porto (2nd) Belgium Gent (1st)
Spain Real Madrid (2nd) Germany Wolfsburg (2nd) France Paris Saint-Germain (1st) Turkey Galatasaray (1st)
Spain Atlético Madrid (3rd) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach (3rd) France Lyon (2nd) Greece Olympiacos (1st)
England Chelsea (1st) Italy Juventus (1st) Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg (1st) Spain Sevilla (EL)
England Manchester City (2nd) Italy Roma (2nd) Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (1st)
England Arsenal (3rd) Portugal Benfica (1st) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv (1st)
Play-off round
Champions Route League Route
Spain Valencia (4th) Germany Bayer Leverkusen (4th) Portugal Sporting CP (3rd)
England Manchester United (4th) Italy Lazio (3rd)
Third qualifying round
Champions Route League Route
Switzerland Basel (1st) France Monaco (3rd) Belgium Club Brugge (2nd) Austria Rapid Wien (2nd)
Austria Red Bull Salzburg (1st) Russia CSKA Moscow (2nd) Turkey Fenerbahçe (2nd) Czech Republic Sparta Prague (2nd)
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň (1st) Netherlands Ajax (2nd) Greece Panathinaikos (2nd)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (2nd) Switzerland Young Boys (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Romania Steaua București (1st) Sweden Malmö FF (1st) Azerbaijan Qarabağ (1st) Albania Skënderbeu Korçë (1st)
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (1st) Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad (1st) Georgia (country) Dila Gori (1st) Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius (1st)
Cyprus APOEL (1st) Norway Molde (1st) Kazakhstan Astana (1st) Republic of Macedonia Vardar (1st)
Denmark Midtjylland (1st) Serbia Partizan (1st) Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo (1st) Republic of Ireland Dundalk (1st)
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb (1st) Hungary Videoton (1st) Finland HJK (1st) Luxembourg Fola Esch (1st)
Poland Lech Poznań (1st) Slovenia Maribor (1st) Iceland Stjarnan (1st) Malta Hibernians (1st)
Belarus BATE Borisov (1st) Slovakia Trenčín (1st) Latvia Ventspils (1st)
Scotland Celtic (1st) Moldova Milsami Orhei (1st) Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja (1st)
First qualifying round
Northern Ireland Crusaders (1st) Armenia Pyunik (1st) Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn (1st) Andorra FC Santa Coloma (1st)
Wales The New Saints (1st) Estonia Levadia Tallinn (1st) San Marino Folgore (1st) Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps (1st)

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[10][16][17]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying First qualifying round 22 June 2015 30 June–1 July 2015 7–8 July 2015
Second qualifying round 14–15 July 2015 21–22 July 2015
Third qualifying round 17 July 2015 28–29 July 2015 4–5 August 2015
Play-off Play-off round 7 August 2015 18–19 August 2015 25–26 August 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 27 August 2015
(Monaco)
15–16 September 2015
Matchday 2 29–30 September 2015
Matchday 3 20–21 October 2015
Matchday 4 3–4 November 2015
Matchday 5 24–25 November 2015
Matchday 6 8–9 December 2015
Knockout phase Round of 16 14 December 2015 16–17 & 23–24 February 2016 8–9 & 15–16 March 2016
Quarter-finals 18 March 2016 5–6 April 2016 12–13 April 2016
Semi-finals 15 April 2016 26–27 April 2016 3–4 May 2016
Final 28 May 2016 at San Siro, Milan

Qualifying rounds[edit]

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients,[18][19][20] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round[edit]

The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds was held on 22 June 2015.[21][22] The first legs were played on 30 June and 1 July, and the second legs were played on 7 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lincoln Red Imps Gibraltar 2–1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma 0–0 2–1
Crusaders Northern Ireland 1–1 (a) Estonia Levadia Tallinn 0–0 1–1
Pyunik Armenia 4–2 San Marino Folgore 2–1 2–1
B36 Tórshavn Faroe Islands 2–6 Wales The New Saints 1–2 1–4

Lincoln Red Imps became the first Gibraltar team to win a tie in a UEFA competition, two years after Gibraltar's teams were first admitted entry.[23]

Second qualifying round[edit]

The first legs were played on 14 and 15 July, and the second legs were played on 21 and 22 July 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Hibernians Malta 3–6 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–1 1–5
APOEL Cyprus 1–1 (a) Republic of Macedonia Vardar 0–0 1–1
Qarabağ Azerbaijan 1–0 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja 0–0 1–0
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–3 Poland Lech Poznań 0–2 0–1
Maribor Slovenia 2–3 Kazakhstan Astana 1–0 1–3
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–1 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 2–1 0–0
Ventspils Latvia 1–4[A] Finland HJK 1–3 0–1
Midtjylland Denmark 3–0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 1–0 2–0
Molde Norway 5–1 Armenia Pyunik 5–0 0–1
Malmö FF Sweden 1–0 Lithuania Žalgiris Vilnius 0–0 1–0
Celtic Scotland 6–1 Iceland Stjarnan 2–0 4–1
Trenčín Slovakia 3–4 Romania Steaua București 0–2 3–2
Partizan Serbia 3–0 Georgia (country) Dila Gori 1–0 2–0
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 1–3 Moldova Milsami Orhei 0–1 1–2
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 4–1[A] Luxembourg Fola Esch 1–1 3–0
Skënderbeu Korçë Albania 6–4 Northern Ireland Crusaders 4–1 2–3
The New Saints Wales 1–2 Hungary Videoton 0–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Notes
  1. ^ a b Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Third qualifying round[edit]

The third qualifying round was split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections entered the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League play-off round.

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 17 July 2015.[24][25] The first legs were played on 28 and 29 July, and the second legs were played on 4 and 5 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Route
Lech Poznań Poland 1–4 Switzerland Basel 1–3 0–1
Milsami Orhei Moldova 0–4 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë 0–2 0–2
HJK Finland 3–4 Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 3–4
Celtic Scotland 1–0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–0 0–0
Steaua București Romania 3–5 Serbia Partizan 1–1 2–4
Midtjylland Denmark 2–2 (a) Cyprus APOEL 1–2 1–0
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 3–2 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 1–2 2–0
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia 4–4 (a) Norway Molde 1–1 3–3
Videoton Hungary 1–2 Belarus BATE Borisov 1–1 0–1
Red Bull Salzburg Austria 2–3 Sweden Malmö FF 2–0 0–3
League Route
Panathinaikos Greece 2–4 Belgium Club Brugge 2–1 0–3
Young Boys Switzerland 1–7 France Monaco 1–3 0–4
CSKA Moscow Russia 5–4 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–2 3–2
Rapid Wien Austria 5–4 Netherlands Ajax 2–2 3–2
Fenerbahçe Turkey 0–3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–0 0–3

Play-off round[edit]

The play-off round was split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections entered the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage.

The draw for the play-off round was held on 7 August 2015.[26][27] The first legs were played on 18 and 19 August, and the second legs were played on 25 and 26 August 2015.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Route
Astana Kazakhstan 2–1 Cyprus APOEL 1–0 1–1
Skënderbeu Korçë Albania 2–6 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–2 1–4
Celtic Scotland 3–4 Sweden Malmö FF 3–2 0–2
Basel Switzerland 3–3 (a) Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–2 1–1
BATE Borisov Belarus 2–2 (a) Serbia Partizan 1–0 1–2
League Route
Lazio Italy 1–3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 0–3
Manchester United England 7–1 Belgium Club Brugge 3–1 4–0
Sporting CP Portugal 3–4 Russia CSKA Moscow 2–1 1–3
Rapid Wien Austria 2–3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1 2–2
Valencia Spain 4–3 France Monaco 3–1 1–2

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D;
Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H.

The draw for the group stage was held in Monaco on 27 August 2015.[28][29] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on the following principles (introduced starting this season):[30][31]

  • Pot 1 contained the title holders and the champions of the top seven associations based on their 2014 UEFA country coefficients.[8][9] As the title holders (Barcelona) were one of the champions of the top seven associations, the champions of the association ranked eighth were also seeded into Pot 1 (regulations Article 13.05).[6]
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2015 UEFA club coefficients.[18][19][20]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams entered the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays were 15–16 September, 29–30 September, 20–21 October, 3–4 November, 24–25 November, and 8–9 December 2015.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualified for the group stage also played in the 2015–16 UEFA Youth League on the same matchdays, where they competed in the UEFA Champions League Path (with the UEFA Youth League expanded to 64 teams, the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations compete in a separate Domestic Champions Path until the knockout phase).

A total of 17 national associations were represented in the group stage. Astana, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Gent made their debut appearances in the group stage. Astana were the first team from Kazakhstan to play in the Champions League group stage.[32] With the maximum teams from the same association in the group stage increased from four to five, Spain became the first association to have five teams in the Champions League group stage.[33] Since all three qualifying teams from the highest ranked leagues won their ties in the league route playoff round, the three countries of Spain, England and Germany had 13 of the 32 clubs in the group stage.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RM PSG SHK MAL
1 Spain Real Madrid 6 5 1 0 19 3 +16 16 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 4–0 8–0
2 France Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 1 1 12 1 +11 13 0–0 2–0 2–0
3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3 Transfer to Europa League 3–4 0–3 4–0
4 Sweden Malmö FF 6 1 0 5 1 21 −20 3 0–2 0–5 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification WOL PSV MU CSM
1 Germany Wolfsburg 6 4 0 2 9 6 +3 12 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 3–2 1–0
2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 2–0 2–1 2–1
3 England Manchester United 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 Transfer to Europa League 2–1 0–0 1–0
4 Russia CSKA Moscow 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4 0–2 3–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ATL SLB GAL AST
1 Spain Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–2 2–0 4–0
2 Portugal Benfica 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 1–2 2–1 2–0
3 Turkey Galatasaray 6 1 2 3 6 10 −4 5 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 2–1 1–1
4 Kazakhstan Astana 6 0 4 2 5 11 −6 4 0–0 2–2 2–2
Source: UEFA

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MC JUV SEV MON
1 England Manchester City 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–2 2–1 4–2
2 Italy Juventus 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11 1–0 2–0 0–0
3 Spain Sevilla 6 2 0 4 8 11 −3 6 Transfer to Europa League 1–3 1–0 3–0
4 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5 1–2 1–1 4–2
Source: UEFA

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR ASR BL BTE
1 Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 15 4 +11 14 Advance to knockout phase 6–1 2–1 3–0
2 Italy Roma 6 1 3 2 11 16 −5 6 1–1 3–2 0–0
3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 1 3 2 13 12 +1 6 Transfer to Europa League 1–1 4–4 4–1
4 Belarus BATE Borisov 6 1 2 3 5 12 −7 5 0–2 3–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAY ARS OLY DZ
1 Germany Bayern Munich 6 5 0 1 19 3 +16 15 Advance to knockout phase 5–1 4–0 5–0
2 England Arsenal 6 3 0 3 12 10 +2 9 2–0 2–3 3–0
3 Greece Olympiacos 6 3 0 3 6 13 −7 9 Transfer to Europa League 0–3 0–3 2–1
4 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 6 1 0 5 3 14 −11 3 0–2 2–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHE DK POR MTA
1 England Chelsea 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 2–0 4–0
2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11 0–0 2–2 1–0
3 Portugal Porto 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10 Transfer to Europa League 2–1 0–2 2–0
4 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 0 6 1 16 −15 0 0–4 0–2 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN GNT VAL OL
1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5 0 1 13 6 +7 15 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 2–0 3–1
2 Belgium Gent 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 2–1 1–0 1–1
3 Spain Valencia 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 6 Transfer to Europa League 2–3 2–1 0–2
4 France Lyon 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4 0–2 1–2 0–1
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, teams played against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners were seeded, and the eight group runners-up were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association could not be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association could be drawn against each other.

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                         
 France Paris Saint-Germain 2 2 4  
 England Chelsea 1 1 2  
   France Paris Saint-Germain 2 0 2  
   England Manchester City 2 1 3  
 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1 0 1
 England Manchester City 3 0 3  
   England Manchester City 0 0 0  
   Spain Real Madrid 0 1 1  
 Belgium Gent 2 0 2  
 Germany Wolfsburg 3 1 4  
   Germany Wolfsburg 2 0 2
   Spain Real Madrid 0 3 3  
 Italy Roma 0 0 0
 Spain Real Madrid 2 2 4  
   Spain Real Madrid (pen.) 1 (5)
   Spain Atlético Madrid 1 (3)
 England Arsenal 0 1 1  
 Spain Barcelona 2 3 5  
   Spain Barcelona 2 0 2
   Spain Atlético Madrid 1 2 3  
 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0 0 0 (7)
 Spain Atlético Madrid (pen.) 0 0 0 (8)  
   Spain Atlético Madrid (a) 1 1 2
   Germany Bayern Munich 0 2 2  
 Italy Juventus 2 2 4  
 Germany Bayern Munich (aet) 2 4 6  
   Germany Bayern Munich 1 2 3
   Portugal Benfica 0 2 2  
 Portugal Benfica 1 2 3
 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 0 1 1  

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 14 December 2015.[34][35] The first legs were played on 16, 17, 23 and 24 February, and the second legs were played on 8, 9, 15 and 16 March 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gent Belgium 2–4 Germany Wolfsburg 2–3 0–1
Roma Italy 0–4 Spain Real Madrid 0–2 0–2
Paris Saint-Germain France 4–2 England Chelsea 2–1 2–1
Arsenal England 1–5 Spain Barcelona 0–2 1–3
Juventus Italy 4–6 Germany Bayern Munich 2–2 2–4 (a.e.t.)
PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 0–0 (7–8 p) Spain Atlético Madrid 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Benfica Portugal 3–1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–0 2–1
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 1–3 England Manchester City 1–3 0–0

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 18 March 2016.[36][37] The first legs were played on 5 and 6 April, and the second legs were played on 12 and 13 April 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Wolfsburg Germany 2–3 Spain Real Madrid 2–0 0–3
Bayern Munich Germany 3–2 Portugal Benfica 1–0 2–2
Barcelona Spain 2–3 Spain Atlético Madrid 2–1 0–2
Paris Saint-Germain France 2–3 England Manchester City 2–2 0–1

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 April 2016.[38][39] The first legs were played on 26 and 27 April, and the second legs were played on 3 and 4 May 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Manchester City England 0–1 Spain Real Madrid 0–0 0–1
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–2 (a) Germany Bayern Munich 1–0 1–2

Final[edit]

The final was played on 28 May 2016 at the San Siro in Milan, Italy.[40] The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.[38]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 16 1109
2 Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bayern Munich 9 942
3 Uruguay Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona 8 810
Germany Thomas Müller Germany Bayern Munich 926
5 France Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid 7 1135
6 Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona 6 630
Russia Artem Dzyuba Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 633
8 France Olivier Giroud England Arsenal 5 384
Mexico Javier Hernández Germany Bayer Leverkusen 487
Brazil Willian England Chelsea 642
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain 880

Source:[42]

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 France Kingsley Coman Germany Bayern Munich 5 426
Chile Alexis Sánchez England Arsenal 622
Brazil Neymar Spain Barcelona 810
4 Ivory Coast Wilfried Bony England Manchester City 4 279
Brazil Hulk Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 630
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović France Paris Saint-Germain 880
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid 1109
8 16 players 3 N/A

Source:[43]

Squad of the season[edit]

The UEFA technical study group selected the following 18 players as the squad of the tournament.[44]

Pos. Name Team
GK Slovenia Jan Oblak Spain Atlético Madrid
Germany Manuel Neuer Germany Bayern Munich
DF Uruguay Diego Godín Spain Atlético Madrid
Spain Juanfran Spain Atlético Madrid
Brazil Thiago Silva France Paris Saint-Germain
Spain Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid
Brazil Marcelo Spain Real Madrid
MF Spain Gabi Spain Atlético Madrid
Spain Koke Spain Atlético Madrid
Spain Andrés Iniesta Spain Barcelona
Germany Toni Kroos Spain Real Madrid
Croatia Luka Modrić Spain Real Madrid
FW France Antoine Griezmann Spain Atlético Madrid
Uruguay Luis Suárez Spain Barcelona
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
Poland Robert Lewandowski Germany Bayern Munich
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Spain Real Madrid
Wales Gareth Bale Spain Real Madrid

See also[edit]

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