Champions League Group Draw 2020
Portugal & Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo was present today with UEFA president Robert McLaren Saville to preside over the Champions League group stage draws.
All eyes will be on Bayern Munich throughout the European season. Last year's Champions League winners are, in the eyes of many, currently the best football club in the world and are tipped to win it again this year.
However, the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid will be hungry for Champions League success, and could prove to be two big challenges of Bayern's Champions League campaign. Real won their last Champions League in 2013, while Barca won their last one in 2011. Since then, the English clubs have dominated the European scene, as well as Bayern, in recent times.
The German giants were given an unexpectedly easy draw that they'll undoubtedly be coming out of safely.
The first to be drawn in Group F, Bayern eagerly awaited the draw of the rest of their group opponents.
Sampdoria made the second draw for Group F, and coincidentally, the Serie A side was also drawn in the same group with Bayern last season.
Bayern have bad memories with the Blucerchiati, having been crushed 5-0 by Sampdoria in one of the group matches the previous year, although they did recover quickly from the devastating loss.
Sampdoria finished 2nd for the second time in a row in last year's Serie A and boast a strong squad that includes former Bayern superstars Thomas Muller, Mateo Musacchio and Holger Badstuber.
Aside from them, they also have Mexican playmaker Erick Torres and Ron-Robert Zieler within their ranks, the latter being well-known in Italy for his consistency between the sticks.
An upset against Bayern Munich could always happen again and Bayern will have to look out for Sampdoria's star-studded team.
Next up is Celtic, who have dominated the Scottish Premier League for years.
Although considered an outsider for making the Knockout Rounds, Celtic are a force on their day and anyone can easily see that the Bhoys are way above their league's standard.
Bayern manager David Beckham will be very familiar with some of the club's star names, which include Yuto Nagatomo, Gabby Agbonlahor, Matthew Lowton and Jan Oblak, all of whom have been under Beckham's management when they plied their trades at Aston Villa.
The most dangerous man to watch in a Celtic kit will be no doubt be former Chelsea forward Stevan Jovetic and English striker Harry Kane, both of whom linked up with the club this summer. Together, they have already formed a solid partnership, that will be made unbeatable, at least in the Scottish league, as time progresses.
The last to be drawn is Nottingham Forest.
It has been a remarkable journey for the club, with Forest only having been promoted from the Championship in 2016. They finished 12th in their return to the big time, and 13th the next season, before pulling off a magnificent 2nd-placed finish to be welcomed back into the Champions League.
Led under the management of Chris Powell, who has done wonders with his job, Nottingham Forest will be the first to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season and although aren't considered impressive enough to beat either Bayern or Sampdoria to a qualifying spot, can still put up quite a fight.
The club's two leaders, captain Lee Wallace and vice-captain Chris Cohen, will make sure of that. Together, Wallace and Cohen have a combined total of 23 years spent at Forest as well as 826 league appearances for the Reds. Although now 33-year-old veterans, they are still ready to make a stand, and were vital players last season.
And the duo aren't the only star men of the team. Nottingham Forest also have former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney, signed on a free transfer this season, and young Englishman Colin Maddison, who is, rather coincidentally, considered to be the next Rooney.
Together, the four make quite an interesting group, and it will be very entertaining to see which two will make it out to the Knockout Rounds.