Cyprus champions Apoel will face Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in the group stages of this season’s Champions League after the draw was made in Monaco on Thursday evening.
It will be the fourth time in their history that the Nicosia giants have made it into the group stages of the continent’s top club competition, and the seventh time in nine years that they will compete in either the Champions League or Europa League proper.
Apoel return to the Champions League after a two-season absence, again under the guidance of Greek coach Giorgos Donis. The drastic decision to sack Mario Been after the first leg of the third qualifying round this summer after only three games in charge has turned out to have paid dividends.
Qualification has also given Apoel a big financial boost, with the club guaranteed a minimum revenue of 15 million euros, plus market pool and ticket sales.
Every win in the group stage pays out €1.5m, with €500,000 for a draw.