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The COF Eurochampionships December 2015 was the 6th Edition of COF's premier football tournament, and the 3rd Edition since it was renamed from the COF Winners Cup to the COF Eurochampionships. Manchester United were the title holders, but were eliminated from the Group Stage, becoming the first defending champions to be eliminated at this stage.

The tournament is noted for its high number of goalless draws, with the nil-nil result occurring twenty-five times over the course of the seventy-seven games.

The December 2015 COF Eurochampionships Final was played between Juventus and Bayern Munich at the Parc de Princes in Paris, France. This was the first appearance in the final for both sides, with Bayern Munich triumphing 1-0 over the Italians.

Format changes Edit

No changes were made to the format for this Eurochampionships edition.

Association team allocation Edit

A total of 42 teams from the 20 COF member associations participated in the December 2015 COF Eurochampionships. The association ranking based on the COF country coefficients was used to determine the number of participating teams from each association.

  • Associations 1-3 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 4-6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Association 8* has one team qualify.
  • Associations 9-13 have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 14-20 have one team qualify.
  • With defending champions Manchester United finishing fourth in their domestic league, ordinarily they would have to compete in the Play-off qualifying round. However as defending champions, Manchester United were entitled to qualify directly to the Group Stages, in their place FC Basel, the champions of association 12, were required to compete in the Play-off Round.
  • As the winners of the 2014-15 Europa League, Sevilla were entitled to participate in the competition, despite not qualifying through their domestic league.
  • As association 8 (Ukraine) has only one team available on FIFA, Shakhtar Donetsk was the only team that qualify for this edition of the Eurochampionships.

Association Ranking Edit

For the December 2015 COF Eurochampionships, the associations were allocated places according the country coefficients taken shortly before the tournament in December 2015.

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 Teams Notes
1 Spain 4 +1(EL)
2 Germany
3 England
4 Italy 3
5 Portugal
6 France
7 Russia 2
8 Ukraine 1
9 Belgium 2
10 Netherlands
11 Turkey
12 Switzerland
13 Austria
14 Greece 1
15 Poland
16 Sweden
17 Norway
18 Denmark
19 Scotland
20 Ireland

Distribution Edit

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Qualifying Round for Champions

(8 teams)

  • 8 champions from associations 13-20
for non-Champions

(8 teams)

  • 5 runners-up from associations 7-12
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 5-6
Play-off Round

(8 teams)

  • 1 third-placed team from association 4
  • 2 fourth-placed teams from associations 1-2
  • 1 champion from association 12
  • 4 winners from the Qualifying Round for Champions
Group Stage

(32 teams)

  • 11 champions from associations 1-11
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1-6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1-3
  • 1 fourth-placed team from association 3
  • Europa League title holders
  • 4 winners from the Qualifying Round for non-Champions
  • 4 winners from the Play-off Round
  • 2 best-placed losers from the Play-off Round
Knockout phase

(16 teams)

  • 8 winners from the Group Stage
  • 8 runners-up from the Group Stage

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Teams Edit

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses, except Sevilla which qualified as Europa League title holders. (EC: Eurochampionship title holders; CL: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).

Group Stage
Manchester UnitedEC (4th) Chelsea (1st) FC Porto (2nd) PSV Eindhoven (1st)
Real Madrid (2nd) Manchester City (2nd) Paris Saint-Germain (1st) Galatasaray (1st)
Atletico Madrid (3rd) Arsenal (3rd) Lyon (2nd) BarcelonaCL (1st)
Bayern Munich (1st) Juventus (1st) Zenit St. Petersburg (1st) Sevilla (EL)
VfL Wolfsburg (2nd) AS Roma (2nd) Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (3rd) Benfica (1st) Club Brugge (1st)
Play-off Round
Valencia (4th) Bayer Leverkusen (4th) Lazio (3rd) FC Basel (1st)
Qualifying Round
for Champions for non-Champions
RB Salzburg (1st) Molde (1st) Sporting CP (3rd) Ajax (2nd)
Olympiacos (1st) Midtjylland (1st) AS Monaco (3rd) Fenerbahçe (2nd)
Lech Poznan (1st) Celtic (1st) CSKA Moscow (2nd) BSC Young Boys (2nd)
Malmö (1st) Dundalk FC (1st) KAA Gent (2nd) Rapid Wien (2nd)

Qualification rounds Edit

Qualifying Round for Champions Edit

- Team 1 denotes the team that played at home in the first leg.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Malmö 2-1 Celtic 0-1 2-0 (a.e.t)
Molde 1-0 RB Salzburg 1-0 0-0
Lech Poznan 3-0 Midtjylland 1-0 2-0
Dundalk FC 0-3 Olympiacos 0-1 0-2

Qualifying Round for non-Champions Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
AS Monaco 2-1 KAA Gent 1-0 1-1
BSC Young Boys 2-2 (a) Rapid Wien 1-2 1-0
Fenerbahçe 5-1 Ajax 3-0 2-1
CSKA Moscow 2-1 Sporting CP 1-0 1-1

Play-off Round Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Olympiacos 1-1 (a) Lazio 0-0 1-1
Lech Poznan 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 0-1
Molde 0-1 FC Basel 0-0 0-1
Malmö 1-2 Valencia 1-0 0-2

In order to determine which of the two losing teams from the Play-off round progress to the Group Stage, the teams are ranked on:

  1. goal difference
  2. goals scored
  3. away goals scored
  4. team coefficients

The losing teams of the Play-off Round were thus ranked accordingly:

Pos. Team GD GF AGF
1st Lazio 0 1 0
2nd Malmö -1 1 0
3rd Molde -1 0 0
4th Lech Poznan -2 0 0

Group Stage Edit

The 32 teams in the Group Stage 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 eight seeded teams were drawn into the eight groups first to ensure that they did not face one another. These eight teams were made up of the champions of associations 1-7 and the defending Eurochampionships champion.

In each group, teams played against each other once in a round-robin format. The order in which teams were drawn determined which teams would be played at home or away, with the team first drawn into a group and the team second drawn into a group, contesting two home games and one away game, and the teams drawn third and fourth into a group, contesting two away games and one home game. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the Round of 16.

A total of 15 national associations were represented in the Group Stage. Valencia and Malmö made their debut appearances in the Group Stage.

Tiebreakers
The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied in the order given to determine the rankings:
  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference in all group matches;
  3. higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. higher club coefficient.

Group A Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Bayern Munich 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Arsenal 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
3 Olympiacos 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
4 Fenerbahçe 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2

Bayern Munich 2-0 Fenerbahçe

Arsenal 0-0 Olympiacos

Fenerbahçe 1-1 Olympiacos

Bayern Munich 0-0 Arsenal

Olympiacos 1-2 Bayern Munich

Fenerbahçe 0-0 Arsenal

Group B Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 AS Monaco 3 1 2 1 3 2 1 5 Advanced to knockout phase
2 FC Porto 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 Rapid Wien 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4 Zenit St. Petersburg 3 0 2 1 0 1 -1 2

Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0 AS Monaco

Rapid Wien 0-0 FC Porto

AS Monaco 2-1 FC Porto

Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0 Rapid Wien

FC Porto 1-0 Zenit St. Petersburg

AS Monaco 1-1 Rapid Wien

Group C Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 1 2 0 2 0 2 5 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Valencia 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 5
3 AS Roma 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 5
4 Manchester United 3 0 0 3 0 4 -4 0

Manchester United 0-1 Valencia

AS Roma 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Valencia 0-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Manchester United 0-1 AS Roma

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 Manchester United

Valencia 0-0 AS Roma

Group D Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Real Madrid 3 2 1 0 6 3 3 7 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Bayer Leverkusen 3 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
3 Lazio 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2 3
4 Benfica 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1

Benfica 0-1 Lazio

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Real Madrid

Lazio 1-2 Real Madrid

Benfica 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Real Madrid 3-1 Benfica

Lazio 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Group E Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Juventus 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Lyon 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
3 Sevilla 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4 Club Brugge 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

Juventus 0-0 Sevilla

Lyon 1-0 Club Brugge

Sevilla 0-0 Club Brugge

Juventus 2-0 Lyon

Club Brugge 0-2 Juventus

Sevilla 1-1 Lyon

Group F Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Basel 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 5 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Chelsea 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 4
3 PSV 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
4 Malmö 3 0 2 1 0 2 -2 2

Chelsea 0-1 FC Basel

Malmö 0-0 PSV

FC Basel 0-0 PSV

Chelsea 2-0 Malmö

PSV 0-0 Chelsea

FC Basel 0-0 Malmö

Group G Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 PSG 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 5 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Manchester City 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 5
3 Atletico Madrid 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4 CSKA Moscow 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

PSG 1-0 CSKA Moscow

Atletico Madrid 0-1 Manchester City

CSKA Moscow 0-0 Manchester City

PSG 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Manchester City 0-0 PSGG

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Group H Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Barcelona 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3 Advanced to knockout phase
2 Shakhtar Donetsk 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
3 VfL Wolfsburg 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4 Galatasaray 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 3

Barcelona 0-0 Galatasaray

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Galatasaray 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Barcelona 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Barcelona

Galatasaray 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

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.

Round of 16 Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Valencia 0-1 Bayern Munich 0-1 0-0
Lyon 2-1 Barcelona 1-1 1-0
Chelsea 1-2 Juventus 1-2 0-0
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 AS Monaco 1-0 1-1
FC Porto 1-1 (1-3 p) Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 0-1 (a.e.t)
Manchester City 1-0 FC Basel 0-0 1-0 (a.e.t)
Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Real Madrid 0-1 1-1
Arsenal 1-2 PSG 1-1 0-1

Quarter-Finals Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shakhtar Donetsk 5-3 Lyon 4-2 1-1
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-4 Juventus 1-3 0-1
Bayern Munich 2-1 PSG 1-0 1-1
Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester City 1-0 1-1

Semi-Finals Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayern Munich 4-2 Real Madrid 1-1 3-1
Juventus 4-1 Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1 3-0

Final Edit

The final was played at the Parc-de-Princes, France. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the semi-final draw.

Juventus 0-1 Bayern Munich
Coman '45

Statistics Edit

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Top goalscorers Edit

Rank Player Team Goals
1 Paulo Dybala Juventus 7
2 Karim Benzema Real Madrid 5
3 Kingsley Coman Bayern Munich 4