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Abu Dhabi's Man City in Euro 'group of death'

Club to face Real Madrid, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund in group stages of Champions League

Abu Dhabi's Man City in Euro 'group of death'
Vincent Kompany parades the Barclays Premier League trophy in front of thousands of fans during their victory parade around the streets of Manchester on May 14. (Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City will face nine-times European champions Real Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini's Premier League champions will also face Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in what is widely being seen as the toughest group in the competition.

City skipper Vincent Kompany said on Twitter: "Looks like we're not going to get any easy games again this year but it is certainly a good group for the fans. I'm looking forward already!"

All of the teams in Manchester City's group are national champions of their respective leagues.

Champions League holders Chelsea begin their defence in a tough group with Juventus, while Celtic have been drawn with Barcelona in Group G.

Manchester United face Galatasaray, Braga and FC Cluj while Arsenal have Schalke, Olympiakos and Montpellier.

The group stages run from September 18-19 through to December 4-5.

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the Manchester club in 2008 and has invested nearly $1bn to help lead it to recent glories of the FA Cup and the Premier League title.

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