Munich (AP) – Defending champion FC Bayern Munich will play its opening game in the Champions League against Atlético Madrid on October 21. RB Leipzig also starts with a home game in the elite class of Europe: the day before, on October 20, the Saxons expect Istanbul Basaksehir.

The two other Bundesliga football clubs Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach have to go to Italy for the kick-off. The Dortmund runner-up has to play in Lazio on October 20. Gladbach joins Inter Milan a day later.

The European football association UEFA announced the matches for the Champions League and the Europa League on Friday evening. The group stage ends on 8/9. December. Leipzig then expects Manchester United, Bayern Lokomotiv Moscow. Dortmund and Gladbach have to play for Zenit Moscow and Real Madrid.

In the Europa League, the two Bundesliga clubs start with home games. Bayer Leverkusen has to play against OGC Nice from France on October 22, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim against Serbian top club Roter Stern Belgrade.

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