Champions League preview
The UEFA Champions League kicks off with eight games on Tuesday and Chelsea and Liverpool are both in action.
Chelsea begin their quest for glory against Bordeaux, while Liverpool also face French opposition in the form of Marseille.
A number of the favourites for the trophy are in action, with Barcelona and Inter Milan both under new management and hoping to establish themselves as Europe's finest.
There are also some unfamiliar names in this year's line-up as Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus and Romanian minnows CFR Cluj both get their campaigns underway on Tuesday.
It would come as a major surprise if either Cluj or Famagusta progressed past the group phase, let alone made it anywhere near the final, but for Chelsea the opening round of matches represents one small step on the road to next May's showpiece at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The Champions League has proved elusive for the Blues so far and reaching the final last season was not enough to keep Avram Grant in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea only lost to Manchester United on penalties in Moscow but it is clear that Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has no experience of the Champions League, will be expected to go one better.
Scolari appears to have been handed a kind draw for his first ever game in the competition, with visiting Bordeaux in inconsistent form so far this season in Ligue 1.
The other match in Group A pits Roma against CFR Cluj and the Italian side, who have reached the quarter-finals for the past two years, will be confident of putting the newcomers in their place.
Test for Reds
Liverpool have been even more successful in recent years and they will be aiming to rekindle their love affair with the Champions League after scraping through a two-legged qualifier against Standard Liege.
Rafa Benitez's side will be full of confidence after beating Manchester United in the Premier League at the weekend but Marseille should provide a stern test at the Stade Velodrome.
Marseille are unbeaten in seven matches this term and will be keen to avenge their 4-0 home defeat by the Reds in a decisive group game last December.
Both sides will be keen to make a winning start in what is perhaps the toughest group, with PSV Eindhoven and Atletico Madrid making up the numbers.
PSV, looking to convert their dominance in the Dutch league onto the European stage, host Atletico at the Philips Stadion in Group D's second match.
Jose Mourinho returns to the Champions League as the new boss of Inter Milan, and the Portuguese tactician will be aiming to rediscover the magic touch that brought success to Porto in 2004, which was followed by years of heartache in the competition with Chelsea.
Inter's first clash is against Panathinaikos, who are the only club flying the flag for Greece this season and now boast former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto in their ranks.
Also in Group B, Anorthosis Famagusta become the first Cypriot team to compete in the Champions League as they travel to Germany to face Werder Bremen.
Barcelona take on Sporting Lisbon in Group C in a match that can be seen live on Sky Sports 2, and Pep Guardiola's side will be desperate to return to winning ways after a disappointing start to the season domestically.
Barca have picked up just one point from two Primera Liga games and face a tricky opener against a Sporting side who have managed to keep hold of their top players over the summer.
Swiss side Basel, back in the group stages for the first time in six years, tackle Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine in Group C's other match.