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The UEFA Champions League, Everything You Need To Know!

Do you know that the 2012/13 final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich alone was watched by 360 million people on television? The UEFA Champions League is an enticing event that attracts not only people in Europe but also other continents on the planet. Crazy about this awesome league? Hell yeah, almost everyone is. Here in this article, we will help you to have a better understanding of what this league is about, its history, rules, and many more.
 

What is the UEFA Champions League?

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is a yearly club football competition hosted by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-tier European clubs, with a group and knockout format deciding the competition winners. Regarded as one of the most renowned football tournaments around the globe as well as the most prestigious club competition in Europe, it is competed for by the national league champion of their respective national associations.


The History of UEFA Champions League

The initial name was European Cup, and was first held in 1955, and was originally a straight knockout tournament available only to the winners of Europe's national leagues, with the victor considered the European club champion. 

The contest was renamed in 1992 after it supplemented a round-robin group phase in 1991 and began enabling various participants from certain nations in 1997. 
 

The rules of the UEFA Champions League

Almost all Europe's national leagues can still only proceed to their champion, the toughest leagues presently offer up to 4 participants. Clubs that end second to last in their national league after failing to qualify for the Champions League, are entitled to the second-tier UEFA Europa League competition.

More importantly, teams that do not meet the criteria for the UEFA Europa League will be able to sign up for a new third-tier competition named the UEFA Europa Conference League beginning in 2021.

 
The Champions League, in its current format, kicks off in late June with a preliminary round, three group stage rounds, and a play-off round, all of which are in two-legged ties.  The 6 teams that survive progress to the group stage, where they will compete against 26 other teams who have already been eligible. The 32 teams are divided into 8 four-team groups and compete in a double round-robin format.

 

Interesting facts about the UEFA Champions League

  • Spain had the most triumphs (18 victories), followed by England (13 victories) and Italy (12 victories). 
  • England has the most winning clubs, with 5 gaining the titles.
  • The league was won by 22 clubs, 12 of which have won it multiple times, and 8 of which have managed to defend their title.
  • Real Madrid is the tournament's most successful club, having acquired 13 championships, 5 of which belonged to the first 5 seasons.
  • Bayern Munich is the current champion, having won the 2020 final 1–0 against Paris Saint-Germain.


Final thoughts

Overall, the UEFA Champions League is one of the most popular club football tournaments, attracting significant sponsorships and huge audiences. We hope this article has provided you a lot of information! Enjoy it and give us feedback if you have any! Thanks for reading!

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