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45
28
27
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1 - 0
2.36
2.22
24° few clouds
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58.03
41.97
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2.36
1.16
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53
47
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55%
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2.36
1.09
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93.25
6.75
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0.93
1.86
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42.2
57.8
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1.15
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30.28
69.72
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60
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3.01
2.19
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96
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2.92
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68
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3.61
2.36
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59%
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0.93
1.18
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3.01
1.12
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0.93
1.1
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3.61
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ULTIMATE INFORMATION OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Every European football club aspires to get the golden trophy from the UEFA Champions League. This is the second biggest football league in the world which is just after the World Cup. At the UEFA Champions League, we can witness peak matches, famous footers, and spectacular kicks from the best European football clubs. These days, the atmosphere on pitches for the Champions League is more bustling than ever. There are a lot of interesting things in this league that you might not know. Let’s explore them right in this article!

WHAT IS THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? 

The UEFA Champions League or UCL is a club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations ( UEFA) annually for clubs with the highest rankings in Europe. It is considered one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prominent club competition in European football, played by the national league champions and some runner-ups of their national associations in Europe. 

UCL was established in 1955 under the name of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup or European Cup with 16 sides taking part. It was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champions of Europe’s domestic leagues. The competition was renamed into the UEFA Champions League in 1992, added a round-robin group stage in 1991, and allowed multiple entrants from certain countries since 1997. Until now, the football tournament has expanded with a total of 79 clubs including 32 teams in the group stage. 

Champions League LogoChampions League Logo

HOW IS THE FORMAT OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?

According to its present format, the Champions League begins with a preliminary round, three qualifying rounds, and a play-off round. All are played over two legs. 

The number of teams of each association entering into the UEFA Champions League is based upon the UEFA coefficients of the member associations. These scores are built by the results of clubs representing each association during the previous five UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League seasons. The higher an association's coefficient, the more teams represent the association in the UCL, and the fewer qualifying rounds the association's teams must compete in. 

After those rounds, 6 surviving teams entered the group stage to join 26 teams qualified in advance. Making the draw is used for this stage. 32 teams in the group stage are divided into 8 groups of four. That also means teams from the same nation may not be drawn into groups together and they may have to fight each other. Each team plays 6 group stage games, meeting the other 3 teams in its group home and away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up have the advance to the round of 16, the first round of the knockout phase. The third-placed teams step to the UEFA Europa League.

In the round of 16, the winning team from one group plays against the runners-up from another group. According to UEFA's rule, the teams are ranked by points. Three points are awarded for a win, one point is awarded for a tie and no points are considered for a loss. According to UEFA, if tied on points, the tie-breaking criteria are applied.

From the quarter-finals onwards, the draw is randomly made. The competition uses the away goals rule: if the aggregate score of the two games is tied, the team who scored more goals at their opponent's stadium advances. If away goals are also equal, extra time (an additional 30 minutes) is played. The away-goals rule is again applied after that time.

The final round is played between the 2 most excellent teams in a neutral venue. If the score of each team is the same at the end of normal time, extra time is played. If the score is still equal after extra time, the winner is decided by a penalty shootout. 

Bayern Munich win the 2019-20 Champions LeagueBayern Munich win the 2019-20 Champions League

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SCHEDULE ( Time & Place)

In normal condition, UEFA Champions League tournaments begin in late June with an elimination round and qualifying rounds. After the playoff round, the group stage is played from September to December, whilst the knock-out stage starts in February. The knock-out ties are played in a two-legged format, except for the final. The final is often held in the last two weeks of May, or in the early days of June. In the 2019–20 season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was suspended for five months, with the final taking place in August. 

In the 2020-2021 season, the competition’s schedule is also changed a few times but UEFA still guarantees that the tournaments can happen in the best condition. Here below is the information on the UEFA Champions League schedule from the group stage onwards. 

Group stage

Hit the first match

October 1, 2020

October 20–21, 2020

Hit the second match

October 27–28, 2020

Hit the third match

November 3–4, 2020

Fourth match

November 24–25, 2020

Hit the fifth match

December 1–2, 2020

Sixth match

December 8–9, 2020

The knockout round

Round of 16 teams

December 14, 2020

February 16–17 & 23–24 February 2021

9–10 & 16–17 March 2021

Quarterfinals

March 19, 2021

April 6–7, 2021

April 13–14, 2021

Semifinal

April 27–28, 2021

May 4–5, 2021

Final

May 29, 2021, at Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul

From this season onwards, UEFA will conduct a draw for the quarterfinals and semi-finals on the same day which is scheduled on March 19, 2021. The final will be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on May 29.

PRIZES OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Being a great and famous football competition, the UEFA Champions League impresses audiences all over the world with its fascinating prizes.  

Trophy and Medals

Each year, the champion team is presented with the European Champion Clubs’ Cup which is worth about 200.000 francs. The winners also received 20 gold medals and a replica of the trophy with the smaller size. Simultaneously, they also have the right to keep the real trophy within a year before giving it back to UEFA. 

Before the 2008-09 season, any team that won the Cup in three consecutive years or five times overall was awarded the official trophy permanently. There are five clubs having the honor of receiving the official trophy. They are Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Milan, and Liverpool. These clubs together with Barcelona FC who got their fifth trophy in the 2014-15 season are honored with badges for winners on their left-hand side of the jersey forever and anytime playing in the UEFA Champions League.

Since 2008, the official trophy has been kept by UEFA. The winning team every year is awarded a replica. As of the 2012–13 season, 40 gold medals are presented to the winners of the Champions League, and 40 silver medals to the runners-up.

Prize money

From 2019-20, the fixed amount of prize money paid to the clubs is as follows: 

  • Preliminary qualifying round: €230,000

  • First qualifying round: €280,000

  • Second qualifying round: €380,000

  • Third qualifying round: €480,000 (only for clubs eliminated from the champions path, since clubs eliminated from the league path qualify directly for the UEFA Europa League group stage and therefore benefit from its distribution system.)

  • The base fee for group stage: €15,250,000

  • Group match victory: €2,700,000

  • Group match draw: €900,000

  • Round of 16: €9,500,000

  • Quarter-finals: €10,500,000

  • Semi-finals: €12,000,000

  • Runner-ups: €15,000,000

  • Champions: €19,000,000


However, the overall prize money allocated to the winning team of the Champions League will be much higher than that. It also includes shares of the qualifying rounds, play-off round, and the “market pool”. 

NOTICEABLE RANKINGS OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Top 10 UEFA Champions League scorers (excluding qualifying)

  • 134: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
  • 119: Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)
  • 71: Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke)
  • 71: Robert Lewandowski (POL, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
  • 69: Karim Benzema (FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid)
  • 56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
  • 50: Thierry Henry (FRA, Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
  • 48: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United)
  • 48: Andriy Shevchenko (UKR, Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea)
  • 47: Thomas Müller (GER, Bayern München)

Top 10 Performances in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League by club

Club

Titles

Runners-up

Seasons won

Seasons runner-up

Real Madrid

13

3

1956,1957,1958,1959, 1960,1966,1998,2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

1962, 1964, 1981

Milan

7

4

1963,1969,1989, 1990,1994,2003, 2007

1958, 1993, 1995, 2005

Bayern Munich

6

5

1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013, 2020

1982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012

Liverpool 

6

3

1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019

1985, 2007, 2018

Barcelona

5

3

1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015

1961, 1986, 1994

Ajax

4

2

1971, 1972, 1973, 1995

1969, 1996

Manchester United

3

2

1968, 1999, 2008

2009, 2011

Inter Milan

3

2

1964, 1965, 2010

1967, 1972

Juventus

2

7

1985, 1996

1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017

Benfica

2

5

1961, 1962

1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990

After reading the aforementioned information, we make sure that you have known more about this prestigious UEFA Champions League. Please visit Betimate for more updated remarkable articles on football.

FAQs

What are clubs and nations having the most championships?

There are 22 clubs winning the Champions League. Real Madrid holds the record for the most victories with 13 championships. They won the competition the most consecutive times from 1956 to 1960. 

Spain has provided the most champions with 18 winning times from 2 clubs. England has got 13 winners from 5 clubs and Italy has got 12 winners from 3 clubs. The current champions are the Bayern Munich club. They beat Paris  Saint- Germain 1-0 in 2020 final.

How is UEFA's calculation of the 'market pool' money?

The revenue which is based on the television 'market pool' fluctuates depending on the number of teams involved in the competition from a particular association.

UEFA's calculation of the 'market pool' money is arrived at through these five factors:

  • The actual amount in the final game in the "market pool".

  • The composition of the field of participating clubs

  • The number of clubs from any given association competing in the League.

  • The final position of clubs in their previous season's domestic championship.

  • The real performance of clubs in the Champions League.

REFERENCE SOURCES

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Champions_League

  • https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/