The UEFA Champions League is arguably the most glamorous competition in the football world. When the greatest clubs in Europe compete to be crowned overall European champions, each match is full of tactics, drama and unexpected surprises.
From mid-July to May, 32 teams fight for pride and glory, but only one winning captain will lift the champion’s trophy. The final match between the two best teams will be played on 3 June at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. This will be the 62nd season of Europe’s premier club football tournament held by the Union of European Football Associations, and the 25th season since it was officially renamed the UEFA Champions League.
The proud winner will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup and also earn the right to play in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup against the winners of UEFA Europa League. Last year, Real Madrid celebrated their 11th victory after beating Atlético Madrid 5-3 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Milan.
As the 2017 final is getting closer, everyone is wondering who is next to win the UEFA Champions League. Enjoy all the action live on fuboTV (U.S.), Fox Sports Go (U.S) and BT Sports (U.K). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
For the first time held in 1992, the UEFA Champions League replaced the European Cup, which had been organized since 1955, and quickly became one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world. Not only it changed its name, but also expanded the competition format, adding the group stage and allowing multiple participants from each country. This was a huge turning point at the tournament’s history as the competition grew from 8 to 32 participating teams.
In its present format, the competition starts with three qualifying rounds and a play-off round before all the qualifying 32 teams meet at the group stage in September. All 32 teams are divided into eight groups and compete each other in order to determine who will enter the round of 16 and continue to fight in the quarter finals and the semi finals. The season culminates with the final match when the best team is crowned European champions.
– Apparently, the most talented football players live in Spain as this country has produced the highest number of victories so far.
– Real Madrid is the most successful team in the competition’s history with 11 victories, followed by Milan with 7 wins.
– The fastest UEFA Champions League goal was scored after 10.12 seconds by Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich) in 2007. The record still stands to this day.
– The club that wins the competition five times or three years in a row, receives a full-sized replica of the trophy. So far Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Milan, Liverpool, Ajax and Barcelona have earned this honour.
The Best Player in Europe Award was introduced in 2011 and is given to the player who is considered the best in the past season. So far the award has been won by: Cristiano Ronaldo (2014, 2016), Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Franck Ribéry (2013) and Andrés Iniesta (2012). Who do you think will be the best player of 2017?
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