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The Champions League is an annual football competition exclusively for the top clubs in the major European Leagues. It is controlled by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and only clubs who are at the top of their respective footballing leagues qualify for entry. The competition is highly prestigious and fiercely fought over by Europe’s leading teams. The major footballing nations contribute both their respective league champions and in some cases one or more runners up. So popular in fact is the UEFA Champions League final that in 2013 it attracted an astonishing worldwide television audience of 360 million. Prior to 1992 the Champions League was known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup which was often abbreviated simply to the European Cup which had run continuously since 1955. Before being restructured in 1992, the European Cup was a straight knockout competition which was open only to the champions of each European country. However, after 1992 with a dramatic new structure the competition introduced a group stage which proved to be hugely popular with fans. From the 2015-16 season onwards the weaker European teams will still only be able to enter the championship winning team whilst the strongest European footballing nations will be able to enter up to five teams. Teams that fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League are eligible to enter European competition via the UEFA Europa League which, while not as prestigious as the Champions League, is still highly prized by mid table teams. The UEFA Champions League starts in July with a series of knock out rounds with the reward entry to the main competition for the victors. The remaining 10 teams join the 22 other teams who qualified directly and these 32 teams are drawn into a series of 8 groups with 4 teams in each. The teams play each other twice with the top 2 teams progressing to the knockout stages and the third placed team entering the UEFA Europa League. The final is played in late May and the winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for both the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The competition has a rich history and regular Spanish champions Real Madrid have been the most successful club in the competitions history, having won the prestigious competition ten times. In fact, Spanish teams have won the coveted title of European Champion 15 times whilst England and Italy share second place with 12 title each.

Fixtures 2021 | 2022

7

dec

2021

Real Madrid

vs

Inter

Santiago Bernabéu

Champions League

fr 217 €

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7

dec

2021

Paris Saint Germain

vs

Club Brugge

Parc des Princes

Champions League

fr 308 €

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8

dec

2021

Manchester United

vs

Young Boys

Old Trafford

Champions League

fr 140 €

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8

dec

2021

Bayern München

vs

Barcelona

Allianz Arena

Champions League

fr 462 €

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Tickets and hotel packages to Champions League

Tickets for Champions League games are available from individual clubs and a number of brokers. Often, to encourage loyalty, season ticket holders can buy tickets to games up to a week in advance of them becoming available to the public. You can check out your favorite clubs fixtures by visiting the clubs website or other related websites to plan your journey.

Europe is a modern and vibrant region of culture and industry, it is also a well-traveled destination for the international traveler. As such, Champions League fixtures are within easy reach by rail and road and each country has plenty of major international airports fly too. It is worth noting that if you are traveling to the major European countries you will have no problems, however, if you are planning travel to the smaller European countries, particularly in Eastern Europe it is wise to check with your government website to check if any travel restrictions or recommendations are in place for your planned destination.

History

The first cross European footballing tournament was a simple challenge cup competition between teams from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, by the 1930s the completion had progressed to involve the central European nations in a traditional knock out competition and was known as the Coupe des Nations or Cup of Nations. However, after the war the Latin European footballing nations worked together to form the Latin Cup and it was with the success of this tournament that Gabriel Hanot, editor of L'Équipe, was able to persuaded UEFA to put into practice such a tournament and in 1955 the European Champion Clubs' Cup was born.

It was during the 1955-56 season that the first European Cup took place and 16 teams took part including European heavyweights Milan, Anderlecht, Stade de Reims, Hibernian, PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid. The very first match of the European Cup was between Sporting CP and Partizan ending with an exciting 3-3 draw. This historic first European Cup final took place at the Parc des Princes between Stade de Reims and Real Madrid. It was the Spanish club who came from behind to win the game 4–3 with to goals from Alfredo Di Stéfano and Marquitos and two well taken goals from the goal king Héctor Rial.