Jump to navigation Jump to search “European Champions League” and “แชมเปียนส์ลีก 2016 Cup” redirect here. This article is about the men’s competition. For the women’s competition, see UEFA Women’s Champions League. Introduced in 1992, the competition replaced the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, or simply European Cup, which had run since 1955, adding a group stage to the competition and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries.
The pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each nation. In its present format, the UEFA Champions League begins in late June with four knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 6 surviving teams enter the group stage, joining 26 teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system.
Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition’s history, having won the tournament 13 times, including its first five seasons. England has the largest number of winning teams, with five clubs having won the title. The competition has been won by 22 clubs, 12 of which have won it more than once. The first pan-European tournament was the Challenge Cup, a competition between clubs in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Real Madrid successfully defended the trophy next season in their home stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu, against Fiorentina. 61 season when bitter rivals Barcelona dethroned them in the first round. When you hear the anthem it captivates you straight away. The Champions League anthem is played before the start of each match as the two teams are lined up while the Champions League logo is displayed in the centre circle. The chorus contains the three official languages used by UEFA: English, German, and French. Special vocal versions have been performed live at the Champions League Final with lyrics in other languages, changing over to the host nation’s language for the chorus.
This resulted in the anthem, “house colours” of black and white or silver and a logo, and the “starball”. The starball was created by Design Bridge, a London-based firm selected by TEAM after a competition. 10 season, the UEFA Champions League begins with a double round-robin group stage of 32 teams, which is preceded by two qualification ‘streams’ for teams that do not receive direct entry to the tournament proper. The number of teams that each association enters into the UEFA Champions League is based upon the UEFA coefficients of the member associations.