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UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League logo 2.svg
Founded 1955 (1992 in its current format)
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 32 (group stage)
76 or 77 (total)
Current champions Spain Barcelona (3rd title)
Most successful club Spain Real Madrid (9 titles)
Television broadcasters List of broadcasters
Website Official website
2009–10 UEFA Champions League
.The UEFA Champions League (usually referred to as simply the Champions League or historically as the European Cup) is an annual Association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe.^ Upcoming events for UEFA Champions League.
  • Uefa Champions League events -- "What's On in London" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.londondrum.com [Source type: General]

^ UEFA Champions League official TOP 10 GOALS .
  • Uefa Champions League Draw 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.dipity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • YouTube: Uefa Champions League 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dipity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Get alerts about UEFA Champions League .
  • UEFA Champions League Story Page - USATODAY.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

.It is the most prestigious club trophy in the world.^ It is one of the most prestigious club trophies in the sport.
  • Top Soccer Tournaments: UEFA Champions League Information. 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.aworldofsoccer.com [Source type: News]

^ It is one of the most prestigious club trophies in the sport along with America's Copa Libertadores.
  • UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC deepthi.com [Source type: News]

^ Take the helm of your favorite European club in three different campaigns and see if you have what it takes to sweep one of soccer's most prestigious prizes--The Treble.
  • Amazon.com: UEFA Champions League 2006-2007: Xbox 360: Video Games 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The final of the competition is - along with the NFL's Super Bowl - the most watched annual sporting event worldwide, drawing just over 100m television viewers[1].^ SportsCenter ...most-watched annual sporting event.
  • Uefa Champions League News, Videos, Photos, and PodCasts - ESPN 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC search.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

^ U EFA’s Champions League final has for the first time replaced the NFL’s Super Bowl as the most-watched annual sports event, according to a survey.
  • UEFA Champions League - Photos and News 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.nypost.com [Source type: News]

^ MIAMI (Reuters) - UEFA's Champions League final has for the first time replaced the NFL's Super Bowl as the most-watched annual sports event, according to a survey.
  • UEFA Champions League - Photos and News 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.nypost.com [Source type: News]

.Prior to 1992 the tournament was officially called the European Champion Clubs' Cup but was usually referred to as simply the European Cup or European Champions' Cup.^ The winner receives the European Champion Clubs' Cup trophy.
  • UEFA Champions League 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ European Champion Clubs' Cup but was usually referred to as simply ...
  • Uefa Champion League - Blogs, Pictures, and more on Blogged 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.blogged.com [Source type: News]

^ Curious which team will finally win the European Champions’ Club Cup?
  • Top Champions League Tickets 2009-2010 - Easy Online Ordering! 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.worldticketshop.com [Source type: General]

.The competition was initially a straight knockout competition open only to the champion club of each country.^ Previously only the champions of their respective national league could participate in the competition; however, this was changed in 1997 to allow the runners-up of the stronger leagues to compete as well.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The EA version is the only one that has rights to use the real names of clubs and teams to create the ultimate Champions League experience.

^ History UEFA Champions League Europe's premier club competition was launched one month after UEFA's first Congress, held in Vienna on 2 March 1955 yet, curiously, the so-called "European Cup" was not a UEFA initiative...
  • UEFA Champions League | Facebook 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

.During the 1990s the tournament began to be expanded, incorporating a round-robin group phase and more teams.^ Liverpool became the first team to negotiate all three rounds of qualification and reach the Champions League group phase, a feat matched by Artmedia Bratislava of Slovakia in the same season.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ The popularity of the group phase has witnessed the competition grow from eight to 32 teams with matches taking place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays across Europe.
  • UEFA Champions League Quizzes and Trivia -- Fun Trivia 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.funtrivia.com [Source type: General]

^ The 2009-10 list of participating teams qualifying directly for the group phase went from 16 to 22 teams (21 teams and the titleholders).
  • Schedule For Champions League 2009-10: UEFA's Top Football Tournament Ends On May 22, 2010 In Madrid 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC european-football.suite101.com [Source type: News]

.Europe's strongest national leagues now provide up to four teams each for the competition.^ Now it's down to four teams and the favourites are...
  • Uefa Champions League 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.trap17.com [Source type: General]

^ Previously only the champions of their respective national league could participate in the competition; however, this was changed in 1997 to allow the runners-up of the stronger leagues to compete as well.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Entry to the UEFA Champions League was restricted to the teams that won their national league championships, plus the current European Cup holder.
  • UEFA Champions League History - Soccer Betting at IAS Sportsbook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.instantactionsports.com [Source type: News]

.The UEFA Champions League should not be confused with the UEFA Europa League, formerly known as the UEFA Cup.^ Upcoming events for UEFA Champions League.
  • Uefa Champions League events -- "What's On in London" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.londondrum.com [Source type: General]

^ Uefa Champions League 2003 highlights .

^ UEFA Champions League 2008 .

.The tournament consists of several stages.^ The tournament consists of several stages.
  • Links to the clubs in the UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC championsleague.startspot.eu [Source type: Academic]
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The UEFA Champions League consists of several stages beginning with three knockout qualifying rounds, which run throughout July and August.

^ The Champions League format consists of several stages including the three qualifying knockout rounds, a group stage, and a final knockout round.
  • UEFA Champions League - Fooball Competitions - OleOle 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.oleole.com [Source type: General]

.In the present format it begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round.^ In the present format it begins in mid-July with three preliminary knockout qualifying rounds.
  • Links to the clubs in the UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC championsleague.startspot.eu [Source type: Academic]
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The tournament consists of several stages and begins with three preliminary knockout qualifying rounds.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ Qualifying rounds span from mid-July to late August.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

.The 10 surviving teams join 22 seeded teams in the group stage, in which there are eight groups consisting of four teams each.^ In the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each.
  • FIFA - UEFA - Champion League - Bóng Đá Online - Bình Luận Các Giải Ngoại Hạng 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC bong-da.com [Source type: News]

^ The 16 surviving teams join 16 seeded teams in a group stage.
  • Links to the clubs in the UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC championsleague.startspot.eu [Source type: Academic]
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The group stage consists of eight groups each comprising of four teams.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

.The eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the final knockout phase, which ends with the final match in May.^ Eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the final knockout rounds, which end with the final match in May.
  • Links to the clubs in the UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC championsleague.startspot.eu [Source type: Academic]
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lyon also made it through to the next stage in Group F and ended Fiorentina's hopes when they beat their Italian rivals 2-1 in an exciting match at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
  • Raul tops European goal scoring charts and guides Real Madrid into the last 16 :Football - Telegraph 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Teams play each other twice (home & away) 2 points for a win; 1 for a draw Group winners go through to Final .

.Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins.^ The tournament has been organized by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful European football clubs.
  • UEFA Champions League 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ In 1992-1993 not only did the name of the tournament change, the way it was organized was also different.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ It was the club's first triumph since 1973, when they had won three titles consecutively, and much of the squad in the 1995 victory also dominated the Dutch national team.
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

.The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies to the FIFA Club World Cup (which replaced the Intercontinental Cup since 2005) as well as the UEFA Super Cup.^ UEFA Champions League 2007/2008.

^ Get alerts about UEFA Champions League .
  • UEFA Champions League Story Page - USATODAY.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ UEFA Champions League 2004 - 2005 UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 Review 06 Feb 2005 .
  • UEFA Champions League 2004 - 2005 Screens - TotalVideoGames.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.totalvideogames.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The title has been won by 21 different clubs, 12 of which have won the title more than once.^ The title has been held by 21 different clubs, 12 of which have won the title more than once.
  • 2010 UEFA Champions League Final Packages, Hotels, Tickets in Madrid 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.roadtrips.com [Source type: General]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lehmman has always been capable of the odd blunder, on or off the pitch, and now he seems to be more of a distraction than a positive influence at the club.
  • Barcelona Handed Dream Draw in UEFA Champions League | Bleacher Report 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC bleacherreport.com [Source type: General]

^ As for the Romanians, they have not won their home league since 2006 but remain the most decorated football club in the country (with 23 championship titles).
  • UEFA Champions League – Inter, Roma, Juventus, Fiorentina GROUPS Analyzed « mCalcio.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.mcalcio.com [Source type: General]

.The all-time record-holders are Real Madrid, who have won the competition nine times, including the first five seasons it was contested.^ Who else hates Real Madrid?
  • Champions' League & UEFA Cup - Soccer Fans Network Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC forums.soccerfansnetwork.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Champions' League & UEFA Cup - Soccer Fans Network Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC forums.soccerfansnetwork.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ ESPN/ESPN360- Real Madrid at Liverpool (Liverpool won first leg, 1-0) .
  • Soccer By Ives: UEFA Champions League: Round of 16 (Second Leg) Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.soccerbyives.net [Source type: News]

^ The all-time record-holder is Real Madrid with their nine wins.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Spain's La Liga is marginally the most successful league, having amassed 12 wins, all of which from two clubs.^ "We want to win the Champions League and La Liga.
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group C - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC soccernet-att.espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ This time it involved two of Europe's most successful clubs.
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 (or overall in its older format since 1955) for the most successful football clubs in Europe.
  • Sky News - UEFA Champions League In Depth 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC indepth.news.sky.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Italy and England have produced 11 winners between three and four clubs respectively.^ Group H is the true essence of the Champions League with three of the four teams from this group being the current champions of their respective domestic leagues.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Group H Preview: European Football's Premier Tournament Enters the Group Stage 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC european-football.suite101.com [Source type: News]

^ After a 2-0 victory over Fenerbahce, Chelsea will travel to Merseyside for the third semi-final meeting in four years between the two Premiership clubs.
  • UEFA Champions League News at The Bodog Beat 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC beat.bodoglife.com [Source type: General]

^ The gainers are England, Spain and Italy who have gone from two guaranteed spots to an automatic three.
  • Fox Sports Community - Fox Sports > BobbyMcMahon > Blog > UEFA Champions League Posts 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC community.foxsports.com [Source type: General]

.English teams were controversially banned from the competition for five years following the events at Heysel in 1985.[2] Barcelona are the current champions, having beaten Manchester United 2-0 in the 2008-09 final.^ The 2007 - 2008 Champions League finals matched two English Premier League teams - Manchester United and Chelsea.
  • Champions League 07/08 - News, Videos, Photos, Highlights and Football Match Results 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.oleole.com [Source type: News]

^ Manchester United - 2008-09 UEFA Champions League Final Team Cele...
  • Uefa Champions League - Fan Gear & Memorabilia: Find, Compare, Read Reviews & Buy Online @ Yahoo! Shopping 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC shopping.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United.
  • Uefa Champions League - Home - oo.vg 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC uefa-champions-league.oo.vg [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • YouTube: Uefa Champions League 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dipity.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Contents

History

.The tournament was inaugurated in 1955, at the suggestion of the French sports journalist and editor of L'Équipe Gabriel Hanot,[3] as a reaction to a declaration on the part of Wolverhampton Wanderers as being "Champions of the World" by the British press, after a successful run of European friendlies in the 1950s.^ The European Cup, the forerunner to the Champions League, was the brainchild of French sports journalist Gabriel Hanot.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

^ L’Equipe a French sports journalist initiated the “European Cup” in the year of 1955.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ The tournament was inaugurated in 1955, at the suggestion of the French sports journalist and editor of L'Équipe Gabriel Hanot , [ 1 ] as a continental competition for winners of the European national football leagues, as the European Champion Clubs' Cup , abbreviated to European Cup .
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The tournament was conceived as a continental competition for winners of the European national football leagues, as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, abbreviated to European Cup.^ Curious which team will finally win the European Champions’ Club Cup?
  • Top Champions League Tickets 2009-2010 - Easy Online Ordering! 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.worldticketshop.com [Source type: General]

^ Champions League also known as the UEFA Champions League or European Cup is an immensely popular annual association football cup competition .
  • Champions League Tickets | UEFA Champions League Tickets 2010 | Champions League Final Tickets 2010 | UEFA Cup Final Tickets | Champions League Final Tickets 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.championsleagueticketservice.com [Source type: News]
  • Champions League Tickets | UEFA Champions League Tickets 2010 | Champions League Final Tickets 2010 | UEFA Cup Final Tickets | 2010 Champions League Final Tickets 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.championsleagueticketservice.com [Source type: News]

^ He really wants Champions League football!
  • UEFA Champions League | CaughtOffside.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.caughtoffside.com [Source type: General]

.The competition began as the 1955–56 using a two-leg knockout format where the teams would play two matches, one at home and one away, and the team with the highest overall score qualifying for the next round of the competition.^ Second qualifying round, 1st leg .
  • uefa.com - UEFA Champions League 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.uefa.com [Source type: News]

^ The tickets for the game will be in extremely high demand as one of the teams will not play in the next round of the competition.

^ The match will be played in two legs, the first will be in Milan Italy.

.Until 1992, entry was restricted to the teams that won their national league championships, plus the current European Cup holder.^ Entry was restricted to the teams that won their national league championships, plus the current European Cup holder.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 (or overall in its older format since 1955) for the most successful football clubs in Europe.
  • Sky News - UEFA Champions League In Depth 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC indepth.news.sky.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The tournament begins with 32 teams, determined by a coefficient that assigns the number of spots per national league based on that league's strength.
  • UEFA Champions League 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.In the 1992–93 season, the format was changed to include a group stage and the tournament was renamed the UEFA Champions League.^ Upcoming events for UEFA Champions League.
  • Uefa Champions League events -- "What's On in London" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.londondrum.com [Source type: General]

^ UEFA Champions League 2007/2008.

^ Get alerts about UEFA Champions League .
  • UEFA Champions League Story Page - USATODAY.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

.There have since been numerous changes to eligibility for the competition, the number of qualifying rounds and the group structure.^ UEFA came to an agreement that both Merseyside rivals would be allowed to enter the competition with Liverpool starting from the first qualifying round and Everton starting from the third qualifying round.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Non-Champions Path: The third-placed side from the sixth-ranked member association, plus the runners-up from the associations ranked 7 to 15, start the competition in the third qualifying round.
  • uefa.com - UEFA Champions League 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.uefa.com [Source type: News]

^ The most significant change will be seen in the qualifying rounds.
  • Fox Sports Community - Fox Sports > BobbyMcMahon > Blog > UEFA Champions League Posts 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC community.foxsports.com [Source type: General]

.In 1997–98, eligibility was expanded to include the runners-up from some countries according to UEFA's coefficient ranking list.^ In the 1992–93 season , the tournament was renamed UEFA Champions League and in 1997–98, eligibility was expanded to include not just domestic champions but also the best performing runners up according to UEFA's coefficient ranking list [ 2 ] .
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UEFA coefficient is the basis on which the associations are ranked.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ In the 1992–93 season , the tournament was renamed to UEFA Champions League and in 1997/98, eligibility was expanded to include not just domestic champions but also the best performing runners up according to UEFA's coefficient ranking list [2 ].
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

.The qualification system has been restructured so that national champions from lower ranked countries have to take part in one or more qualifying rounds before the group stages, while runners-up from higher ranked countries enter in later rounds.^ As a result, the system was restructured so that national champions from lower ranked countries had to qualify for the group stages, while runners-up from higher ranked countries would automatically get places.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As a result, the system was restructured to force "weaker" national champions to qualify for the group stages, while other, "stronger" national runners-up would automatically get places.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ The five winners will then qualify for the group stages.
  • Fox Sports Community - Fox Sports > BobbyMcMahon > Blog > UEFA Champions League Posts 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC community.foxsports.com [Source type: General]

.Up to four clubs from the top-ranked countries are currently given entry to the competition.^ There was controversy when Liverpool won the competition in 2004–05 but finished outside the top four in the FA Premier League .
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong says that the club are not just pushing for the top four, but are targeting a challenge for the Premier League title as well.
  • UEFA Champions League - Football Competitions - OleOle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.oleole.com [Source type: General]

^ An association's rank also determines the stage at which the clubs enter the competition.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Between 1960 and 2004, the winner of the tournament qualified for the now defunct Intercontinental Cup against the winner of the Copa Libertadores of South America.^ Between 1960 and 2004 the winner of the tournament qualified for the now defunct Intercontinental Cup against the winner of the Copa Libertadores of South America.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The winners of this tournament qualify for the International Cup, which is played against the winners of South America’s official league “Copa Libertadores”.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ Between 1960 and 2004 the winner of the tournament qualified for the now defunct Intercontinental Cup (against the winner of the Copa Libertadores of South America).
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

.Since then, the winner automatically qualifies for the FIFA-organised Club World Cup with other winners of continental club championships.^ Since then, with FIFA taking over, the winner automatically qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup with other winners of continental club championships.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ FIFA Club World Cup 2007 .
  • UEFA Champions League 2008/2009 - Soccer: SportsYA 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sportsya.com [Source type: General]

^ FIFA World Cup goalscorers .
  • FIFA - UEFA - Champion League - Bóng Đá Online - Bình Luận Các Giải Ngoại Hạng 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC bong-da.com [Source type: News]

Format

Qualification

Map of UEFA countries whose teams reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League      UEFA member country that has been represented in the group stage      UEFA member country that has not been represented in the group stage      Not a UEFA member
.As of 2009, the UEFA Champions League commences with a 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.^ UEFA Champions League 2007/2008.

^ Get alerts about UEFA Champions League .
  • UEFA Champions League Story Page - USATODAY.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ Uefa Champions League 2003 highlights .

.The two streams are divided between teams qualified by virtue of being league champions, and those qualified by virtue of finishing 2nd-4th in their national championship.^ The Group Stage is structured in a way to ensure that the biggest teams get through with the thirty-two participants being divided into four pots based on their previous record in European competitions and then each group having one team from each pot.
  • Inside Pulse Sports | UEFA Champions League Matchday Six 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC sports.insidepulse.com [Source type: News]

^ UEFA Champions League Rankings Face Wash With the UEFA Champions League tournament to start in mid-February, I've updated my rankings of the last sixteen teams remaining.
  • Uefa Champions League - Blogs, Pictures, and more on Blogged 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.blogged.com [Source type: News]

^ The UEFA Champions league is open to the league champions of all UEFA member associations (except Liechtenstein , which has no league competition), as well as to the clubs finishing from second to fourth position in the strongest leagues.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

.The number of teams that each association enters into the UEFA Champions League is based upon the UEFA coefficients of the member associations.^ UEFA Champions League 2007/2008.

^ Get alerts about UEFA Champions League .
  • UEFA Champions League Story Page - USATODAY.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ Uefa Champions League 2003 highlights .

.These coefficients are generated by the results of clubs representing each association during the previous five Champions League and UEFA Cup seasons.^ Upcoming events for UEFA Champions League.
  • Uefa Champions League events -- "What's On in London" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.londondrum.com [Source type: General]

^ UEFA Champions League 2007/2008.

^ Uefa Champions League 2003 highlights .

.The higher an association's coefficient, the more teams represent the association in the Champions League, and the fewer qualification rounds the association's teams must compete in.^ Liverpool became the first team to negotiate all three rounds of qualification and reach the Champions League group phase, a feat matched by Artmedia Bratislava of Slovakia in the same season.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ This demo for UEFA Champions League 2004 - 2005 lets you get a taste for international football as you play as the Chelsea team against Bayern Munich.
  • UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 for PC - UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 PC Game - UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 Computer Game 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The EA version is the only one that has rights to use the real names of clubs and teams to create the ultimate Champions League experience.

The number of places in the competition is currently allocated as so:
  • associations ranked 1 to 3 have four positions,
  • associations ranked 4 to 6 have three positions,
  • associations ranked 7 to 15 have two positions,
  • associations ranked 16 or lower have one position.
Of these, 22 teams receive automatic qualification for the group stage, as follows:
  • 1st-3rd ranked teams of associations ranked 1 to 3
  • 1st-2nd ranked teams of associations ranked 4 to 6
  • 1st ranked team of associations ranked 7 to 12
  • Champions League holders or 1st ranked team of association ranked 13
.The situation with holders of the Champions League has not always been clearly defined.^ Liverpool only rescued a draw against Lyon at their last Champions League match, and now their situation in the European Competition is not the best.

^ Holders Barcelona and Inter Milan secured their places in the Champions League knock out stages at the last throw of the dice on Wednesday.
  • uefa-champions-league - Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.mg.co.za [Source type: News]

^ Pepe Reina unhappy with Liverpool's situation in the Champions League .

.There was controversy when Liverpool won the competition in 2004–05 but finished outside the top four in the FA Premier League.^ "Of course we want to finish in the top four too.
  • Sky Sports | Football News | Premier League | Liverpool | Torres eyes cup glory 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

^ There was controversy when Liverpool won the competition in 2004/2005 , but finished outside the top four in the Premiership .
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ Choose one of any clubs out of a possible 239 -from the FA Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish Primera Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.
  • UEFA Champions League 2004 - 2005 () on PlayStation 2 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC ps2.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 (ps2) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

.The Football Association ruled that Everton, who finished fourth in the Premier League, should get the final English place in the 2005–06 European Cup.^ English Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • UEFA Champions League 2008/2009 - Soccer: SportsYA 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sportsya.com [Source type: General]

^ English Premier League 2007/2008 .
  • UEFA Champions League 2008/2009 - Soccer: SportsYA 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sportsya.com [Source type: General]

^ European Football (aka Soccer) Buntus, Premier Leagues, etc.
  • Yahoo! BB & BBTV Basic Channel Pack (English 24 Channel Movie & TV Program Lineup) Japan 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.bbapply.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.UEFA came to an agreement that both Merseyside rivals would be allowed to enter the competition with Liverpool starting from the first qualifying round and Everton starting from the third qualifying round.^ However, UEFA came to an agreement that both Merseyside rivals would be allowed to enter the competition with Liverpool starting from the first qualifying round and Everton starting from the third qualifying round.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ Liverpool were also granted permission to take part in the competition however had to start from the first round of qualifying.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ The remaining 10 teams are required to advance through either a four-round qualifying tournament or a two-round qualifying tournament based on their UEFA co-efficient.
  • UEFA Champions League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: News]

.This confusion resulted in the current ruling, whereby if the European Cup winners fail to finish in one of its national league's qualifying positions, it will take the place of the lowest placed team in its association.^ Entry was restricted to the teams that won their national league championships, plus the current European Cup holder.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UEFA's current rule is that if the European Cup winners fail to finish in one of its national league's qualifying positions, it will take the place of the lowest placed team in its league.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The popularity of the group phase has witnessed the competition grow from eight to 32 teams with matches taking place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays across Europe.
  • UEFA Champions League Quizzes and Trivia -- Fun Trivia 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.funtrivia.com [Source type: General]

.The superseded team will go to the UEFA Europa League.^ UEFA Europa League Nov 05 ( 1 2 3 ...
  • Champions League & Europa League Football Forum - The Punters Lounge - The World's Best Betting Forum 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.punterslounge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UEFA Europa League Oct 22 ( 1 2 3 ...
  • Champions League & Europa League Football Forum - The Punters Lounge - The World's Best Betting Forum 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.punterslounge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The superseded team will go to the UEFA Cup .
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.5 of the remaining ten qualifying places are granted to the winners of a four round qualifying tournament between the remaining 39 or 38 national champions, within which those champions from associations with higher coefficients receive byes to later rounds.^ Within any given national association, the monies will be shared between its participating clubs based on the clubs' performances during the previous domestic league season and in proportion to the number of matches that each of the clubs manages to play in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League.
  • UEFA released Champions League revenue distribution - euFootball.BIZ - football (soccer) business news 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.eufootball.biz [Source type: News]

^ Los Angeles Times ...he says he still holds a soft spot in his heart for the 11-nation Copa Libertadores, Latin America's version of the UEFA Champions League that begins with preliminary-round games later this month.
  • UEFA Champions League Story Page - USATODAY.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ The remaining 10 teams are required to advance through either a four-round qualifying tournament or a two-round qualifying tournament based on their UEFA co-efficient.
  • UEFA Champions League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: News]

.The other 5 are granted to the winners of a two round qualifying tournament between the 15 clubs from the associations ranked 1-15, which have qualified based upon finishing 2nd-4th in their national league.^ The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams, who play home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December to decide which two teams from each pool advance to the first knockout round.
  • uefa.com - UEFA Champions League - Fixtures & Results 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.uefa.com [Source type: General]

^ Mostly the winners of the big leagues and several 2nd/3rd ranked teams in their league are taking part in this competition.
  • Sports TV: Manchester United Vs Celtic Live Streaming Football|Uefa Champions League 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC live-sportstv.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Between 1960 and 2004 the winner of the tournament qualified for the now defunct Intercontinental Cup (against the winner of the Copa Libertadores of South America).
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

.In addition to sporting criteria, any club must be licensed by its national association to participate in the Champions league.^ Within any given national association, the monies will be shared between its participating clubs based on the clubs' performances during the previous domestic league season and in proportion to the number of matches that each of the clubs manages to play in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League.
  • UEFA released Champions League revenue distribution - euFootball.BIZ - football (soccer) business news 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.eufootball.biz [Source type: News]

^ Champions League also known as the UEFA Champions League or European Cup is an immensely popular annual association football cup competition .
  • Champions League Tickets | UEFA Champions League Tickets 2010 | Champions League Final Tickets 2010 | UEFA Cup Final Tickets | Champions League Final Tickets 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.championsleagueticketservice.com [Source type: News]
  • Champions League Tickets | UEFA Champions League Tickets 2010 | Champions League Final Tickets 2010 | UEFA Cup Final Tickets | 2010 Champions League Final Tickets 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.championsleagueticketservice.com [Source type: News]

^ Since 1955, 2010 Champions League is ruling the hearts of millions of football fans and is unanimously the premium club of Europe.
  • Champions League Tickets | Champions League Final Tickets | Champions League Final Tickets 2010 | 2010 Champions League Tickets | Champions League Tickets 2010 | Uefa Champions League 2010 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.championsleagueticketshop.com [Source type: General]

.To obtain a license, club must meet certain stadium, infrastructure and finance requirements.^ To obtain a license, club must meet certain stadium, infrastructure and finance requirements.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

^ In addition to sporting criteria, any club must be licensed by its national association to participate in the Champions league.
  • Wikispaces - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.wikispaces.com [Source type: News]

.In 2005-06, Liverpool and Artmedia Bratislava of Slovakia became the first teams to reach the Champions League group phase after playing in all three qualifying rounds.^ Champions League 2009-10, Group G .
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group G - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC soccernet-akamai.espn.go.com [Source type: General]

^ All the latest Liverpool and Champions League betting below.
  • PADDY POWER’S LIVERPOOL & UEFA CHAMPION’S LEAGUE LATEST | Press Releases @ Your Story 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.your-story.org [Source type: General]

^ Champions League 2009-10, Group F .
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group F - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC soccernet-assets.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

.In 2008-09, both BATE and Anorthosis Famagusta achieved the same feat.^ In 2008-2009, both BATE and Anorthosis Famagusta FC achieved the same feat.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Barcelona, Manchester United, and Porto are the teams that have appeared most often in the group stage: fourteen times each.^ FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United.

^ The match on Sunday against Gamba could be more difficult than most people believe for Manchester United simply because of the travel.
  • » UEFA Champions League » Online Football News - Free International and European Soccer Betting Tips, Picks and Odds; 2006 FIFA World Cup news and rumors; FREE World Cup betting tips, picks and odds 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.footyfootball.com [Source type: News]

^ Porto - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview by Victor Li - (1) - 17/02/2009 Inter Milan v Manchester United - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview by Victor Li - (33) - 17/02/2009 Arsenal v.
  • UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

.FC Porto have only won the tournament once since the establishment of the group stage (2004), Manchester United twice (1999 and 2008) and Barcelona 3 times (1992, 2006 and 2009).^ UEFA Champions League 2008-2009 Group Stage Draw .
  • UEFA Champions League 2008-09 – Group Stage DRAW « mCalcio.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.mcalcio.com [Source type: General]

^ FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United.

^ Manchester United has won the 2007/2008 UEFA Champions league.

.Between 2003 and 2008, no differentiation was made between champions and non-champions in qualification.^ UEFA have no plans to postpone the Champions League match between Dynamo Kiev and Internazionale due to swine flu restrictions in Ukraine.
  • Champions League - Kiev-Inter given UEFA go-ahead - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

.The sixteen top ranked teams spread across the biggest domestic leagues qualified directly for the tournament group stage.^ The tournament is divided into stages: The group stage: qualifying stage.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ In the group stages the teams have to qualify against three other teams to make it to the top of the group.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ In the 1992–93 season , the tournament was renamed UEFA Champions League and in 1997–98, eligibility was expanded to include not just domestic champions but also the best performing runners up according to UEFA's coefficient ranking list [ 2 ] .
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Prior to this, three preliminary knockout qualifying rounds whittled down the remaining teams, with different teams starting in different rounds.^ The first and second teams in each group qualify to play the second round, which is a knockout round.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ The 16 teams that make it to the first knockout round will get EUR 3 million each, the 8 teams that reach the quarter-finals will collect EUR 3.3 million each and the four semi-finalists will add EUR 4 million to their haul.
  • UEFA released Champions League revenue distribution - euFootball.BIZ - football (soccer) business news 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.eufootball.biz [Source type: News]

^ The remaining 10 teams are required to advance through either a four-round qualifying tournament or a two-round qualifying tournament based on their UEFA co-efficient.
  • UEFA Champions League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: News]

Tournament

.The tournament proper begins with a group stage of 32 teams, divided into 8 groups.^ The tournament is divided into stages: The group stage: qualifying stage.
  • FIFA PRO » Blog Archive » The Uefa Champions League Is The Ultimate Soccer Competition? 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.fifapro.net [Source type: General]

^ A total of 32 European Clubs will compete in this tournament at the Group stage.
  • UEFA Champions League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: News]

^ The 32-team field is divided into eight round-robin groups.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

.Seeding is used whilst making the draw for this stage, whilst teams from the same country may not be drawn into groups together.^ The good side of the draw is that teams from the same group and same association were not drawn together.
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

^ The 16 surviving teams join 16 seeded teams in a group stage.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Group Stage will be drawn to play against 2 nd -ranked teams (i.e.
  • UEFA Champions League Playoffs Draw LIVEBLOG 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

.Each team meets the others in its group home and away in a round-robin format.^ The competition began as the 1955–56 using a two-leg knockout format where the teams would play two matches, one at home and one away, and the team with the highest overall score qualifying for the next round of the competition.
  • The 09/10 UEFA Champions League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The 32-team field is divided into eight round-robin groups.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

^ Most importantly, they defeated Chelsea away from home in the group stage and this shows that Porto players have the quality to win over big teams like Arsenal and Chelsea .
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

.The top two teams from each group progress to the round of 16, which commences the knock-out tournament.^ The two teams will be clashing in their Champions league final 16 knock out match.

^ Arsenal progressed to the first knock out round as the Group H winner with 13 points.
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

^ The top two teams in each group at the end of the group stage advance to the next round.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

.The third team enters the Europa League.^ The third place team will enter UEFA Cup .
  • UEFA Champions League Standings - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: Academic]

^ The Bayern Munich team are making a surprisingly great push to come in third place for the Championship League Power Rankings.
  • UEFA Champions League : The Footie - World Cup and Soccer News 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.everyjoe.com [Source type: General]

^ VERDICT: A third-place finish in their group and the Europa League place that goes with it is the best Rangers can hope for.
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group G - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC soccernet-akamai.espn.go.com [Source type: General]

.For this stage, one group's winners play against another group's runners-up, and teams from the same country may not be drawn against each other.^ We knew we were playing against a good team.
  • UEFA Champions League | CaughtOffside.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.caughtoffside.com [Source type: General]

^ Aside from a 2-0 win in the Camp Nou over Italian Champions Inter, Barcelona failed to produce their best football throughout this season's group stage, but came through to finish top in the group which allowed them to avoid all other group winners.
  • Barcelona Handed Dream Draw in UEFA Champions League | Bleacher Report 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC bleacherreport.com [Source type: General]

^ They progressed to the first knock out round as Group E runner up with 13 points.
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

.From the quarter-finals onwards, the draw is entirely random, with country protection no longer in force.^ Share : Digg Email Print The draw for the last 8 and the last 4 of this season’s UEFA Champions League has been made and this is how the quarter-finals draw looks: .
  • UEFA Champions League | CaughtOffside.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.caughtoffside.com [Source type: General]

^ Eufa Champions League Quarter Final - (13) The draw for this year quarter-final have been drawn.
  • Uefa Champions League 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.trap17.com [Source type: General]

.The group stage is played through the autumn, whilst the knock-out stage starts after a winter break.^ They progressed to the first knock out round as Group E runner up with 13 points.
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

^ All of the runner up teams of group stage will play their first leg matches at home, while the Champion sides will have to play their first leg matches away from home.
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

^ The English champions should breeze into the knock out stages and will, once again, be among the favourites to lift the trophy next spring.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

.The knock-out ties are played in a two-legged format, with the exception of the final.^ The two teams will be clashing in their Champions league final 16 knock out match.

^ In a repeat of the 2005 semi-final, Liverpool knocked out Chelsea this time in a shootout.
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ None of the Italian representatives made it to the quarter-finals last season, and Juve, having topped their group, fell to Chelsea in the first knock out round.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

.This is typically held in the final two weeks of May.^ This two-game playoff format carries over into the quarter-finals and semifinals before the last two teams standing meet in the final on May 27 in Rome.
  • 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Preview 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: News]

Prize money

.UEFA awards €3 million to each team that qualifies for the UEFA Champions League, plus €2.4 million for participating in the Group stage.^ UEFA Champions League* 0 bids C $6.40 .
  • New and used uefa champions league, Sports Mem, Cards Fan Shop, Sporting Goods on eBay.ca 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC shop.ebay.ca [Source type: General]

^ Uefa Champions League Qualifiers 4/5 August 2009 ( 1 2 3 ...
  • Champions League & Europa League Football Forum - The Punters Lounge - The World's Best Betting Forum 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.punterslounge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UEFA Champions League betting .
  • UEFA Champions League betting | UEFA Club Competitions odds | William Hill 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC sports.williamhill.com [Source type: General]

A win in the campaign is worth €600,000 and a draw is worth €300,000.
.In addition, UEFA pays each quarter finalist €2.5 million, €3 million for each semi-finalist, €4 million for the runners-up and €7 million for the winners.^ The 16 teams that make it to the first knockout round will get EUR 3 million each, the 8 teams that reach the quarter-finals will collect EUR 3.3 million each and the four semi-finalists will add EUR 4 million to their haul.
  • UEFA released Champions League revenue distribution - euFootball.BIZ - football (soccer) business news 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.eufootball.biz [Source type: News]

^ In 1997–98, UEFA allowed the runners-up of top European leagues to compete in the European Cup (now officially the UEFA Champions League).
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ FC Barcelona got EUR 2.5 million as winners of the 2009 UEFA Super Cup and Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk took home EUR 2 million as the runners-up.
  • UEFA released Champions League revenue distribution - euFootball.BIZ - football (soccer) business news 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.eufootball.biz [Source type: News]

[4]
.A large part of the distributed revenue from the UEFA Champions League is linked to the "market pool", the distribution of which is determined by the value of the television market in each country.^ Uefa Champions League 2003 highlights .

^ UEFA Champions League Outright markets .
  • UEFA Champions League betting | UEFA Club Competitions odds | William Hill 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC sports.williamhill.com [Source type: General]

^ UEFA Champion League Waiting for the match...
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

.For the 2008-09 season, both Manchester United and Bayern Munich, who reached the final and quarter-final respectively, earned more than Barcelona, who won the tournament.^ Manchester United - 2008-09 UEFA Champions League Final Team Cele...
  • Uefa Champions League - Fan Gear & Memorabilia: Find, Compare, Read Reviews & Buy Online @ Yahoo! Shopping 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC shopping.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United.

^ Manchester United has won the 2007/2008 UEFA Champions league.

[5]

Sponsorship

.Like the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League is sponsored by a group of multinational corporations, in contrast to the single main sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, the Ligue 1 or Serie A TIM.^ UEFA Champions League 2007/2008.

^ Uefa Champions League 2003 highlights .

^ UEFA Champions League Outright markets .
  • UEFA Champions League betting | UEFA Club Competitions odds | William Hill 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC sports.williamhill.com [Source type: General]

.When the Champions League was created in 1992, it was decided that a maximum of eight companies should be allowed to sponsor the event, with each corporation being allocated four advertising boards around the perimeter of the pitch, as well as logo placement at pre- and post-match interviews and a certain number of tickets to each match.^ UEFA Champion League Waiting for the match...
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ Topic: UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 Posted: 12:43 pm by ChampionsLeague Rating: 5 2 Comments (7) Permalink Mark as Offensive .
  • ChampionsLeague's Blog - UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC blogs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ UEFA Champions League Returns to Fox Soccer Channel with Round of 16 Matches Beginning February 16 - http://ow.ly/15IIw #la .
  • UEFA Champions League - News, photos, topics, and quotes 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This, combined with a deal to ensure tournament sponsors were given priority on television advertisements during matches, ensured that each of the tournament's main sponsors was given maximum exposure.^ Accumulate Staff, Training, Morale, Fitness and Healing cards to gain the tactical edge, then deal killer Gameplay cards at key moments during a match.
  • UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 - EA SPORTS 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.eagames.co.uk [Source type: General]

[6]
.The advertising boards are a source of criticism, due to their larger size compared to those in other leagues such as the Premier League.^ Adjust Font Size: champion league europe EA Sports UEFA Champions League 2006 -2007 review - IT Reviews Independent review of EA Sports UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 - find out how well it performs compared to other sports sims.

^ The ruling also stated that if the team made it into the Champions League proper the other English teams would have to split the prize money that was due to them.
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ News Source/ Irish Independent Premier League to address fixtures .
  • UEFA Champions League - Football Competitions - OleOle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.oleole.com [Source type: General]

.Their larger size means that, at some grounds, such as Old Trafford, Anfield, Celtic Park and Stamford Bridge, the front rows of seating cannot be used as their views of the pitch are blocked by the extreme size of the boards; accordingly, some season ticket holders are not guaranteed tickets for games and have to sit in seats other than their usual ones for games.^ Chelsea won the first leg at Stamford Bridge 1–0 thanks to a goal by Joe Cole, but Daniel Agger levelled the aggregate scoreline at Anfield.
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ There a bunch of other problems, such as when you are running at full speed with the ball and when you kick, its as if you accidentally kicked the ground and the shot turned into a pass for the goalkeeper.
  • UEFA Champions League - Champions League Authenticity 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC blogs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Less than a year into the job, the former England coach had just one win in its last seven games.
  • 100 Percent Soccer: UEFA Champions League Archives 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.insidesocal.com [Source type: General]

Additionally, some stadia use the flat area in front of the front rows of seating for wheelchairs and disabled seating, so the boards drastically reduce these grounds' disabled supporter capacity.
The Champions League logo is shown on the centre of the pitch before every game in the competition
The tournament's current main sponsors are:
  • Ford
  • Heineken (excluding Norway, France, Switzerland and Russia, where alcohol sponsorship is restricted. In Norway the Heineken adboard is replaced by a chalk art picture adboard, In France and Switzerland the Heineken adboard is replaced by a "Star Experience" adboard and in Russia the Heineken adboard is replaced by a "No To Racism" adboard)
  • MasterCard
  • Sony
  • UniCredit
.Adidas is a secondary sponsor and supplies the official match ball, as they do for all other UEFA competitions.^ They're all the same competition!
  • Can you name the UEFA Champions League (European Cup) Winners? - sporcle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sporcle.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UEFA: If they owe money to other clubs or if they owe money to their players and non-playing staff and they are not paying what they should be paying, then that would be a reason to take a sanction.
  • Archive for UEFA Champions League Category | Soccer News Info - Soccer News Info 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.footballcupleague.com [Source type: News]

^ All other are amateurs who are there just because they have English accents.
  • Details of FOX Sports/ Setanta UEFA Champions League Packages | Major League Soccer Talk 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer is also a secondary sponsor as the official Champions League video game.^ World Soccer forums > > Champions League .
  • World Soccer: UEFA Champions League - 2009-10 Prediction Competition 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.worldsoccer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • World Soccer: UEFA Champions League - 2009-10 Prediction Competition 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.worldsoccer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ (PS2) Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 .
  • UEFA Champions League 2006-2007 Review for PlayStation 2 - GameSpot 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: General]

^ OFFICIAL Champions League Fantasy Game 2009 .
  • UEFA Champions League on TV.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising, even if such sponsors conflict with those of the Champions League.^ Champions League jersey .
  • Champions League jersey | Real Madrid | United | and many other teams and products related to the UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.mmsports.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The highlight of Milan’s turnaround may have been the come-from-behind, 3-2, victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the UEFA Champions League.
  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ VERDICT: Only the fourth Swiss club to participate in the Champions League, history says they will have a half-dozen games to enjoy and no more.
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group C - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC soccernet-att.espn.go.com [Source type: General]

.However, only one sponsorship is permitted per jersey (plus that of the manufacturer), and if clubs play a match in a country where the relevant sponsorship category is restricted (such as the case of France, alcohol, and betting), then they must remove that logo from their jerseys.^ There's a ton to play for, however, in Group F, where Barcelona leads with just 8 points, but Inter and Kazan stand only two points back.
  • UEFA Champions League - Soccer Blog - BigSoccer 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.bigsoccer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As for the other two teams, Panathinaikos should provide an interesting match-up if only to see Giorgos Karagounis meet his old teammates again (the Greek midfielder spent two seasons in Milan, with only 20 club appearances however).
  • UEFA Champions League – Inter, Roma, Juventus, Fiorentina GROUPS Analyzed « mCalcio.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.mcalcio.com [Source type: General]

^ As for the Romanians, they have not won their home league since 2006 but remain the most decorated football club in the country (with 23 championship titles).
  • UEFA Champions League – Inter, Roma, Juventus, Fiorentina GROUPS Analyzed « mCalcio.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.mcalcio.com [Source type: General]

Alcohol & betting websites sponsorship

.Teams may be forced to remove alcohol or betting sponsorship logos from their kits if they travel to a country with sponsorship restrictions.^ Lyon may not have many star players but they have some quality players who can win matches for their teams.
  • UEFA Champions League 2009-10: First Knockout Round Matches Previews 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.southasiablog.com [Source type: General]

.For example, when Liverpool played away to Lyon, Liverpool was forced to remove Carlsberg from their kits, as France, including state sponsors, restrict such sponsorships.^ Liverpool are off to France to play Lyon on Wed.
  • Adobe Forums: UEFA Champions League 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC forums.adobe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It will be “kill or be killed”, “get lucky or fail” for Liverpool on Tuesday night when they play away to Debrecen in the UEFA Champions League.
  • UEFA Champions League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: News]

^ That might not be good news for Liverpool, who have to find a way to reverse their last result while playing away today.
  • UEFA Champions League - Soccer Blog - BigSoccer 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.bigsoccer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Other cases occurring in Switzerland when Real Madrid played away at Zürich, Real Madrid were forced to remove bwin.com from their kits.^ Celtic away kit 2009/11 launched on Kitbag.com !
  • Kitbag.com: The new Liverpool FC UEFA Champions League training range is revealed & available to pre order at Kitbag.com ! 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.affiliateblog.kitbag.com [Source type: News]

^ Now you play against Real Madrid.
  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Xabi Alonso: Champions League Is Real Madrid's Priority uefa .com - UEFA Champions League - News & Features - News specific uefa .com - UEFA Champions League - News & Features - News specific BBC SPORT .

Also in Norway there are similar restrictions.

Media coverage

.The competition attracts an extensive television audience, not just in Europe, but throughout the world.^ The soccer tournament is considered to be the most competitive club competition in world football, featuring Europe's most prominent and popular teams and players.
  • UEFA Champions League - Fooball Competitions - OleOle 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.oleole.com [Source type: General]

.The matches are broadcast in over 70 countries with commentaries in more than 40 languages[citation needed] each year, and some matches can attract over 200 million TV audience[citation needed], often considered as one of the most watched sports events on TV. With an estimated audience of 109 million people, the 2009 Champions League final surpassed that year's Super Bowl (106 million viewers) for the first time as the most-watched annual single sport event in the world.^ UEFA Champion League Waiting for the match...
  • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

^ CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2009-10 .
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group F - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC soccernet-assets.espn.go.com [Source type: News]

^ Champions League 2009-10, Group G .
  • Champions League 2009-10, Group G - UEFA Champions League - ESPN Soccernet 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC soccernet-akamai.espn.go.com [Source type: General]

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Records and statistics

References

External links

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  • UEFA Official Site
  • "50 years of the European Cup" (PDF).^ The Girondins won the French league in 1950,..Their biggest European moment came when they reached the UEFA Cup final in 1996...
    • UEFA Champions League - uberVU Search 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.ubervu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The return of Milan AC Milan won the European Cup in 1989 and retained it the following year.
    • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In 1997–98, UEFA allowed the runners-up of top European leagues to compete in the European Cup (now officially the UEFA Champions League).
    • UEFA Champion League | Facebook 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.facebook.com [Source type: General]

    UEFA. October 2004. .http://www.uefa.com/newsfiles/240459.pdf.^ File: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Radio-Mogul/2009/01/29/A-Football-World-EPL-Soccer-and-more.mp3 (6.9 MiB) .

    ^ Note On A Friend Fadayn : ah maybe this is what he meant by tuttosport being 'owned' by inter fans :) http://www.goal.com/en/n ...
    • Top 20 Richest Football Clubs in the World | The Offside 20 September 2009 2:15 UTC www.theoffside.com [Source type: General]

    ^ MCLG7EY3 http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SH2PFC9M http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BYL8SIPG http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HBP8U11S .
    • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » UEFA Champions League 2010 Group C Real Madrid V AC Milan WS PDTV XviD-433 10 February 2010 11:45 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: General]

    Retrieved 17 July 2008
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  • RSSSF European Cups Archive
  • European Cup History
  • All time statistics with link to all results
  • Map of Uefa Champions League Winners By Country

Simple English

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The UEFA Champions League is a football competition between the best club teams in Europe. The teams are selected because of good performances in league matches. The teams used to have to win their countries' championship, but now more teams can qualify. Teams that have good performances but not good enough to qualify for the Champions League go to the UEFA Cup.

Inter are the current holders, after they've beat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Manchester United had a chance to be the first team ever to win the Champions League twice in a row if they had won the finals against Barcelona on the 27 May 2009, but instead lost 0-2 in Rome. They beat Chelsea on penalties the year before in Moscow. Before the start of the Champions league in 1993, many teams had won the earlier version called the European Cup. Teams such as Ajax and Bayern Munich won the cup three times in a row. Real Madrid won it the first five times it was held. This is the record. They have also won the Champions League/European Cup nine times, which is also a record.

The 1st team ever which won the UEFA Champions League and all the other titles was Barcelona, after they've beated Manchester United 2-0, but year later Inter had reproduced the amazing achievement, after they've beat Bayern Munich 2-0.


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