Inter Milan have begun talks with Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to making a summer swoop to sign Denmark international Christian Eriksen, according to reports. Eriksen’s current contract with the North London club expires next summer and he is also a reported target for Real Madrid and Juventus. The Dane has yet to sign an […]
Category: UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA national association. The UEFA Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012–13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, drawing 360 million television viewers.
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 country. During the 1990s, the format was expanded, incorporating a round-robin group stage to include clubs that finished runner-up of some nations’ top-level league. While most of Europe’s national leagues can still only enter their national league champion, Europe’s strongest national leagues now provide up to four teams for the competition, and will provide up to five teams from the 2015–16 season onwards. Clubs that finish next-in-line in each nation’s top level league, having not qualified for the UEFA Champions League competition, may be eligible for the next level UEFA Europa League competition.
In its present format, the UEFA Champions League begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 10 surviving teams enter the group stage, joining 22 other 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. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May. The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition’s history, having won the tournament 11 times, including its first five seasons. Spanish clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories (16 wins), followed by England and Italy (12 wins apiece). The competition has been won by 22 different clubs, 12 of which have won it more than once. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins; Milan were the last holders to successfully defend their title, in the 1989–90 season. The reigning champions are Real Madrid, who secured their eleventh title in the competition after defeating Atlético Madrid on penalties following a 1–1 draw in the 2016 final.
Liverpool fans were frustrated with their club performance on Tuesday night which resulted in a goalless draw against Bayern Munich last night at Anfield. The Merseyside club were in front of their supporters and many thought they would explore home advantage over their opponents which they never did throughout the game. Instead, the host were […]
English Premier League is arguably the best league in the world due to its popularity among football fans; the quality of players it possess and it competitive nature. This season has seen many strikers lived up to expectations and fans can’t stop singing their praises. Sergio Aguero, who scored three goals against Chelsea last weekend […]
Yesterday’s Champions League round-16 fixture saw Manchester United crumbled to a 2-0 home defeat to Paris St-German who played without their influential strikers Neymar and Edison Cavani. Goals from Presnel Kimpembe(53rd minute) and Kylian Mbappe (60tth minute) were enough for the Les Parisiens’ to record an important away win. In other game of the day, […]
Having gone 11 games unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, many Manchester United fans had high expectations that their team will put up a great showing against the Ligue 1 champions at Old Trafford prior to yesterday’s game. That wasn’t the case as the Premier League giants were outclassed by PSG in a tension-soaking affair on […]
Champions League competition is back and participating teams are wrapping up their preparations ahead of their respective round-16 ties. As for Premier League teams, Manchester United will be in action against PSG on Tuesday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope his players overcome Les Parisiens’s threat after 90 minutes of action. Our focus is on […]
Manchester United are set to resume their Champions League campaign on Tuesday as they face Thomas Tuchel’s Paris St-German. The Red Devils are in confident mood having won 10 of their last 11 matches across all competitions and they are more than ready to face whatever challenge the Ligue 1 champions might impose. Ole Gunnar […]
The two Spanish sides were in rich goalscoring form prior to yesterday’s game and fans were expecting a game filled with many goals and great skills. Contrary to fans’ expectations, the encounter experienced just two goals — one per club — no thanks to many missed chances from both clubs. Match Review Real Madrid started […]
Premier League giants Liverpool have been handed a massive boost ahead of their upcoming Champions League round 16 tie with Bayern Munich. UEFA announced via The Sportsman, the suspension of German international Thomas Muller for two games after engaging in a clash with Nicholas Tagliafico in the Bavarian’s 3-3 draw with AFC Ajax last month […]
There has been a report linking Liverpool defender Joel Matip with a move away from the club recently, with Premier League rival Fulham believed to be keen on signing him. The Cameroon forward joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Schalke in 2016, having initially signed a pre-contract agreement in February that year. However, since joining the […]