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Introduced in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, it was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each national championship. The competition took on its current name in 1992, adding a round-robin group stage and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries. It has since been expanded, and while most of Europe’s national leagues can still only enter their champion, the strongest leagues now provide up to four teams. Clubs that finish next-in-line in their national league, having not qualified for the Champions League, are eligible for the second-tier UEFA Europa League competition, and from 2021, teams not eligible for the UEFA Europa League will qualify for a new third-tier competition called the UEFA Europa Conference League.

4 thoughts from Real Madrid's epic comeback against Manchester City

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The Champions League served us another classic. Below, theScore examines the biggest talking points from Real Madrid's unlikely victory against Manchester City on Wednesday.Ancelotti's subs make the differenceWhen Real Madrid need a spark, Carlo Ancelotti always looks to his...

3 thoughts from Liverpool's rousing victory over Villarreal

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Liverpool withstood Villarreal's furious comeback bid on Tuesday to reach the Champions League final once again, ultimately coming away with a 5-2 aggregate victory. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from a thrilling encounter in Spain.Fighting fire with...

4 thoughts from Manchester City's breathless win over Real Madrid

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The Champions League semifinals kicked off with an absolute classic, as Manchester City defeated Real Madrid 4-3 in Tuesday's first leg at the Etihad. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from a truly incredible match.Real Madrid embrace the...

Preview, predictions for Champions League semifinals

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And then there were four. The Champions League semifinals begin this week with a pair of intriguing matchups on deck. Here's a breakdown of each contest, along with predicted outcomes.Manchester City vs. Real Madrid First leg: April 26 (Etihad Stadium) Second...

4 takeaways from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League quarterfinals got underway this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's games in Europe's premier club competition.Big move on tap for NunezDarwin Nunez's 28th goal of the season nearly inspired an upset Tuesday...

Analysis, predictions for every World Cup group

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The matchups are set. With the 2022 World Cup draw officially in the books, it's time to dissect the groups. Although much can change between now and November, here's what to expect from each quartet ahead of football's showpiece...

Back to square one: How Italy crashed from high of winning Euro 2020

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Roberto Mancini made the same mistake as his predecessor. Just as Gian Piero Ventura had done in 2017, Mancini guaranteed the Azzurri would, one way or another, make it to the World Cup."We'll book our place in the World...

4 takeaways from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League last 16 comes to an end this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's games in Europe's premier club competition.Atletico of old gate-crash Old TraffordDiego Simeone knew his team had pulled off another...

Manchester United limp out of Champions League after home loss to Atletico

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Manchester United were dumped from the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday following a dispiriting 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.Interim United boss Ralf Rangnick threw Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, and Juan Mata into the fray...

4 takeaways from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League last 16 rumbled on this week with the opening batch of second-leg matches. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's games in Europe's premier club competition.Inzaghi and Sanchez let Inter downAlexis Sanchez's red card...

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5 transfer sagas that need to be resolved before the window...

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Time is running out for Europe's top clubs to complete their transfer business. With the window closing on Oct. 5, we take a look...

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