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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.

10 thoughts from this week's Champions League action

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The Champions League returned with a bang this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Matchday 1 in Europe's premier club competition.Solskjaer's reactive tactics lead to defeatAaron Wan-Bissaka's red card certainly left Manchester United with the unenviable...

Bayern Munich qualifies for the Champions League

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Bayern Munich defeated Salzburg 3-1, thus reaching the qualification for the Champions League in the first place. Out of four games, Bayern has 12 points and with Atletico's draw against Lokomotiv Moscow, Bayern only need confirmation to qualify as...

Zidane after the victory in the Champions: “Opponents have a problem to defeat us...

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Zizu thinks that united, Real Madrid can be an invincible team. Zinedine Zidane knows very well how Real Madrid can achieve many things this edition, both in La Liga and in the Champions League. "United", Zidane mentioned this several times in...

Champions League: 8 teams that have secured a place in the top 16

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When half of the matches of the fifth round of the group stage in the Champions League have already ended, eight teams have secured a place in the top 16. Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Porto, Liverpool, Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona and...

Biggest needs, realistic signings for Europe's top clubs in January

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Though we almost certainly won't see wild spending in the January transfer market, that doesn't mean clubs will simply sit idly by. Europe's top sides all have needs to address, and some are more glaring than others. Here's a...

A year to be forgotten for Cristiano Ronaldo

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Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo had started 2020 with great ambitions, claiming to achieve trophies with the Juventus team, but also important individual awards. However, the year 2020 for the Portuguese will end with only one trophy won, that of Serie...

Ronaldo officially returns to Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford is now official.Manchester United reached a deal with Juventus on Friday to sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner 12 years after his departure from the club, the Premier League club announced Friday.A club...

City beat Olympiacos and qualify for the 1/8 finals of the Champions League

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Manchester City has scored its fourth victory tonight in the Champions League thus qualifying for the next stage of the biggest football competition in the world. The only goal in this match was scored by Phil Phoden in the...

Giroud's gymnastics give Chelsea crucial advantage over Atletico Madrid

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At 34, Olivier Giroud's athleticism is supposed to be waning.Supposed to be waning.The striker scored a spectacular overhead kick in the 68th minute of Chelsea's Champions League last-16 bout with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, securing a huge 1-0 away...

Mbappe will be transferred to Real Madrid if Barca eliminate PSG

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The French striker will not sign a new contract if his team is eliminated in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Kylian Mbappe will decide whether or not to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain whether or not...

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Transfer Gossip: Ronaldo, Mbappe at center of elaborate 3-way deal

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The summer transfer window may not be officially open yet, but the rumor mill has already gone into overdrive. Here's a look at what's...

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