Champions League

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.

Report: Talks underway to create lucrative European Premier League

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More than 12 clubs from England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are in talks to be founder members of a new competition that would replace the Champions League, sources told BBC Sport's Simon Stone.Wall Street bank JP Morgan, Liverpool,...

Champions League draw: Messi and Ronaldo clash, tough group for PSG

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The draw for the 2020-21 Champions League group stage is complete. See how Thursday's ceremony in Geneva unfolded below.Group A Julian Finney - UEFA / UEFA / Getty Pot Club Country 1 Bayern Munich Germany 2 Atletico Madrid Spain 3 Red Bull Salzburg Austria 4 Lokomotiv Moscow Russia Instant analysis: Reigning champions Bayern Munich should...

Lyon down Wolfsburg to win 5th-straight Women's Champions League

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Lyon continue to set the standard for the women's game in Europe.Les Fenottes collected their fifth-straight Women's Champions League crown on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg in Spain's Basque region.Before the final, Wolfsburg last lost in March...

Newell's Old Boys fans try to tempt Messi to Argentina with parade

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Fans of Lionel Messi's hometown club, Newell's Old Boys, tried to tempt the unsettled Barcelona icon to Argentina with a street parade on Thursday.The initiative to bring the Rosario native home started on social media and led to hundreds...

From clown to commander: How Neymar's reinvention sparked PSG

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Neymar claims a unique position in world football.Undeniably skilled and among the game's most electrifying talents, Neymar can also cut a sullen figure and is prone to theatrics, drawing the ire of pundits and supporters alike. He's respected for...

Bayern Munich had the pieces, Hansi Flick put them in the right order

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Reactionary tactics are excusable when you're the manager of a club with modest ambitions, but as Niko Kovac learned during his 16-month tenure at the Allianz Arena, they're unacceptable when you're Bayern Munich's head coach. The Bavarians are meant...

Agony and ecstasy: The best pictures from the Champions League final

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Sunday's Champions League final was unlike any other.Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain contested European football's biggest match without fans in attendance, but what the game was missing in atmosphere, it more than made up for in raw emotion.Here are...

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The forecasts for a significantly calmer summer transfer window were overblown, as plenty of expensive and exciting players are set to take the Premier...

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