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.

4 takeaways from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League last 16 rumbles on this week with the final batch of first-leg matches. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's games in Europe's premier club competition.Silva's all-around game still staggeringIn the 86th minute, Thiago...

Ranking the 20 best deals of the January transfer window

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With the January transfer window slamming shut on Monday night, theScore ranks the 20 best moves made across the game's top leagues.20. Chris Wood ?? Newcastle UnitedDetails: Signed from Burnley for reported £25M feeIn a vacuum, signing Wood isn't...

Aubameyang finally joins Barcelona after leaving Arsenal by mutual consent

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed his much-anticipated free transfer to Barcelona on Wednesday, bringing an end to a whirlwind 48 hours in which negotiations nearly broke down over the forward's salary costs.Barcelona said they agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract with the...

1 player Europe's top clubs should sign before transfer window closes

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Time is running out for teams to make a splash in the January transfer window. With the shopping period set to close next week and a flurry of late activity expected in the coming days, we highlight one player...

22 most exciting youngsters to watch in 2022

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Over the next 12 months, a fresh crop of footballers will establish themselves atop the men's game. Here, theScore looks at some talented youngsters - aged 21 and under - who are set to flourish in 2022, while deliberately...

5 soccer predictions for 2022

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It's officially time to start looking ahead. With 2021 finally coming to an end, here are five things we expect to happen in world soccer in 2022.Italy misses 2nd straight World CupNot even a year after winning Euro 2020,...

Perfect ? for Europe's biggest soccer clubs this holiday season

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In the spirit of giving, theScore identifies one gift that would benefit each of Europe's biggest football clubs this holiday season.Arsenal? A new leader: The captain merry-go-round at Arsenal continued this month with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's removal as the club...

Preview, predictions for Champions League round of 16

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The draw for the last 16 of this season's Champions League is finally complete, but with the first legs not kicking off until February, a lot could change in the intervening months. Here's an early breakdown of each matchup,...

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...

Champions League preview: Predictions, players to watch, and more

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With the Champions League making its anticipated return this week, we peer into our crystal ball to predict what will happen in Europe's premier club competition this season.Predicted group standingsHow will the eight groups unfold in the coming months?...

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Milan wins and qualifies for the next round of the Europa...

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Milan won tonight at the San Siro with a score of 4-2 against Celtic, thus passing to the knockout stage of the 32 best...

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