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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 Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League group stage concludes this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's action in Europe's premier club competition.Mignolet made the Club Brugge surprise possibleThe departures of head coach Alfred Schreuder, playmaker Charles De Ketelaere,...

10 thoughts from Matchday 5 in the Champions League

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The Champions League rumbled on this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Matchday 5 in Europe's premier club competition.Now what, Joan?Joan Laporta's big gamble didn't pay off. In pulling the infamous economic "levers" over the summer...

4 thoughts from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League rumbles on with Matchday 5 this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's action in Europe's premier club competition.Unbeaten Potter still has work to doIt took a moment of magic to lift Chelsea...

5 thoughts from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League rumbles on with Matchday 4 this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's action in Europe's premier club competition.Juventus hit rock bottomWell, it turns out the win over Maccabi Haifa in last week's...

5 thoughts from Tuesday's Champions League action

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The Champions League rumbles on with Matchday 4 this week. Below, we dissect the biggest talking points from Tuesday's action in Europe's premier club competition.Juventus hit rock bottomWell, it turns out the win over Maccabi Haifa in last week's...

Why Chelsea's problems might not be solved by sacking Tuchel

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Thomas Tuchel was supported in his role as Chelsea head coach. New co-owner Todd Boehly was considering signing Cristiano Ronaldo until Tuchel reportedly vetoed the deal over concerns about the veteran's fit into his fluid attack. And then there...

Stuff of legend: Why Real Madrid's Champions League run will never be replicated

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Real Madrid couldn't get the ball out of their own end, facing 10 shots in the first half alone. Thibaut Courtois made a series of acrobatic saves just to keep the match goalless.And yet, Madrid were precisely where they...

Champions League final: Preview, prediction for Liverpool-Real Madrid clash

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It's here. This Saturday, the globe's attention turns to the Parisian suburbs, where Real Madrid and Liverpool meet in the Champions League final. Here's a breakdown of the much-anticipated contest, along with a predicted outcome.There's a tendency to bow...

Report: Pogba considering offer to return to Juventus

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History could repeat itself for Paul Pogba.The French midfielder is considering an offer to reunite with Juventus after his Manchester United contract expires at the end of June, reports Rob Dawson of ESPN.Pogba left United for Juventus in 2012,...

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...

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Real Madrid “slips” in the snow of Osasuna, stopped with a...

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Real Madrid could not reach more than one point in the transfer to Osasuna tonight. "Los Blancos" played a goalless draw. Real Madrid had the...

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