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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


Grading the 10 biggest signings of the transfer window so far

The wheeling and dealing is well underway across Europe. From best to worst, we grade the biggest signings completed thus far in the summer...