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.

Preview, predictions for Champions League round of 16

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

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

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?...

FIFA ignoring fans in World Cup proposal that 'threatens' game, say supporters

Supporters' groups from across the globe have hit out at FIFA's proposal to hold the World Cup every two years, describing it as a move that threatens to "destroy" the football ecosystem and put more matches out of their...

Report: Barcelona's Griezmann completes shock loan move to Atletico

Antoine Griezmann is set to begin a new chapter at Atletico Madrid.Barcelona and Atletico reached an agreement shortly before Tuesday's transfer deadline that sends the French forward back to the Spanish capital on loan for the upcoming season, according...

Ronaldo officially returns to Manchester United

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...

Report: Manchester United new favorite to sign Ronaldo as City pull out

Manchester United are working on a deal to reunite with Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo 12 years after he left Old Trafford.The Red Devils have emerged as the new front-runners to sign Ronaldo after Manchester City abandoned their pursuit of...

Report: Real Madrid submit improved €180M offer for Mbappe

Real Madrid have returned with an improved €180-million bid for Kylian Mbappe after their initial €160-million approach was turned down by Paris Saint-Germain, sources told ESPN's Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez.The second offer consists of a guaranteed €170-million fee...

Biggest winners and losers from the Harry Kane transfer debacle

Harry Kane has accepted defeat: The striker will be a Tottenham Hotspur player after the summer transfer window closes on Aug. 31.Kane hoped to wrap up a move to Manchester City before England's Euro 2020 campaign kicked off in...

PSG director: Real Madrid target Mbappe 'wants to leave'

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo said Wednesday it's clear that Kylian Mbappe "wants to leave" after the club refused a huge €160-million bid from Real Madrid, according to RMC Sport."Real Madrid's official offer is very far from what we...


Five players who excelled after leaving Barcelona

Many footballers dream of playing for Barcelona, ??but some of them managed to realize the potential they have only after leaving the Camp Nou. The...