The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of the strongest UEFA national associations.
In its present format, the Champions League begins in late June with four knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 6 surviving teams enter the group stage, joining 26 teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match. The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Champions League is popularly accepted as the pinnacle of club football across the globe. Many fans regard it as footballs most precious tournament following the FIFA World Cup. For players, the Champions League is a must win & legends have gone on to describe their fervour for the tournament.
The high point of my career was winning the Champions League. No one will ever erase that from my memory
If I had a choice between the Champions League and the Golden Boot, then of course it would be the Champions League - no doubt the Champions League.
I believe the Champions League has all that magic because it gathers all the best European teams, and that gives you the feeling of trying to be the best. That's why the Champions League has this special kind of emotion.
In India, the Sony Pictures Sports Network is the home to the Champions League with all the action on Sony Ten 1 & Sony Ten2. Indian fans have access to world class coverage, putting them in the middle of all the action, LIVE as it unfolds game after game, week after week on Tuesday & Wednesday nights.
This year, the Champions League is now delicately poised with a tantalizing Semi-Final humdinger between Leo Messi’s FC Barcelona V/s last year’s finalists The Liverpool Football Club. On the other side, Dutch powerhouse Ajax is now ready to square off against an emerging Tottenham Hotspurs.