UEFA Champions League

Publication date: 29 Aug 2022

About the UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is the most prestigious European international football competition, played each year among the clubs competing in the top divisions. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) organizes the football tournaments.

Real Madrid holds the record for the most titles won with 14 victories.

The tournament itself consists of several stages and begins with five qualifying rounds. According to the total of the two games (home and away), the winner advances to the next qualifying round. Then comes the group stage. The teams are drawn in 8 groups of 4 teams. Next comes the 1/16 finals, 1/8 finals, 1/4 finals, semi-finals and finals. Finals consist of a single match on neutral ground. The stadium for the final match is chosen by the UEFA committee. It must have a UEFA 5-star rating and meet all the requirements. 

Official website of UEFA

2023-2024 UEFA Champions League

The main stage of the 69th season of the main European club tournament will take place from September 19, 2023 to June 1, 2024.

The final match of the Champions League will take place on June 1, 2024 in London at Wembley Stadium.

History of the UEFA Champions League

The European Champion Clubs’ Cup was founded in 1955. From 1955 to 1956, the first competition was an elimination tournament with two home and away matches played in each round.

In 1991-1992, the tournament format was changed by including a group round.

Nowadays, the winner of the Champions League qualifies for the Club World Cup held under the auspices of FIFA.

The club that wins the Champions League is entitled to keep the trophy for 10 months.

In 2005, Liverpool, after their 5th win, were given the cup in perpetuity.

In the 2009-2010 season, new cup retention rules came into effect. From now on, the original trophy will not be kept for life. A club with 5 wins or 3 straight wins will be entitled to have a special embroidery on their uniform.

Winners of the previous UEFA Champions League seasons

The year Venue Results
2022/2023 the final was held in Istanbul, Türkiye, at the Ataturk Stadium Manchester City 1:0 Inter
2021/2022 the final was held in Paris, France at the Stade de France Stadium Liverpool 0:1 Real Madrid 
2020/2021 the final was held in Porto, Portugal at the Dragon Stadium Manchester City 0:1 Chelsea 

2024-2025 UEFA Champions League

Final of the UEFA Champions League 2025 will take place in May at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. The exact dates of the tournaments are being finalized. At the moment it is known that a new format of European cups will be introduced from the new season.


Keep an eye on the dates of football tournaments and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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