Origin of Champions league
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Champions league and also known by some people as European Cup, is a yearly football competition, which most top-ranking clubs in Europe compete with one another and of which the winner will be decided.
Champions league is the most popular and esteemed football competition, in the entire Europe, and is mostly a tournament among the European National league winners of their national associations.
However, the UEFA Champions league, which has played yearly, since 1955-1956 season, was at its incipient stage, in a direct knockout competition, open only to the winners of each of the national championship. The tournament clasped its recent name in 1992, joining a
round-robin group stage and allowing myriads of contestants from specific countries.
The UEFA Champions league has since its inception, widened and some of the Europe’s leagues
can still enter the champions, the powerful leagues do provide four teams and several clubs that take the second place in their national league and being unable to qualify for the UEFA champions league, are qualified for the second-tier Europa League competition of the UEFA.
Also as at 2021, the various teams that are not qualified for the UEFA Europa league, will be
adjudged qualified to join a third- tier of the tournament, known as the Europa Conference
Historically, it is germane to state that the launching was UEFA Champions league, was done
with only 16 teams that were contesting for four knock outs rounds. Real Madrid was the first
club to defeat Reims, in a 4-3 win the championship. Notably, in 1960, the Champions league
was extended from 16 teams to 32 teams, which means that an additional round of the
tournament was added, while the form of the league wasn’t changed. Additionally, as at
1992, the Union of European Football Association nomenclature was altered and of which
UEFA champions league was put in lieu of the former.
It is germane to evaluate the feasibility of the UEFA Champions league: that the thirty-two
(32) teams, which were divided into eight groups of four and with each of team, contesting
with other three teams in the group stage of the round-robin format. The champion at the
group stage, with clubs came second place in the group stage, will proceed to the round 16
and wherein the parties will advance to knock-out stage, the aforementioned can be
summarized as round 16, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals.
WHEN IS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYED?
In recent times, the UEFA Champions league do start by late June with a prelude, which
entails a round, three qualifying rounds and a play-off round, all done over two legs. The
eligible six teams, after the aforementioned preliminaries, will go into the group stage and
thereby adding to the 26 eligible teams in advance.
Furthermore. the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions league, is a
football competition comprises of majorly thirty-two (32) teams, that contest in five rounds
(5), for the position of the leading club in the European football.
In apprising how the teams are selected in UEFA Champions league, it has been argued that
it is basically on the UEFA coefficients of the association that are members of the UEFA. In
choosing the teams, the scores which are the basis of selection, is premised on the outcome of
the clubs that are the different representatives of association, in the past five Europa League
sessions and UEFA champions league. Basically, as the coefficients of any of the member
associations are high, the higher the teams represent any of associations in the champions
league, then the qualification rounds of the association’s team will be min
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
It is apposite to mention, that from 2009-2010, the UEFA Champions league has
magnanimously advanced to eligible ‘streams’ for club that weren’t opportune to access
direct entry into the competition.
Also, the two streams consist of clubs that are eligible based on domestic league champion
and the clubs that are eligible on the premise of them being second via fourth in their
domestic league. Additionally, five teams from each qualifying clubs becomes eligible.
Fundamentally, twenty-two (22) clubs have won the UEFA Champions league and twelve of
the aforementioned clubs have won the tournament more than once. It is apropos to state that
among the clubs in the UEFA champions league, the most victorious club is Real Madrid.
Real Madrid is the most acknowledged and pronounced club that has won the UEFA
Championship for a period of 13 times and which also entails the first five seasons. The
extant champion is Liverpool, that won Tottenham Hostpur in the 2019 finals to a 2-0 during
the 2019 final.
THE MOST PERFORMED FOOTBALL CLUB IN THE HISTORY OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The Spanish clubs in the UEFA Championship, have achieved the highest rate of successes in
the tournament, which includes a total number 18 wins thus far. After counting the Spanish
club’s successes in the UEFA Champions league, another country clubs that have made
awesome victories in the competition, is the England clubs, with a total of 13 wins and the
third are Italian clubs that have had a total of 12 wins. It important to state that England has
the highest number of winning teams, with five clubs that have won the tournament.
THE GROUPING OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
As regards to the thirty-two teams that make up the UEFA Champions League, it is apposite
to state that when the teams qualify, they are split into four diverse ‘pots’ with the limitation
that teams from the same association, cannot compete with each other. However, for the
competition, the 32 teams that are involved are divided into four based on the following
i. The UEFA champions league champions are contained in pot 1. Also contained in
pot 1 are the champions of the top six associations and Europa league champions and
all the aforementioned are based on UEFA coefficients. It is germane to add that if
any of Europa League champions or Champions league were to be one of the
titleholders of the six top associations, the titleholders of the association that is
designated the seventh and likely the eight are also taken top pot 1.
ii. The remaining Pots such as 2,3 and 4 entails the other teams taken based on their
Progressively, it is important to reiterate that the group stage of UEFA Champions league
entails 32 teams that contest in a double round-robin format. The champions in the group and
those that took the second place proceed to the second round of the game known as round 16.
A clear analysis of the above mentioned round 16, is known as a knock out stage and the
teams are rated by relevant points.
In the entire appraisal of the UEFA Champions league, one point is given for a draw, zero
points are given for a loss, while complete three points are allotted for a win by any of the
The position of the UEFA champions league on a match draw, is that the following standards
i. The number of points gotten by the particular team in question at the group stage, that
are high will be considered.
ii. High ranking goal distinction will that are identified at the group stage among the
particular teams will also be put into consideration.
iii. The group stage matches of the teams involved will be analysed, in order to see which
of the teams has higher number of goals that the other.
iv. The higher away goals, that is those games played away from home, that were scored
by the parties will also be considered among the particular teams in question.
Also on resolving the draw game among the teams, having applied the standard for resolving
draw games from 1 to 4 and there is still a tie, the standard set out in are applied again to the
football matches played among the teams that are remaining to identify the final rating, the
standard set out in below, that is starting with 5 to 12 will apply.
v. The group matches will be evaluated to identify high ranking goals.
vi. The group matches will also be appraised to identify the higher number of goals,
vii. Also the whole group matches will be analysed to identify the higher number of
viii. The group matches played away from home will also be analysed to identify
the victories in all group matches.
ix. The disciplinary points will equally be considered to identify the teams that had a
lower disciplinary measure than the other. The aforementioned is usually premised on
red and yellow cards that were gotten from all group matches, such as: ejection for
two yellow cards in one match- 3 points, yellow card- 1 point and red card- 3 points.
x. Coefficient of higher club will be checked.
In considering the knock out stage in UEFA Champions league, there are pertinent issues
that needs to be appraised in order to understand how the knock out stage of UEFA
Champions league works, such as: draw and knock out phase leg and tie breakers.
In round sixteen (16), the remaining clubs are divided into two relevant ‘pots’ of eight. One
of the pots include those that topped their groups at the group state and the other pot,
containing those that took second place or maybe called runner-up.
Notably, a club will be taken from each of the pots, to identify how the match up will be
done. It is pertinent to state that in taking a club from each of the clubs, the qualification
therein is that those that won in the group stage and those that took the second place in the
same group, are not to be matched together again and specifically the clubs that are of the
same home league, are not to be play one another. An example of clubs that are of the same
home league are: Barcelona and Real, Madrid (Spanish Leagues), Manchester City, Chelsea
and Liverpool (England) and Inter-Milan and AC Milan (Italy).
At the stage of UEFA Champions league quarterfinal and semi-final, it is important to state
that clubs that reached that stage are not divided into different pots. Flowing from the
aforementioned, the clubs that are still in the game can be drawn together, irrespective of
whether they are form the same home league or they were winners or place took second at the
group stage, in the same group. It is worthy of mention, that draws of quarter-final and semi-
final are conducted before the UEFA Champions league are played, the identity of those that
won the quarter final are not divulged at the time of drawing the semi -final.
Nevertheless, on the UEFA Champions league knock out stage, two teams are usually taken
for the knock out stage, aside the finals.
In the UEFA knock out stage, the teams at the knock out stage play two matches, with every
of the team playing one match at their home league country. It is imperative to point out that
every of the match that is called a ‘leg’. The team that won at the group stage, do organize the
second leg in the round 16 of the competition.
Additionally, the teams that had the highest number of goals, will advance to the next round
of the UEFA Champions league. However, if the total scores are the same , then the club that
had the highest number of goals away after the two legs, proceeds to the next round.
Flowing from above, if the goals that were scored away are also on equal terms, an additional
time of thirty minutes (30), will be added for the teams to break the tie. If the goals that were
scored during the additional time and the total score are the same, the team that visited, will
proceed to the next round, on the premise of scoring more goals away from home.
Also, if there is no goal scored during the additional time added to the clubs, the game will be
decided on a penalty shootout by the particular teams in question. It flows from the
aforementioned that the team that puts in more goals within a limited five attempts in the
penalty is taken to have won.
Fundamentally, if there is still a tie, after the penalty shootout, the team will be changing
players, until one of the players puts in the ball into the net.
Finally, the finals of the UEFA Champions league constitute a match that is usually played in
a neutral place. After the first 90 minutes, if the two team’s score is same, an additional time
is given to break the tie, if the tie is not still broken during the additional time, the champion
of the game is chosen via a penalty shootout.