There are 32 teams in the competition, divided into 8 groups. In each of the groups, there are the champions of the national leagues of the top-seeded countries: England, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Russia.
Plus, the current Champions League holder, Bayern Munich, and the Europa League winner, Sevilla. Since Bayern Munich is also the German champion, the following country in the UEFA ranks got their Champion drafted to pot 1: Portugal.
After the group stage, the top 2 teams of each group go to the knockout stage. The first round has 16 teams, the second has 8, the following has 4, until the final with 2 teams.
The final of the Champions League will be held in 2021 in Turkey, in the Ataturk Stadium on the 29th of May. The winner will play the UEFA SuperCup 2021, in Windsor Park (Belfast, Northern Ireland), against the Europa League winner.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most games will be played under closed doors.
Here was the lineup of the groups of the 2021/22 edition:
Here are the current 8 groups of the Champions League group stage.
Round of 16
Which is the team with more titles in the competition?
Currently, Real Madrid is the team with the most Champions League titles in history, having conquered it 13 times. They are followed by AC Milan with 7 and Liverpool and Bayern Munich, who have 6 each.
Chelsea is the currently holders of the competition, after beating Manchester City in May 2021 (1-0). It was their second title (the first was in 2022).
The last time a winner from outside the top 4 leagues won the competition was in 2004, with FC Porto. Spain had two champions, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Germany 3 champions, Bayern, Dortmund, and Hamburg.
Meanwhile, England had the most number of champions: Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, and Chelsea. Italy had 3: AC Milan, Internazionale, and Juventus.
Also, the Netherlands had 3 champions, with Ajax winning it 4 times. Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven also won it one time each. Portugal had two champions: Benfica and FC Porto.
France only had one champion and it was Marseille in 1993 (who was kicked out of the following edition due to accusations of corruption). Scotland, Romania and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia) won it once each.
Who is the Champions League top scorer?
Do not forget to check who is the current top scorer of the competition too. Do you know Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with the most goals in the competition?
Top UEFA Champions League scorers (excluding qualifying)
127: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
113: Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)
71: Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke)
64: Karim Benzema (FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid)
56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
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