What is the UEFA Champions League? A Brief Review.

UEFA Champions League Champions - Barcelona

In the qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League, clubs play two home and away matches against each other. The clubs that have accumulated the most aggregate goals qualify for the next round. In the event of a draw, away goals and penalties are used to determine the winner between the two teams. In the group stage, ten winners from the playoff rounds join 22 automatic entrants in the 32 team group stage. The clubs are then split into 8 groups of four teams each, who play against each other in pool play. The two teams from each pairing proceed to the first knock out round, while the third finishers enter UEFA Europa League as a consolation prize.

The knock out phase features the remaining 16 teams who battle out for a place in the semi-finals. Clubs play home and away matches as well at this stage of the tournament. Group winners play the runners up of all teams other than those from their pool. The draw is free from the quarterfinals onward.

The final is decided by a single match which is referred to as UEFA Champions League Final. The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Saturday, the 24th of May 2014.

So this is the essence of the UEFA Champions League tournament played every year from the fall until the end of May the following year.

At present the following teams are still alive in the semi-finals for a chance at hoisting the trophy and claiming themselves to be champions in just a little over a month – Chelsea (Premier League), Atletico Madrid (La Liga), Real Madrid (La Liga), and Bayern Munich (Bundesliga).

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