The UEFA Champions League is a continental tournament featuring teams from all across Europe (who will have qualified by finishing in the upper reaches of their respective domestic leagues) and is regarded as the most prestigious club competition in the world.
First played in 1955 between just 16 teams and known as the European Cup, the tournament has evolved over the years to its present guise that features dozens of teams competing in preliminary rounds, group stages, knockout ties and a final played at a predetermined venue.
The current title holders are Chelsea, who claimed their first Champions League crown in 2012 after defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final. Overall, Real Madrid (9 titles), Milan (7), Liverpool (5), Bayern (4), Barcelona (4) and Ajax (4) are the most successful teams in the competition’s history.
The preliminary rounds for the 2012/13 UCL began in June 2012 and will narrow the field down to 10 teams who will join 22 that have automatically qualified for the group stages. The field of 32 teams is the drawn into eight groups of four, with the top from each group progressing into the knockout rounds.
The last 16, quarterfinals and semifinals are all played on a home and away basis with aggregate score, with the away goals rule, extra time and penalties used to decide deadlocks.
The final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London on 25 May 2013, celebrating 150 years of the Football Association’s existence.
UEFA Champions League 2012/13
Latest Fixtures & Results
|Borussia Dor...||1 - 2||Bayern Munic...||25 May 13||Wembley St...||Report|
|Barcelona||0 - 3||Bayern Munic...||01 May 13||Camp Nou||Report|
|Real Madrid||2 - 0||Borussia Dor...||30 Apr 13||Santiago B...||Report|
|Borussia Dor...||4 - 1||Real Madrid||24 Apr 13||Signal Idu...||Report|
|Bayern Munic...||4 - 0||Barcelona||23 Apr 13||Allianz Ar...||Report|
|Juventus||0 - 2||Bayern Munic...||10 Apr 13||Report|
|Barcelona||1 - 1||Paris-SG||10 Apr 13||Report|
|Galatasaray||3 - 2||Real Madrid||09 Apr 13||Report|
|Borussia Dor...||3 - 2||Malaga||09 Apr 13||Report|
|Real Madrid||3 - 0||Galatasaray||03 Apr 13||Report|
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