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11 things you need to know about the Champions League

When was the CL founded? Who is the all-time top scorer? Find out in the 11 things you need to know about the Champions League.

11 things you need to know about the Champions League features statistics and informations about the UEFA Champions League.

    • # 1 When was the Champions League introduced?
    • #2 Who won the Champions League?
    • #3 All-Time Most appearances in the Champions League
    • #4 Biggest Wins
    • #5 All-time top scorers of the Champions League
    • #6 All-time Most assists
    • #7 Fantasy Champions League
    • #8 Set-Piece Takers Champions League 2019/20
    • #9 The trophy of the UEFA Champions League
    • #10 Overview of the matchdays of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League
    •  #11 The UEFA Champions League on Social Media

# 1 When was the Champions League introduced?

Introduced in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, more commonly known as the European Cup, it was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each national championship. The competition took on its current name in 1992, adding a round-robin group stage and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries. (from UEFA Champions League on wikipedia)

#2 Who won the Champions League?

Find enclosed the full list of the previous Winners of the Champions League. Who won the CL the most and who are the runner-ups in the entire competition history? (find more information on wikipedia)

There is a lot of information to extractfrom this table. Not only you can see the winning teams of the CL history, but also the tragic between the lines. Record holder for runner-ups is Juventus Turin with 6 lost finals with only 2 wins.

Funfact: Nottingham Forest have won the Champions League/European Cup more times than the English League!

ClubTitlesRunners-up
Real Madrid133
Milan74
Liverpool63
Bayern Munich55
Barcelona53
Ajax42
Internazionale32
Manchester United32
Juventus27
Benfica25
Nottingham Forest20
Porto20
Celtic11
Hamburger SV11
Steaua București11
Marseille11
Borussia Dortmund11
Chelsea11
Feyenoord10
Aston Villa10
PSV Eindhoven10
Red Star Belgrade10
Atlético Madrid03
Reims02
Valencia02
Fiorentina01
Eintracht Frankfurt01
Partizan01
Panathinaikos01
Leeds United01
Saint-Étienne01
Borussia Mönchengladbach01
Club Brugge01
Malmö FF01
Roma01
Sampdoria01
Bayer Leverkusen01
Monaco01
Arsenal01
Tottenham Hotspur01

Funfact: Barcelona and Real Madrid faced each other 15 times in the CL, but never in the finals!

#3 All-Time Most appearances in the Champions League

Who has the most appearances in the CL?

It is not Xavi who shows a superb control, but rather a goalkeeper. Iker Casillas has the most appearances with 177.

Will Cristiano catch up? Leave your comments below.

 PlayerApps
1Iker Casillas177
2Cristiano Ronaldo162
3Xavi151
4Ryan Giggs145
5Raúl142
6Paolo Maldini135
Lionel Messi135
8Andrés Iniesta130
9Clarence Seedorf125
10Paul Scholes124

#4 Biggest Wins

The following teams won a single match by ten goals or more in the preliminary rounds of the European Cup:

    • Dinamo București beat Crusaders 11–0 in 1973–74
    • Feyenoord beat KR Reykjavík 12–2 in 1969–70
    • Manchester United beat Anderlecht 10–0 in 1956–57
    • Ipswich Town beat Floriana 10–0 in 1962–63
    • Benfica beat Stade Dudelange 10–0 in 1965–66
    • ds United beat Lyn 10–0 in 1969–70
    • Borussia Mönchengladbach beat EPA Larnaca 10–0 in 1970–71
    • Ajax beat Omonia 10–0 in 1979–80

The largest margin of victory in the current Champions League format is 10–0: HJK Helsinki beat Bangor City in the second qualifying round in 2011–12. all information from wikipedia.org

#5 All-time top scorers of the Champions League

In our 11 things you need to know about the Champions League we need to talk about the top-scorers for sure. Amongst the top scorers in the great history of the CL there are a lot of legends and famous players. But there are still 2 players, who are in a totally different league: Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.

Their scoring rate per game is incredible and only Real legend Alfredo di Stefano has a higher scoring rate.

 PlayerGoalsAppsRatio
1Cristiano Ronaldo1261620.78
2Lionel Messi1121350.83
3Raúl711420.5
4Karim Benzema601120.54
5Ruud van Nistelrooy56730.77
6Robert Lewandowski53800.66
7Thierry Henry501120.45
8Alfredo Di Stéfano49580.84
9Andriy Shevchenko481000.48
Zlatan Ibrahimović481200.4

#6 All-time Most assists

Similar to the all-time scorer the all-time most assists are a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.

NameAssists
Cristiano Ronaldo39
Lionel Messi32
Ryan Giggs31
Xavi30
Andres Iniesta29
Zlatan Ibrahimovic26
Francesc Fabregas26
Franck Ribery25
Karim Benzema25
Mesut Ozil24
Angel Di Maria24
Dani Alves23
Neymar22
Frank Lampard22
Wayne Rooney21

Find out more on the All-Time Stats page on UEFA.com.

#7 Fantasy Champions League

The online fantasy manager game of the Champions League is growing in popularity. Daily Fantasy Football Tutorial: What is Fantasy Football?

You can play for free when you register on the offical UEFA page. If you want to find out where else you can play fantasy football tournaments for the Champions League then check it out here.

#8 Set-Piece Takers Champions League 2019/20

Do you know who takes the penalties for Galatasaray Istanbul and who is the backup for corners at Lokomotiv Moscow? Even football experts struggle with a quick answer.

Set-Piece Takers Champions League

#9 The trophy of the UEFA Champions League

Did you know? The current UEFA Champions League trophy stands 73.5cm tall and weighs 7.5kg.

A new rule was introduced in 1968/69: the cup becomes the property of any club who wins the competition five times or three years in a row. The club then start a new cycle from zero. Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern München, Milan, Liverpool and Barcelona all have a version in their trophy rooms.

The rule was changed ahead of 2008/09, with the original trophy remaining with UEFA and the clubs awarded a replica. The current trophy is the fifth version of the current design. It was commissioned by UEFA General Secretary Hans Bangerter after Real Madrid were allowed to keep the original in 1967. Find out more on the trophy page of the UEFA.

#10 Overview of the matchdays of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League

Group stage

All kick-off times 21:00 CET unless stated. This is the official schedule from UEFA.com.

All Matchdays
Matchday one

Tuesday 17 September
Group E: Napoli v Liverpool, Salzburg v Genk
Group F: Inter v Slavia Praha (18:55 CET), Dortmund v Barcelona
Group G: Lyon v Zenit (18:55 CET), Benfica v Leipzig
Group H: Chelsea v Valencia, Ajax v LOSC Lille

Wednesday 18 September
Group A: Club Brugge v Galatasaray (18:55 CET), Paris v Real Madrid
Group B: Olympiacos v Tottenham (18:55 CET), Bayern v Crvena zvezda
Group C: Shakhtar v Manchester City, Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta
Group D: Atlético v Juventus, Leverkusen v Lokomotiv Moskva

Matchday two

Tuesday 1 October
Group A: Real Madrid v Club Brugge (18:55 CET), Galatasaray v Paris
Group B: Tottenham v Bayern, Crvena zvezda v Olympiacos
Group C: Atalanta v Shakhtar (18:55 CET), Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb
Group D: Juventus v Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moskva v Atlético

Wednesday 2 October
Group E: Genk v Napoli (18:55 CET), Liverpool v Salzburg
Group F: Slavia Praha v Dortmund (18:55 CET), Barcelona v Inter
Group G: Zenit v Benfica, Leipzig v Lyon
Group H: Valencia v Ajax, LOSC Lille v Chelsea

Matchday three

Tuesday 22 October
Group A: Club Brugge v Paris, Galatasaray v Real Madrid
Group B: Tottenham v Crvena zvezda, Olympiacos v Bayern
Group C: Shakhtar v Dinamo Zagreb (18:55 CET), Manchester City v Atalanta
Group D: Atlético v Leverkusen (18:55 CET), Juventus v Lokomotiv Moskva

Wednesday 23 October

Group E: Salzburg v Napoli, Genk v Liverpool
Group F: Inter v Dortmund, Slavia Praha v Barcelona
Group G: Leipzig v Zenit (18:55 CET), Benfica v Lyon
Group H: Ajax v Chelsea (18:55 CET), LOSC Lille v Valencia

Matchday four

Tuesday 5 November
Group E: Liverpool v Genk, Napoli v Salzburg
Group F: Barcelona v Slavia Praha (18:55 CET), Dortmund v Inter
Group G: Zenit v Leipzig (18:55 CET), Lyon v Benfica
Group H: Chelsea v Ajax, Valencia v LOSC Lille

Wednesday 6 November
Group A: Paris v Club Brugge, Real Madrid v Galatasaray
Group B: Bayern v Olympiacos (18:55 CET), Crvena zvezda v Tottenham
Group C: Dinamo Zagreb v Shakhtar, Atalanta v Manchester City
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva v Juventus (18:55 CET), Leverkusen v Atlético

Matchday five

Tuesday 26 November
Group A: Galatasaray v Club Brugge (18:55 CET), Real Madrid v Paris
Group B: Tottenham v Olympiacos, Crvena zvezda v Bayern
Group C: Manchester City v Shakhtar, Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva v Leverkusen (18:55 CET), Juventus v Atlético

Wednesday 27 November
Group E: Liverpool v Napoli, Genk v Salzburg
Group F: Barcelona v Dortmund, Slavia Praha v Inter
Group G: Zenit v Lyon (18:55 CET), Leipzig v Benfica
Group H: Valencia v Chelsea (18:55 CET), LOSC Lille v Ajax

Matchday six

Tuesday 10 December
Group E: Napoli v Genk (18:55 CET), Salzburg v Liverpool (18:55 CET)
Group F: Dortmund v Slavia Praha, Inter v Barcelona
Group G: Benfica v Zenit, Lyon v Leipzig
Group H: Chelsea v LOSC Lille, Ajax v Valencia

Wednesday 11 December
Group A: Paris v Galatasaray, Club Brugge v Real Madrid
Group B: Bayern v Tottenham, Olympiacos v Crvena zvezda
Group C: Shakhtar v Atalanta (18:55 CET), Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City (18:55 CET)
Group D: Atlético v Lokomotiv Moskva, Leverkusen v Juventus

Knockout stage

Round of 16
Draw: 16 December
First legs: 18/19 & 25/26 February
Second legs: 10/11 & 17/18 March

Quarter-finals
Draw: 20 March
First legs: 7/8 April
Second legs: 14/15 April

Semi-finals
Draw: 20 March
First legs: 28/29 April
Second legs: 5/6 May

Final (Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul): 30 May

 #11 The UEFA Champions League on Social Media

You can find a lot of amazing content to the UEFA Champions League on Social Media.

With nearly 25 million followers on twitter, UEFA`s multi-platofrm social media presence is growing exponentially. The fan following is increasing at a very fast rate and provides excellent content for the matchdays.

Here are the official channels:

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  • Hi, most assist is missing it showing most goals second time…
    Also when going to be update on set peace taker for 19/20 season?

  • Hey,

    the draft for the set piece takers is already available in our discord community! I will research some smaller teams this weekend and update the post `Set-Piece Takers Champions League` tomorrow.

    Thank you for the hint regarding the assists. I inserted the wrong table. Error is corrected!

    I greatly appreciate your feedback, so keep it coming!

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