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UEFA Champions League
|Founded||1955 (As European Cup)|
1992 (rebranded as UEFA Champions League)
|Number of teams||32 (group stage)|
|Qualifier for||UEFA Super Cup|
FIFA Club World Cup
|Related competitions||UEFA Europa League (2nd tier)|
UEFA Europa Conference League (planned 3rd tier)
|Current champions||Bayern Munich (6th title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Real Madrid (13 titles)|
|Television broadcasters||List of broadcasters|
|2020–21 UEFA Champions League|
The UEFA Champions League, or simply known as the UCL is a football competition organized by UEFA, between some of the top club teams in Europe. The teams are selected because of good performances in their league matches. The teams used to have to win their countries' championship, but more than one team can play in the competition depending on how good their league is. For example: the Spanish League can get 4 Spanish clubs in the competition compared to the Kazakhstan League which can only get one team in the competition.
Real Madrid won the Champions League the first five times it was held, still a record. They have also won the Champions League/European Cup 13 times, which is also a record.
A total of 22 clubs from 10 European countries won the Champions League. 12 clubs won it more than once: Real Madrid, Milan, Bayern, Liverpool, Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus, Benfica, Porto and Nottingham Forest. The current champions are Bayern Munich after defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the final on 23rd August 2020 by 1-0.
Records and statistics
Winners and runners-up
- As of 2021
- As of 23 August 2020