Just days after Liverpool were crowned the winners of UEFA Champions League 2018-19, the next season begins with an extravagant opening to the tournament’s 65th season, organized by UEFA. Though many teams that played in the championship last year have once again joined the party, it looks afresh with new club’s advancing into the tournament and the recent transfers that have rejuvenated the existing teams. Things are going well for the fans of the UEFA Champions League this year, as the draws are made and the stage is all set for the new champions to rise this year.
The history of the European Cup and UEFA Champions League spans over sixty years of competition, dating back to 1955 when the first competition was organized. The UEFA document on the history of the European Cup confirms that Jacques Ferran and Gabriel Hanot, journalists for the French sports newspaper L’Equipe, were the founding fathers of the European Cup. The European Champions Cup was the competition between some of Europe’s finest football associations. The title of the competition was renamed to UEFA Champions League from the 1992–93 season, undergoing some diverse changes of marketing and TV rights thanks to the partnership of UEFA and TEAM Marketing AG.
The top-ranked UEFA competition is the UEFA Champions League, which started in the 1992-93 season picking the top 4 teams of each country’s league, to find out the best of them all. Over the course of years, a total of 22 clubs have won the Champions League or the European Cup. And the Spanish side, Real Madrid hold the record for the most victories, having won the competition 13 times, including the inaugural competition in 1956.
On a total of 79 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations are expected to participate in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League. The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association: The top level associations ranging from 1–4 each have four teams that will qualify. Associations that rank 5–6 each have three teams that will qualify. The associations that are listed among 7–15 each have two teams that will qualify. Associations from a range of 16–55(except Liechtenstein) each have one team that qualifies for the league.
The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League and 2018–19 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league.
Group Stage Format
The draw for the group stage was held on 29 August 2019, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League round of 32. A total of 16 national associations are represented in the group stage. Atalanta FC are set to make their debut appearance in the group stage.
The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw
The current European Cup holders – Liverpool, have been handed a favorable grouping of Italy’s Napoli whom they faced at this stage last season, Salzburg and Genk in Group E. Tottenham, the runners-up in last season’s competition, are joined in Group B with German champions Bayern Munich, Greek side Olympiacos FC and Red Star Belgrade of Serbia. The English teams – Chelsea and Tottenham have been handed the trickiest draws of the four Premier League sides, but all the English will be feeling positive on reaching the knock-out stages. The Blues have been drawn in Group H with Dutch side Ajax, Valencia of Spain and Ligue 1 side – Lille.
Premier League champions – Manchester City have been dealt the kindest draw in Group C, taking on Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta FC. Barcelona have been dealt one of the tougher draws by adding Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan from Italy and Slavia Prague in Group F. Whereas Real Madrid have the French aPSG, Club Brugge and Galatasaray in Group A. Leaving the club of Atletico Madrid take on the German team – Bayer Leverkusen, Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow and Juventus in Group D.
The 1st match day is scheduled to take place on the 17th and 18th of this September month. Followed by the 2nd match day which will take place on the 1st and 2nd October. The 3rd match day falls on the 22nd and 23rd of October. And match day 4 is dated to happen on the 5th and 6th of November, whereas match day 5 is set on dates – 26th and 27th of November. The final match day of the group stage/match day 6 will commence on the 10th and ends by the 11th of this year’s December month
Round Of 16
The contenders for the Round of 16 are the winners from each of the eight groups, also known as the seeded teams. The unseeded teams/runners-up of the group tables accompany the winners in the event. The draw procedure is initiated by forming two seeding pots – one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their group or any side from their own association. The seeded group winners are away in the round of 16 first legs and at home in the return matches. The match dates for the first leg are fixed on the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th of February, of the year 2020. The second legs are expected to take place on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of March 2020.
As for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition, any information about the venue will be announced ahead of the draw. The first leg of the quarter-finals is scheduled on the 7th and 8th of April, whereas the second leg is scheduled on the 14th and 15th of the same month. As for the first leg of the semi-finals, according to UEFA the schedule is dated on 28th and 29th of April. And the second leg is expected to happen on the 5th and 6th of May 2020.
UEFA Champions League Final 2020
The 65th UEFA Champions League season’s final is scheduled to take place on the 31st of May, 2020, at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the competition from the play-off round onwards. The winners of the grand final will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, while also qualifying for the group stage of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League. They will also be eligible for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. This season, Liverpool are the defending champions of the Champions League trophy.
UEFA 2020 Super Cup
The UEFA Super Cup 2020 will be the 45th edition of the UEFA Super Cup, contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. The match will feature the winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League and the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League and will be hosted at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal in August 2020.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Html code here! Replace this with any non empty text and that’s it.Just days after Liverpool were crowned the winners of UEFA Champions League 2018-19, the next season begins with an extravagant opening to the tournament’s 65th season, organized by UEFA. Though many teams that played in the championship last year have once again joined the party, it looks afresh with new club’s advancing into the tournament and the recent transfers that have rejuvenated the existing teams. Things are going well for the fans of the UEFA Champions League this year, as the draws are made and the stage is all set for the new champions to rise this year.