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UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League logo 2.svg
Founded 1955; 62 years ago (1955)
(rebranded in 1992)
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 32 (group stage)
78 or 79 (total)
Related competitions UEFA Super Cup
FIFA Club World Cup
Current champions Spain Real Madrid
(11th title)
Most successful club(s) Spain Real Madrid
(11 titles)
Television broadcasters List of broadcasters
Website uefa.com
2016–17 UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA national association. The UEFA Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012–13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, drawing 360 million television viewers.

Introduced in 1992, the competition replaced the European Champion Clubs' Cup, or simply European Cup, which had run since 1955, adding a group stage to the competition and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries. The pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country. During the 1990s, the format was expanded, incorporating a round-robin group stage to include clubs that finished runner-up of some nations' top level league. While most of Europe's national leagues can still only enter their national league champion, Europe's strongest national leagues now provide up to four teams for the competition, and will provide up to five teams from the 2015–16 season onwards. Clubs that finish next-in-line in each nation's top level league, having not qualified for the UEFA Champions League competition, may be eligible for the next level UEFA Europa League competition.

In its present format, the UEFA Champions League begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 10 surviving teams enter the group stage, joining 22 other teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in May. The winner of the UEFA Champions League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.


^UEL : The Europa League champion may be promoted into the group stage if the Champions League champion qualifies for the group stage through their domestic competition. If the Champions League champion comes from an association ranked thirteenth or lower and they did not qualify for the non-champions route based on their domestic performance, the Europa League champion will enter the play-off round for champions instead. The access list will be adjusted accordingly to ensure a maximum of ten teams in each stream's play-off round.
^UCL : If the Champions League and Europa League champions are from the same association ranked 1st–3rd and neither qualify for the Champions League through their domestic competition, the fourth-placed team will qualify for the Europa League instead.
As of 15 February
As of 15 February 2017
  • 8 champions from associations 47–54
  • 30 champions from associations 16–46 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 4 winners from the first qualifying round
  • 3 champions from associations 13–15
  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
  • 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round for champions
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 4–5
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • UEFA Europa League champion
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round for non-champions
  • 12 champions from associations 1–12
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • UEFA Champions League champion
  • 5 winners from the play-off round for champions
  • 5 winners from the play-off round for non-champions
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage
  • First Qualifying Round: €200,000
  • Second Qualifying Round: €300,000
  • Third Qualifying Round: €400,000
  • Play-offs Eliminated: €3,000,000
  • Play-offs Winners: €2,000,000
  • Base fee for group stage: €12,000,000
  • Group match victory: €1,500,000
  • Group match draw: €500,000
  • Round of 16: €5,500,000
  • Quarter-finals: €6,000,000
  • Semi-finals: €7,000,000
  • Losing finalist: €10,500,000
  • Winning the Final: €15,000,000
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