The UEFA Champions League, previously known as the European Cup, is the most prestigious club trophy in European football.
The competition kicks off with qualifying rounds in mid-July with sixteen surviving teams making it into the group stage joining remaining sixteen clubs. There are eight groups of four teams with the top two qualifying to the knockout stage which ends with the Champions League final in May. The third placed teams move in to the Europa League knockout stage and are automatically priced up with shortest Europa League betting odds to win the cup.
The competition’s format was initially a knockout where only champions of each country took part. The teams would play two matches, home and away, all the way to the final. It was extremely hard to get any Champions League predictions correct back then as teams with long Champions League betting odds managed to lift the trophy on a few occasions. The tournament then changed completely. It was renamed the UEFA Champions League in the 1992-93 season and expanded with top-ranked countries given up to four places to enter. And with that more money flew in the Champions league as the richest clubs, generally with much shorter Champions League odds on the win market, have been dominating.
Manchester United went on a twenty-five match unbeaten run and that counts as the longest run in the history of the Champions League. Arsenal keep the most consecutive clean sheets record with ten matches. AC Milan are the last team to successfully defend the trophy long nineteen years ago (1989-90). Real Madrid’s Raul is the all-time top goal scorer thus far. Real Madrid are the best-ever team winning the trophy record ten times.
Real Madrid defeated Atlético Madrid 2-1 in last Champions League final. The Champions League 2013/14 final was played in Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon.