The UEFA Champions League or the Europe Cup is under the Union of European Football Association (UEFA). The league is held every year, and the top-division European Clubs contest in this competition. Discussed below is the history and all you need to know about the UEFA Champions League.
The Champions League, initially referred to as the European Champion Club’s Cup, was founded by Gabriel Hanot, who was a French footballer and journalist and Jacques Ferran, who was also a French journalist. The first Champions League was held in 1955-1956, and a total of sixteen teams participated in this competition. Real Madrid was the first club to win the first Champions League competition and remained the title holders for five consecutive years.
Major Changes and Events in Champions League History
In 1955 the European Champion Club’s Cup was established, and in 1992, it was renamed to UEFA Champions League. In 1997, the European Cup was expanded to involve 24 clubs in the competition, and in 1999, eight more clubs were added to make a total of 32 club participants. In 2000, two teams from the same country competed for the UEFA Champions League title, Real Madrid vs Valencia. Real Madrid holds a record of most Champions League titles and also winning five consecutive titles in a row, from 1956 to 1960. The current champion is Liverpool, and this is their sixth win in this competition.
UEFA Champions League Qualifier
Champions League is the qualifier for the UEFA Super Cup, which is contested by winners of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. It is also a qualifier for the FIFA World Cup and the following year’s champions league. The teams that do not qualify for Champions League participate in the UEFA Europa League and those that do not qualify for Europa League will be participating in UEFA Europa Conference League.
The UEFA Champions League is the biggest soccer tournament after FIFA World Cup.