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Every year, the best clubs from different countries all over Europe gather together to participate in an ultimate competition. This competition started in the 1955/1956 season and it was originally known as the European Cup. However, in 1992, the European Cup was renamed and termed, ‘The UEFA Champions League’, and the winners of the competition are called the European Champions.

 

The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) is the European arm of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). UEFA creates and maintains regulations, shares the prize money, and reserves the media rights for several European clubs and national competitions including the Champions League.

 

UEFA Champions League 2022: Latest Updates, Fixtures, Important Dates, and Other Things to Know

 

As the name implies, the Champions League is a contest that pitches the very best from each country against each other. The competition attracts a very large audience from within and beyond the continent. A part of this large audience are gamblers who use betting sites that accept MasterCard for their online betting.

 

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The 2021/2022 season of the UEFA Champions League features 32 different clubs from 15 countries across the continent of Europe. Below is a list of these clubs and the country that they represent:

  • Spain - Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal
  • England - Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
  • Germany - Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg
  • Italy - Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus
  • Portugal - Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica
  • France - LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain
  • Ukraine - Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Austria - RB Salzburg
  • Belgium - Club Brugge
  • Moldova - Sheriff Tiraspol
  • Netherlands - Ajax
  • Russia - Zenit St. Petersburg
  • Sweden - Malmo FF
  • Switzerland - BSC Young Boys
  • Turkey - Besiktas

 

 

The 2022 UEFA Champions League

The 67th season of Europe's elite club competition, the 30th since it was renamed the UEFA Champions League, began on 22 June 2021 and runs to 28 May 2022. The competition is divided into three different stages; the qualifying round, the group stage, and the knockout phase.

 

Qualifying Stage

The qualifying rounds lasted from the 22nd of June till 25 August, 2021. 26 teams have initially qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. For this qualifying stage, 54 other teams played against each other in two different paths (Champions Path and League Path).

 

Four winners from the Champions Path and two from the League Path advanced to join the other 26 teams that are already in the group stage.

 

The Group Stage

32 teams were paired in eight groups. The group stage kicked off on the 14th of September and ended on the 9th of December, 2021. 16 teams advanced to the knockout stages.

 

The Knockout Phase

The knockout phase of the 2022 Champions League is scheduled to begin on the 15th of February, 2022. The 16 qualified teams have been paired already. Here are the 2022 UEFA Champions League fixtures for the round of 16.

  1. RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
  2. Sporting CP vs Manchester City
  3. Benfica vs Ajax
  4. Chelsea vs LOSC Lille
  5. Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United
  6. Villarreal vs Juventus
  7. Inter Milan vs Liverpool
  8. PSG vs Real Madrid

Quarterfinals will be played by winners of the round of 16 and the semifinals will be played by winners of the quarter-finals. The final match will take place on the 28th of May in Russia.

 

 

How to Follow Up on the 2022 Champions League

In the United States, CBS broadcasted the competition in English while Univision was responsible for broadcasting in Spanish. These two commercial TV and radio platforms earned the media rights to broadcast the Champions league on local TV and streaming platforms.

 

TV Platforms

CBS broadcasts the matches on the following TV channels:

  1. CBS
  2. CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) (Although only select matches are broadcasted on this channel)

The Spanish broadcast from Univision can also be viewed on the following TV channels:

  1. Univision
  2. TUDN
  3. UniMas
  4. Gala vision
  5. TUDNxtra (TUDNxtra can only be accessed from a few cable, satellite & streaming providers)

 

Streaming Platforms

To watch the matches live, Paramount+ is the official streaming platform for English viewers. However, Spanish viewers can stream through the following platforms - fuboTV, PrendeTV, TUDN.tv, TUDN app.

 

If you are watching the matches on the CBS network, you can also join the UEFA Champions League Today. It is a show that airs live pregame, halftime, and postgame discussions. This program is broadcast on the CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. For this season, CBS brings back an old program - The Golazo Show. The program replays and discusses goals and missed chances from group stage matches.

 

For the Spanish viewers, Univision owns its pregame and postgame shows known as Fútbol Central and Misión Europa. Univision also has its matching program where it replays goals and chances.

 

FuboTV reports every of the Champions League matches and new subscribers can enjoy a free seven-day trial on the platform. fuboTV is also responsible for relaying the matches to all the channels under the Univision family - Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision and TUDNxtra

 

PrendeTV, another arm of Univision, is available for free to all users. You can connect on mobile devices, TV, Amazon Fire, Apple, Roku, and on the web platform prende.tv.

 

 

Champions League 2021/2022 Stats and Facts

Here are some interesting stats and facts about the 2021/2022 Champions League:

  • Chelsea Football Club is the defending champions of the competition after beating their English counterparts, Manchester City in the last UEFA Champions League final in Porto.
  • The final for this season was initially slated to be held at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. However, it will now be held at the Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia on the 28th of May, 2022.
  • In past knockout stages, away goals were used to decide which team will be knocked out if there is a tie after home and away matches. For this new season, UEFA has decided to rule out the away goal rule.
  • Sheriff Tiraspol made a debut appearance in the competition this season. This appearance made them the first team from Moldova to play in the Champions League.

 

Conclusion

The 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League has already lived up to its billing. There have been a lot of thrills, excitement, and fun moments for football fans all over the world. As the competition heads into the knockout phase in February, so much more is expected, and from all indications, the fans can expect to see so much more – this competition never disappoints.