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UEFA Champions League Facts

Annual football competition

  • UEFA Champions League is conducted annually by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955.
  • The championship is amongst top football clubs of Europe.
  • As many as 178 million television viewers watch the finals of the match every year.
  • Before 1992, the championship is called European Champion Clubs' Cup.
  • UEFA Champions League is different from the UEFA Europa League or the UEFA Cup.
  • Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition's history.
  • UEFA Champions League anthem was written by Tony Britten.
  • The chorus contains the three official languages used by UEFA: English, German, and French.
  • The competition is held in a round-robin group stage of 32 teams at the beginning.
  • Jens Lehmann playing in the 2005-06 season finals was the first player to be sent off because of tackling a player in a finals match of the league.
  • The finals of 2011–12 UEFA Champions League will be played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
  • Clarence Seedorf of Netherlands is the only footballer to have won UEFA Champions League title playing for three different teams - Ajax in 1995, Real Madrid in 1998 and AC Milan in 2003 & 2007.
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