The UEFA Champions League (/juːˈeɪfə ˈtʃæmpiənz ˈliːg/) known simply as the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe.
black market rate for a Champions League Final ticket is an eye-watering £1,100. It’s a frightening sum, well beyond the reach of most fans.
Europe’s most popular and prestigious club football competition -- the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Champions League is one of the most popular sports competitions in the world. More than one billion television viewers tuned in last season, with a cumulative audience of more than four billion, more than half of which were outside of Europe
The Group Stage consists of eight groups of four teams each with the top two of each group qualifying to the Elimination Stage of the tournament. The Elimination Stage (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, & Semifinals) is played in a knock-out format with each team playing home and away.
in 1954, the impetus for a European championship was coming from the distinguished French sports newspaper L'Equipe, which proposed a competition with home-and-away matches to be played in midweek in the evening.
From 2014, Uefa will centralise the media rights for the European qualifiers of the World Cup and the European Championships.
The new television rights structure is a victory for Uefa president Michel Platini, who, upon his re-election to the post in 2011, said such a proposed model would protect and develop national team football.
Pricing for this year’s UEFA Final was up by a double-digit percentage versus the 2011 match. Among the A-listers that have bought exclusive sponsorships in the broadcast are: Geico, Pizza Hut and AT&T. Adidas, Dr. Pepper, Nike and Apple are all in for 30-second spots.
Uefa limit clubs to 25 players each for the Champions league and their general secretary, David Taylor, speaking exclusively to Observer Sport, said: "Ridiculous[referring to Liverpool], 62? You could have two full-size practice games. You can only field 11 at one time. It's an open question as to how many you actually need. Is it 20, 25?"
Uefa intervenes specifically when match-fixing issues directly affect any of the competitions run at European level, but of course follows developments in match-fixing cases across Europe, as this matter is of primary importance for the future of football at all levels
UEFA routinely monitors Europe's top divisions and domestic cup competitions for evidence of suspicious betting patterns.
UEFA had warned it would kick out any team, and wipe its results from the record, if any match-fixing allegation was proven.
Michel Platini[who have won Ballon D'Or award for three years running] has been head of European football's administrative body since 2007, taking over from Lennart Johansson.