UEFA Championship profile
When you talk about prestigious football events other than FIFA, UEFA champions league sure does keep everyone captivatedalmost around the year. Since 1955, UEFA has been arranging this Champions League including the top European football clubs. UEFA Champions League due to its sensational matches has been able to draw audiences of over 100 million fans almost every year. Initially the tournament had a straight knockout pattern but it changed in 1990 as the tournament expanded by including more teams and phases.
The strongest European national leagues provide their best four teams for this competition every year. The present format consists of three knockout qualifying rounds that begin in mid July. The 10 surviving teams from the knock out phase then join the 22 seeded teams in the group stage. In the group stage, eight groups are formed where each group is composed of four teams. A total of 21 different clubs have won the UEFA Champions League tournament. The most successful club has been Real Madrid which holds the all time record of winning the UEFA Champions League nine times. The most successful leagues of the UEFA Champions League have been Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga. The present champion of UEFA Champions League 2010 is the Internazionale.