UEFA Champions League – The Biggest Champions in Europe

Uefa LogoThe UEFA Champions League, or known as the Champions League organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), is a yearly continental club football competition. The Champion League final of 2012 -13 tournament was the most watched UEFA Champions League to date, and is on of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football. This is a favourite amongst both fans of the game and sports betting.

UEFA Champions League began in 1992 (Prior to that it was called the European Champion Clubs’ Cup) and it works by the top four clubs from each local competition being entered and from 2015 there will be 5 teams allowed to enter from each premier division. UEFA starts Mid-July and with various rounds: The UEFA Champions League has three rounds, namely the play-off round, the group stage and four knock-out rounds. Take a look at the top online casinos to place your football betting wagers at:

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UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round

In matches, consisting of three qualifying rounds and the play-off stage, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club that scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round.

UEFA Champions League Group Stage

The ten winners in the play-off round ties – five from the best-placed path and five from the champions path – join 22 automatic entrants in the 32-team group stage. The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams. Between September and December they play home and away games against each of their pool opponents to decide which two teams from each section advance to the first knockout round. The third-place finishers in each group enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

UEFA Champions League Knockout Phase

Clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis from the last 16 until the semi-finals. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation, while from the quarter-finals on the draw is free.

UEFA Champions League Final Round

The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at the Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday 6 June 2015. Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.

Football Betting Tips for the UEFA Champions League

Football betting tips are unanimous throughout the sport no matter which league you are supporting. As such, it is good to understand what they actually are. Football Betting Tips are in actual fact match predictions as to who will come out best. There is unfortunately no real strategy to implement guaranteeing your success, hence your best chances are to keep your ear to the ground waiting for titbits on who is likely to come out tops.

All-time UEFA Top Scorers

Player Club Goals
Lionel Messi Barcelona 75
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United, Real Madrid 75
Raúl Real Madrid, Schalke 04 71
Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid 56
Thierry Henry Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona 50
Alfredo Di Stéfano Real Madrid 49
Andriy Shevchenko Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea 18
Eusébio Benfica 46
Filippo Inzaghi Juventus, Milan 46
Didier Drogba Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray 44

Top all-time UEFA Club Rankings 1955 – 2013

Pos Club IOC Pts
1 Real Madrid CD ESP 468
2 FC Bayern München GER 351
3 Manchester United FC ENG 328
4 Juventus ITA 326
5 Liverpool FC ENG 299
6 SL Benfica POR 251
7 FC Barcelona ESP 235
8 FC Dynamo Kyiv UKR 226
9 FC Internazionale Milano ITA 208

Top 10 UEFA Player Appearances of All Time

Player Club Appearances
Xavi Hernandez Barcelona 154
Ryan Giggs Manchester United 151
Iker Casillas Real Madrid 150
Raúl González Real Madrid, Schalke 04 144
Paolo Maldini Milan 141
Clarence Seedorf Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Milan 131
Paul Scholes Manchester United 130
Roberto Carlos Internazionale, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe 128
Carles Puyol Barcelona 120
Cristiano Ronaldo Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid 117

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GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY -AUG 21: Champions League football balls in the field before the match Schalke vs PAOK on Aug 21,2013 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.