Champions League is an annual club football competition, organized by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations).
Here are some interesting facts about the tournament where only the best clubs from European football leagues can take part.
- Before 1992, the competition was known as the European Cup.
- The European Cup was a straight knockout competition and only the champions of each country participate in the tournament.
- Real Madrid (1966), Celtic (1967) and Steaua Bucarest (1986) are the only three clubs that have won the Champions League fielding local players.
- In 1992, the referee age limit is set to 45, to ensure an elite level of fitness of the referees.
- The Spanish capital Madrid is the most successful city with 11 wins and 17 appearances in the final.
- UEFA retains the original trophy at all times, and only the teams that win the league three years in a row or five times overall can retain a full-sized replica.
- The UEFA Champions League trophy weights 5 kg, same as 17 footballs together.
- With 10 games without conceding a goal in 2006, Arsenal held the best defensive record in the history of the Champions League.
- Nottingham Forest, football club from England have won the Champions League (twice) more often than their domestic league (once).
- In 2005, Liverpool won the Champions League, but didn’t finish in a qualification place in the English Premier League.
- Liechtenstein is the only UEFA member that is not participating in the competition, because it doesn’t organize a domestic league.
- Clarence Seedorf, Dutch football player has won the league four times playing for three different clubs (Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan).
- Athens is the only European city represented by three teams (Panathinaikos, Olympiacos and AEK Athens) in one season.
- The UEFA Champions League anthem is written by Tony Britten, and is a transformation of the Zadok the Priest, composed by George Frideric Handel.