In this football language post we look at the Champions League. You can read a transcript for this post below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

Champions League

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This is an annual competition for the top European club sides and is seen as one of the most prestigious tournaments in world football. The original competition, known as the European Cup, only allowed domestic league winners to participate and this started in the 1955-56 season when Real Madrid won the inaugural event. It changed its name in 1992 to the Champions League and the format also changed which allowed more teams from some countries to take part, for example, in England the top four teams from the previous season’s league will compete in the following year’s Champions League. The competition is played over a series of group matches and then a knock-out system from the last 16. All of the knock-out ties are played over two legs apart from the final which is a one-off game.

  • Example: Manchester United beat Chelsea in the Champions League final in Moscow in May 2008.
  • Example: The first Champions League was played for in the 1992-93 season
  • Example: Real Madrid have won the most Champions League titles – 13 in total [2022]

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