The UEFA Champions League is the biggest club competition in Europe and many are those who believe that it is the most competitive club competition in the world. Real Madrid is the all-time leading winner with 11 trophies with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid being the all-time top scorer with 95 goals and Iker Casillas former captain of Real Madrid have made most appearances by making 158 appearances. Real Madrid are the masters of champions league and champions league knows Real Madrid.
The tournament proper begins with a group stage of 32 teams, divided into eight groups. Seeding is used whilst making the draw for this stage, whilst teams from the same country may not be drawn into groups together. Each team meets the others in its group home and away in a round robin format. The winning team and the runners up from each group then progress to the next round. The third placed team enters the UEFA Europa League.
For this stage, the winning team from one group plays against the runners up from another group, and teams from the same association may not be drawn against each other. From the quarter finals onwards, the draw is entirely random, without association protection. The tournament uses the away goals rule: if the aggregate score of the two games is tied, then the team who scored more goals at their opponent’s stadium advances.
The group stage is played from September to December, whilst the knock out stage starts in February. The knock out ties are played in a two legged format, with the exception of the final. This is typically held in the final two weeks of May.
SportsGoogly is previewing 5 clubs which are likely to win the 2016-17 UEFA champions league. This seasons champions league comes with a lot of passion. No team have ever won the champions league and defended it. Will Real Madrid be able to defend the trophy? Here are the top 5 teams that are likely to win the 2016-17 champions league.
- Barcelona (Spain)
Barcelona Sporting Club founded on 29 November 1899 is one of the most decorated clubs in Europe. Barcelona have won 24 domestic league trophies and 28 domestic cup games and have won 5 champions league trophies. Barcelona are looking likely to win the champions league. Barcelona have one of the dangerous trio Messi, Suarez and Neymar which is the biggest treat to any defense in Europe. Dangerous players are Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta, Rakitic, Pique and Arda Turan etc. Barcelona is in group C of the champions league groups.
- BayernMunich (Germany)
Bayern Munich is the most decorated club in Germany. The German giants since founded in 27 February 1990 have won 5 champions league titles. Bayern Munich have won 28 and 18 league and cup trophies respectively. Bayern Munich are in group C with Fc Rostov, Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven. Bayern Munich have a set of dangerous players who can dismantle any team in Europe. This is some dangerous players of Bayern Munich Thomas Muller, Arturo Vidal, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, Renato Sanchez, Manuel Never, Mats Hummels, Alonso and Lewandosky. Bayern Munich is being managed by the experienced Carlo Ancelotti who have seen it all in the champions league. With Ancelotti and the quality of players at his disposal, Bayern Munich will be very dangerous in this year’s champions league.
- Real Madrid (Spain)
Real Madrid is the most decorated club in Europe and the defending champions of the UEFA champions league. The history of Real Madrid clearly shows that they are the masters of the champions with 11 Champions League trophies, with a player who is the all-time top scorer Ronaldo and with a former player who has made many appearances
Real Madrid was founded in 6 March 1902 and have won 32 domestic league trophies and 19 domestic cups. Defending the Champions League is a herculean task and have never being achieved. Real Madrid have the quickest attacking trio in Europe and here are some of the dangerous players Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Luca Modric, Marcelo and Alvaro Morata. If Real Madrid are able to defend the champions league, it will be a record never achieved in Europe.
- Juventus (Italy)
Juventus is arguably best Italian football club. It was founded on 1 November 1897. Juventus have won a record of 32 domestic league trophies and 11 domestic cups. The Italian giants are 2 times European champions. Juventus have dominated the domestic league but finds it difficult to impress in Europe. This season, Juventus have put together a strong squad to battle for the champions. Some notable Juventus players are Buffon, Evra, Paulo Dybala, Daniel Alves, Mandzukic, Marchisio, Lichtsteiner, Miralem Pjanic, Chiellini, Khedira and Alex Sandro. Juventus is in group H of the Champions League with Sevilla, Dinamo Zagreb. Juventus is poised for the Champions League this season because they need to translate their domestic dominance into international glory. Juventus are the hungry lions of the 2016-17 UEFA champions league season.
- ManchesterCity (England)
Manchester City founded on 16 April 1894 have not won the UEFA champions league before. Manchester City have won 4 domestic league titles and 5 cup. Manchester City came to highlight when the City Sports Group bought the football club. The City Sports which is the owners of Manchester City have invested millions in Manchester City for the club to make an impression in Europe. Manchester City have tried on many occasions to win the champions league but to no avail. This season Manchester City acquired the services of Pep Guardiola, a Champions League expect manager. With the arrival of Pep, Manchester City’s intention in Europe was well noted. Notable players for Manchester City are as follows Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Fernandinho, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Jesus Nevas, Aguero, Nolito and Gundogan. Manchester City are underdogs in the 2016-17 season but with Pep Guardiola and the quality of players at disposal, Manchester City can surprise the world by winning the champions league.
The champions league is not only competitive on the pitch but rather competitive financially as well. The champions’ league is sponsored by multi-national companies. Here is the final breakdown for teams according to positions.
A club in the qualifying round is awarded €200,000. If a team enters the second qualifying round, it is credited with€300,000. Third qualifying round means the team will be given €400,000 as price money. An eliminated club in the playoff stage is given €3,000,000.
The winner of the playoff is also awarded with €2,000,000.
All the 32 group stage teams will receive a base payment of €12,000,000. When each team win a group stage game, it is given €1,500,000 and if a game ends in a draw, the team receive €500,000.
At the round of 16 stage the qualified clubs will receive €5,500,000. The quarter finalist clubs will receive €6,000,000. When a team qualifies to the semifinals, the club will receive €7,000,000. The losing finalist will be paid€10,500,000. The winner of the Champions League is paid €15,000,000 prize money.
The 2016-17 champions league will be more competitive as Real Madrid are canvassing for the title defense and with Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester City all pushing to win the trophy. If you think or believe any of the 32 teams can win the champions league, comment or send the that team’s name and why you think that team can win the Champions League.