The second most watched football league in the world is probably the UEFA Champions League Live. The league brings together the world’s best four clubs from all the countries in Europe. Most of this clubs are the best rated and supported clubs in the world. At times the league also features small clubs that finish being top four in their leagues. This is one of the most spectacular leagues; probably the second most watched league after the World Cup.
The league, which was once known being the European cup, is still the strongest and most powerful league in whole Europe. The league’s name was changed in the early 90’s and the league had to start afresh. Until then, the league had proved to be a strong and successful league in the world. Before the rebreeding of the league, domestic clubs would tread for the title, but under the new reframed name there was enough space to accommodate up to 4 teams from all countries of Europe. These teams would either qualify through the domestic procedure or the normal Champions league qualification process.
Under the new rules and re-branded names, the league has seen much improvement and also increased participatory by European clubs and players. It has also given the other smaller clubs the push ahead to perform better in their domestic leagues, so that they get a chance to feature in this bigger, world’s best league. Actually domestic leagues have recorded a rise in participatory and performance by smaller clubs over the years. Some of these smaller teams that have improved in their performance are Tottenham Hotspurs of the English Premier League.
This club has shown a massive improvement in a span of five years. Some ten years back, the club was struggling to beat the relegation spot, but in 2010 the club qualified to participate in the Champions league, beating Liverpool out of the big four heavyweights of England. The club went on to shine in the Champions league by beating football giants like Inter and Ac Milan in the champion’s league. However, the club was defeated in quarter finals of the league by Real Madrid. This is one of the best success stories in the history of football.
With all the processes of qualifications and following league format, the rivalry almost the whole season of the standard European season. The most thrilling and action packed match of the league is the Champions league live finals that are mostly held in selected cities all over Europe. Every football fanatic and hooligan waits for this one moment to see the two best teams in Europe clash in an exciting match that no one wants to miss.
Many people who go to see the finals live book their tickets as early as the start of the season. Everybody wants to see the greatest final matches of Europe whether it’s a come back like the one that was experienced in the match, played between Liverpool and Ac Milan that Liverpool came from 3 goals down to win the cup in a penalty shoot out in 2008, or a last minute heartbreak like the one Bayern Munich suffered in the hands of Manchester united in 1999.
Still, this league is a competition for seasonal clubs only. The league is organized by a board also called Union of European Football Association which also manages the same and most of other leagues across Europe. The club that comes out superior is rewarded the most coveted and treasured trophy, named the European champions clubs cup.
The league, which is formally known as the European cup, was started by a French journalist who reported on sports. His name is L’Equipe. The league officially kicked off in the year 1955. After almost half a century, the league was upgraded to UEFA champion league in the 1992 – 1993 seasons. The competition brings together the best 32 top teams in Europe with each country offering 4 best teams of its domestic league. For many, they anticipate seeing the Champions league live finals. And this is what many look forward to at the kick-off of the league.
As for the winning side, they get a qualification ticket to play the winning club of South Copa Libertadores for the international cup. The first team that won the International cup was Real Madrid. Ever since there have been 9 other clubs that have won the tournament. Real Madrid maintained a consecutive win in 1955 – 1956 and 1959 – 1960.
One may wonder what makes champions league that special. It is special because the finest top clubs and football giants get to battle it out in this league. And only one winner emerges. The unlucky country that is left out of this great league is Liechtenstein due to the lack of a home league in this country. But all the remaining countries get a chance to participate. Another thing that makes this league unique and exciting is that football fans get to watch world best soccer players like Ronaldinho, Christano Ronaldo, Rooney and many more in action and some times, against each other. This is something they don’t get to see in their domestic leagues. These awesome players spice up the league making it a multi billion industry for many investors.
Recalling some of the best Champions league live finals that UEFA has ever hosted is the match between Man United and Bayern Munich during the 1999 finals. Manchester united clinched a last minute goal that gave them a 2 -1 victory over their rivals Bayern. For many football lovers, this was quite a match and to others like the Bayern Munich fans, it was heartbreak at a hangman’s noose. So far, Real Madrid is the only team to have won the Title 9 times and 3 runners up followed by Ac Milan with 7 wins and 4 runners up. With time the league will have newer and younger generations of clubs winning the cup. Clubs like Tottenham Hotspurs of England and Schalke 04 of Germany are rapidly improving and very soon they will be featuring in Champions league live finals.