UEFA Champions League 2015-2016

The UEFA Champions League is also called as the Champions league. Since 1992, it is a global club football competition conducted by the union of European football association (UEFA). The 61st season of UEFA Champions League, Europe's premier football tournament which was held in 2015-16 is also hosting by UEFA. In the 24th season, tournament name was changed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final will be performed at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. In this league they are adding a group stage to the competition and allowing multiple participants from different countries. It is one of the most leading tournaments in the world and most prestigious club event in European football.

The final tournament of UEFA Champions League 2012-13 season is the most watched event worldwide, which drew the attraction of 360 million television viewers. In earlier 1992, the tournament was formally called the "European Champion Clubs' Cup", but was generally assigned as the "European Cup". Actually it was a consecutive knockout competition open only to every champion club.

In the 1990s, the format was become larger, including a round-robin group stage and other teams. Europe's strongest national leagues offer up to four teams for the competition. But from the 2015–16 season onwards they will provide up to five teams. In its present layout, the UEFA Champions League starts in middle of July with three knockout qualifying rounds and one play-off round.

In this league 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four teams and they will play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and runners-up are leading to the knockout phase and which was held, and going to end in May. The winner of the UEFA Champions League is eligible for the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. In the competition’s history, Real Madrid is the most winning championship and it won the match 9 times, including its first five seasons.

UEFA Champions League 2015/16

Dates 30 June – 26 August 2015 (qualifying)
15 September 2015 – 28 May 2016 (competition proper)
Teams 32 (group stage)
78 (total) (from 53 associations)

Format

Qualifying Phase

In UEFA champions league qualifying phase total 4 stages occurred. In this phase every club play with opponent team twice in home and away. Which team scores high number of goals (clubs both match scores) that team qualify for next stage. Clubs which are defeated more times than they are eliminated from champions league.  The qualifying stages are

  • First qualifying round
  • Second qualifying round
  • Third qualifying round
  • Playoffs round

Group Stage

Winners of Playoffs teams will join in group stage and total 32 clubs in this stage. These 32 teams will divide into 8 groups each group had 4 teams. Each team will play with opponents of the group in home and away twice. In this stage, points system will be calculated as 3 points for winning teams and 1 point for draw (both teams). Normally these matches will held in between September to December.  From each group top 2 leading points teams will qualify for next stage.

Round of 16

In group stage phase total 16 teams will qualify for round of 16 knockout system. Each teams play with opponent team two legs in home and away. Which teams makes high number of goals in two legs that teams qualify for quarter finals and reaming 8 teams knockout from champions league

Quarter Finals

The 8 teams which are qualified for quarter finals there opponent teams will chosen by draw system. In this also each team play with opponent home and away two leg matches and most number of goals succeed team will qualify for semi finals

Semi Finals

4 Clubs which are qualified to semi finals opponent team will determinate by draw. In the same way of quarter finals each club will with opponent club two legs home and away matches. Which team makes highest number of goals in two legs that teams will qualify for UEFA Champions league final.

Final

Winners of semi finals will play final UEFA Champions league of the season will play at neutral place in a single match. If the final match draw on time then 15 mints extra time allocate for results. In this extra time winner is not conformed then winner of the tournament will diced by kicks from the penalty stocks.

Winner of the UEFA Champions league will qualify for UEFA Super cup with opponent is UEFA Europa league champion.

Trophy and Medals

Every year, the champion team will be awarded the European Champion Clubs' Cup; the present version of the cup was awarded since 1967. Among the championship any team that can wins the League three years in a row or five times overall wins the right to take a Fully original Championship trophy (UEFA retains the original at all times). Up to now there are five clubs have this Reward: Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Milan and Liverpool.

The present version and dimensions of the trophy is 74 cm (29 in) tall and made of silver, weighing 11 kg (24 lb). The designing of the trophy is done by Jörg Stadelmann, a jeweller from Bern, Switzerland, later the original trophy was returned to Real Madrid in 1966 in appreciation of their six titles to date, and cost 10,000 Swiss francs.

In the seasons 2012-2013, there were 40 gold & 40 silver medals are awarded to the Champions League winners, and also for the runners-up.

Prize Money

UEFA Champion League Prize Money Distribution:

  • Playoffs: €2,100,000
  • Base fee for group stage: €8,600,000
  • Group match victory: €1,000,000
  • Group match draw: €500,000
  • Round of 16: €3,500,000
  • Quarter-finals: €3,900,000
  • Semi-finals: €4,900,000
  • Losing finalist: €6,500,000
  • Winning the Final: €10,500,000

A whole part of the awarded amount in the UEFA Champions League is linked to the "market pool"; the distribution of the money can be esteemed by the worth of the television market in the participating countries. In the year 2012–2013 season, Juventus, the player who were dismissed in the quarter-finals, has earned the total amount of nearly €65.3 million, in that which of €20.5 million was prize money, and combining of that €55.0 million earned by Bayern Munich, who wins the league and were presented €35.9 million in prize money.

Anthem

The UEFA Champions League Anthem officially known as Champions League and lyrics written by Tony Britten in 1992.

Composition

UEFA order English composer Tony Britten to write an anthem for champion’s league. In August 1992 the anthem is commenced. A Coronation Anthem Handel's Zadok the Priest is adapted by the composer and a piece is conducted by London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the song sung by The Choir of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. UEFA's three official languages included in chorus are:

  • English
  • French
  • German

Uses

Before each game the anthem’s chorus is played. Television broadcasters also play the anthem before and after the game. In Champions League final Special vocal versions has performed live with Italian lyrics, by changing host country language for the chorus. These versions were performed by

  • Andrea Bocelli (Rome, 2009)
  • Juan Diego Flores (Madrid, 2010)
  • All Angels (London, 2011)
  • Jonas Kaufmann and David Garrett (Munich, 2012)

The anthem is limit to 3 minutes long with two short versions and chorus. The original version of anthem never been released in commercial way. In 2002, the album which was released as World Soccer Anthems has an original song theme (Zadok the Priest) which can be listened at academy of st martin in the fields chorus.

Lyrics

Original

  • Ce sont les meilleures équipes
  • Sie sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
  • The main event
  • Die Meister
  • Die Besten
  • Les Grandes Équipes
  • The Champions
  • Une grande réunion
  • Eine große sportliche Veranstaltung

The main event

  • Ils sont les meilleurs
  • Sie sind die Besten
  • These are the champions

Chorus (2x):

  • Die Meister
  • Die Besten
  • Les Grandes Équipes
  • The Champions

English

  • These are the best teams
  • They are the very best teams
  • The main event
  • The champions
  • The best
  • The great teams
  • The champions
  • A large gathering
  • A great sporting event
  • The main event
  • They are the best
  • They are the best
  • These are the champions

Chorus (2x):

  • The champions
  • The best
  • The great teams
  • The champions

UEFA Champions League Association Ranking

Rank Association Coeff. Teams
1 Spain 97.713 4
2 England 84.748
3 Germany 81.641
4 Italy 66.938 3
5 Portugal 62.299
6 France 56.500
7 Russia 46.998 2
8 Netherlands 44.312
9 Ukraine 40.966
10 Belgium 36.300
11 Turkey 34.200
12 Greece 33.600
13 Switzerland 33.225
14 Austria 30.925
15 Czech Republic 29.350
16 Romania 27.257 1
17 Israel 26.875
18 Cyprus 23.250
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
19 Denmark 21.300 1
20 Croatia 19.625
21 Poland 18.875
22 Belarus 18.625
23 Scotland 16.566
24 Sweden 16.325
25 Bulgaria 15.625
26 Norway 14.275
27 Serbia 14.125
28 Hungary 11.625
29 Slovenia 11.000
30 Slovakia 11.000
31 Moldova 10.375
32 Azerbaijan 10.375
33 Georgia 9.875
34 Kazakhstan 8.250
35 Bosnia and 
Herzegovina
7.500
36 Finland 7.175
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
37 Iceland 6.750 1
38 Latvia 6.250
39 Montenegro 6.000
40 Albania 5.500
41 Lithuania 5.250
42 Macedonia 5.250
43 Republic of Ireland 5.125
44 Luxembourg 4.875
45 Malta 4.833
46 Liechtenstein 4.500 0
47 Northern Ireland 3.625 1
48 Wales 3.000
49 Armenia 2.875
50 Estonia 2.875
51 Faroe Islands 2.125
52 San Marino 0.999
53 Andorra 0.833
54 Gibraltar 0.000

Association Team Allocation

  • Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify
  • Associations 16–53 each have one team qualify (excluding Liechtenstein)

Distribution

  Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round (8 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 47–54
 
Second qualifying round (34 teams)
  • 30 champions from associations 16–46 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 4 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round Champions Route
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 13–15
  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
 
Play-off round Champions Route
(10 teams)
 
  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Route)
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 4–5
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round (League Route)
Group stage (32 teams)
  • 12 champions from associations 1–12
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • Europa League title holders
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (Champions Route)
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (League Route)
Knockout phase (16 teams)  
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

2014/15 Season

Tournament Details
Dates 1 July – 27 August 2014 (qualifying)
16 September 2014 – 6 June 2015 (competition proper)
Teams 32 (group stage)
77 (total) (from 53 associations)