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UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organized by
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a round-robin group stage to qualify for a double-legged knockout format and a single-leg final.
It is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of their national associations.
Introduced in 1955 as the Coupe des Clubs Champions Européens (French for European Champion Clubs’ Cup), and commonly known as the European Cup, it was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champions of Europe’s domestic leagues, with its winner reckoned as the European club champion.
The competition took on its current name in 1992, adding a round-robin group stage in 1991 and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries since the 1997–1998 season.
Clubs that finish next-in-line in their national league, having not qualified for the Champions League, are eligible for the second-tier UEFA Europa League competition, and from 2021, teams not eligible for the UEFA Europa League will qualify for a new third-tier competition called the UEFA Europa Conference League.
In its present format, the Champions League begins in late June with a preliminary round, three qualifying rounds, and a play-off round, all played over two legs. The six surviving teams enter the group stage, joining 26 teams qualified in advance. The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match in late May or early June.
The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the following year’s Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Spanish clubs have the highest number of victories (18 wins), followed by England (14 wins) and Italy (12 wins). England has the largest number of winning teams, with five clubs having won the title.
Real Madrid is the most successful club in the tournament’s history, having won it 13 times, including its first five seasons and also three in a row from 2016 to 2018.
Bayern Munich remains to be the only club to have won all of their matches in a single tournament en route to their tournament victory in the 2019–2020 season. Chelsea is the defending champions, having beaten Manchester City 1–0 in 2021 final.
The Football Association Challenge Cup, more commonly known as the FA Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men’s domestic English football.
First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest national football competition in the world. It is organized by and named after The Football Association (The FA).
Since 2015, it has been known as The Emirates FA Cup after its headline sponsor.
A concurrent women’s tournament is also held the Women’s FA Cup.
The competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 of the English football league system – 20 professional clubs in the Premier League (level 1), 72 professional clubs in the English Football League (levels 2 to 4), and several hundred non-League teams in steps 1 to 6 of the National League System (levels 5 to 10). A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12. The tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final.
The first six rounds are the Qualifying Competition, from which 32 teams progress to the first round of the Competition Proper, meeting the first of the 48 professional teams from Leagues One and Two.
The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper.
In the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter-finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final.
As a result, significant focus is given to the smaller teams who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely “giant-killing” victory.
Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have been two designs and five actual cups; the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design, introduced in 1911. Winners also qualify for the UEFA Europa League and a place in the upcoming FA Community Shield.
Arsenal is the most successful club with fourteen titles and Arsène Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the competition, having won seven finals as Arsenal’s manager.
Leicester City is the current holder, having beaten Chelsea 1–0 in the 2021 final.
The EFL Cup (referred to historically, and colloquially, as the League Cup), currently known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual knockout football competition and major trophy in men’s domestic English football. Organized by the English Football League (EFL), it is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system – 92 clubs in total – comprising the top-level Premier League, and the three divisions of the English Football League’s league competition (Championship, League One and League Two).
First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top-tier domestic football competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup.
With the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup from the 2016–17 season onwards.
The tournament is played over seven rounds, with single-leg ties throughout, except for the semi-finals.
The final is held at Wembley Stadium which is the only tie in the competition played at a neutral venue and on a weekend (Sunday).
The first two rounds are split into North and South sections, and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds, and defer the entry of teams still involved in Europe.
Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one also being the original. Winners also qualify for European football;
up to the 2019–20 season, the winners received a place in the UEFA Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup, while from 1966–67 until 1971–72 the winners gained a place in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), while starting in 2020–21, the winners get a place in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Should the winner also qualify for Europe through other means at the end of the season, this place is transferred to the highest-placed Premier League team not already qualified for European competition.
The current holders are Manchester City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 in 2021 final to win their fourth consecutive League Cup and eighth overall