As mentioned earlier, all English sides are vying for a place in European competition, so they can face up against the best sides from all over the continent. The Champions league is the biggest annual competition in Europe, and its trophy represents the most sought-after silverware for all the clubs around the world. The final is watched by even more people than the World Cup.
In a similar vein to the Premier League replacing the First Division, the Champions League took over from the European Cup. The rebrand also occurred in 1993, when Ajax won the competition. The most recent tournaments have been dominated by Spanish teams, with a Spanish side winning all 5 of the last campaigns (Real Madrid 4, Barcelona 1).
Champions League History
The Champions League has become bigger and bigger over the years to the behemoth it is today. Back when it was the European Cup, it was contested by the winners of Europe’s top leagues, strictly as a knock-out competition.
Combining both the old and new tournament, Real Madrid have won the most titles. The Spanish giants have won 10 times, including five consecutive tournaments between 1956-1960.
Clubs such as AC Milan and Liverpool have also really made their mark on the tournament over the years, and it has become one of the most hotly-anticipated competitions across all of Europe and the world.