Champions League, the Greatest Soccer event in the World

Champions League, the Greatest Soccer event in the World

Around the world, there is a large variety of different sports with various rules and/or equipment. Almost all of these sports have an end to the season or something that finalizes a winner and a loser. In soccer, the world’s most popular sport, leagues are structured with a top league and several other lower leagues that promoted and relegated teams annually. These leagues are organized by country or region. The number of leagues in a region varies.

 

 England, for example, has one of the largest complex of leagues in the world with 11 tiers. England’s top league, the Premier League, has twenty teams that will play every other team twice (once at home and once away). The amount of points a team has at the end of the season determines their placement (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 for a loss). Of course, it wouldn’t be a competition without danger, so the bottom three teams at the end of the season go down to the second tier of English soccer (The Championship), while the top three teams of The Championship fill in their spots. It is like this for all levels of soccer leagues, in all the different regions of the world. However, whenever there is a risk in sports, there is a reward. In the Premier League, the 5th and 6th place teams have the honor of competing in the Europa Cup, Europe’s second-highest cup. Those who manage to end in the top 4 will compete in the most prestigious soccer event in the world, The Champions League.

 

Since 1955, Europe’s best teams have gathered annually for a chance to claim the title of the best. Now, 32 teams duke it out in 5 stages, each cutting the number of competitors in half. The first stage has eight groups of 4 teams, with each team playing the other teams in their group in a double round-robin style. The winner and the eight groups’ runner-up move on to the round of 16, where 8 of the previous group winners will match up against the eight runner-ups. After four rounds of failure and triumph, two teams are selected to compete in the finals to decide who is the best team in all of Europe and probably the world.

 

Currently, the 2020-21 Champions League season is in the second half of the round of 16, with each of the eight pairs having already played each other once or two times. The pairs are as follows: PSG and Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla, Liverpool and Leipzig, Bayern Munich and Lazio, Porto and Juventus, Atalanta and Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Borussia M´gladbach, and Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. So far, the Spanish sides have largely underperformed, with Real Madrid only having one goal against an underdog team that was down a man from an early red card. All of the English teams have won their first games, and the German representatives have done quite well, with two of their teams having won their games and one immensely expected loss to Man. City. Two incredibly surprising results with the single Portuguese team, Porto, sneaking an embarrassing two-one home victory over Juventus, and PSG simply demolishing Barcelona in a four-one away victory. Once again, Barcelona is under extreme pressure from the soccer world for the way that they played and their recent record. As the number of contestants decreases, several leaders come to mind, and many would say that the favorite is either Man. City, PSG, or Bayern Munich. However, the first two of these teams have a habit of doing poorly in Champions League, meanwhile, Bayern Munich (the reigning champs) have had no issues regarding success in the Champions League. Of course, nobody knows for sure who will stand victorious, and soccer is known for its incredible upsets. So, all that’s left for the fans to do now is wait and watch, and the teams, all they have to do is win.