Some fascinating facts about the Champions League!

Updated: May 16, 2017

With the 2017 Champions League well under way, the action is starting to heat up to see who which team will be crowned winners of this year’s tournament. As a die-hard fan, you probably think you know all that there is to know about the biggest event in the annual football calendar, but we have rounded up a few fascinating bits of information to titillate you, and your friends! Placing a bet on the outcome of matches and teams, is a great way to add an extra dimension of fun to the event. There are some great sites out there that offer free bets, great odds, and amazing tips and payouts- betting really is the way to go, and everyone is doing it! Whether you are watching at home with buddies, placing some free bets with Champions League 2017 betting, or are lucky enough to go to one of the games in person, this guide will provide you with all you need to know. Read on to find out more!

  1. Did you know that the UEFA Champions League started in 1992, and it replaced the European Cup which started way back in 1955?
  2. Prior to 1992, the tournament was a knock out from the beginning and it was only open to the number one club from each country.
  3. Nowadays, the strongest European leagues can now enter up to five champion teams into the tournament.
  4. Did you know that the theme tune to the League is a reworked version of Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and is called Champions League.
  5. The piece is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
  6. The singing in the song takes place in three different languages- English, German and French.
  7. Did you know that after 1990, a referee in the Champions League may not be older than 45 years old!
  8. Did you know that if a team wins the tournament three times consecutively, or five times inconsecutively, they are presented with a lifesized replica of the UEFA trophy?
  9. There are six clubs at the moment that have won this prestigious prize and they are Ajax, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Milan, Liverpool, and Barcelona!
  10. The most successful team in the Champions League is Real Madrid who have sailed to glory, and impressive ten times!
  11. Did you know that UK teams were actually banned from the tournament between the years of 1986 and 1991? This was due to regular incidents of hooliganism and the Hillsborough stadium disaster.
  12. The fastest goal ever scored after kick off was 10.2 seconds by a player from Bayern Munich against Real Madrid way back in 2007.
  13. In 2006, Arsenal played 10 consecutive games without allowing one, single goal into their net! Impressive work!

So there you have it, a round up of the weird and wonderful Champions League tit bits and trivia for your viewing pleasure! Next time you are down the bookies watching a game feel free to spout your new-found knowledge to those around you!

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