The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League is an elite super-league for the very top football clubs from all over Europe, and is played alongside the domestic league seasons. The CL’s competition proper begins its group stages with 32 teams on September 18, with the final being held at London’s Wembley Stadium on May 25 next year. Chelsea played 13 games in total to win the trophy in 2011-12.
Chelsea was purchased by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003 – as a plaything. But last season, when his “Blues” finally won UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League for the first time, the team earned a staggering £42 million in prize and sponsorship monies.
Many of the top BPL players will also compete in the CL competition along with rival continental superstars like Messi (Barcelona), Ronaldo (Real Madrid) and Ribery (Bayern). This season’s top eight-seeded CL teams include three English teams along with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Milan, Porto and Bayern.
While Barca and Madrid may have more worldwide cachet, at least one English team has appeared in seven of the last eight CL finals. If you’re a betting person, drop some on one of the four English teams entered (Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City) to make it to Wembley, where English dreams might just come true.
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