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 Raul: three-time Champions League Winner with Real Madrid and long time top scorer in the competition

Raul: Three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid and long time leading scorer in the competition


The UEFA Champions League is widely regarded as the most prestigious football club competition in the world. The final of the competition is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide, drawing just over 100 million television viewers. Each match is broadcast to over 70 nations with commentaries in more than 40 languages each year. The 2009 Champions League Final reached 106 million viewers, 3 million more than that year’s Super Bowl.

Before the change of format in 1992, the tournament was officially named the European Clubs’ Cup but was usually referred to as simply the European Cup or European Champions’ Cup. The competition was initially a straight knockout tournament with only the champions of each country entered. However, during the 1990s the competition began to be expanded.

A round-robin group phase and more teams were introduced to the competition. Europe’s strongest national leagues now provide up to four teams each for the competition. The tournament consists of several stages, in the present format it begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a pay-off round.

The number of teams that each association enters into the UEFA Champions League is based upon the UEFA coefficients of the member associations. These coefficients are generated by the results of clubs representing each association during the previous five Champions League and UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup seasons. The higher an association's coefficient, the more teams represent the association in the Champions League, and the fewer qualification rounds the association's teams must compete in.

The title of Europe’s Champion has been won by 21 different clubs, 12 of which have won the cup on more than one occasion. Real Madrid are the most successful team in the history of the competition, lifting the trophy on 9 separate occasions.

Since the extension of the competition in 1992 until 2010, no team had ever successful defended their European Cup crowns. Real Madrid (9), AC Milan (7), Liverpool (5) , FC Bayern Munich (4), Ajax (4), Barcelona (3), Inter Milan (3), Manchester United (3), Benfica (2), Juventus (2), Nottingham Forrest (2) and Porto (2) have all won the competition on more than one occasion.




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