While European Champions Cup was considered to be a pretty prestige and interesting competition, its successor, the Champions League managed to exceed all expectations and is widely regarded as the strongest and most interesting competition in the world of sports. Some would say that the prospect of big cash rewards is what drives most of the clubs in the competition, but if you ask any player they will tell you that it is a real honour to play Champions League football.
Given the popularity of the competition and its worldwide coverage, one shouldn’t be surprised that Champions League betting is one of the most popular types of wagering, and we will, therefore, go the extra mile to bring you the best UEFA Champions League bets, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League odds and all football betting staff related to the competition in question.
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Champions League History
UEFA Champions League was established in 1992, but the competition as we now know it is the natural successor of the European Cup, which had been attracting the best European football sides since 1955. Real Madrid won the first title by beating Stade Reims in the final and they would go on to become the most successful side in the competition, with 9 European Cup (Champions League) titles up to date. Apart from los Blancos, Milan, Liverpool and Bayern Munich also enjoyed a lot of success in the European Cup, with the final edition of the competition won by Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in 1991.
UEFA Champions League kicked off in 1992 and the new format of the competition allowed non-champions from big European leagues to participate alongside league champions. Since the new format was introduced, no team have managed to successfully defend the Champions League title.
Champions League Format
No less than 32 teams take part in Champions League group stage, but while some sides are granted a direct entry into the group stage, others have to earn their place by playing in the qualifying rounds. There are two qualification sections, the first including league champions and the second containing teams that finished 2nd-4th in their respective leagues.
The number of teams from the league championship that qualifies for the Champions League is determined by UEFA coefficients, but four is the maximum number of sides a league can enter into the competition. Thirty two teams that reach the group stage are divided into eight groups of four teams, with top two sides qualifying for the last 16 stage. Knockout round starts from the last 16 stage, with teams playing each other twice and away goal rule used to determine the winner where needed. The final game is usually played on neutral ground, that is unless one of the teams that were supposed to host the final event qualify for the final.
Champions League Betting
Those of you who like to bet on Champions League matches are likely to find this section of our website very useful seeing that it will feature all Champions League betting related stuff, whether you want to bet on Champions League promotion or simply place a wager on CL matches. Predicting the Champions League winner may prove to be a tough task with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal battling for the trophy, but we are there to assist you in any way we can.
CL betting is not only about betting on the most interesting matches in the competition, but it gives you a chance to take part in teams betting and player betting, the new types of wagering that are taking the gambling world by storm. In addition to having access to attractive UEFA Champions League bets, you will also be able to check the latest 2011/12 UEFA Champions League Odds as well as many other interesting features.
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