By News Team
27th April 2022
From 32 teams down to the last four; Man City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and outsiders, Villarreal find themselves battling it out to win Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
With the semi-finals underway, here’s all you need to know about the Champions League, including when it will be taking place, past winners and the latest odds.
What teams have won the Champions League?
Since first being held in 1955, the Champions League has been won by 22 different clubs over the years. Chelsea won their second Champions League title last season when defeating Manchester City 1-0 in Porto. Real Madrid have won the competition a record 13 times and they will be looking to make it 14 in 2022.
AC Milan have won the competition seven times whilst Liverpool have won the competition six times in their history with their last win coming in 2019 after defeating Spurs 2-0. Bayern Munich won the competition in 2020 behind closed doors but they will not be participating in this season’s final after suffering a shock loss to outsiders, Villarreal in the quarter-finals.
Which manager has won the Champions League the most?
A number of great managers have got their hands on the Champions League over the years but it’s Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane who lead the way as the most decorated of the lot, each having three wins to names. Carlo Ancelotti is aiming to become the outright leader for Champions League titles as he searches to win his fourth with Real Madrid this season.
Pep Guardiola is looking to join both the former Real Madrid managers on three Champions League wins as manager with Manchester City this season whilst Jurgen Klopp is aiming to win his second trophy after lifting it for the first time in 2019 with Liverpool.
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Will history be written or will we see a past champion?
In this season’s semi-finals, we see two past winners of the Champions League in Real Madrid and Liverpool taking on two sides who are looking to win their first ever titles in Manchester City and Villarreal.
Manchester City fell at the final hurdle last season after they were defeated by Chelsea in Porto whilst Villarreal have never reached the Champions League final but they have matched their best feat of reaching the semi-finals after defeating Bayern Munich in the last round.
What does the winner of the Champions League get?
The winner of the Champions League not only claims the greatest European club trophy but they also gain automatic qualification into next season’s competition. The winner will be placed into the group of top seeded clubs for next year’s competition.
They will also take their place in the UEFA Super Cup where they will face the winner of the UEFA Europa League in an all-out battle to be crowned the official Kings of Europe. After the Super Cup, the winners will then travel to the Club World Cup where they will compete in a global competition and have a shot at winning yet another trophy.
When and where is the Champions League final?
The Champions League final was supposed to be played in the Zenit St Petersburg stadium but the venue has recently been changed to the Stade De France in Paris on the 28th May.
Champions League final betting odds
Following their entertaining victory over Atletico Madrid, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side head into the penultimate round as favourites at 11/10 to lift the trophy, while little separates them from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who are priced at 6/5.
Both the Spanish sides are judged to be the underdogs heading into their respective semi-finals with Real Madrid priced at 9/1 to lift the trophy whilst their La Liga companions, Villarreal are the major outsiders at 20/1 to win their first ever Champions League.
In the first of the semi-finals, City, who are looking to finally get their hands on the Holy Grail take on Real Madrid and are firm favourites to qualify at 1/5 whilst Carlo Ancelotti’s side are priced at 10/3 to reach the final in Paris.
In the second of the semi-finals, Liverpool take on Villarreal and Jurgen Klopp’s men are priced as huge 1/8 favourites to reach the final while Unai Emery’s side are 9/2 underdogs to have a shot at lifting club football’s greatest trophy.
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