A grand total of 32 football teams will kick things off at the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League this time around. These teams will duke it out in winning perhaps the most prestigious title in professional BBC football.
English power Chelsea holds the defending title and a whole slew of contenders will try to take the champions trophy off the Blues. If you were to ask bookmakers and online sportsbooks, some of the clear favorites include Paris Saint-Germain from France, Bayern Munich from Germany, and Manchester City.
What to expect in UEFA 2021-2022 Champions League?
The UEFA Champions League will kick off with a group stage, which consists of a total of eight groups with 4 teams each. The way it will play out is that only the top two teams in each group would make it to the Round of 16. This next group stage will take place in February 2022.
The whole league will be a two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout all the way through the single-game finals which will be held in May 2022 at St. Petersburg Russia. Here’s a summary of the entire UEFA 2021-2022 Champions League roadmap:
Group Stage: September 14-15, September 28-29, October 19-20, November 2-3, November 23-24, December 7-8
Round of 16: February 15-16, March 8-9 | February 22-23, March 15-16
Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
Finals: May 28
And for the very first time since 1956, there will be no away football goals tiebreaker allowed during the knockout rounds. This also includes the Champions League and the series that are tied on aggregate goals after the second leg will lead straight to extra time, and if fitting, a penalty-kick shootout when necessary.
Champions League teams
The 32 teams of the UEFA Champions League will basically be divided into four groups or four pots with 8 teams each. While all of the pots are built based on each club’s coefficients (not necessarily their overall prior soccer live score), the only exception is the Pot 1 where all its eight teams are already predetermined. Here’s the list of the entire pots.
Bayern Munich (Germany)
Manchester City (England)
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Villarreal (Spain / UEFA Europa League holders)
Inter Milan (Italy)
Sporting CP (Portugal)
LOSC Lille (France)
Real Madrid (Spain)
FC Barcelona (Spain)
Manchester United (England)
Paris Saint-Germain (France)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
FC Porto (Portugal)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
RB Leipzig (Germany)
RB Salzburg (Austria)
Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia)
Dynamo Klev (Ukraine)
Club Brugge (Belgium)
BSC Young Boys (Switzerland)
AC Milan (Italy)
Malmo FF (Sweden)
VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova)
How things would play at the Champions League
One of the things to note here is that for each pot, football teams cannot be drawn to go against their own country. Additionally, no team from the same country will be drawn to play on the same day. This is to maximize the television or viewing audiences of the whole competition.
For instance, they are trying to avoid a clash of audiences in Spain if Barcelona and Real Madrid were to play at the same time.
How to watch the UEFA 2021-2022 Champions League
If you are eager to catch the UEFA 2021-2022 Champions League in action, there are a handful of ways where you can tune in and watch it. In the US, it will be carried by CBS. Across Spanish-language broadcasts, you can catch it on Univision, UniMas, TUDN, and Galavision.
The BBC football championship can also be streamed through Paramount for English live football and PredeTV or TUDN.tv for Spanish live football.