The UEFA Champions League 2019-20 has begun on 25 June 2019 and finishes on 23 August 2020. Here's all that you have to consider about UEFA Champions League 2019-20 matches.
The 2019-20 UCL is the 65th campaign of Europe's club soccer competition sorted out by UEFA and the 28th campaign after the European Champion Clubs' Cup was renamed to theUEFA Champions League
The final will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on the Estadio da Luz. The 2019–20 UCL champions will have the right to compete in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup against the 2019–20 UEFA Europa title winners, and would also qualify for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup inQatar
They will indeed automatically qualify for the 2020–21 UCL group stage and if they've already qualified from their league results, they will be granted the allocated berth to the team that was top of the 2019–20 Eredivisie since it was stopped due to COVID-19.
Since the play-off round onwards the video assistant referee (VAR) system was used in competition. The defending champions wereLiverpool
. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool both of the previous campaign's finalists were defeated in the round of 16, respectively, after losing to RB Leipzig andAtletico Madrid
Here's everything you need to know about Champions League 2019-20
The total number of 79 clubs competed in the
UEFA Champions League 2019-20
from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations, the exception to this was Liechtenstein, that does not organize a domestic league. The association classification is used to determine the number of teams involved for each association based on the UEFA country coefficients:
Associations 1-4 each have four qualified teams.
Associations 5-6 each have three qualified teams.
Associations 7-15 each have two qualified teams.
Associations 16-55 (excluding Liechtenstein) each have one qualified team.
The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League champions and 2018–19 UEFA Europa League champions are each given an extra chance if they don't qualify via their domestic league for the UEFA Champions League 2019-20.
With the exception of the final game, each tie in the knockout stage is played through two legs, with each team playing one match at home. The team that scores more goals over the two legs on aggregate proceeds to the next round. When the aggregate score is equal, the law of the away goals is followed, — in other words, the team progresses who scores more goals over the two legs away from home. Even, if goals away are level, extra time is attempted to play.
After extra time, the law of the away goals is applicable again, that is if there are goals scored during the additional time and the aggregate score is still equal, the winning team advances by more away goals netted. If no goals are netted during extra time, then a penalty shoot-out will decide on the winners. In the single-legged final match, If the score is equal at the end of regular time, extra time is followed by a penalty shoot-out, if the score is still equal.
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The eight group winners are seeded into the draw for the round of 16 and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams will be drawn against the unseeded teams and the seeded teams will host the second leg.
There are no seedings in the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and teams from the same group may be drawn against one another. Since the drawings for the quarter-finals and semifinals are kept together until the quarter-finals are played, at the time of the semi-final draw, the identity of the quarter-final winners is not known.
The draw is indeed held to determine the semi-final winner is chosen for the final game as the "home" team. For all the quarter-finals and semi-finals, teams from the same town are not expected to play at home on the same day or on days in a row. The order of legs of the match involving the team with the lower domestic ranking in the qualifying season is reversed from the initial draw to prevent such a scheduling issue if the two teams are drawn to play at home for the same leg.
In June 2020, UEFA confirmed that the final stages of the tournament will include a modification in format due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played at the Estadio da Luz and Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal in a single-leg format from 12 to 23 August 2020. The games will be played tentatively behind closed doors, while spectators will be able to undergo a review of the situation and national and local government decisions.
A total of five substitutions will be allowed after the restart of the tournament in August 2020, with a sixth enabled in extra time. Even so, only three chances will be available to each team to make substitutes, with an additional chance in extra time, apart from half-time substitutes, prior to the actual start of extra time and half-time in extra time. That supports a FIFA suggestion and IFAB acceptance to lessen the effect of congestion with fixtures.
The round of 16 ties was about to be played over 4 weeks, with first legs played over 2 weeks in February and second legs played over two weeks in March. Perhaps because of this, the pandemic did not affect the first leg ties but the second leg games were influenced in various ways.
The 4 games in the first week of fixtures took place but because of the intensity of the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain and France, home matches for Valencia and Paris Saint Germain were played behind closed doors. UEFA confirmed a stop to the tournament on 15 March, implying the upcoming second leg matches will be temporarily suspended. A working group has been convened to renegotiate the remainder of the season.
On 23 March, it was revealed that Turkey will no longer host the final game, initially planned for 30 May, but instead host the final 2021 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
Three weeks later, the Champions League was confirmed to resume on 7 August and finish on 23 August, with the remainder of the competition to be played inPortugal
. The rest of the competition will be played in a mini-tournament format with left standing fixtures to be played as single-legged matches apart from the 16-leg round where the first leg had been already completed. Due to the tremendous existence of COVID-19 pandemic, the remaining games of the tournament will be played behind closed doors.
A statement about whether the upcoming round of 16 second legs will actually occur at the stadium of the home team or in Portugal was pending. The Porto Estadio do Dragao and Guimaraes Estadio D. Afonso Henriques will host the 4 unfinished second legs, if possible.
After Wednesday 11 March 2019/20 UCL has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the UEFA Executive Committee meeting, the updated timetable to end the tournament for this season has been announced.
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7-8 August: Round of 16, second legs (stadiums to be revealed)
August 12–15: quarter-finals (Lisbon)
August 18-19: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)
All games start at 21:00 CET. On July 10, the quarter-final and semi-final draw will be completed in Nyon, and the exact game calendar will then follow.
The final for UCL 2019/20 was set to take place at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium, which will now host the 2020/21 showpiece instead. Furthermore, the three respective final stadiums decided to host a year later than initially planned.
: Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
: Football Arena Munich, Munich, Germany
: Wembley Stadium, London, England
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Also approved in June were the main principles of the UEFA medical protocol, and comprehensive procedures will now be updated in the ongoing weeks to ensure that an extensive sanitary program is set to place to protect the safety of all UEFA members when the tournaments restart.
UEFA will be monitoring the situation on a regular basis around the continent and liaising with local officials to see when fans will slowly return.
Main changes to guidelines for the 2019/20 club competitions: Teams will be able to add 3 new footballers on their List A for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign, provided these footballers have already been registered and qualified for the club after the last deadline for registration on 3 February 2020 for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. List A can still contain no more than 25 players. Clubs will not be allowed to add newly transferred footballers.
In all the remaining games in season 2019/20, five substitutions will be eligible in compliance with the immediate update to the Laws of the Game, while the number of substitutions for the 2020/21 campaign will remain at 3.
: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
: Manchester City, Liverpool (holders), Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur
: Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta, Internazionale Milano
: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen
: Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille, Lyon
: Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva
: Shakhtar Donetsk
: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool, Salzburg 6-2 Genk
: Inter 1-1 Slavia Praha, Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
: Lyon 1-1 Zenit, Benfica 1-2 Leipzig
: Chelsea 0-1 Valencia, Ajax 3-0 LOSC Lille
Wednesday 18 September
: Club Brugge 0-0 Galatasaray, Paris 3-0 Real Madrid
: Olympiacos 2-2 Tottenham, Bayern 3-0 Crvena Zvezda
Shakhtar 0-3 Manchester City, Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 Atalanta
: Atlético 2-2 Juventus, Leverkusen 1-2 Lokomotiv Moskva
: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge, Galatasaray 0-1 Paris
: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern, Crvena Zvezda 3-1 Olympiacos
: Atalanta 1-2 Shakhtar, Manchester City 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
: Juventus 3-0 Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moskva 0-2 Atlético
Wednesday 2 October
: Genk 0-0 Napoli, Liverpool 4-3 Salzburg
: Slavia Praha 0-2 Dortmund, Barcelona 2-1 Inter
: Zenit 3-1 Benfica, Leipzig 0-2 Lyon
: Valencia 0-3 Ajax, LOSC Lille 1-2 Chelsea
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: Club Brugge 0-5 Paris, Galatasaray 0-1 Real Madrid
: Tottenham 5-0 Crvena zvezda, Olympiacos 2-3 Bayern
: Shakhtar 2-2 Dinamo Zagreb, Manchester City 5-1 Atalanta
: Atlético 1-0 Leverkusen, Juventus 2-1 Lokomotiv Moskva
Wednesday 23 October
: Salzburg 2-3 Napoli, Genk 1-4 Liverpool
: Inter 2-0 Dortmund, Slavia Praha 1-2 Barcelona
: Leipzig 2-1 Zenit, Benfica 2-1 Lyon
Ajax 0-1 Chelsea, LOSC Lille 1-1 Valencia
: Liverpool 2-1 Genk, Napoli 1-1 Salzburg
: Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Praha, Dortmund 3-2 Inter
Zenit 0-2 Leipzig, Lyon 3-1 Benfica
: Chelsea 4-4 Ajax, Valencia 4-1 LOSC Lille
Wednesday 6 November
: Paris 1-0 Club Brugge, Real Madrid 6-0 Galatasaray
Bayern 2-0 Olympiacos, Crvena zvezda 0-4 Tottenham
Dinamo Zagreb 3-3 Shakhtar, Atalanta 1-1 Manchester City
: Lokomotiv Moskva 1-2 Juventus, Leverkusen 2-1 Atletico
: Galatasaray 1-1 Club Brugge, Real Madrid 2-2 Paris
Tottenham 4-2 Olympiacos, Crvena zvezda 0-6 Bayern
: Manchester City 1-1 Shakhtar, Atalanta 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
: Lokomotiv Moskva 0-2 Leverkusen, Juventus 1-0 Atlético
Wednesday 27 November
: Liverpool 1-1 Napoli, Genk 1-4 Salzburg
: Barcelona 3-1 Dortmund, Slavia Praha 1-3 Inter
: Zenit 2-0 Lyon, Leipzig 2-2 Benfica
: Valencia 2-2 Chelsea, LOSC Lille 0-2 Ajax
: Napoli 4-0 Genk, Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool
: Dortmund 2-1 Slavia Praha, Inter 1-2 Barcelona
: Benfica 3-0 Zenit, Lyon 2-2 Leipzig
: Chelsea 2-1 LOSC Lille, Ajax 0-1 Valencia
Wednesday 11 December
: Paris 5-0 Galatasaray, Club Brugge 1-3 Real Madrid
: Bayern 3-1 Tottenham, Olympiacos 1-0 Crvena zvezda
: Shakhtar 0-3 Atalanta, Dinamo Zagreb 1-4 Manchester City
: Atletico 2-0 Lokomotiv Moskva, Leverkusen 0-2 Juventus
Dortmund 2-1 Paris
Atletico 1-0 Liverpool
Atalanta 4-1 Valencia
Tottenham 0-1 Leipzig
Chelsea 0-3 Bayern
Napoli 1-1 Barcelona
Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City
Lyon 1-0 Juventus
Valencia 3-4 Atalanta (agg: 4-8)
Leipzig 3-0 Tottenham (agg: 4-0)
Paris 2-0 Dortmund (agg: 3-2)
Liverpool 2-3 Atletico (aet, agg: 2-4)
Juventus vs Lyon
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Bayern vs Chelsea
Barcelona vs Napoli
Atalanta (ITA) vs Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Leipzig (GER) vs Atletico (ESP), Estadio Jose Alvalade
Napoli (ITA) / Barcelona (ESP) vs Chelsea (ENG) / Bayern Munchen (GER), Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Real Madrid (ESP) / Manchester City (ENG) vs Lyon (FRA) / Juventus (ITA), Estadio Jose Alvalade
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2. Leipzig (GER) / Atletico (ESP) vs Atalanta (ITA) / Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
1. Real Madrid (ESP) / Manchester City (ENG) / Lyon (FRA) / Juventus (ITA) vs Napoli (ITA) / Barcelona (ESP) / Chelsea (ENG) / Bayern München (GER), Estadio Jose Alvalade
23 August, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon
Winner semi-final 2 vs winner semi-final 1
The 2020 UCL Final will be the last game of the
UEFA Champions League 2019-20
, the 65th campaign of Europe's top football club competition organized by UEFA, and the 28th campaign since it was renamed to UEFA Champions League from the European Champions Cup. It will also be played at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal on 23 August 2020.
The game will be played tentatively behind closed doors, while fans will be able to initiate a review of the situation and national and local government decisions.
The final was initially set to take place on 30 May 2020 at Istanbul, Turkey's Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Nevertheless, on 23 March 2020, UEFA confirmed that the final had been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee voted to change the final to Lisbon. The game would be the first-ever European Cup finals to be held on a Sunday.
The champions will have the opportunity to compete in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup against the champions of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League. They will then qualify to reach the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group phase and if they are already eligible due to their league results, the allocated berth will be granted to 11th-ranked association champions according to next season's list.
At their meeting on 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee selected the arena - the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. It is the second final of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 played at the arena; the last one was in 2014 whenReal Madrid
lifted their 10th championship by defeatingAtletico Madrid
4–1 in the first-ever final between the same city teams.
Portuguese Primeira Liga side Benfica's home arena has been reconstructed to host five UEFA Euro 2004 games involving the final. Until its demolition in 2003, the former Estadio da Luz hosted the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, whereWerder Bremen
defeated AS Monaco 2–0, and the second leg of the UEFA Cup Final in 1983, where Anderlecht achieved a 1–1 draw withBenfica
to lift the title.
Lisbon also hosted a European Cup final in 1967, at the point when the Scottish club Celtic defeated Italy's Inter Milan 2–1 at the Estadio Nacional. In the Estadio Jose Alvalade, home of Benfica's main local rivals and finalists Sporting lost 3–1 toCSKA Moscow
in the 2005 UEFA Cup final.
It is the ultimate expression of the European football clubs, maybe even the world. The Champions League has been the one they all hope to win, but only the strongest teams can get their names on the prestigious title. By gathering the continent's top teams, we are guaranteed the finest football level – thus, hundreds of millions of people around the world watch the tournament.
Last campaign, everything was determined by Liverpool who defeated the opposition even the British opponents Tottenham in a one-sided final to gain their own moment in history, however, Jurgen Klopp 's men lost the opportunity to double in 2020. This time Maybe Manchester City can, at last, understand the capacity on the grandest stage?
Few are going to write off Los Blancos now that Zinedine Zidane is back in the helm at the Bernabeu, even following their first loss againstMan City
. He has led them to a UCL winning hat-trick and has so far splashed the money on Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic last summer. Just since 2015, their great Spanish opponents, Barcelona, have not won the Champions League. Would this be their time to come back as the ultimate winner of the Champions League 2020? Perhaps PSG and Atletico Madrid's huge investment will eventually yield results or maybe a team will come along and surprise everyone around.
Bayern Munich appears to be part of the final 2020 betting tips in the Champions League. IncludingLewandowski
, the continental experience is acquired, in addition to the force of youthful footballers such as Alaba, Coman, and Davies.
Bayern Munich seems to have one foot in the semifinal this season after defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 3-0. Hansi Flick 's team is better positioned in August after their current domestic dominance to carry the European Crown.
Although Manchester City, Juventus,Barcelona
, and Real Madrid all has shown signs of weakness in this campaign, in theBundesliga
the Bavarians were unstoppable.
The Citizens will also be heading into the second leg of the Santiago Bernabeu clash with Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola has struggled for his first championship after 2011, and this year may be his last opportunity.
Champions League 2019-20
draw produced some mouth-watering matches and we can not sit tight until the competition resumes soon.
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Robert Lewandowski is the top goalscorer with 11 goals, one more than Erling Braut Haaland will not be able to score again.
(Bayern München): 11 goals
Erling Braut Haaland
(Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund): 10 goals
(Napoli): 6 goals
(Tottenham Hotspur): 6 goals
(Bayern München): 6 goals
(Paris Saint-Germain): 5 goals
(Tottenham Hotspur): 5 goals
(Manchester City): 5 goals
(Manchester City): 5 goals
(Internazionale Milano): 5 goals
(Lyon): 5 goals
(Paris Saint-Germain): 5 goals
(Atalanta): 5 goals
The revised calendar has not changed the timetable of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.
For the UEFA Champions League, the deadline for national associations to enter members to the competitions is 3 August.
The UEFA Executive Committee has indeed announced a new timetable for the UEFA Champions League 2020/21.