Everything You Need to Know About UEFA Champions League 2019-20
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 the UEFA 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 in Qatar.
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 were Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool both of the previous campaign's finalists were defeated in the round of 16, respectively, after losing to RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid.
Everything You Need to Know About Champions League 2019-20
Here's everything you need to know about Champions League 2019-20
Association team allocation
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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For each round the draws process is as follows:
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.
Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on UEFA Champions League 2019-20
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 in Portugal. 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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Timetable for UEFA Champions League 2019-20 fixtures
- 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.
Next UEFA Champions League Finals
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.
- 2020: Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
- 2021: Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
- 2022: Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
- 2023: Football Arena Munich, Munich, Germany
- 2024: Wembley Stadium, London, England
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UEFA medical protocol and games behind closed doors
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.
All clubs in the group stage
- Spain: Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
- England: Manchester City, Liverpool (holders), Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur
- Italy: Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta, Internazionale Milano
- Germany: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen
- France: Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille, Lyon
- Russia: Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva
- Portugal: Benfica
- Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk
- Belgium: Genk
- Turkey: Galatasaray
- Austria: Salzburg
Tuesday 17 September
Group E: Napoli 2-0 Liverpool, Salzburg 6-2 Genk
Group F: Inter 1-1 Slavia Praha, Dortmund 0-0 Barcelona
Group G: Lyon 1-1 Zenit, Benfica 1-2 Leipzig
Group H: Chelsea 0-1 Valencia, Ajax 3-0 LOSC Lille
Wednesday 18 September
Group A: Club Brugge 0-0 Galatasaray, Paris 3-0 Real Madrid
Group B: Olympiacos 2-2 Tottenham, Bayern 3-0 Crvena Zvezda
Group C: Shakhtar 0-3 Manchester City, Dinamo Zagreb 4-0 Atalanta
Group D: Atlético 2-2 Juventus, Leverkusen 1-2 Lokomotiv Moskva
Tuesday 1 October
Group A: Real Madrid 2-2 Club Brugge, Galatasaray 0-1 Paris
Group B: Tottenham 2-7 Bayern, Crvena Zvezda 3-1 Olympiacos
Group C: Atalanta 1-2 Shakhtar, Manchester City 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Group D: Juventus 3-0 Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moskva 0-2 Atlético
Wednesday 2 October
Group E: Genk 0-0 Napoli, Liverpool 4-3 Salzburg
Group F: Slavia Praha 0-2 Dortmund, Barcelona 2-1 Inter
Group G: Zenit 3-1 Benfica, Leipzig 0-2 Lyon
Group H: Valencia 0-3 Ajax, LOSC Lille 1-2 Chelsea
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Tuesday 22 October
Group A: Club Brugge 0-5 Paris, Galatasaray 0-1 Real Madrid
Group B: Tottenham 5-0 Crvena zvezda, Olympiacos 2-3 Bayern
Group C: Shakhtar 2-2 Dinamo Zagreb, Manchester City 5-1 Atalanta
Group D: Atlético 1-0 Leverkusen, Juventus 2-1 Lokomotiv Moskva
Wednesday 23 October
Group E: Salzburg 2-3 Napoli, Genk 1-4 Liverpool
Group F: Inter 2-0 Dortmund, Slavia Praha 1-2 Barcelona
Group G: Leipzig 2-1 Zenit, Benfica 2-1 Lyon
Group H: Ajax 0-1 Chelsea, LOSC Lille 1-1 Valencia
Tuesday 5 November
Group E: Liverpool 2-1 Genk, Napoli 1-1 Salzburg
Group F: Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Praha, Dortmund 3-2 Inter
Group G: Zenit 0-2 Leipzig, Lyon 3-1 Benfica
Group H: Chelsea 4-4 Ajax, Valencia 4-1 LOSC Lille
Wednesday 6 November
Group A: Paris 1-0 Club Brugge, Real Madrid 6-0 Galatasaray
Group B: Bayern 2-0 Olympiacos, Crvena zvezda 0-4 Tottenham
Group C: Dinamo Zagreb 3-3 Shakhtar, Atalanta 1-1 Manchester City
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva 1-2 Juventus, Leverkusen 2-1 Atletico
Tuesday 26 November
Group A: Galatasaray 1-1 Club Brugge, Real Madrid 2-2 Paris
Group B: Tottenham 4-2 Olympiacos, Crvena zvezda 0-6 Bayern
Group C: Manchester City 1-1 Shakhtar, Atalanta 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva 0-2 Leverkusen, Juventus 1-0 Atlético
Wednesday 27 November
Group E: Liverpool 1-1 Napoli, Genk 1-4 Salzburg
Group F: Barcelona 3-1 Dortmund, Slavia Praha 1-3 Inter
Group G: Zenit 2-0 Lyon, Leipzig 2-2 Benfica
Group H: Valencia 2-2 Chelsea, LOSC Lille 0-2 Ajax
Tuesday 10 December
Group E: Napoli 4-0 Genk, Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool
Group F: Dortmund 2-1 Slavia Praha, Inter 1-2 Barcelona
Group G: Benfica 3-0 Zenit, Lyon 2-2 Leipzig
Group H: Chelsea 2-1 LOSC Lille, Ajax 0-1 Valencia
Wednesday 11 December
Group A: Paris 5-0 Galatasaray, Club Brugge 1-3 Real Madrid
Group B: Bayern 3-1 Tottenham, Olympiacos 1-0 Crvena zvezda
Group C: Shakhtar 0-3 Atalanta, Dinamo Zagreb 1-4 Manchester City
Group D: Atletico 2-0 Lokomotiv Moskva, Leverkusen 0-2 Juventus
Round of 16 first legs
Tuesday 18 February
Dortmund 2-1 Paris
Atletico 1-0 Liverpool
Wednesday 19 February
Atalanta 4-1 Valencia
Tottenham 0-1 Leipzig
Tuesday 25 February
Chelsea 0-3 Bayern
Napoli 1-1 Barcelona
Wednesday 26 February
Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City
Lyon 1-0 Juventus
Round of 16 second legs
Tuesday 10 March
Valencia 3-4 Atalanta (agg: 4-8)
Leipzig 3-0 Tottenham (agg: 4-0)
Wednesday 11 March
Paris 2-0 Dortmund (agg: 3-2)
Liverpool 2-3 Atletico (aet, agg: 2-4)
Friday 7 August
Juventus vs Lyon
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Saturday 8 August
Bayern vs Chelsea
Barcelona vs Napoli
Wednesday 12 August
Atalanta (ITA) vs Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Thursday 13 August
Leipzig (GER) vs Atletico (ESP), Estadio Jose Alvalade
Friday 14 August
Napoli (ITA) / Barcelona (ESP) vs Chelsea (ENG) / Bayern Munchen (GER), Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Saturday 15 August
Real Madrid (ESP) / Manchester City (ENG) vs Lyon (FRA) / Juventus (ITA), Estadio Jose Alvalade
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Tuesday 18 August
2. Leipzig (GER) / Atletico (ESP) vs Atalanta (ITA) / Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Wednesday 19 August
1. Real Madrid (ESP) / Manchester City (ENG) / Lyon (FRA) / Juventus (ITA) vs Napoli (ITA) / Barcelona (ESP) / Chelsea (ENG) / Bayern München (GER), Estadio Jose Alvalade
Champions League 2019-20 Final
23 August, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon
Winner semi-final 2 vs winner semi-final 1
UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Final
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 when Real Madrid lifted their 10th championship by defeating Atletico 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, where Werder Bremen defeated AS Monaco 2–0, and the second leg of the UEFA Cup Final in 1983, where Anderlecht achieved a 1–1 draw with Benfica 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 to CSKA Moscow in the 2005 UEFA Cup final.
Champions League 2019-20 winner odds
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 against Man 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. Including Lewandowski and Muller, 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.
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.
UEFA 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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Top Goal Scorers
Robert Lewandowski is the top goalscorer with 11 goals, one more than Erling Braut Haaland will not be able to score again.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München): 11 goals
Erling Braut Haaland (Salzburg/Borussia Dortmund): 10 goals
Dries Mertens (Napoli): 6 goals
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur): 6 goals
Serge Gnabry (Bayern München): 6 goals
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain): 5 goals
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur): 5 goals
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City): 5 goals
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): 5 goals
Lautaro Martínez (Internazionale Milano): 5 goals
Memphis Depay (Lyon): 5 goals
Mauro Icardi (Paris Saint-Germain): 5 goals
Josip Ilicic (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.