Your Guide to the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League
The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League season will be the 67th season of Europe’s premier club football competition and the 30th since it was renamed from European Champion Clubs Cup to the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
This season’s UCL will take place from the 14th of September 2021 to the 28th of May 2022.
The final of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League will be played at the Krestovsky Stadium (also known as Gazprom Arena) in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
On the 24th of June 2021, UEFA abolished the famous away goal rule which has defined its club competitions since 1965. Thus, when two teams are tied on the same goal(s) scored after normal regulation time in the 2nd legs of knock-out matches, extra time will be played (and probably penalties if the teams are still tied).
The announcement of the European Super League almost put the future of the Champions league into jeopardy but after backlash from fans and stakeholders, the clubs involved have been forced to abandon their plans.
Chelsea are currently the defending champions of the UCL after defeating Manchester City 1-nil in last season‘s final — courtesy of a Kai Havertz strike.
Qualified Teams For The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League
- Manchester City
- RB Leipzig
- Club Brugge
- Atletico Madrid
- AC Milan
- Sporting CP
- Borussia Dortmund
- Inter Milan
- Real Madrid
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Sheriff Tiraspol
- Bayern Munich
- Dynamo Kiev
- Manchester United
- Young Boys
- FC Salzburg
Moldovan side, Sheriff Tiraspol are making their debut in the Champions League group stage this season and are also the first-ever Moldovan side to ever do so. AC also return to the Champions League after seven years. Milan last featured in the 2013/14 campaign.
Official Match Ball
Adidas unveiled the official match ball of the UEFA Champions League for the 21/22 season. The match ball is called ‘Pyrostorm’ because of its obvious fiery graphics on the traditional star design. The ball is also known as Adidas Finale 21 or Adidas Finale Pyrostorm.
The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League prize money is slightly higher than last season. A team will get €85.1 million if it wins every group-stage game and goes on to lift Europe’s elite club trophy in St Petersburg. This a slight increase up from the previous maximum of €82.5 million last season.
In total, the of €1.1 billion of the 2021/22 Champions League prize money will be divided as follows:
- €15.64 million for qualifying for the group stage
- €2.8 million per group-stage win, and 930,000 euros per group-stage draw
- €9.6 million euros for qualifying for the last 16
- €10.6 million euros for qualifying for the quarter-finals
- €12.5 million euros for qualifying for the semi-finals
- €15.5 million euros for qualifying for the final
- €4.5 million euros for winning the final.
This 2021/22 UEFA Champions League promises to be interesting thanks to the blockbusting activities during this summer’s transfer market with Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnaruma, and Georgino Wijnaldum moving to PSG. Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, and Jack Grealish to Manchester City. Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Jadon Sancho to Manchester United. Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia to Barcelona, and PROBABLY Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid! WHAT AN EXCITING TIME TO BE A FOOTBALL FAN!!!
Do you think Chelsea can defend their title? Do you think PSG will win the Champions League due to their newly bought players? Do you think Ronaldo can propel United to the title? Do you see any shocking upset happening in the competition? Who do you think will emerge as Champions of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions league, come the end of the season!? Kindly use the comment box below to share your opinion. Thanks!