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Champions League & Europa League Betting Offers and Free Bets 2019-20

bet365 champions league offerThe richest and most prestigious club football tournament in the world attracts billions of pound in revenue, with the champions able to earn an enormous £100 million overall for winning this years competition.  When you’ve got that much money flowing around it means the bookies provide some of the best odds and highest value betting promotions that they can offer for the Champions League and Euorpa League.

We have selected the top Champions / Europa League offers from the UK’s top bookies to save you having to trawl the best prices and deals.  On this page you can find descriptions of the very latest and long term regular European Cup offers throughout the year for all customers, new and existing.  We also list fixtures and information about the Champions League format, European Cup history, previous winners, stats and more.

Latest Champions / Europa League Promotions

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Champions / Europa League Double Winnings
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For the group stages of the 2020 Champions League and Europa League 888 Sport are giving a 100% winnings boost to all customers (existing or new) that place a £10 or more Bet Builder bet.

You will receive a double winnings boost token whether you win or lose. Use the token via the bet slip for any In-Play Champions or Europa league wager you like and it will apply to stakes up to £5, you will then receive a 100% extra payout on that bet, in cash, if it wins.

Winnings token can be claimed for each day of each qualifying period, i.e. you could claim one on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday if you wish. Profit boost token expires after one day from credit and maximum extra cash winnings is capped at £5,000.

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Champions League £100k Predictor
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There is no such thing as a free lunch, and while that may be true this free prediction game for this years Champions League from Unibet isn’t too far off.

As a customer you can enter each week into a free correct prediction game. Guess the answers to six Champions League themed questions based on the matches in each game week and you can win (or share) £100,000 in cash. You don’t need to bet or even need to deposit to play this game, it is free for all registered Unibet users.

If no one guesses correctly there will still be a prize of £25,000 won by the player(s) with the highest score.

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For select Champions League fixtures opt-in and bet on a team to win the match, if your team scored in the 1st five minutes (up to 4:59) get paid as a winner in cash regardless of the final result. Max stake £1000.
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Latest 2020 Champions League Winner Odds Prices

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Odds Updated 24/10/2019

2019-20 Upcoming Champions League Fixtures

Round Draw Date First Leg Second Leg
Match 1 29th August 2019 17-18 September 2019
Match 2 1-2 October 2019
Match 3 22-23 October 2019
Match 4 5-6 November 2019
Match 5 26-27 November 2019
Match 6 10-11 December 2019
Last 16 16th December 2019 18-19 & 26-6 February 2020 10–11 & 17–18 March 2020
Quarter-Finals 20th March 2020 7–8 April 2020 14–15 April 2020
Semi-Finals 28–29 April 2020 5–6 May 2020
Final 30 May 2020

Group A

Fixture Date Stadium
Club Brugge v Galatasaray Wedesday 18th September Jan Breydel Stadium
PSG v Real Madrid Wedesday 18th September Parc des Princes
Real Madrid v Club Brugge Tuesday 1st October Bernabéu
Galatasaray v PSG Tuesday 1st October Türk Telekom Stadium
Club Brugge v PSG Tuesday 22nd October Jan Breydel Stadium
Galatasaray v Real Madrid Tuesday 22nd October Türk Telekom Stadium
Real Madrid v Galatasaray Wednesday 6th November Bernabéu
PSG v Club Brugge Wednesday 6th November Parc des Princes
Galatasaray v Club Brugge Tuesday 26th Novemeber Türk Telekom Stadium
Real Madrid v PSG Tuesday 26th Novemeber Bernabéu
Club Brugge v Real Madrid Wednesday 11th December Jan Breydel Stadium
PSG v Galatasaray Wednesday 11th December Parc des Princes

Group B

Fixture Date Stadium
Olympiacos v Tottenham Hotspur Wedesday 18th September Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Bayern Munich v Red Star Belgrade Wedesday 18th September Allianz Arena
Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munich Tuesday 1st October Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Red Star Belgrade v Olympiacos Tuesday 1st October Rajko Mitic Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur v Red Star Belgrade Tuesday 22nd October Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Olympiacos v Bayern Munich Tuesday 22nd October Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Bayern Munich v Olympiacos Wednesday 6th November Allianz Arena
Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham Hotspur Wednesday 6th November Rajko Mitic Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos Tuesday 26th Novemeber Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munich Tuesday 26th Novemeber Rajko Mitic Stadium
Olympiacos Wednesday 11th December Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Bayern Munich v Tottenham Hotspur Wednesday 11th December Allianz Arena

Group C

Fixture Date Stadium
Shaktar Donesk v Manchester City Wedesday 18th September Metalist Stadium
Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta Wedesday 18th September Stadion Maksimir
Atalanta v Shaktar Donesk Tuesday 1st October Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb Tuesday 1st October The Etihad
Shaktar Donesk v Dinamo Zagreb Tuesday 22nd October Metalist Stadium
Manchester City v Atalanta Tuesday 22nd October The Etihad
Atalanta v Manchester City Wednesday 6th November Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
Dinamo Zagreb v Shaktar Donesk Wednesday 6th November Stadion Maksimir
Manchester City v Shaktar Donesk Tuesday 26th Novemeber The Etihad
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb Tuesday 26th Novemeber Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
Dinamo Zagreb v Manchester City Wednesday 11th December Stadion Maksimir
Shaktar Donesk v Atalanta Wednesday 11th December Metalist Stadium

Group D

Fixture Date Stadium
Atl Madrid v Juventus Wedesday 18th September Wanda Metropolitano
Bayer Leverkusen v Locomotiv Moscow Wedesday 18th September Bay Arena
Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen Tuesday 1st October Juventus Stadium
Locomotiv Moscow v Atl Madrid Tuesday 1st October RZD Arena
Atl Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen Tuesday 22nd October Wanda Metropolitano
Juventus v Locomotiv Moscow Tuesday 22nd October Juventus Stadium
Locomotiv Moscow v Juventus Wednesday 6th November RZD Arena
Bayer Leverkusen v Atl Madrid Wednesday 6th November Bay Arena
Locomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen Tuesday 26th Novemeber RZD Arena
Juventus v Atl Madrid Tuesday 26th Novemeber Juventus Stadium
Atl Madrid v Locomotiv Moscow Wednesday 11th December Wanda Metropolitano
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus Wednesday 11th December Bay Arena

Group E

Fixture Date Stadium
Red Bull Salzburg v KRC Genk Tuesday 17th September Red Bull Arena
Napoli v Liverpool Tuesday 17th September Stadio San Paolo
KRC Genk v Napoli Wednesday 2nd October Luminus Arena
Liverpool v Red Bull Salzburg Wednesday 2nd October Anfield
KRC Genk v Liverpool Wednesday 23rd October Luminus Arena
Red Bull Salzburg v Napoli Wednesday 23rd October Red Bull Arena
Liverpool v KRC Genk Tuesday 5th November Anfield
Napoli v Red Bull Salzburg Tuesday 5th November Stadio San Paolo
KRC Genk v Red Bull Salzburg Wednesday 27th Novemeber Luminus Arena
Liverpool v Napoli Wednesday 27th Novemeber Anfield
Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool Tuesday 10th December Red Bull Arena
Napoli v KRC Genk Tuesday 10th December Stadio San Paolo

Group F

Fixture Date Stadium
Inter Milan v Slavia Prague Tuesday 17th September San Siro
Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona Tuesday 17th September Westfalenstadion
Slavia Prague v Borussia Dortmund Wednesday 2nd October Sinobo Stadium
Barcelona v Inter Milan Wednesday 2nd October Nou Camp
Slavia Prague v Barcelona Wednesday 23rd October Sinobo Stadium
Inter Milan v Borussia Dortmund Wednesday 23rd October San Siro
Barcelona v Slavia Prague Tuesday 5th November Nou Camp
Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan Tuesday 5th November Westfalenstadion
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan Wednesday 27th Novemeber Sinobo Stadium
v v Borussia Dortmund Wednesday 27th Novemeber Nou Camp
Inter Milan v Barcelona Tuesday 10th December San Siro
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague Tuesday 10th December Westfalenstadion

Group G

Fixture Date Stadium
Lyon v Zenit St Petersburg Tuesday 17th September Stade des Lumieres
Benfica v Red Bull Leipzig Tuesday 17th September Estadio da Luz
Zenit St Petersburg v Benfica Wednesday 2nd October Krestovsky Stadium
Red Bull Leipzig v Lyon Wednesday 2nd October Red Bull Arena
Red Bull Leipzig v Zenit St Petersburg Wednesday 23rd October Red Bull Arena
Benfica v Lyon Wednesday 23rd October Estadio da Luz
Zenit St Petersburg v Red Bull Leipzig Tuesday 5th November Krestovsky Stadium
Lyon v Benfica Tuesday 5th November Stade des Lumieres
Zenit St Petersburg v Lyon Wednesday 27th Novemeber Krestovsky Stadium
Red Bull Leipzig v Benfica Wednesday 27th Novemeber Red Bull Arena
Benfica v Zenit St Petersburg Tuesday 10th December Estadio da Luz
Lyon v Red Bull Leipzig Tuesday 10th December Stade des Lumieres

Group H

Fixture Date Stadium
Ajax v Lille Tuesday 17th September Amsterdam Arena
Chelsea v Valencia Tuesday 17th September Stamford Bridge
Valencia v Ajax Wednesday 2nd October The Mestalla
Lille v Chelsea Wednesday 2nd October Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Ajax v Chelsea Wednesday 23rd October Amsterdam Arena
Lille v Valencia Wednesday 23rd October Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Valencia v Lille Tuesday 5th November The Mestalla
Chelsea v Ajax Tuesday 5th November Stamford Bridge
Valencia v Chelsea Wednesday 27th Novemeber The Mestalla
Lille v Ajax Wednesday 27th Novemeber Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Ajax v Valencia Tuesday 10th December Amsterdam Arena
Chelsea v Lille Tuesday 10th December Stamford Bridge

2020 Europa League Final

Fixture Date Stadium
? v ? Wednesday 27th May Stadion Energa Gdańsk

Champions League Format

Qualifying

UEFAAfter a lot of initial chopping and changing the Champions League qualification format has remained roughly unchanged since 2008.  Teams either qualify directly or enter into pre-knock-out rounds for a place in the final 32.

Automatic qualification is dependent on the UEFA coefficient ranking of that countries league combined with league position.

Prior to the start of the 2016/17 campaign it was announced the Champions League qualification format will change for the 2018/19 season.  This will now see the top four teams from the top 4 ranked association countries, Germany, England, Spain and Italy, automatically qualify for the group stages with no play offs.

This will no doubt make it harder to qualify for teams not from the top four leagues in favour of more historically recognised teams.  This will also be coupled with a further dramatic increase in prize money.

I’m sure UEFA would say this is designed to increase the quality of the competition but in actuality it all comes down to cash.  UEFA know they can sell TV rights for more money if Man United are playing instead of FC Rostov.  This move is also designed to temper the idea of a new European Super League that would directly compete with the Champions League.

The association ranked 5th (this year being France) will receive 3 automatic qualification spots.  The 6th ranked association (Russia) will receive 2 automatically spots and then the champions from associations 7-11 (Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium, Turkey & Netherlands) will receive one spot each.  This makes up 26 of the 32 group stage places.

The Champions League winners and Europa league winners from last season also receive an automatically group place, however as this was Real and Atletico Madrid respectively they have already qualified through their league meaning all the remaining places are available to qualifiers.

The remaining 6 places are made up from the qualifying rounds.  Qualification takes place in two steams.  The Champions stream is a knock out between the league winners of the 14th  to 54th UEFA ranked league, these enter between the 1st round to the third round based on UEFA rankings.   The remaining 6 teams in this path after the third round enter then the play-off round.

The league stream contains the rest, i.e. the runners up, third and fourth placed teams, that do not directly qualify.  Teams again enter at different stages dependent on league ranking.  This results in 4 teams entering the play-off round.

The play-off is therefore made up of:

  • Champions of teams ranked 12th & 13th (this year being Switzerland & Netherlands)
  • 6 teams from the champions stream
  • 4 teams from the non-champions, league stream

These 12 teams then play a one off knockout with the 6 winners joining the other 26 direct qualifiers in the group stage.

Group Stages

football drawThere is talk that the Champions League group stages may soon change to two groups of 16 but for now the final 32 are still split into 8 groups of 4.

Teams are divided into four pots based on their own UEFA coefficient sores and each group has one team drawn from each pot.  At this stage there is a protection to prevent teams from the same country being drawn together.

Clubs play home and away ties with three points for a win and one for a draw.  After 6 matches the top two teams progress to the knock-out stages, the third placed team is parachuted into the final 32 of the Europa League and the fourth place team is eliminated.  If teams are tied in points it goes to goal difference and then to results against.

Knock-Out Stages

footballThe group stages take place between September and December, there is then a break until February until the knock-out stages commence, this matches the winter break taken in many European countries.

At the final 16 stage the country protection remains in place, meaning teams form the same league are not drawn together.  Teams play two legs, home and away, with the overall winner on aggregate going through.  Away goals count, this means if a match is drawn over two legs the team with the most goals away from home will go through.  If teams are equal on away goals the tie will progress to extra time and penalties.

Both the quarter and semi-finals follow the same format although at this stage the draw is completely random as any country protection is removed.

The final takes place in mid-May each year at a venue chose prior to the start of the season. This is intended to be a neutral venue although in several instances in the past a finalist has ended up playing at their home stadium.

Previous Winners

Year Winner Host City
2020 ? Istanbul
2019 Liverpool Madrid
2018 Real Madrid Kiev
2017 Real Madrid Cardiff
2016 Real Madrid Milan
2015 Barcelona Berlin
2014 Real Madrid Lisbon
2013 Bayern Munich London
2012 Chelsea Munich
2011 Barcelona London
2010 Inter Milan Madrid
2009 Barcelona Rome
2008 Manchester United Moscow
2007 AC Milan Athens
2006 Barcelona Saint-Denis
2005 Liverpool Istanbul
2004 Porto Gel’kirchen
2003 AC Milan Manchester
2002 Real Madrid Glasgow
2001 Bayern Munich Milan
2000 Real Madrid Saint-Denis
1999 Manchester United Barcelona
1998 Real Madrid Amsterdam
1997 Borussia Dortmund Munich
1996 Juventus Rome
1995 Ajax Vienna
1994 AC Milan Athens
1993 Marseille Munich
1992 Barcelona London
1991 Red Star BVelgrade Bari
1990 AC Milan Vienna
1989 AC Milan Barcelona
1988 PSV Eindhoven Stuttgart
1987 Porto Vienna
1986 Steaua Bucharest Seville
1985 Juventus Brussels
1984 Liverpool Rome
1983 Hamburg Athens
1982 Aston Villa Rotterdam
1981 Liverpool Paris
1980 Nottingham Forest Madrid
1979 Nottingham Forest Munich
1978 Liverpool London
1977 Liverpool Rome
1976 Bayern Munich Glasgow
1975 Bayern Munich Paris
1974 Bayern Munich Brussels
1973 Ajax Belgrade
1972 Ajax Rotterdam
1971 Ajax London
1970 Feyenoord Milan
1969 AC Milan Madrid
1968 Manchester United London
1967 Celtic Lisbon
1966 Real Madrid Brussels
1965 Inter Milan Milan
1964 Inter Milan Vienna
1963 AC Milan London
1962 Benfica Amsterdam
1961 Benfica Bern
1960 Real Madrid Glasgow
1959 Real Madrid Stuttgart
1958 Real Madrid Brussels
1957 Real Madrid Madrid
1956 Real Madrid Paris

Most Successful European Cup Teams

Team Number Wins Years
Real Madrid 13 2016-18, 2014, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1966, 1956-1960
AC Milan 7 2007, 2003, 1994, 1990, 1989, 1969, 1963
Liverpool 6 2019, 2005, 1984, 1981, 1977, 1978
Bayern Munich 5 2013, 2001, 1974-1976
Barcelona 5 2015, 2011, 2009, 2006, 1992
Ajax 4 1995, 1973, 1972, 1971
Inter Milan 3 2010, 1965, 1964
Manchester United 3 2008, 1999, 1968
Juventus 2 1996, 1985
Benfica 2 1962, 1961
Nottingham Forest 2 1980, 1979
Porto 2 2004, 1987
Celtic 1 1967
Hamburg 1 1983
Steau Bucharest 1 1896
Marseille 1 1993
Borussia Dortmund 1 1997
Chelsea 1 2012
Feyenoord 1 1970
Aston Villa 1 1982
PSV Eindhoven 1 1988
Red Star Belgrade 1 1991

Most Successful British Teams

Team European Cups 2nd Place Played / Won % Wins
Liverpool 6 3 209 / 120 57.42%
Manchester United 3 2 279 / 154 55.20%
Nottingham Forest 2 5 20 / 12 60%
Chelsea 1 1 160 / 80 50.00%
Aston Villa 1 0 15 / 9 60%
Leeds United 0 1 39 / 21 53.84%
Arsenal 0 1 199 / 101 50.75%
Man City 0 0 70 / 33 47.14%
Tottenham 0 1 47 / 22 46.80%

Data current to end of 2019 Campaign and includes European Cup and Champions League

Future Champions League Final Venues

Year Stadium City Country Previous Finals
2020 Atatürk Olympic Stadium Istanbul Turkey 2005
2021 Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg Russia Never
2022 Allianz Arena Munich Germany 2012
2023 Wembley London UK 2011, 2013 (1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1992: Old Wembley)

History of the European Cup / Champions League

Early Days

Starred FootballIn similar fashion to the European Championships the creation of a Europe wide club competition was largely delayed for political reasons brought about by the second world war.  By the mid 1950’s most other continents had a national club competition and as with the origin of the Euros it was the French that pushed through a European Club Cup.

Smaller tournaments existed both before and after WWII but these were restricted, such as the Challenge Cup between teams in the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Latin Cup in which Mediterranean clubs competed.

After a visiting the South American Championship of Champions two journalists at the French publication L’Equipe championed the creation of a similar tournament in Europe.  This eventually culminated in the creation of the European Champions of Clubs’ Cup in 1995.

Initially 16 clubs competed in a knock-out cup.  The first European Cup saw Scottish champions Hibernian compete but at this time the English FA banned the English champions Chelsea from entering.  The first final was held in Paris in 1955 and was won 4-3 by Real Madrid.

European Cup

Champions League TrophyThe following year in 1956 Manchester United decide to enter the Cup against the advice of the FA.  This did nothing to dent the dominance of Real Madrid who won consecutive titles in 1956.  In 1957 on of the biggest ever strategies in football occurred to the Manchester United squad.  Flying back victorious from a semi-final against Red Star Belgrade the club plane crashed during a fuel layover in Munich, the resulting fire killed 23/44 on board including many of the ‘Busby Babes’.  It took Manchester United over ten years to recover from the disaster.

Real Madrid continued to dominate in the early days winning all of the first five European Cups to 1960.  Benfica then won two consecutive titles before AC Milan won in 1963 followed by Inter Milan in 1964 and 1965 and Real Madrid again in 1966.

1967 saw the first ever British Champions in Celtic that started a 15 year spell of British success in the European Cup.  Manchester United won the cup in 1968 ten years after the Munich disaster.  This was followed period of Dutch success in the early 1970’s that included Celtic beaten by Feyenoord in the 1970 final before Ajax won three European Cups on the bounce between 1971-1973.  It was Bayern Munich’s turn next as they won the cup three years back to back from 1974-76.

The most successful manager in European Cup history, Bob Paisley, lead the most successful British club in Europe, Liverpool, to their first title in 1977 beating Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome 3-1.  Liverpool won the title back to back beating Real Madrid 1-0 at Wembley in 1978 before Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest became the only team to win the European Cup more times than their own domestic league winning back to back in 1970 (Vs Malmo) and 1980 (Vs Hamburg).

Liverpool took the crown back in 1981 beating Real Madrid 1-0 in Paris before Aston Villa got in on the act winning their first an only title in 1982.  Hamburg won in 1983 before Liverpool grabbed their fourth crown with a 1-0 victory over Roma at their home stadium in Rome.

The Heysel disaster in 1985 saw British clubs banned from Europe for 5 years.  Disruption in the Liverpool section of the stadium in the final against Juventus led to a wall collapsing killing 39 mainly Italians.  The match carried on but Liverpool lost 1-0 on the night.

The vacuum left by the absence of English teams meant no one dominated with 6 clubs winning the following 7 titles up to 1992.

The Champions League

In 1993 the old European Cup was changed to the Champions League.  The money and prestige that went with this has helped to make the competition one of the most watched and most valuable in the world.

Marseille won the first and only title for a French team in 1993.  They were banned the following year and stripped of their Ligue 1 title following match fixing allegations against their chairman, Bernard Tapie.

AC Milan won in 1994 followed by Ajax in 1995, Juventus in 1996 and Borrusia Dortmund in 1997.  In 1998 Real Madrid won their 7th title after a 32 year gap.  This was also the first year that non-champions were allowed entry to the competition.

Manchester United won their second title in 1998 beating Bayern Munich 2-1 with two injury time goals.  They were the first team to win the cup having not been Champions of their own league, they also still hold the record for winning the cup with the fewest victories, five.

Real Madrid began a new era of dominance winning in 2000 and 2002, Bayern won in 2001, Milan got their 6th crown in 2003 and Porto were victors in 2004.  Liverpool won their 5th European Cup in 2005 beating AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul following a 3-3 draw.  This is cited as the most exciting ever European final with underdogs Liverpool down and out 3-0 down at half time, they scored 3 goals in 7 minutes during the second period and went on to win the shoot-out.

The last ten years or so have been dominated by Italy, Spain and England.  Barcelona have emerged as the new dominant force winning in 2006 (Vs Arsenal), 2009 (Vs Juventus), 2011 (Vs Manchester United) and 2015 (Vs Juventus).  Real Madrid not to be outdone claimed ‘La Decima’ winning the European Cup for the 10th time in 2014 beating rivals Atletico in the final.

AC Milan got revenge on Liverpool beating them in the 2007 final and Bayern Munich became the only German team to win since 2001 by beating rivals Borrusia Dortmund in the 2013 final at Wembley.

Real Madrid Dominate Again

Real MadridThe 2016 final was held at the San Siro in Milan in a repeat of the 2014 final between local rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.  Madrid took the game on penalties to win the trophy for an amazing 11th time leaving Atletico heart broken yet again.  The 2017 final was played at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff but it was Real Madrid, and Ronaldo in particular, who dominated yet again, beating Juventus to win their second title in a row, and 12th in total.

The 2018 Champions League was played in the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev Ukraine.  Liverpool impressed getting to the final with one of the highest goal tally’s ever.  It was however Madrid who won yet again for the third successive year in a row, 13th time in total, following a spectacular over head kick goal from Welshman Gareth Bale and two horrendous mistakes by Liverpool’s goalkeeper.

The 2019 final was held in Madrid and it was hard to see Real not winning it for the fourth time in a row in their local rivals stadium, Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.  It was however Liverpool in the end who reached the final to avenge their 2018 defeat and they gained their sixth European crown beating Tottenham 2-0 in a lackluster all English Final.

Despite the fact the final was forgettable the journey was not with both Liverpool and Spurs staging amazing semi-final comebacks.  There were more games won from behind in this season that some regard it was the best campaign ever for excitement (if you are a neutral).

With both the Europa and Champions League finals last year being an all English affair there is no doubt British football is in rude health and with no less than 4 English teams in it this time, plus Celtic, there has never been a better chance for a UK team to take back the world’s biggest club football trophy.

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