Call it whatever you like; Champions League, UEFA Champions League or simply European Cup, this has got to be one of the biggest annual events for any football fan. In short the UEFA organizes this football championship between the highest ranking football clubs in Europe; and this has been a long standing tradition since 1955. Whether you are a Barcelona fanatic (the current champions of the series) or an ardent Real Madrid supporter (Club with the highest number of wins – nine) or any other European football club you may be supporting, you cannot deny that Live Football can never be this great!
This season 2009-2010 will be the fifty fifth series of the championship ever since its establishment in 1955. Barcelona is the defending champions and who defends their mettle or rises from the ashes of last season’s defeat will have to be waited out and watched. The Final Match for this season will be played at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain on the appointed date of 22 May 2010. The Format this year will remain the same as every year.
A total of thirty two teams will be taking part in the Group Stage and seventy six in the qualifying stage and every team has its particular fan following around the world; but among some of the favorites of the world which will be participating in one of the most popular annual sporting events in the world include – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Lyon and more and more.
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International Friendly Matches Live: Juventus v Chivas Guadalajara, Roda v Malaga.
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However there are a series of changes that the championship as a whole will be facing from this year. The main format of the main competition is to remain the same with no changes in the rules of thirty two teams splitting into groups for the group stage followed by the knock outs. But from this season, the system of involving four qualifying rounds is going to be started. This will be played in the home and away system to complete matches for all the teams of the group stage.
According to sports critics, these are the football top players to watch out for this season – Yoann Gourcuff; from the French Bordeaux team club. His performance in the French Cup final is supposed to trigger off the critics who are claiming his stardom. Diego Milito; from the Argentinean Inter Milan Club. He has proved himself over three seasons and might just make the biggest splash in this one. Yuri Zhirkov; he is a Russian belonging to the Chelsea club. His brilliant performance last season is expected to be just a premier to this year.
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The Champions League is arguably the most valued cup competition in world football today; quite often thrilling battles, tremendous amounts of skill and a few shocks along the way are seen as Europe’s elite (and not so elite) try to show what they are capable of against the cream of the crop. Champions League live football can be watched on www.oleolefootball.com, so if you’ve not got the television channel, have no worries as you can catch it live there. The Champions League allows the top teams from the best leagues in the world (the Premiership, La Liga and Serie A) to face off against each other home and away, whilst also allowing those from lesser leagues to put themselves in the spotlight.
Last season the Champions League was won by Serie A side AC Milan; they were lucky to be allowed into it after having points deducted due to the match fixing scandal. AC Milan went on to eventually lift the trophy at the end of the campaign despite struggling in the league, mainly due to the exploits of Brazilian talisman Kaka and their solid defense. Milan got revenge over a Liverpool side in the final, winning 2-0 against the team that had beaten them on penalties. Barcelona, winners the year before failed to impress, while Arsenal stuttered through the tournament before eventually being knocked out by PSV Eindhoven.
This year, there are quite a few sides capable of winning it. Although Liverpool have started poorly (drawing against Porto and then losing to Marseille at Anfield) they should still manage to qualify, as any team with Steven Gerrard in it should do. Out of the English sides, Arsenal have started well, beating Sevilla 3-0 and then Steaua Bucharesti away 2-0; Chelsea followed up a draw against Rosenborg with a promising victory over Valencia away from home. As for Manchester United, the Red Devils beat Sporting Lisbon in the first round with ex-Sporting player Cristiano Ronaldo scoring and then sneaked a win against Roma after Wayne Rooney’s goal.
It is not just the English sides that are expected to do well; both Spain and Italy have those capable of winning it. Barcelona comfortably sit top of their group with two wins in two games, while Real Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia are all second with the possibility of them taking first place. As for the Italian clubs, Inter Milan suffered a surprise loss to Fenerbahce but should still go through. Roma will advance should they manage to hold off Sporting Lisbon’s challenge, and last year’s winners AC Milan should progress to the knockout stages despite their loss to Celtic. Lazio are placed third in the ‘Group of Death’, and will try their hardest to qualify.
Due to Bayern Munich’s collapse in last year’s Bundesliga they are a notable absence from the Champions League this year, however the likes of Schalke, VFB Stuttgart, Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow are all capable of getting shock results on their day. One thing is for sure though; this year’s Champions League battle is definitely one you do not want to miss, and you can watch all the live football action on www.oleolefootball.com.