UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League (English: UEFA Champions League) is an annual football tournament held between the European clubs that performed most successfully in the national championships of the previous season. The tournament was introduced by UEFA.
Previously (from the 1955/56 season to the 1991/92 season), the tournament was called the European Champions Cup. From the 1992/93 season, the tournament took its current name, although the format of the tournament was changed from the 1991/92 season.
The debut draw for the most prestigious European club trophy started a month after the first UEFA Congress, which took place on March 2, 1955 in Vienna. It is interesting that the idea of organizing the Champions Cup was not born in the football union itself.
While the members of the newly formed football union focused on creating international competitions involving national teams, the editor of the French sports newspaper L'Equipe, Gabriel Hanot, expressed the idea of organizing a club tournament of continental scope. The matches of the new cup Ano together with his colleague Jacques Ferrand proposed to be held in the middle of the week - on Wednesday evening.
According to the rules that were discussed by the organizers at the beginning, it was not at all necessary to apply for the competition only the champions of the countries - L'Equipe believed that it is more profitable to include the most popular clubs. The sixteen participants of the debut draw of the new tournament unanimously supported this proposal at a meeting in Paris on April 2-3, 1955. So, on September 4, in the opening game in Lisbon, "Sporting" and "Partizan" parted peacefully - 3:3, and in the return match in Belgrade, the Yugoslavs celebrated a victory with a score of 5:2, and they qualified for the next round.
The first five trophies went to Real Madrid. Other clubs later also managed impressive streaks - Ajax and Bayern, for example, won the "big-eared cup" three times in a row. At the same time, it is still not worth talking about someone's long-term dominance in the most prestigious European Cup. So, the Amsterdammers waited 22 years for their fourth title after a shock period in the early 1970s. And the victory of "Real" in 1998 was the first triumph of Madrid after a 32-year break. The Munich team, having won against Valencia in the final series of post-match penalties of the 2000/01 season, broke the 26-year wait for the