Unic Press UK: Football! Champions League results.
Tuesday, the 20th February 2018, UEFA Champions League results:
- Bayern Munich 5 – 0 Besiktas. FT
- Chelsea 1 – 1 Barcelona. FT
Wednesday, the 21st February 2018, UEFA Champions League results (updated)
- Sevilla 0 – 0 Manchester United. FT
- Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Roma. FT
About UEFA Champions League
“Football’s premier club competition, the European Champion Clubs’ Cup was launched soon after UEFA’s first Congress, held in Vienna on 2 March 1955, yet the competition was not a UEFA initiative.
“Whereas many of UEFA’s founder members were more interested in establishing a national team competition, the French sports daily L’Equipe and its then-editor Gabriel Hanot were championing the cause for a Europe-wide club competition. Hanot, together with colleague Jacques Ferran, designed a blueprint for a challenge tournament to be played on Wednesdays under floodlights. The tournament initiated by L’Equipe did not stipulate that the participating teams had to be champions of their country, but they invited clubs who they considered had the most fan appeal.
“UEFA – which had been founded in June 1954 – reacted by contacting the world body FIFA, and the latter’s Executive Committee, meeting in London on 8 May 1955, authorised the new club competition under the condition that it was organised by UEFA and that the national associations concerned gave their consent to their clubs taking part. UEFA’s Executive Committee accepted the conditions laid down by FIFA and agreed to run the competition at its meeting on 21 June 1955.
“Real Madrid immediately made the tournament their own by winning the first five finals. Real Madrid have been the most successful side in the UEFA Champions League era, lifting the trophy six times in as many final appearances. Madrid are also the most successful club overall with 12 triumphs, followed by seven for Milan, five for Barcelona, Bayern and Liverpool, then four for Ajax. The major turning point in the tournament’s evolution had come in the 1992/93 season when the UEFA Champions League, involving a group stage in addition to the traditional knockout elements, was officially inaugurated after a pilot round robin during the previous campaign. The popularity of the group phase means the competition has grown from eight to 32 teams with matches held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays across Europe.” (UEFA)