The UEFA Champions League is Europe's most prestigious club football competition. Organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the competition involves the best football clubs on the continent. The Champions League was created in 1955 as the European Champions Cup and has evolved over the years to include more teams and a more inclusive format. Currently, in addition to national championship winning teams, teams can qualify through ranking positions in their respective domestic leagues. The competition begins with a group stage, in which teams are divided into groups and compete in home and away matches.
The best teams advance to the knockout stage, which includes the round of 16, quarterfinals, semi-finals and finally the final. The final takes place at a pre-arranged location, often in one of Europe's large stadiums. Real Madrid is the most successful team in the history of the Champions League, having won the trophy 14 times. Other notable teams who have had success in the competition include Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. The Champions League is a showcase for world-class football talent and its matches can be intense and exciting. The atmosphere in the stadiums is electrifying, with fans cheering for their teams with great passion and enthusiasm.