Livescore: UEFA Champions League
Formerly known as the European Cup, the Champions League is that competition where the champions of the domestic leagues come together to decide which club will be champion of Europe. The idea was floated in 1955 by the French magazine L’Equipe and ever since it has never looked back with several clubs from various nations making it to the top. The most successful club in Champions League victories is Real Madrid largely based on their success in the first five editions which they won consecutively. The Spaniards have won the competition 9 times in total. They are followed by AC Milan who won the competition 7 times and by Liverpool who won it five times, the latter are still the most successful English club in the competition. Other clubs with notable records include Bayern Munich (4), Ajax (4) and Barcelona (4) and there have been several losing finalists from that crop of clubs. Perhaps the greatest player ever to grace the European Cup was Real Madrid’s Alfredo di Stefano who won the trophy five times closely followed by Milan’s Paolo Maldini who as captain of Milan also won it five times from 1987 to 2007. Helenio Herrera is considered as the greatest Champions Cup manager having several titles to his name with Benfica and Inter Milan.