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What you don't know about the UEFA Champions League

You watch and enjoy the UEFA Champions League. You cherish the teams, and even have a favourite among them. You cheer your favourite team enthusiastically, and feel bad whenever it loses or performs poorly in a match. You criticize or praise the players passionately as though you are an official stakeholder of the club. What a scenario!

However, I bet you don't know much about the UEFA Champions League anthem. No doubt, it's a lovely song, and sounds like a religious hymn. But there's more to that.

The lyrics of the anthem were written by Tony Britten in 1992 (based on George Frideric Handel's song, Zadok The Priest). They comprise 18 lines in UEFA's three official languages: English (6 lines), French (6 lines) and German (6 lines).

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) is an annual club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a group and knockout format.

Though introduced in 1955 as the European Champion Club's Cup when it was a straight knockout tournament open only to the champions of Europe's domestic leagues, it has since been expanded in 1992 when it took its current name, and while most of Europe's national leagues can still only enter their champions, the strongest leagues now provide up to four teams.

A total of 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams and play each other in a double round-robin system. The eight group winners and eight runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match, and the winner automatically qualifies for the following year's Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Besides the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League is indeed most interesting football tournament on earth!

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