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Champions League Recap: Wednesday’s Matches

Group A Inter Milan 1-0 Twente Enschede: Inter used a goal from Esteban Cambiasso in the 55th minute to shake off their poor recent form and advance out of group play. Despite controlling the match, Inter needed nearly as hour to get the goal and held on from there. Twente is sure to finish third and advance to Europa League play. Tottenham 3-0 Werder Bremen: Spurs continued their exciting play with a straightforward win over strugglers Werder Bremen. Younes Kaboul


Champions League Preview: Wednesday’s Matches

(Home team listed first; team points in parentheses) Group A Inter Milan (7) vs. FC Twente (5): The most wide open group in the Champions League should have clear some things up on matchday five, but only if the teams


Champions League Recap: Tuesday’s Matches

Group E AS Roma 3-2 Bayern Munich: Bayern entered the match with the group’s top spot wrapped up, so you can’t really fault it for easing up after taking a 2-0 lead via a first-half brace by Mario Gomez. With

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Matchday 5 Preview: Tuesday’s Matches

(Home team listed first; team points in parentheses) Group E FC Basel (3) vs. CFR Cluj-Napoca (3): In what should be merely a fight for third place and a spot in the Europa League’s final 32, Basel will need to


UEFA Champions League Matchday 5 Preview

Here’s a quick group-by-group look through the Champions League heading into the pivotal fifth matches. Only four teams are officially out of contention and three guaranteed to progress, but next week’s matches should prove decisive in determining how the knockout

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Outside of league play in the individual countries, the UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious competition in UK football betting. It’s been held annually since 1955 and the Champions League Final is the most watched yearly sporting event in the world with over 100 million viewers. It’s usually referred to simply as the ‘Champions League’ and occasionally the ‘European Cup’ and pits the top teams from throughout Europe against each other in a yearlong competition. The field is typically comprised of the top finishers from the big European soccer leagues, so even participating in the event is considered a solid accomplishment.

Not only does the Champions League enjoy enormous mainstream popularity, it is the biggest annual betting event in sports topping even the NFL Superbowl. Even in a year where the World Cup has commanded a good deal of the attention of soccer oddsmakers and sports betting enthusiasts alike, the Champions League Final takes in more action for a sportsbook than any other single event anywhere in the world.

The tournament format is similar to the Champions League with a qualification stage, a group stage and a knockout stage. In Europa League play, however, a total of 24 teams qualify for the final knockout stage. The competition is currently sponsored by Spanish auto manufacturer SEAT, with Adidas serving as a secondary sponsor and providing the official ball used in play.

Inter Milan are the current champions, having beaten Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final game. Real Madrid has the most all time victories (12) and Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A have produced the most winners with 12 apiece. England’s Premier League is right behind with 11 Champions League title holders. Overall, 21 different teams have won the crown with 12 multiple time winners. In addition to Real Madrid, other multiple time winners include AC Milan (7), Liverpool (5), Bayern Munich (4) and Dutch Eredivise powerhouse Ajax (4). On the other end of the spectrum, several very successful teams have never won the Champions League title including English Premier League mainstays Chelsea and Arsenal. In fact, despite a solid legacy of success at the national level these two clubs have each only reached the Champions League final once.

The current Champions League betting odds tip Barcelona as the favorites to take the title followed by Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.