The big differences between the Champions League and the UEFA Europa League – Ten

The UEFA is the soccer confederation that governs soccer in the old continent, in addition to being the organizing body of two of the most important tournaments in the world: La Champions League and the Europa League.

Mistakes are often made when talking about each competition, because although they have some similarities, there are certainly great differences between the two tournaments, especially in the economic and sports aspects.

If we talk about the Champions League, we are referring to the most prestigious club championship in the world, since the tournament is made up of the best teams that exist in European countries.

In total there are 32 clubs that qualify for the tournament, the number of representatives from each nation being different depending on the importance of the leagues where they compete and what they do in them.

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For its part, in the Europa League a total of 48 teams are installed divided into 12 groups of four participants, then eight more are added that descend from the Champions League for having obtained the third place in their quadrants.

The main similarity comes in the form of elimination, since the pairings in both tournaments are almost the same with the teams that make up each tournament in the elimination phases.


Undoubtedly, playing one or the other tournament makes a difference in terms of sporting and economic level, since the prizes awarded in each competition mark a fairly large distance.

The Champions League delivers more than 1,200 million euros, distributed as follows: 12 million for competing in the group stage plus 1.5 for each victory or 500 thousand euros for each draw.

The most striking matches of the knockout stages of the Champions League

If they qualify for the round of 16, the club receives an additional 5.5 million euros, in the quarter-finals they pocket 6 million more; Entering the semifinals he receives a fee of 7 million euros and if he is champion of the contest he gets 15 million, while if he is runner-up he is awarded 10.5 million euros.

That is, without a team he achieves a full of victories and manages to lift the ‘Orejona’ at the end of the championship, in total he would be taking 54.5 million euros of total prize.

Meanwhile, the Europa League distributes almost 400 million euros, delivered as follows: 2.4 million for playing the group stage plus a bonus of 360 thousand for victory or 120 thousand for a draw.

In the round of 32 you get 500 thousand euros more, in the round of 16 they pocket 750 thousand euros and in the quarterfinals the prize is one million euros.

Already in the decisive instances, in the semifinal 1.5 million are delivered and in the final 3.5 million are disbursed to the runner-up and 6.5 million millions of euros to the champion.

It means that if the winner of the Europa League manages to be victorious in each of their matches, they could win a maximum prize of 14.8 million euros, a difference of almost 40 million with respect to the Champions League.


When does the round of 16 phase of the UEFA Champions League start?

The thrill of the UEFA Champions League is getting closer and closer and begins on February 16 and only 16 teams maintain the illusion of being able to reach the grand final, in order to lift the ‘Orejona’, which currently defends the Bavaria Münich after being champion in 2020.

Now it’s the turn of the key round of 16, where we will surely see great goals again and the emotion will keep us on the sidelines of best football on the european continent in every match, as happened in the group stage.

At the moment, the best team of the tournament was the Bavaria Münich who achieved 16 points, after five victories and a draw. The team Bávaro keeps the best offense of the tournament with 18 goals conceded. Behind the German team, Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona they follow as the best teams after adding 16 and 15 points respectively, the ‘Citizens‘stays with the best defense of the tournament with only one goal received. While Juventus and Barcelona they have maintained a regular rhythm throughout the European tournament.

For his part, Real Madrid entered the knockout phase as the first place in their group with 10 units in the table, after a complicated tie where they managed to win in their last match at Borussia Monchengladbach.

These will be the crosses for the round of 16 bracket of the UEFA Champions League:

Tuesday February 16

RB Leipzig vs. Liverpool

Barcelona vs. PSG

Wednesday February 17

Porto vs. Juventus

Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund

Tuesday February 23

Lazio vs. Bayern Münich

Atlético Madrid vs. Chelsea

Wednesday February 24

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Manchester City

Atalanta vs. Real Madrid

Tuesday March 9

Juventus vs. Porto

Borussia Dortmund vs. Sevilla

Wednesday March 10

Liverpool vs. RB Leipzig

PSG vs. Barcelona

Tuesday March 16

Manchester City vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

Real Madrid vs. Atalanta

Wednesday March 17

Bayern Münich vs. Lazio

Chelsea vs. Atlético Madrid

For the round of 16 phase, the matches will be able to receive 30 percent of the capacity of their stadium, although it will only be with the local public and with the approval of the competent authorities.

By: Emilio Lara


Teams that surprised in the 2019-2020 Champions League

The 2019-2020 season of the UEFA Champions League It left us with great surprises and results, there were even some revelations with certain teams that competed throughout the campaign.

The most prominent were three in specific: the RB Leipzig from Germany, Atalanta from Italy and the Lyon olympic from France. Of these teams, no one would have guessed that they would go this far in the Champions League campaign.

The German team signed one of its best campaigns in European football, after reaching the semifinals for the first time in its history and leaving teams like the Tottenham Hotspur from England or Atlético de Madrid from Spain.

In the group stage they also had great form and qualified for the next round as the first place in Group G with 11 points. There he managed to overcome Olympique de Lyon, Benfica and Zenit de Saint Petersburg, to settle in the round of 16 where they beat Tottenham Hotspurs by an aggregate score of 4-0, where Marcel Sabitzer He was the great hero of the team.

Already in the quarterfinal phase, Leipzig faced Atlético de Madrid and in 90 minutes of play, the German team managed to win 2-1 with goals from Spanish Dani Olmo and English Tyler Adams with which they advanced to the semifinals. Already in the anteroom, the team led by Julian Nagelsmann faced PSG and the dream was over when they were eliminated.

Led by Rudi Garcia, the French team closed one of its best seasons in the UEFA Champions League, after reaching the semifinal round of this championship for the first time in its history.

Lyon entered the knockout phase as second place in Group G, where they achieved eight points and left doubts about their performance. However, in the round of 16 they surprised by eliminating Juventus from Turin, with an aggregate score of 2-2, but advancing to the next phase thanks to the away goal.

In the same way, they eliminated by a 3-1 win against him. Manchester City with a great performance from Frenchman Moussa Demebélé who scored a double and also Max Cornete added a bit more for the French team. However, Olympique Lyon did not make any further progress after being eliminated by Bayern Münich in the run-up to the UEFA Champions League grand final.

Another of the revelation team of the UEFA Champions League It was Atalanta from Bergamo who in the group stage qualified as second place in Group C by adding seven units. In the knockout round, they beat Valencia without problems with an aggregate score of 8-4 and surprising with their scoring ability.

However, their path was very short and in the quarterfinals they were eliminated by PSG who beat them 2-1 with goals from Marquinhos and Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in added time.

For the campaign of the UEFA Champions League 2020-2021, only Atalanta and RB Leipzig qualified for the champions league and are still active for the knockout phase where they can give a new surprise.


Sevilla, eighth in the UEFA rankings at the end of 2020

Sevilla have earned their own right to finish 2020, which expires next week as the eighth club in the UEFA ranking. He has one game left to play, the sixteenth day of the League against Villarreal, in which it will be his fourteenth game. But the score on the UEFA scale will not vary substantially to take away that well-earned eighth place.

This is indicated by the official website of the club in a small report in which this achievement stands out, based above all on fourth place in the last League and, even more, on the achievement of the Europa League, the club’s sixth title in the history. And he has also added important points with his four victories in the group stage of the Champions League.

“Sevilla FC will end this calendar year 2020 among the eight best teams on the European continent, as indicated by the classification by UEFA coefficient recorded by the European confederation itself”, reflects such analysis.

Lopetegui’s team achieves that eighth position in the table with 97,000 points, tied with Manchester United, which it surpasses in the ranking position for adding more points in the current 2020-21 season, since Sevilla has 8.00 more units than the Old Trafford team.

Sevilla are behind Bayern Munich (127,000), Barcelona (121,000), Juventus (118,000), Real Madrid (117,000), Atlético de Madrid (115,000), Manchester City (110,000) and PSG (106,000).

Behind Sevilla is the aforementioned Manchester United, which they equaled with their triumph on the last day of the group stage of the Champions League. Faced with Sevilla’s victory over Rennes, he negatively assessed Manchester United’s defeat against Leipzig.

Lopetegui’s team wins a place compared to the start of this season, in which it was ranked ninth. And he regains the position with which he ended the 2019-20 season, being surpassed by PSG by 9.00 points.

The UEFA scale is calculated by canceling the points from the fifth season furthest in time, that is, 2015-16, in which Sevilla also added important points by finishing as Europa League champions. And replacing that score with those that began to add from this season, 2020-21.

In this regard, it should be noted that this season, Sevilla are the sixth best team, tied with Liverpool, Dortmund and Porto.

Following the knockout round of the Champions League, which in the case of Sevilla will be against Borussia Dortmund precisely, UEFA will award 2.00 points for victory, 1.00 for a draw and 1.00 for accessing the next eliminatory, the quarter.

In this link can access to the report on the official website of Sevilla.


The ranking of the 10 footballers who have played the most minutes in 2020

Two defenders, one English and one Portuguese, and an Argentine striker were the three most physically demanded players this year by their respective clubs, in a year marked by COVID-19

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In this atypical 2020 Affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, several national leagues were suspended, but the vast majority were able to be terminated. In the midst of the tight calendar with which the year ended, there were several players who were physically demanded to the maximum and accumulated excessive minutes of play.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, is the professional player who has played the most minutes throughout 2020. Until December 17, according to data from the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post, the English international accumulates no less than 4,745 minutes (53 games) in his legs.

In second place stands out another central defender from Maguire’s rival team, Manchester City. The Portuguese Rúben Dias he changed Benfica for the “Citizens” in the summer, in exchange for 53 million plus Nicolás Otamendi. This year he played between Portugal and England for a total of 4344 minutes.

The podium closes it known to the whole world, Lionel Messi. The Argentine, who is rarely on the substitute bench, has played no less than 4,293 minutes this year. The Top 5 is closed by the Portuguese Bruno Fernandes (United) with 4,164 minutes and the Brazilian Bruno Pacheco (Céara) with 4.162 minutes.

Next, the Belgian Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) with 4,144 minutes, the Swede Victor Lindelöf (United) with 4,142 minutes, the French Raphael varane (Real Madrid) with 4123 minutes, it’s Spanish Jesus Navas (Seville) with 4,110 minutes and the Scottish Callum McGregor (Celtic) with 4,106 minutes.


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Raiola sees Ibrahimovic “as president of UEFA”

Mino Raiola, one of the most powerful representatives in the world of football, spoke about one of the fashionable men at the Golden Boy 2020 gala: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In a look to the future, the agent assured in ‘Sky Italia’ that the Swedish striker He will “play an important role” when his career ends. “Maybe he’s president of a team or UEFA, something to change the world.”


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‘Ibra’ is in a colossal state of form with Milan at 39 (‘top scorer’ in Serie A with 10 goals, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo). The Swedish star’s manager He regretted that Zlatan wasted two years of his career by going to MLS in 2018. “He wasted time, he should have stayed in Europe, in real football.” In the two seasons he played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Ibrahimovic scored more than 50 goals. And, back to Milan in December 2019, he has already kissed the networks 20 times (only in Serie A).

“He knows the truth, we have this relationship where you never know who did what, but you know what” He only plays because I want to “Raiola said with a smile from ear to ear.

Finally, the Italian-Dutch described his relationship with the star of the Calcio leader. “When he calls me on the phone, I hang up. If I answer him immediately afterwards, he thinks it’s important and he goes crazy, that’s not good. Seriously, we have a good relationship, he’s part of my family, I’ve had unique adventures with him. He is not as complicated a person as he seems “, he concluded.

‘Capocannoniere’ Ibrahimovic has been out of combat since November 22, when he suffered a muscle injury in the victory against Napoli (1-3). From there, the ‘rossoneri’ have managed to maintain the leadership of Serie A and their Europa League group with 4 victories (Fiorentina and Sampdoria, in Serie A, and Celtic and Sparta Praha, in the Europa League) and 2 draws (Parma, in Serie A, and Lille, in the Europa League).


schedule and where to watch on TV and online

The group stage of the Europa League has ended and the 32 qualified teams They are now waiting to meet their rivals for the final phase of the second UEFA continental tournament. Though the big favorites have passed to this round of the competitionBy names and history, the most striking results left by the classification of the groups may be the elimination of Feyenoord and Celtic, who finished third (group K) and fourth (group H), in their respective league.

For their part, the Spanish teams did a good job, although the best placed for this draw is the Villarreal. The yellow submarine achieved the first position of its group, without conceding a single defeat, reaping four victories and a draw. As for the last game, which faced Qarabag, it was suspended due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Azarbayán team, although they had already secured first place after their last victory against Sivasspor, by 0-1.

The draw for the round of 32 of the Europa League will begin at 13:00 hours of this Monday, December 14, just after the Champions League, where they will also be Real society and Granada, although they will not be seeded. It can be seen on television through pay channels Movistar Champions League and Let’s go, from Movistar +, and openly through Gol. You can also follow ‘online’ in the official UEFA websiteIn addition, minute by minute and all related information will be available in the El Confidencial website.

How is the draw?

The draw for this first tie of the final phase of the Europa League will be made at the official UEFA headquarters in Nyon (Switzerland) and it will be carried out telematically due to the coronavirus pandemic. This draw has a format similar to that of the Champions League, having two bass drums, one where the seeded teams will stay, which are the 12 teams that have finished first in their respective groups plus the four best third-placed teams in the Champions League, and another with the non-seeded teams, which are the other 12 that qualified as second and the remaining four who finished third in the top European competition.

So, those who are in the same drum will not be able to face each other, and the seeds will have the opportunity to play the second leg at home. Nor can any team that has been in the same group in the league phase or that shares a federation, that is, that is from the same country, be measured. As a precautionary measure, the UEFA Executive Committee states that teams from Russia and Ukraine cannot be paired. The first leg matches will be on February 18, while the return ones will be played on the 25th of the same month.


Champions League round of 16 draw | When, at what time, on what channel and where to watch LIVE on ONLINE TV

A Marathon Group Stage this season was lived in the UEFA Champions League. And it is that the pressure to finish all the games on time this semester after the calendar suffered several modifications and delays due to the suspension of football due to the pandemic, forced the most important club tournament in Europe to play almost every week.

But now the Champions League is up to date and will live this week the draw for the round of 16, round in which several indicate that the real Champions League begins here.

16 classified who prevailed in their groups as first or second already hope to meet their rival this Monday and in which it is anticipated that several striking games could take place in this phase, already warming up for what will be the definition by the “Orejona”.

Stage in which there will be no Chileans due to the early elimination of Inter Milan of Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal. Even so, there are quite a few commitments that can enchant the world of football. As for the draw itself, two drums and the classic balls will randomly give the pairs of the round of 16.

In this case a team from Pot 1 will go against one from Pot 2, but with the following exceptions:

– Teams from the same country cannot face each other

– Teams that shared a group cannot face each other

– Pot 1 teams define the local key.

The round of 16 phase will be played in mid-February.

Bass Drums:

Pot 1 Pot 2

Bayern Munich

Real Madrid

Manchester City



Borussia Dortmund


Paris Saint-Germain

Atlético de Madrid

Borussia Monchengladbach







Date and time: When is the draw for the UEFA Champions League round of 16?

The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League will be this Monday, December 14 at 8:00 in Chile.

A new Champions League draw is coming. (Photo: Getty)

Television: Where to watch live and who broadcasts the UEFA Champions League draw?

The Champions League draw is in charge of being broadcast on TV by ESPN, in signals to be confirmed.

Online: Where to stream and follow the UEFA Champions League draw live?

If you are looking for a link to see the draw live and online, you can do it at ESPN Play.


Everything you need to know about the Champions League round of 16 draw


The draw corresponding to the round of 16 of the Champions League will take place next Monday, December 14 in Nyon, Switzerland, where the 16 qualified teams they will know their pairings in the first knockout round of the contest.


Winners of each group: Bayern Munich (Germany), Real Madrid (Spain), Manchester City (England), Liverpool (England), Chelsea (England), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Juventus (Italy) and Paris Saint-Germain (France).

Second places: Atlético de Madrid (Spain), Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany), Porto (Portugal), Atalanta (Italy), Seville (Spain), Lazio (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) and RB Leipzig (Germany).


Teams that belong to the same country or that have shared the same group during the first phase of the tournament will not be able to meet in the round of 16.

Those clubs that were winners of their group will close the series at home and will have to visit their respective rivals in the first leg matches.


The first knockout round of the Champions League will be played in February and March 2021.

The first leg matches are scheduled to take place on February 16, 17, 23 and 24; while the return matches will be March 9, 10, 16 and 17 respectively.

The raffle where the keys for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be announced will take place on March 19.


The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League will take place on Monday, December 14 at 5:00 am Central Mexico time and will be broadcast through the signals of ESPN and Fox Sports, in addition to the YouTube channel of the UEFA.