Ten things you should know of Champions and may not know

Ten things you should know of Champions and may not know

Champions League returns to the stage to offer the best football in the Continent. As every year, the best players on the international scene will seek to lift the most coveted trophy. Totti, Diego Costa, Neymar, Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas will try to take a title that they do have other greats like Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi.

With the beginning of the competition in Colgados for football we teach you ten things you should know of Champions 2014-15 and you probably do not know

1- The Champions League final will be held at the Berlin Olympic 6 June 2015. It will be the first time in history that such an event avails German capital.

2- Celtic Glasgow. A historic football will not be for the first time in years. Celtic missed a golden opportunity to have represented the Scottish football in Europe's elite. It fell (unprecedented milestone) doubly. First against Legia Warsaw and then to Maribor. Curious about the Polish team was that despite thrashing Catholics were eliminated for fielding a player sent off in that tie.

3- notable absentees. For the first time in 18 years Manchester United will not be in the Champions League. Nor they will accompany the AC Milan or Inter. Even the Valencia or PSV. Instead, returns Monaco, finalist in 2003. Of Maria, Rooney, Falcao, Menez, Fernando Torres, Negredo, Icardi, Higuaín are just a few of the players who will not hear the anthem of the Champions.

What it was always a European classic you can not see: United and AC Milan are not in Europe.
What it was always a European classic you can not see: United and AC Milan are not in Europe.

4- Italian catastrophe. Transalpine football is in the doldrums. World followed have two falling to the first hurdle for the first time under this format will depart with just two teams: Juventus and Roma, who will have the tough mission to bring the cup to a non relishes the Champions since Mourinho Inter did.

5- Returns to competition Athletic Bilbao, a record that only has four top European shares. Its better participation dates back to 1957 with a quarter-final against Manchester United.

6- Scorers. Raúl González is still the player who has scored more goals in competition with 71. But nevertheless, that record might have the hours counted considering that Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are three and four goals respectively overtake.

7- more games. The same can be said of the players with most matches played. Ryan Giggs remained in 151 but Xavi appears 147 it is included, Casillas 142. Be difficult not exceeding Welsh.

8- In the year 2005 no Spanish team even set foot quarterfinal Competition. In 2007, The same happened in the instance of semifinals.

9- Bulgarian Ludogorets will play the group stage of the Champions League again. It will do so thanks to the extraordinary performance of Cosmin Moti defense against Steaua Bucharest. Moti had to be improvised goalkeeper after the expulsion of the holder and nothing more and nothing less than was able to stop two decisive penalties besides marking another in a shootout that meant the classification of Bulgarians.

Cosmin Moti stopped two penalties and scored a goal in qualifying.
Cosmin Moti stopped two penalties and scored a goal in qualifying.

10- Never has a team repeated title since the format was introduced Champions. Also never a Russian team won the tournament. Even Swedish or Belgian. In fact, only ten nationalities and 22 teams know how to win the championship (Spain with 14 the most).

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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