Since 1955, the UEFA Champions League has annually pitted the best football clubs across Europe against one another. Easily the most prestigious of all the football events in Europe, it is also one of the most revered in the entire world. In 2009, the final match surpassed the Super Bowl as the most watched sporting event in the world. In 2011, the final contest was watched by more than 178-million people worldwide. For football fans everywhere, a UEFA Champions League 2013 knockout phase sheet is available right here. The sheet is instantly downloadable and completely complementary.
UEFA Champions League 2013: History and Overview
The 2013 Champions League marks the 58th year of the tournament. No club has claimed more championships than Real Madrid, which has taken the title nine times. Real won the first five tournaments and has appeared in the final 12 times overall. A.C. Milan has been victorious in seven of its 11 final appearances, with its last win coming in 2007.
The 2013 tournament began with 76 teams from 52 UEFA associations. Chelsea entered the 2013 Champions League as defending champion after defeating Bayern Munich on penalty kicks in front of over 62,000 people in 2012. However, Chelsea was knocked out of the 2013 tournament during the group stage. No other previous champion had failed to survive the group stage.
In the knockout stage, the draw for the quarterfinals of the 2013 Champions League will take place on March 15th. Both legs of the quarters will be held from April 2nd-10th. The draw for the semifinals will be held on April 12th. The legs will take place from April 23rd-May 1st.
The UEFA Champions League Final will take place on May 25th at Wembley Stadium in London. Wembley Stadium has been the site of the tournament final on six previous occasions. The club that wins the final in 2013 will net over $16,000,000 just for being victorious in the match. The runner-up in the final will take home just under $10,000,000.
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