UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MEN
The men’s Champions League started this week in Kopavogur, a small town in western Iceland, where the preliminary round takes place. The winners of Tuesday’s semi-finals – local club Breidablik and Budućnost Podgorica, from Montenegro – will meet in Friday’s final after their 7-1 and 3-0 wins over Tre Penne (San Marino) and Atletic Club d’Escaldes ( Andorra) respectively .
The first qualifying round will be played in July; the losing sides will leave at this stage but still remain in Europe and focus their attention on the Conference League.
The qualifying competition continues in the second and third rounds until 12 teams remain for the play-offs in the last two weeks of August. The losers of this will be in the Europa League, while the six winners will progress to the group stage and find out their schedule in the draw on August 31.
They join the following 26 clubs who have already put their names on the hat, with the total of 32 teams then split into eight groups of four for the final time in the competition’s current format:
Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Feyenoord, Internazionale, Lazio, RB Leipzig, Lens, Manchester City, Manchester United, Milan, Napoli, Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid , Real Sociedad, Red Star Belgrade, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, Union Berlin.
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