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28th May '16 6:59:06 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague''': a competition for the top European clubs; which is neither a league, nor is it (since 1997) for national champions only. The tournament runs from August to May. Real Madrid have 11 wins; AC Milan 7; FC Barcelona (aka "Barça"), Liverpool and Bayern Munich 5 each; and Ajax 4. The current champions are Barça.

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* The '''UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague''': a competition for the top European clubs; which is neither a league, nor is it (since 1997) for national champions only. The tournament runs from August to May. Real Madrid have 11 wins; AC Milan 7; FC Barcelona (aka "Barça"), Liverpool and Bayern Munich 5 each; and Ajax 4. The current champions are Barça.Real.



The two giants of Spanish club football are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the rivalry between whom is intensified by politics and what can only be called a centuries old historical vendetta: Barcelona is capital of Catalonia, a proudly different region of Spain with its own language and customs, both of which were repressed during the Franco years. Consequently, the team became a centre of Catalan culture and a rallying point. Real ("Royal") Madrid, on the other hand, were Franco's "pet" team and ambassadors for the regime... Both teams have won many European honours, though Real Madrid have the edge with a record ''eleven'' European Cup/Champions' League wins, five of them in a row in the late 1950s. Other teams include Atlético de Madrid (third force of the country, 1974 and 2014 European runner-up, and 2016 Champions League finalist alongside Real) and Valencia CF (runner-up of the 2000 and 2001 Champions Leagues).

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The two giants of Spanish club football are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the rivalry between whom is intensified by politics and what can only be called a centuries old historical vendetta: Barcelona is capital of Catalonia, a proudly different region of Spain with its own language and customs, both of which were repressed during the Franco years. Consequently, the team became a centre of Catalan culture and a rallying point. Real ("Royal") Madrid, on the other hand, were Franco's "pet" team and ambassadors for the regime... Both teams have won many European honours, though Real Madrid have the edge with a record ''eleven'' European Cup/Champions' Cup/Champions League wins, five of them in a row in the late 1950s. Other teams include Atlético de Madrid (third force of the country, 1974 country; 1974, 2014, and 2014 2016 European runner-up, and 2016 Champions League finalist alongside Real) runner-up) and Valencia CF (runner-up of the 2000 and 2001 Champions Leagues).



French club football has a wide range of strong teams, with a large number of clubs having historically won domestic honours - though Olympique Lyonnais monopolised the title from 2001/02 to 2007/08, with FC Girondins de Bordeaux breaking the streak in the following season. However, French clubs have rarely challenged seriously internationally, with Marseille's 1993 Champions League win the only occasion on which a French club has won the top European honour. Other well-known clubs include Saint-Étienne (the country's most successful team with 10 victories, and runners-up of the 1976 European Cup), Nancy-Lorraine, Paris Saint-Germain (currently on a four-year title streak) and AS Monaco (which came closest to repeating Marseille's feat, losing the 2004 Champions League final to FC Porto). Also, there is Stade de Reims, who supplied many players for the French team of the 1950s and was twice runner-up of the European Cup, in 1956 and 1959, losing both to Real Madrid, and now is playing at the second national league.

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French club football has a wide range of strong teams, with a large number of clubs having historically won domestic honours - though Olympique Lyonnais monopolised the title from 2001/02 to 2007/08, with FC Girondins de Bordeaux breaking the streak in the following season. Nowadays, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have their own (lesser) monopoly on the title, having won the last four (2012/132015/16). However, French clubs have rarely challenged seriously internationally, with Marseille's 1993 Champions League win the only occasion on which a French club has won the top European honour. Other well-known clubs include Saint-Étienne (the country's most successful team with 10 victories, and runners-up of the 1976 European Cup), Nancy-Lorraine, Paris Saint-Germain (currently on a four-year title streak) Nancy-Lorraine and AS Monaco (which came closest to repeating Marseille's feat, losing the 2004 Champions League final to FC Porto). Also, there is Stade de Reims, who supplied many players for the French team of the 1950s and was twice runner-up of the European Cup, in 1956 and 1959, losing both to Real Madrid, and now is playing at the second national league.



* '''Bulgaria''': white shirt and socks and green shorts. While not much of a contender, they managed to assemble a spectacular team which reached the 1994 World Cup semifinals, spearheaded by Hristo Stoichkov, one of the best Eastern European footballers of all time. Main clubs: CSKA Sofia (31 league victories, and revealed Stoichkov), Levski Sofia (CSKA's main rivals, with five league trophies behind them), and Ludogorets Razgrad (winners of the last five titles).

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* '''Bulgaria''': white shirt and socks and green shorts. While not much of a contender, they managed to assemble a spectacular team which reached the 1994 World Cup semifinals, spearheaded by Hristo Stoichkov, one of the best Eastern European footballers of all time. Main clubs: CSKA Sofia (31 league victories, and revealed Stoichkov), Levski Sofia (CSKA's main rivals, with five league trophies behind them), and Ludogorets Razgrad (winners of the last five titles).(which didn't win their first title until 2011/12, but have won every title since).



* '''Romania''': plays in all yellows. Like Bulgaria, they left quite a mark in world football in the 1990s, thanks to their ace Gheorghe Hagi. Main teams: Steaua Bucharest (1986 European winners, and runners-up in 1989 - in both occasions helmed by Hagi too - and greatest national winners with 26 titles, including the last three in a row) and CFR Cluj (an uprising team which won its three titles in even-numbered years from 2008 to 2012).

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* '''Romania''': plays in all yellows. Like Bulgaria, they left quite a mark in world football in the 1990s, thanks to their ace Gheorghe Hagi. Main teams: Steaua Bucharest (1986 European winners, and runners-up in 1989 - in on both occasions helmed by Hagi too - and greatest national winners with 26 titles, including the last three in a row) titles) and CFR Cluj (an uprising team which won its three titles in even-numbered years from 2008 to 2012).
28th May '16 3:59:53 PM Milarqui
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* The '''UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague''': a competition for the top European clubs; which is neither a league, nor is it (since 1997) for national champions only. The tournament runs from August to May. Real Madrid have 10 wins; AC Milan 7; FC Barcelona (aka "Barça"), Liverpool and Bayern Munich 5 each; and Ajax 4. The current champions are Barça.

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* The '''UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague''': a competition for the top European clubs; which is neither a league, nor is it (since 1997) for national champions only. The tournament runs from August to May. Real Madrid have 10 11 wins; AC Milan 7; FC Barcelona (aka "Barça"), Liverpool and Bayern Munich 5 each; and Ajax 4. The current champions are Barça.
28th May '16 3:38:51 PM Milarqui
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The two giants of Spanish club football are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the rivalry between whom is intensified by politics and what can only be called a centuries old historical vendetta: Barcelona is capital of Catalonia, a proudly different region of Spain with its own language and customs, both of which were repressed during the Franco years. Consequently, the team became a centre of Catalan culture and a rallying point. Real ("Royal") Madrid, on the other hand, were Franco's "pet" team and ambassadors for the regime... Both teams have won many European honours, though Real Madrid have the edge with a record ''ten'' European Cup/Champions' League wins, five of them in a row in the late 1950s. Other teams include Atlético de Madrid (third force of the country, 1974 and 2014 European runner-up, and 2016 Champions League finalist alongside Real) and Valencia CF (runner-up of the 2000 and 2001 Champions Leagues).

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The two giants of Spanish club football are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the rivalry between whom is intensified by politics and what can only be called a centuries old historical vendetta: Barcelona is capital of Catalonia, a proudly different region of Spain with its own language and customs, both of which were repressed during the Franco years. Consequently, the team became a centre of Catalan culture and a rallying point. Real ("Royal") Madrid, on the other hand, were Franco's "pet" team and ambassadors for the regime... Both teams have won many European honours, though Real Madrid have the edge with a record ''ten'' ''eleven'' European Cup/Champions' League wins, five of them in a row in the late 1950s. Other teams include Atlético de Madrid (third force of the country, 1974 and 2014 European runner-up, and 2016 Champions League finalist alongside Real) and Valencia CF (runner-up of the 2000 and 2001 Champions Leagues).
28th May '16 3:35:25 PM Milarqui
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* The '''UEFA Europa League''': a secondary competition for those European clubs not quite good enough for the Champions League and those who finished in third place in the group stages of the Champions League; it was formerly called the UEFA Cup. Sevilla have the most wins, with 4[[note]]All within the last decade, and three in the last three years.[[/note]], whilst Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool are behind them with 3 each. The current champions are Sevilla. As of 2015/16, the winner gets a Champions League place if they don't otherwise qualify.

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* The '''UEFA Europa League''': a secondary competition for those European clubs not quite good enough for the Champions League and those who finished in third place in the group stages of the Champions League; it was formerly called the UEFA Cup. Sevilla have the most wins, with 4[[note]]All 5[[note]]All within the last decade, and three in the last three years.[[/note]], whilst Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool are behind them with 3 each. The current champions are Sevilla. As of 2015/16, the winner gets a Champions League place if they don't otherwise qualify.
28th May '16 12:27:39 PM KYCubbie
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* The '''UEFA Women's Champions League''': The women's equivalent to the (men's) Champions League. Began as the UEFA Women's Cup in the 200102 season, and renamed as the Women's Champions League starting in 200910. Originally, the competition was solely for the winners of each country's top women's competition; since the reorganization as the Champions League, the runners-up of the top eight nations in women's football have also competed. Like the men's Champions League, the women's version runs from August to May, and the women's final is usually held in the same city as the men's final (but in a smaller stadium).[[note]]An exception was in 2016, with Milan hosting the men's final and Reggio Emilia the women's.[[/note]] Frankfurt, the current champions, have 4 wins, with Lyon, Turbine Potsdam, Umeå, and Wolfsburg winning twice each.

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* The '''UEFA Women's Champions League''': The women's equivalent to the (men's) Champions League. Began as the UEFA Women's Cup in the 200102 season, and renamed as the Women's Champions League starting in 200910. Originally, the competition was solely for the winners of each country's top women's competition; since the reorganization as the Champions League, the runners-up of the top eight nations in women's football have also competed. Like the men's Champions League, the women's version runs from August to May, and the women's final is usually held in the same city as the men's final (but in a smaller stadium).[[note]]An exception was in 2016, with Milan hosting the men's final and Reggio Emilia the women's.[[/note]] Frankfurt, the Frankfurt have 4 wins; current champions, champions Lyon have 4 wins, with Lyon, 3; and Turbine Potsdam, Umeå, and Wolfsburg winning twice each.
each have 2.



In women's football, Lyon's women's section has won the Women's Champions League twice.

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In women's football, Lyon's women's section has won the Women's Champions League twice.
three times.



In the women's game, Arsenal (a separate club affiliated with the men's club) have one Women's Champions League title and the women's national team, known as [[DistaffCounterpart ''The Lionesses'']] beat Germany to win the Bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, after missing out on a place in the final when one of the defenders was forced to intercept a dangerous cross and knocked it into her own net. If nothing else, this proved that they are very definitely [[ButtMonkey an England team.]] However, their [[{{Determinator}} determination]], willingness to play their hearts out and obvious desire to win won them a lot of fans, if only because the contrast with the chronically underachieving men's team, which has frequently and justly been accused of laziness and apathy.

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In the women's game, Arsenal (a separate club affiliated with the men's club) have one Women's Champions League title and the women's national team, known as [[DistaffCounterpart ''The Lionesses'']] beat Germany to win the Bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, after missing out on a place in the final when one of the defenders was forced to intercept a dangerous cross and knocked it into her own net. If nothing else, this proved that they are very definitely [[ButtMonkey an England team.]] team]]. However, their [[{{Determinator}} determination]], willingness to play their hearts out and obvious desire to win won them a lot of fans, if only because the contrast with the chronically underachieving men's team, which has frequently and justly been accused of laziness and apathy.
18th May '16 5:35:17 PM MrValle
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Despite being one of the most successful european sides, Italy is famous to usually win when is not considerated a favourite by bookmakers. In 1982 World Cup their victory was kind of shocking. After an underwhelming first group stage, they defeated both Brasil and Argentina (with especially Brasil being the favourite by bookmakers to win the tournament) in the second stage and then crushing West Germany in the final, with striker Paolo Rossi [[EnsembleDarkhorse scoring 6 goal in 4 matches]]. Again in 1994 World after passing the group stage only as one of the best third placed teams, Italy was able to reach the Final and losing only on the penalties against Brasil (thanks to the infamous missed penalty by Roberto Baggio, [[TheLeader the biggest star of the team]]. The last example is in 2006 World Cup; after an huge match-fixing scandal in Italian Football which saw most of the big teams forcibly relegated to the lower divisions and/or being stripped of any titles won that year (namely Juventus - which paved the way for Internazionale to regain domination of Italian football, as they haven't had been national champions for 16 years by then), the national team was able to avoid any distraction and go forward to win the World Cup making a huge comeback.

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Despite being one of the most successful european sides, Italy is famous to usually win when is not considerated a favourite by bookmakers. In 1982 World Cup their victory was kind of shocking. After an underwhelming first group stage, they defeated both Brasil and Argentina (with especially Brasil being the favourite by bookmakers to win the tournament) in the second stage and then crushing defeating West Germany in the final, with striker Paolo Rossi [[EnsembleDarkhorse scoring 6 goal in 4 matches]]. final. Again in 1994 World Cup after passing advacing the group stage only as one of the best third placed teams, Italy was able to reach the Final and losing only on the penalties against Brasil (thanks to the infamous missed penalty by Roberto Baggio, [[TheLeader the biggest star of the team]].team]]). The last example is in 2006 World Cup; after an huge match-fixing scandal in Italian Football which saw most of the big teams forcibly relegated to the lower divisions and/or being stripped of any titles won that year (namely Juventus - which paved the way for Internazionale to regain domination of Italian football, as they haven't had been national champions for 16 years by then), the national team was able to avoid any distraction and go forward to win the World Cup making a huge comeback.
18th May '16 5:32:50 PM MrValle
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'''Italy''' play in blue shirt and socks and white shorts and are (as of 2014 together with Germany) the most successful European team in the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], their 2006 triumph being their fourth - although their 1934 win on home soil remains controversial, thanks to Mussolini's attempts to influence referees.

Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (also of Milan), [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin, [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma and Lazio]] from the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] of Florence and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]]. Italian football was hit hard by a match-fixing scandal in 2005 which saw most of the big teams forcibly relegated to the lower divisions and/or being stripped of any titles won that year (namely Juventus - which paved the way for Internazionale to regain domination of Italian football, as they haven't had been national champions for 16 years by then), but the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] win the following year marked a comeback. In recent years, however, the reputation of the Serie A for quality has taken a nose dive, being eclipsed by the resurgent Bundesliga. However, this may be changing, due to Juventus reaching the 2015 Champions League final.

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'''Italy''' play in blue shirt and socks and white shorts and are (as of 2014 together with Germany) the most successful European team in the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], their 2006 triumph being their fourth - although their 1934 win on home soil remains controversial, thanks to Mussolini's attempts to influence referees.

Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won
referees. Due to their geographical closeness, Italy has a major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (also of Milan), [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin, rivalry with [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma France]], increased in the last decades with France eliminating Italy with penalties in 1998 World Cup Quarters (and then winning the tournament), and Lazio]] from again winning in 2000 European Championships Final scoring the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] equalizer gol in the [[DownToTheLastPlay last second of Florence the match]] and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]]. Italian football then winning in the Golden Goals. However Italy has been able to get his [[Revenge]] in 2006 World Cup Final, defeating the old rivals with the penalties and winning the tournament in front of them. The two teams faced each other again in 2008 European Championship Group Stage, with Italy defeating France, kicking them out of the tournament and advacing to the next round (only to be defeated by Spain).

Despite being one of the most successful european sides, Italy is famous to usually win when is not considerated a favourite by bookmakers. In 1982 World Cup their victory
was hit hard kind of shocking. After an underwhelming first group stage, they defeated both Brasil and Argentina (with especially Brasil being the favourite by a bookmakers to win the tournament) in the second stage and then crushing West Germany in the final, with striker Paolo Rossi [[EnsembleDarkhorse scoring 6 goal in 4 matches]]. Again in 1994 World after passing the group stage only as one of the best third placed teams, Italy was able to reach the Final and losing only on the penalties against Brasil (thanks to the infamous missed penalty by Roberto Baggio, [[TheLeader the biggest star of the team]]. The last example is in 2006 World Cup; after an huge match-fixing scandal in 2005 Italian Football which saw most of the big teams forcibly relegated to the lower divisions and/or being stripped of any titles won that year (namely Juventus - which paved the way for Internazionale to regain domination of Italian football, as they haven't had been national champions for 16 years by then), but the [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] national team was able to avoid any distraction and go forward to win the following year marked World Cup making a comeback.huge comeback.
In recent years, despite an European Championship Final in 2012, Italian Team is living a transition period, with the best players retiring and the new leads not being good enough to make a good and competing team.

Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (both from Milan) won respectively seven and three European Cups, [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin is the most dominating team inside the borders, with 32 and counting titles. Other famous teams are [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma and Lazio]] from the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] of Florence and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]].
In recent years, however, the reputation of the Serie A for quality has taken a nose dive, being eclipsed by the resurgent Bundesliga. However, this may be changing, due to Juventus reaching the 2015 Champions League final.
15th May '16 11:04:05 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Poland''': white shirt and socks and red shorts. Gold medallist in 1972, and third place in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. Main clubs: Wisla Krakow (with seven national titles in the last twelve seasons), Legia Warszawa and Lech Poznań (the most recent champions in 2015, and the only Polish club in the top 100 of the UEFA rankings thanks to some impressive European performances). Co-hosted the European Championships in 2012 with Ukraine.

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* '''Poland''': white shirt and socks and red shorts. Gold medallist in 1972, and third place in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. Main clubs: Wisla Krakow (with seven national titles in the last twelve 13 seasons), Legia Warszawa and Lech Poznań (the most recent champions in 2015, 2016, with 11 titles overall) and the Lech Poznań (the only Polish club in the top 100 of the UEFA rankings thanks to some impressive European performances). Co-hosted the European Championships in 2012 with Ukraine.
15th May '16 11:01:03 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Belgium''' play in red shirt, black shorts and yellow socks and, despite never really challenging for honours, have usually produced a much better team than you might expect of a small nation deeply divided along linguistic grounds. In fact, in early 2016, the "Red Devils" briefly reached #1 in the FIFA World Rankings (now #2 as of May 2016). Co-hosted the 2000 European Championship with the Netherlands. Belgian club football is dominated by Anderlecht of Brussels and Club Brugge of Bruges, though the current champions are Gent (Dutch-speaking). Club Brugge did make it to the European Cup final in 1978, the furthest a Belgian team has gone in that competition.

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* '''Belgium''' play in red shirt, black shorts and yellow socks and, despite never really challenging for honours, have usually produced a much better team than you might expect of a small nation deeply divided along linguistic grounds. In fact, in early 2016, the "Red Devils" briefly reached #1 in the FIFA World Rankings (now #2 as of May 2016). Co-hosted the 2000 European Championship with the Netherlands. Belgian club football is dominated by Anderlecht of Brussels and Club Brugge of Bruges, though with Brugge being the current champions are Gent (Dutch-speaking).champions. Club Brugge did make it to the European Cup final in 1978, the furthest a Belgian team has gone in that competition.
15th May '16 2:14:13 AM KYCubbie
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The top-ranked leagues, as of the 201516 season, are (in order) Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga, the English Premier League, Italy's Serie A, Portugal's Primeira Liga, the French Ligue 1, the Russian Premier League, the Ukrainian Premier League, the Belgian Pro League, the Dutch Eredivisie, and the Turkish Süper Lig.

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The top-ranked leagues, as of the 201516 season, are (in order) Spain's La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga, the English Premier League, Italy's Serie A, Portugal's Primeira Liga, the French Ligue 1, the Russian Premier League, the Ukrainian Premier League, the Belgian Pro League, League[[note]]to be renamed First Division A starting in 201617[[/note]], the Dutch Eredivisie, and the Turkish Süper Lig.
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