YMMV / UEFA Champions League

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  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • Former Arsenal striker Eduardo who joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010 (played there until they were displaced by the Ukrainian war, but returned to Shaktar after a season in his birth country Brazil, although he represents Croatia at international football, having obtained Croatian citizenship through naturalisation) after a career blighted by injury. He returned to Arsenal Stadium with his new club in that season's group stages, just 3 months later, not only did he get a standing ovation when he came on, but he capped his return with a goal that was celebrated by the Arsenal fans as much as an Arsenal goal. True to his word before the game he did not celebrate the goal as well.
    • Didier Drogba comforting Bastian Schweinsteiger after his missed penalty in the 2012 final may also count. After the 2013 UEFA Supercup final, several Bayern players comforted Romelu Lukaku, after missing the penalty against Bayern Munich.
    • Just watch Bayern Munich's squad after the final whistle in the 2012-2013 Final. Arjen Robben standing with his arms out stretched and tears pouring down his face in front of Bayern Munich's supporter's section while they chant is enough to choke any football fan up.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The official theme.
    • It was specifically written to be an angelic anthem, as the composer did his best to make it sound as though Handel composed it.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The 2013 Champions League semi-finals saw Bayern Munich defeating FC Barcelona 4-0. The next day, Borussia Dortmund trashed Real Madrid 4-1.
    • The 2005 final saw Liverpool go up against an AC Milan side which was at the time probably the best in the world with the likes of multiple Player of the Year Kaka, football legend Paolo Maldini who'd won the trophy four times already, Clarence Seedorf, who'd won it three times (with three different teams) and Andriy Shevchenko, who had also won the trophy, been top scorer on multiple occasions and won European Player of the Year the year before. Most of Liverpool's team by contrast, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Jamie Carragher excepted, could be most kindly described as hard-working, despite their rich European history. They'd limped to the final by a combination of luck, the infamous 'ghost goal' and a few miracles, having lost their near untouchable striker Michael Owen to Real Madrid at the end of the previous season. Gerrard, who'd pretty much singlehandedly dragged them to the final, was on the point of being bought by Chelsea. They'd finished fifth in the Premier League that year, meaning that they wouldn't even qualify for the tournament the next year. And then, they were 3-0 down at half-time, seemingly down and out. They responded by scoring three goals in six minutes and holding out under Milan's onslaught for an hour (the rest of normal time and extra time), a defensive display that included a spectacular double save from Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek to deny Shevchenko, which was later voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time. Then they won on penalties, earning the trophy on a permanent basis, along with a place in the competition the following year (albeit the hard way, through the qualifying stages) and Steven Gerrard's signature on a new contract.
      • In short, there is a reason that this match is known as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Even ten years on, players on both sides are still not entirely sure how it happened.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Bayern Munich, after suffering humiliating defeats in the 2010 and 2012 finals (that of which actually took place in Munich), finally won the tournament in 2013. Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben missed a possible game winning penalty in the 2012 competition, conceding the final to Chelsea. In the 2013 final, he scored the winner, and received a large amount of cheer from the Bayern supporters.
  • Ear Worm: "THE CHAAAAAAAMPIOOOOONS!!!!", for both the audience and the players. Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera singing along with the anthem before Real Madrid's 2015 quarter final against Atletico Madrid.
  • He's Back: The 2017/18 season has so far served as this for England's "Big Four" (or rather, "Big Five"), of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Liverpool. After English teams dominated the Champions League between 2005 and 2012 (with an English winner, finalist, or both, every year but for 2010), they only reached the semi-finals twice in the five years following, and in two of those years, didn't even get past the Round of 16, leading to rumours that the Premier League's UEFA coefficient, by which leagues are ranked, would drop enough for it to lose one of its four coveted Champions League places (awarded based on league placement). Cue 2017/18, when a record five English teams not only qualified for the Champions League (Manchester United qualifying via the Europa League), but cruised to the Round of 16, four winning their groups outright - in the case of Tottenham, a group containing defending champions Real Madrid, and German giants Borussia Dortmund, and in the case of Liverpool, breaking multiple goal-scoring records in the process (including two 7-0 victories), only narrowly outscored by PSG.
    • In the Round of 16 so far, Spurs (a team chasing fourth place in the Premier League) held Juventus (Italian champions, currently in second place in Serie A by one point) to a 2-2 draw in Turin, Manchester City (runaway Premier League leaders) swatted aside Swiss champions FC Basel 4-0 in Basel, and Liverpool (3rd place in the PL) annihilated FC Porto (current Portuguese leaders, unbeaten in their league) 5-0 in Portugal, without getting out of third gear, and leapfrogging PSG into the position of this season's top scorers in the process. It would seem that the Premier League is indeed back.
  • Hype Backlash: Since 2003, there has certainly been some of this applied to Real Madrid (until they won la Decima in 2014), and Arsenal have suffered from well before that.
  • Memetic Mutation: Glory Stealing John Terry Explanation 
  • Running Gag: Arsenal always drawing Bayern Munich at some point. And when they don't, they play Barcelona. The one time this was averted, in the 2014/15 campaign, they drew Monaco in the Round of 16 and lost. Oh, and did we mention they always go out in the Round of 16?
  • Team Tiers: A curious case, being real life, but reputation and money leads it to being true. Only a few teams are likely to win - the "Big Four" of England, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Since 1998, the only winner not from the above was Porto in 2004, and the only runners-up not from the higher-tier country leagues (Spain, England, Germany, Portugal and Italy) were AS Monaco from France in 2004.
  • The Worf Effect: Barcelona were this to Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 Champions League Semifinals. Bayern Munich themselves went into this the following year by Real Madrid in the same phase of the tournament. Until Real Madrid did it in 2017, no defending champion had managed to successfully retain the title in the Champions League era.