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UEFA Champions League teams: All 32 participating clubs for 2021-22

A total of 32 teams are competing in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League with dreams of winning the most prestigious trophy in professional club soccer.

English power Chelsea is the defending champion, and a host of contenders will look to knock the Blues off that perch. French side Paris Saint-Germain, Germany’s Bayern Munich and 2021 finalists Manchester City are considered the favorites by the bookmakers.

The tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two teams in each group advance to the Round of 16 that kicks off in February 2022. Two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout rounds are played the rest of the way through to the single game final that will be held on May 28, 2022 in Russia.

Group Stage: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker used in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after it was abolished in June 2021. Series that are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty-kick shootout.

MORE: Champions League group standings & results

Teams in UEFA Champions League 2021-22

A total of 26 teams qualified directly to the UEFA Champions League group stage. There were six additional spots determined by two-leg playoff series.

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw was held on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Team
Country
How team qualified
Appearances
(since 1992-93)

Titles (Last)
Ajax
Netherlands
1st – Eredivisie
17
4 (1995)
Atalanta
Italy
3rd – Serie A
3

Atletico Madrid
Spain
1st – La Liga
12

Barcelona
Spain
3rd La Liga
26
5 (2015)
Bayern Munich
Germany
1st – Bundesliga
25
6 (2020)
Benfica
Portugal
Playoffs (3rd – Liga Portugal)
16
2 (1962)
Besiktas
Turkey
1st – Super Lig
8

Borussia Dortmund
Germany
3rd – Bundesliga
16
1 (1997)
Chelsea
England
4th – English Premier League
18
2 (2021)
Club Brugge
Belgium
1st – Jupiler Pro League
9

Dynamo Kiev
Ukraine
1st – Ukraine Premier League
18

Inter Milan
Italy
1st – Serie A
15
3 (2010)
Juventus
Italy
4th – Serie A
22
2 (1996)
Lille
France
1st – Ligue 1
7

Liverpool
England
3rd – English Premier League
14
6 (2019)
Malmo FF
Sweden
Playoffs (1st – Sweden Allsvenskan)
3

Manchester City
England
1st – English Premier League
11

Manchester United
England
2nd – English Premier League
24
3 (2008)
AC Milan
Italy
2nd – Serie A
18
7 (2007)
Paris Saint-Germain
France
2nd – Ligue 1
14

Porto
Portugal
2nd – Liga Portugal
25
2 (2004)
RB Leipzig
Germany
2nd – Bundesliga
4

RB Salzburg
Austria
Playoffs (1st – Austrian Bundesliga)
4

Real Madrid
Spain
2nd – La Liga
26
13 (2018)
Sevilla
Spain
4th – La Liga
7

Shakhtar Donetsk
Ukraine
Playoffs (2nd – Ukraine Premier League)
16

Sheriff Tiraspol
Moldova
Playoffs (1st – Moldovan National Div.)
1

Sporting CP
Portugal
1st – Liga Portugal
9

VfL Wolfsburg
Germany
4th – Bundesliga
3

Villarreal
Spain
Europa League Champion
4

Young Boys
Switzerland
Playoffs (1st – Swiss Super League)
2

Zenit St. Petersburg
Russia
1st – Russian Premier League
9

UEFA Champions League clubs by country

No. of Teams
Country
Qualified Teams
5
Spain
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal
4
England
Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
4
Germany
Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg
4
Italy
Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus
3
Portugal
Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica
2
France
LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain
2
Ukraine
Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk
1
Austria
RB Salzburg
1
Belgium
Club Brugge
1
Moldova
Sheriff Tiraspol
1
Netherlands
Ajax
1
Russia
Zenit St. Petersburg
1
Sweden
Malmo FF
1
Switzerland
BSC Young Boys
1
Turkey
Besiktas

How to watch the UEFA Champions League

The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be carried in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish).

Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, GalavisionStreaming (English): Paramount+Streaming (Spanish): fuboTV, TUDN.tv (authenticated users)

Canada: The UEFA Champions League will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in Canada. New customers can sign up for a 30-day free trial.

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