How does the Champions League work?
Record holder Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his 126 goals | GEPA pictures/ Pro Shots
The Champions League does not operate in the traditional sense. You won’t find betting opportunities every week as you would for most leagues. The best way to describe the format is to say the tournament has a group phase and then a knockout phase. UEFA has a clever and complicated system to figure out who comes into the tournament and when. This system is based on the relative strength of a country’s soccer program. Traditional powerhouse countries such as Spain, Italy, German and England each receive four bids. A smaller team such as Lichtenstein will have to do a lot of winning in the qualifying and group stages if they hope to reach the knockout rounds. Here is a breakdown of the tournament format: