Everything You Need To Know About The UEFA Champions League

Get ready for the 2020-2021 tournament, and watch every match, starting October 20, on CBS All Access.
Posted on Oct 14, 2020 | 02:20pm
Are you ready for the latest soccer action from the UEFA Champions League? The 2020-2021 season begins group stage play Oct. 20, and you can catch every minute of every match, all the way up to the UEFA Champions League final, on CBS All Access.

Here’s a look at the things you absolutely need to know about the UEFA Champions League and its current tournament. And remember, if you miss any live goal (or want to rewatch!), you can get all the UEFA Champions League play you want -- anytime you want -- on CBS All Access. Matches are available on demand on CBS All Access shortly after their conclusion.

Let’s get this kicked off!

UEFA Champions League is a sporting event like no other.

Like the Olympics, the UEFA Champions League features elite competitors from around the world. Like college basketball’s March Madness, the UEFA Champions League is an annual competition that features jam-packed, action-filled rounds of play leading to, in Super Bowl fashion, a final match that decides the ultimate champion.

UEFA Champions League boasts the best of the best teams.

The UEFA Champions League is made up of the top teams from Europe’s club leagues. In the 2020-2021 season, a total of 79 teams vied for 32 coveted spots in the group stage. Some teams played their way in via the qualifying rounds, which were held in August-September 2020. (And, yes, all those matches are available on demand on CBS All Access.) Other teams automatically gained entry based on their performances in their domestic leagues.

When the group stage begins Oct. 20, with all matches available live on CBS All Access, the competition will feature traditional powerhouses such as Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United.

UEFA Champions League features the world’s biggest stars.

Two of the world’s most recognizable, top-paid athletes are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi -- and they’re both scheduled to be in action when group-stage play for the 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League season begins on Oct. 20.

Ronaldo plays for Juventus from Italy’s Serie A league. Messi represents Barcelona from Spain’s La Liga.

UEFA Champions League spotlights American talent.

While only premiere European teams participate in the UEFA Champions League, the players hail from all over the world. The 2020-2021 season features 10 athletes from the U.S. Soccer men's national team program, including Juventus’ Weston McKennie and Barcelona’s Sergino Dest.

UEFA Champions League is a long-running drama series.

Over several months, the UEFA Champions League progresses from the round-robin group stage, to the Round of 16, to the quarterfinals, to the semifinals, and, ultimately, to the final.

In the 2020-2021 season, the group stage, consisting of eight, four-team groups, will take place from October 20 to December 9. The Round of 16 knockout matches are scheduled to begin in February, followed by the quarterfinals in April and the semifinals in late April and May. The final match is set for May 29, 2021, at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. Every second of every match can be seen live and on demand on CBS All Access.

UEFA Champions League promises plenty of Ronaldo and Messi drama.

From the beginnings of group-stage play, the 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League season will feature must-see matchups. For the first time ever, for instance, Ronaldo and Messi will go head-to-head twice in the group stage. Adding to the intrigue: The two rivals haven’t played against each other in more than two years.

Juventus and Barcelona, both of Group G, are scheduled to play on October 28 and December 8. You can catch every second on CBS All Access.

UEFA Champions League has storylines that just won’t quit.

The 2020-2021 UEFA Champions League tournament is more than the world’s biggest stars. The Juventus-Barcelona matches, for example, will also pit Americans Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest against each other.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will be challenged in Group H with two matches, on October 20 and December 2, respectively, against Paris Saint-Germain, which made it all the way to the 2019-2020 final.

And then there’s the club that PSG lost to in the Aug. 23, 2020, final: Bayern Munich. The reigning champions from Germany are in Group A, where they look to be put to the test by Atlético Madrid. Their group-stage matches are set for Oct. 21 and Dec. 1.

All of these big matches, and more, will be available on CBS All Access.