The UEFA Champions League is back and it looks like there is more anticipation than ever around this edition with some exceptional group matches and major pressure for multiple clubs to win it all, including new teams Lionel. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are now calling home.
You know you’ve got a compelling group stage when Barcelona v Bayern Munich, Liverpool v AC Milan and Inter Milan v Real Madrid are three of the opening day clashes. All eyes will also be on the big spenders Manchester city and Paris Saint Germain who are both desperate to win the trophy to justify their investments. And they are in the same group! One or two group stage missteps could prove costly for either party.
And then there are the defending Champions League champions Chelsea, which turns out to be a real steamroller with the return of Romelu Lukaku. Manchester United Also has serious expectations to hoist the Champions League again now that the Cristiano Ronaldo scoring machine is back in the fold. Thus the English clubs, including Liverpool in this group, once again, seems the most likely to win it all, with PSG, Bayern Munich and real Madrid being the most realistic challengers, although the Italian teams still have the potential to have a surprise race.
MORE: All 32 teams of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League
The schedule for Day One, including TV and streaming news, follows below. Ronaldo’s Manchester United enter the group stage on Tuesday 14 September.
How to watch the UEFA Champions League
The 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League will be broadcast in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish) on a number of TV and streaming platforms.
- Appointment: 29 days from September 2021 to May 2022
- TV channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select games only)
- Television in Spanish: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision, TUDNxtra (TUDNxtra available through select cable, satellite and streaming providers)
- Diffusion (English): Paramount +
- Streaming (Spanish): fuboTV, TUDN.tv, TUDN application (authenticated users)
CBS Sports will offer a pre-match, half-time and post-match studio show (UEFA Champions League Today) that will air on CBS Sports Network and air on Paramount +. Also back this year is the RedZone-style show called “The Golazo Show”, also on CBS Sports Network and Paramount +, with all the goals and the best odds from concurrent matches.
Univision will reflect this coverage with its own pre-match (Fútbol Central) and post-match (Misión Europa) show. His whip show is called “Zona Fútbol”.
Every Champions League game is available to stream on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers. The streaming platform offers the entire Univision family of channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision and TUDNxtra.
Champions League schedule: Group stage, Matchday 1
Home teams ranked first
Tuesday September 14
|Group||Matches||Time (ET)||tv channels||Flux|
|Group F||Young Boys vs. Manchester United||12:45 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group G||Sevilla v RB Salzburg||12:45 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group E||Barcelona v Bayern Munich||3:00 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group E||Dynamo Kiev v Benfica||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group F||Villarreal vs. Atalante||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group G||LOSC Lille v Wolfsburg||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group H||Chelsea vs Zenit St. Petersburg||3:00 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group H||Malmö FF v Juventus||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
Wednesday September 15th
|Group||Matches||Time (ET)||tv channels||Flux|
|Group C||Besiktas v Borussia Dortmund||12:45 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group D||Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Shakhtar Donetsk||12:45 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|group A||Manchester City v RB Leipzig||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|group A||Club Brugge v PSG||3:00 p.m.||Univision, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group B||Atlético Madrid vs. Porto||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group B||Liverpool v AC Milan||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group C||Sporting CP vs. Ajax||3:00 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount +|
|Group D||Inter Milan v Real Madrid||3:00 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTV, Paramount +|
UEFA Champions League 2021-2022: Tournament format
The 2021-2022 edition of the UEFA Champions League returns with a familiar format and a major new twist.
As usual, the tournament begins with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two from each group advance to the round of 16 which begins in February 2022. Rounds are contested until the final of the single match to be held on May 28, 2022 in Russia.
- Group stage: Sep 14-15, Sep 28-29, Oct 19-20, Nov 2-3, Nov 23-24, Dec 7-8
- round of 16: February 15-16, March 8-9 / February 22-23, March 15-16
- Quarter-finals: April 5-6, April 12-13
- Semi-finals: April 26-27, May 3-4
- Final: May 28, 2022 (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
No away goal, tiebreaker
Here’s that twist: For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goal-breaking used in the round of 16 in UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after its abolition in June 2021.
Series tied for cumulative goals after the end of the second leg will go directly to overtime and, if necessary, to penalties.
UEFA Champions League clubs by country
|Number of teams||Country||Qualified teams|
|5||Spain||Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Seville, Villarreal|
|4||England||Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea|
|4||Germany||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|4||Italy||Inter Milan, Atalante, AC Milan, Juventus|
|3||Portugal||Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica|
|2||France||LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain|
|2||Ukraine||Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk|
|1||Russia||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|1||Switzerland||BSC Young Boys|