50 fascinating facts about the UEFA Champions League that you need to know
Now it is difficult to imagine the football life of Europe without such a tournament as the Champions League. However, the history of this tournament is not much more than 50 years old.
Preparations for the first draw of the most prestigious European club trophy started a month after the first UEFA Congress, held on March 2, 1955 in Vienna. Interestingly, the idea of organizing the "European Cup" did not belong to the football union.
At that time, members of the football union were concerned about the organization of tournaments with national teams, and the editor of the French sports newspaper L'Equipe ("Equipe") Gabriel Hanot suggested the creation of a club tournament on a European scale. !December 6, 1954, the next issue of the newspaper came out with a catchy "hat" - "We offer the football European Cup." Ano and his colleague Jacques Ferrand proposed to play the matches of the new tournament on Wednesday evening.
Ano's proposal received a favorable response from most of Europe's top teams. Already in January 1955, the editors of "Ekip" sent out to all European clubs and football associations the regulation on the draw, which, with minor changes, was valid until the beginning of the 90s. On April 2, sixteen representatives of European club football gathered in Paris and signed a document on the birth of a new competition - the European Champions Cup.
Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts about the UEFA Champions League.
1. France is the country with the most players (471)
2. Players from 124 nationalities participated in matches
3. Daniel Amokachi - scorer of the first goal (11/25/1992 Brugge-CSKA 1:0)
4. Lionel Messi and Luis Adriano have scored the most goals in one match (5)
5. Francesco Totti is the oldest goalscorer (38 years and 59 days)
6. Celestine Babayaro - the youngest debutant (16 years and 87 days)
7. Raul is the youngest hat-tricker at the age of 18 years 114 days (10/18/1995 Real Madrid 6-1 Ferencváros (24, 25, 84 minutes)
8. 13 Spanish teams have participated in at least one Champions League (Atletico, Atlético, Barcelona, Betis, Valencia, Villarreal, Deportivo, Málaga, Mallorca, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Celta)
9. Luis Figo and Ruud Van Nistelrooy have scored the most penalties (10)
10. Manchester United - team with the most draws (52 times)
11. Most own goals scored by Barcelona (9)
According to the rules agreed by the organizers, participation in the drawing of the champions of individual countries was not mandatory at first. The L'Equipe team considered that it would be more profitable to invite the most popular clubs to participate in the tournament.
June 21, 1955 The UEFA Emergency Committee decides to organize a tournament called the European Cup. It is noteworthy that by this moment even the pairs of teams of the 1/8 finals had already been named - the only case when the composition of the pairs was determined not by a draw, but by the organizers. Despite the name, not all participants represented the champions of their countries, and many national federations refused to delegate their representatives to the European Cup. Among those who refused were the founders of football, the British, as well as the USSR.
So, 16 teams participated in the first draw, divided at the discretion of the organizers into eight pairs (drawing lots were already held at the subsequent stages). The first match of the European Cup took place on September 4, 1955 in Lisbon. The honor to open a new competition fell to the local "Sporting" and the Belgrade "Partizan". In the debut match of the new tournament, "Sporting" and "Partizan" scored each other three goals. In the second leg in Belgrade, the Yugoslavs celebrated the victory with a score of 5: 2, and they advanced to the next round.). The Portuguese striker Martins became the author of the first goal scored in the 14th minute after the start of the match.
The first Champions Cup final was played in Paris on June 13, 1956 between the teams Stade de Reims and Real Madrid (Madrid) and ended with a score of 3:4, in favor of Madrid.
During the first five draws, the best club team was the Spanish "Real" (Madrid), which was a kind of team made up of the "stars" of South American and European football. He had the longest winning streak, subsequently winning the trophy after another 5 years, however, he had to wait 32 years for the next win, when in 1998 he finally won the Champions League Cup.
In addition to Real Madrid, Ajax and Bayern had a series of victories, and Liverpool won four victories between 1977 and 1984 with four almost different compositions.
12. Marco Van Basten - the author of the first hat-trick in the Champions League (11/25/1992 Milan-Gothenburg)
13. Glasgow Rangers - the team that won the first away victory (09.12.1992 CSKA-Glasgow Rangers 0:1). Although formally the meeting was held in Bochum (Germany)
14. Donetsk Shakhtar - the author of the biggest away victory 7:0
15. Real Madrid have not scored the most penalties (11)
16. Most referees sent off players against Barcelona (29 times)
17. Real Madrid is the team with the most wins in a single competition (12 - 2001/2002)
18. Maccabi Haifa (2009/2010) and Deportivo (2005/2005) didn't score a single goal
19. Iker Casillas is the player with the most starts (149 times) and the most finisher (145 times)
20. Alessandro Nesta - player who has not scored in 99 matches
The turning point in the development of the tournament is the 1992/93 season, when the Champions League came to replace the Champions Cup. The group stage tested a year before was added to the playoff stages. The growth in popularity has led to the fact that the number of participants in the main draw of the tournament has grown over time from 16 to 32. Champions League matches are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The popularity of the European Cup and the number of its participants grew every year, and soon two more tournaments appeared in Europe - the Cup Winners' Cup (now merged with the UEFA Cup) and the Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Cup).
There are three qualifying rounds. They involve the champions of those countries that have a "low" football level, as well as teams from countries of a "high" football level that have not taken the necessary places to get into the main draw automatically. The participating teams are divided into pairs and play two matches according to UEFA rules (home and away matches). Teams that are defeated in the 1st and 2nd qualifying rounds on aggregate leave the tournament. If a football club loses in the 3rd quarter. round, he advances to the 1st round of the UEFA Cup. Teams that successfully pass the qualifying rounds enter the main draw of the Champions League.
The group stage is the first stage of the Champions League main draw. 32 European teams play here. Participants are divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each (groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H). Each football club must play with opponents in the group twice (home and away matches). Teams that take first and second place in their group go to the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. The third-placed football club continues to play in Europe, namely, in 1/16 of the UEFA Cup.
16 teams participate in the 1/8 finals. Participants are divided into pairs, two matches are played according to the rules of UEFA (home and away matches). The winner of the pair advances to the quarter-finals, and the winners of the quarter-finals to the semi-finals. Matches 1/4 and 1/2 finals of the Champions League are held by analogy with the 1/8 finals. Only in 1/4 there are already 8 teams (4 pairs), and in 1/2 - 4 teams (two pairs). The winners of the two semi-final pairs meet in the final, where they will compete for the most important and prestigious football trophy in Europe.
The final consists of one match. The venue for the final is determined long before the start of the Champions League tournament. In case of a draw after the end of normal time, two more halves of 15 minutes are added before the Silver goal. If the score remains tied after two added halves, the match is decided in a penalty shoot-out. The winner of the Champions League receives a cup, which you can find out about on this website in the section "About the main trophy"
21. Vanden Borre - 23 consecutive unbeaten player
22. Xavi is the player with the most wins (91)
23. Raul was the first to play 100 Champions League matches
24. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring most times in matches (29 times)
25. Biggest win in tournament history - Liverpool-Besiktas 8-0 (06.11.2007)
26. Carles Puyol as captain has won the most trophy - 3 times
27. Roy Makaay - the author of the fastest goal 10.12 seconds (03/07/2007 Bayern-Real Madrid)
28. Milan most played in finals (6 times), Bayern, Barcelona and Juventus (5 times), Real Madrid and Manchester United 4 times each
29. Juventus lost the most finals (4 times), Milan and Bayern 3 times each
30. Real Madrid (4) and Porto (1) have never lost a final
31. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most in one competition - 17 goals (2013/2014)
32. The biggest difference in the final - Milan-Barcelona (4:0) 05/18/1994
33. Liverpool-Milan (3:3) - the most productive final (05/25/2005)
34. 5 players scored doubles in finals - Daniele Massaro (1993/1994), Karl Heinz Riedle (1996/1997), Hernan Crespo (2004/2005), Filippo Inzaghi (2006/2007), Diego Milito (2009/2010)
35. 4 players scored in two finals - Raul (1999/2000 and 2001/2002), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/2008 and 2013/2014), Lionel Messi (2008/2009 and 2010/2011), Samuel Eto'o (2005 /2006 and 2008/2009)
36. Carlo Ancelotti has won the trophy three times (2002/2003, 2006/2007 with Milan and 2013/2014 with Real Madrid)
37. Coaches who won the trophy with different teams - Otmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1996/1997 and Bayern Munich 2000/2001), Jupp Heynckess (Real Madrid 1997/1998 and Bayern Munich 2012/2013), José Mourinho (Porto 2003/2004 and Inter 2009 /2010), Carlo Ancelotti (Milan 2002/2003, 2006/2007 and Real Madrid 2013/2014)
38. The oldest winning coach - Raymond Gutals (71 years and 232 days)
39. 6 times the winner was determined in a penalty shootout - Juventus-Ajax (1995/1996), Bayern-Valencia (2000/2001), Milan-Juventus (2002/2003), Liverpool-Milan (2004/2005), Manchester United-Chelsea (2007/2008), Chelsea-Bayern (2011/2012)
40. 1 time winner determined in extra time - Real Madrid-Atletico 2013/2014 (4:1)
41. The oldest field player - Alessandro Costacurta 40 years and 213 days (21.11.2006 AEK - Milan 1:0)
42. Clarence Seedorf is the only one to win the Champions League with 3 different clubs (Ajax 1994/1995, Real Madrid 1997/1998, Milan 2002/2003, 2006/2007)
43. Frank Rijkaard is the only one to have won the Champions League as a player (Ajax 1994/1995) and coach (Barcelona 2005/2006)
44. Final Milan-Liverpool (2004/2005, 2006/2007) and Barcelona-Manchester United (2008/2009, 2010/2011) played twice
45. Real Madrid and Bayern are the teams with the most consecutive victories (10)
46. 130 teams have participated in the tournament at least once
47. Barcelona have won the most away games - 45 matches
48. 20 different stadiums hosted the Champions League final
49. 13 of them had a different winner
50. 14 teams lost every match in the Champions League group stage - Kosice (1997/1998), Fenerbahce (2001/2002), Spartak Moscow (2002/2003), Anderlecht (2004/2005), Rapid (2005/2006), Levski (2006/2007), Dynamo Kyiv (2007/2008), Debrecen (2009/2010), Zilina (2010/2011), Partizan (2010/2011), Maccabi Haifa (2009/2010), Villarreal (2011/2012), Ocelul (2011/2012), Olympique Marseille (2103/2014)
The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final will take place on 28 May 2022. This will be the 67th season of UEFA's premier European football club competition and the 30th season since the European Cup was renamed the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the final will qualify to play the 2021/2022 UEFA Europa League winner for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup title and qualify for the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League group stage
The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League is in the play-off stage.
When will the final take place?
The decisive match will take place on Saturday 28 May and will start at 21:00 CET.
If there is a draw in regular time, extra time will follow: two extra-times of 15 minutes each. If after their expiration the score is equal again, the winner will be determined in the 11-meter series.
Where will the final take place?
The final will take place at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, which was built before the 2018 World Cup. It is located a few hundred meters from the Gulf of Finland on the site of the former Kirov Stadium, where the matches of the football tournament of the 1980 Olympic Games were held.
The author of the project is Japanese architect Kise Kurokawa. The stadium is equipped with a retractable roof and can accommodate more than 60,000 spectators. In 2018, an ice hockey match between the national teams of Russia and Finland was held here in the presence of more than 80,000 fans.
This will be the third European Cup final in Russia. In 1999, Parma defeated Olimpik at the Luzhniki stadium in the UEFA Cup final, and in 2008, Manchester United defeated Chelsea in the Champions League final at the same arena.
What will the winner receive?
The Champions Cup weighs 7.5 kilograms and rises 73.5 centimeters. "It may not be a masterpiece, but everyone in football wants to touch it," said trophy creator Jürg Stadelmann.
Also prepared are 40 gold medals for the winners and 40 silver medals for the losers. Additional medals are not allowed.
The winner of the Champions League will also receive a place in the group stage of the next edition. Unless, of course, it does not guarantee it through the national championship.
Which team will be the host?
The nominal host of the final will be determined by a draw, which will be held on March 18 for administrative purposes. The finalists may enter the field in their primary colors, but if they overlap, the guest nominees must use a spare kit.
The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final will take place on 28 May 2022. This will be the 67th season of UEFA's premier European football club competition and the 30th season since the European Cup was renamed the UEFA Champions League. The winner of the final will qualify to play the 2021/2022 UEFA Europa League winner for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup title and qualify for the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League group stage
The 2021/22 UEFA Champions League is in the play-off stage. UEFA.com tells how it will end.
1. For the third year in a row, a team has played in a Cup/Champions League final for the first time (Tottenham in 2019, PSG in 2020, Manchester City in 2021). The last time this happened was between 1986 and 1988 (Steaua, Porto, PSV).
2. The Champions League final will be the eighth in a row in which two clubs from the same country will play. This will be the third time this will be a match between English clubs (after the Champions League finals Chelsea - Manchester United in 2008 and Liverpool - Tottenham in 2019).
3. This season's final will take place at the Dragau Stadium in Portugal. This is the first time that a Cup/Champions League decisive match has been played in the same country for several years (Da Luz Stadium hosted the final in 2020). For the first time, the Cup/Champions League final in Portugal will be played outside the capital - the previous three matches were played in Lisbon.
4. Chelsea under Tuchel won both matches with Manchester City - in the semi-finals of the FA Cup (1-0) and in the championship (2-1).
5. Chelsea will play their second final in two weeks and their 22nd final in 18 years under Roman Abramovich.
6. Chelsea reached the final of the European Cup for the seventh time. The Blues suffered their only defeat in 2008 against Manchester United on penalties.
7. This is Chelsea's third Champions League final since the 2007/2008 season. Only Real Madrid (4) and Bayern Munich (4) have played in more Champions League finals during this period.
8. Chelsea reach the final of a major tournament for the first time in history for five consecutive seasons (2017 and 2018 FA Cup, 2019 League Cup and Europa League, 2020 FA Cup, 2021 FA Cup and League champions).
9. Manchester City are the ninth English side to reach the Cup/Champions League final. This is three more than the closest pursuers - Germany and Italy (six each). But only one of the last 10 teams to compete in their first final ever won it. It was Borussia Dortmund that beat Juventus 3-1 in 1997. Aston Villa were the last English team to win their first final in 1982 when they beat Bayern.
10. Chelsea and Manchester City met in the Premier League in early May (the Blues won 2-1). For the first time since 2013, the two teams will face off in a European Cup final in the same month they played in a league game. The last time it was Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. They then drew 1-1 in the Bundesliga and then won 2-1 at Wembley in the Champions League final.
11. Chelsea have won their last two matches against Manchester City in all competitions. The last time the Blues defeated the Citizens in three or more games in a row was between 2005 and 2009. Then the Londoners beat Manchester City eight times in a row.
12. In European competition, Chelsea and Manchester City have met only once before - in the semi-finals of the 1970/1971 Cup Winners' Cup. Chelsea won both matches 1-0 and reached the final, where they beat Real Madrid after a replay.
13. Both Chelsea and Manchester City have conceded just four goals in the Champions League this season. For the first time since the 2005/2006 season, both teams participating in the final have four or fewer goals conceded in the entire tournament. Then Arsenal conceded two goals to the final, and Barcelona four.
14. Manchester City have won 11 Champions League matches this season. In the event of a victory over Chelsea, the "citizens" will equal the record of "Real" - 12 matches in the 2001/2002 season.
15. It has been 51 years since Manchester City last played in a European Cup final. In the final of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970, the "citizens" defeated "Gornik" from Zabrze with a score of 2: 1. Manchester City broke the record for the longest gap between finals for one team. Prior to this, Sporting owned the record: the Portuguese had a pause of 41 years between the Cup Winners' Cup final (1964) and the UEFA Cup final (2005).
16. Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola could win his third Champions League trophy. He previously won in 2009 and 2011 with Barcelona. Pep will become only the third manager to win the Champions League three times, after Carlo Ancelotti (2003, 2007, 2014) and Zinedine Zidane (2016, 2017, 2018).
17. During his coaching career, Guardiola suffered the most defeats in all competitions against Chelsea (7).
18. Tuchel became the first manager to reach the Cup/Champions League final in two consecutive seasons with different clubs. A year ago, the German specialist headed PSG and lost to Bayern.
19. Tuchel became the third manager to lose the final in two consecutive seasons, after Marcello Lippi (1997 and 1998, Juventus) and Hector Cooper (2000 and 2001, Valencia).
20. Phil Foden of Manchester City will be 21 years and one day old at the time of the final. He could become the third youngest Englishman to reach a Champions League final after Bayern's Owen Hargreaves (20 years, 123 days) in 2001 and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold who played in 2018 and 2019.
21. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has kept eight clean sheets out of 11 Champions League matches this season. Only two goalkeepers could not miss in nine meetings of one season - Santiago Canizares (Valencia, in the 2000/2001 season) and Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, in the 2015/2016 season).
22. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of this season's Champions League. The last time two players scored for the same team was in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of a single Cup/Champions League competition in the 1959/1960 season - Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas of Real Madrid.
23. In September 2018, Bernardo Silva from Manchester City lost to Lyon - 1:2. After that, the Portuguese was unbeaten with his team in 26 Champions League matches (23 wins, three draws). This is the longest unbeaten streak in tournament history. Foden is second in the longest streak, having gone unbeaten in 21 consecutive matches (18 wins, three draws) since losing to Basel in March 2018.
24. Chelsea defender Thiago Silva was in the Champions League final last season with PSG. The Brazilian could become the fifth player to play in the final twice in a row with different teams after Marcel Desailly (1993 Marseille, 1994 AC Milan), Paulo Souza (1996 Juventus, 1997 Borussia Dortmund), Samuel Eto'o ( 2009 Barcelona, 2010 Inter) and Alvaro Morata (2014 Real Madrid, 2015 Juventus).
25. If Sergio Aguero plays in the final, it will be his last match for Manchester City. The Argentine has scored 13 goals against Chelsea for the Citizens. But he has not scored in any of his last four matches against the Blues since a hat-trick in February 2019.
26. Ilkay Gundogan is the only current Manchester City player who has already participated in the Champions League final (his Borussia Dortmund lost to Bayern in 2013).
27. Madrid is the venue for the second English UEFA Champions League final. Tottenham Hotspur will take part in the final for the first time in their history at this stage, while Liverpool will try to forget the pain of losing to Real Madrid in the 2018 season.
28. Both teams were able to make impressive semi-final comebacks to reach the Estadio Metropolitano, home of Atlético Madrid. Each of the finalists managed to go further and rehabilitate after three missed goals. While Liverpool won 4-0 in their second match against Barcelona at Anfield to go 4-3 on aggregate, Lucas Moura's hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena gave Spurs the opportunity to beat Ajax from score 3:2 in Amsterdam.
29. Liverpool are aiming to claim their sixth European title - and celebrate their second UEFA Champions League triumph since their memorable comeback in Istanbul against AC Milan in 2005, while Tottenham have never made it to the final before. In fact, Spurs' only semi-final before this season came in 1961/62, and their best previous UEFA Champions League campaign, in 2010/11, ended in the round of 16.
30. There have been six UEFA Champions League finals between clubs from the same country, all since 2000. Real Madrid have won all Spanish finals: in 2000 (Valencia), 2014 and 2016 (both Atlético), while Milan beat the Italian opponent Juventus on penalties. Also in 2003, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 all-German final.
31. The only previous English final was at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium in 2008, when Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after regular and extra time ended 1-1.
32. Tottenham will be the eighth English club to appear in a European Cup final, more than any other country; Italy and Germany are next on the list with six finalists.
33. Real Madrid have scored the most goals - 439
34. And conceded the most with 231 goals
35. Porto has suffered the most defeats - 51
36. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nicolas Anelka, Javier Saviola each played for 6 different teams
37. Ryan Giggs is the player with the most Champions League appearances (19 draws)
38. Iker Casillas played the most minutes (13,450)
39. Raul is the fielder with the most game minutes (11,999)
40. Thierry Henry misses most penalties (5)
41. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Luiz retired the most - 4 times
42. Marco Balotta - the oldest goalkeeper (43 years and 253 days)
43. Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with the most wins in a row (14)
44. Peter Ofori-Kvaie is the youngest scorer (17 years and 195 days)
45. Arsene Wenger is the coach with the most appearances (19 draws)
46. Carlo Ancelotti has coached the most teams (6)
47. Alex Ferguson is the manager with the most Champions League appearances (190)
48. Arsene Wenger is the manager with the most defeats (49 matches)
49. Real Madrid (winner of the 2013/2014 season) with the most goals per match (3.15)
50. Total played 2533 matches in the Champions League
The history of the US Open dates back to 1881, when the first US Men's National Tennis Championship was held in Newport. After some time, men's pairs began to fight for the championship. Women only joined the prank in 1887. A little later, a competition was held among female couples.
For a long time, men's, women's and doubles tournaments were held at different times and in different places. The merger occurred in 1968, when the first US Open was held.
And in 1978, this tournament became the first in which both men and women received the same amount of prize money for winning. In other competitions there was a noticeable bias towards the stronger sex.
If you do not take the first tournaments that became the progenitors of the US Open, then the record holder for titles in men's singles is the American Jimmy Connors. On his wall of fame are five trophies he won between 1974 and 1983. Later, his record was repeated by two more tennis players: Pete Sampras, who won his titles from 1990 to 2002, and Roger Federer, who distinguished himself five times in a row. - from 2004 to 2008. In 2009, he could break the record, but in the final he lost to Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro. This season, the Swiss will again try to climb this American tennis Olympus.
In women, the only holder of the record, six victories in recent history, is American Chris Evert. She received awards from 1975 to 1982, including four consecutive awards from 1975 to 1978.
1. The history of the US Tennis Championship began in Newport, Rhode Island, which is now home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. In August 1881, the American Lawn Tennis Association organized the first men's tennis tournament at a local club.
2. Only members of this club were admitted to it - 26 people. The strongest among them was Richard Sears, who later became the winner for seven years in a row. To achieve this result, he was largely helped by the rule that existed at that time: the champion automatically got into the final of the next year.
3. This format lasted until 1911 inclusive. It is curious that the competitions were held to the accompaniment of classical music. A little later, this tournament was called the US National Championship, and with the onset of the Open Era, it was renamed the US Open.
4. The Women's Tennis Tournament within the US National Championship dates back to 1887 on the courts of the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
5. The first champion was Ellen Henzel. Two years later, doubles competitions were included in the tournament program, and after another two years, mixed doubles competitions were added to them.
6. It is worth noting that, with the exception of four war years, until 1968, the US Championship in different categories was held at different stadiums. For example, since 1917, the US national doubles tennis championship has been held in Massachusetts on the courts of the Longwood Cricket Club.
7. In 1915, the men played their championship for the first time in the quiet New York suburb of Forest Hills on the courts of the West Side Tennis Club. The growing popularity of the tournament leads to the construction of a horseshoe-shaped tennis stadium here, accommodating up to 15,000 spectators.
8. This stadium will later become the main arena of the US championship, and in 1968, the history of the US Open will begin here. In 1978, the US Open finally outgrew Forest Hills, and the championship moved to the new USTA National Tennis Center in New York's Flushing Meadows Park. Five years ago, the stadium received its current name - in honor of Billie Jean King.
9. The American championship in its century-old history has changed three main types of court coverage - until 1975 they played on grass, then for three years - on green ground, and in 1978 it was the turn of hard. In 2005, for the sake of television, this coating changed its color from green to blue.
10. Americans can be proud that they have a champion who has won on all surfaces - this is Jimmy Connors. His no less famous compatriot Chris Evert won victories here on two surfaces, while she was the only woman to win the tournament on clay.
11. Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert also hold the record for most singles titles in the Open Era. Connors won five times, subsequently Pete Sampras and Roger Federer were able to repeat his record. Evert became the champion six times.
12. The absolute record holder for the most titles in all categories in the Open Era is Martina Navratilova, who won 16 times (four titles in singles, nine in doubles and three in mixed doubles). Martina won her last title on the eve of her 50th birthday, becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion.
13. The youngest championship winners are Pete Sampras (19 years 1 month) and Tracy Austin (16 years 8 months).
14. In 1968, the American Artush Ash, in whose honor the main arena at Flushing Meadows would later be named, became the first African American Grand Slam champion. In addition, it was the first American title since 1955.
15. The New York Times called Ash's victory "the most notable achievement of a Negro athlete" at the time. However, due to his amateur status, the 25-year-old US Army lieutenant was unable to receive the $14,000 due for the victory. The organizers paid Ash only a legal daily allowance of $ 15 for each game day of the championship.
16. In 1970, Margaret Court scored a hat-trick, becoming the absolute champion of the US Open. It was the first such success in the history of women's championships. After 17 years, Martina Navratilova was able to repeat this record.
17. The fastest men's final was in 1974, when 22-year-old Jimmy Connors crushed 39-year-old Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in 78 minutes.
18. In 1978, Chris Evert won the US Open for the fourth time in a row. Before her, Molla Mallory (1915-1918) and Helen Jacobs (1932-1935) achieved the same. Among men, the Open Era record holder is Roger Federer, who won five times in a row (2004-2008).
19. The American Championship is the first tournament where the prize money for men and women was equal. It happened in 1973, when Margaret Smith-Court and John Newcomb became the proud owners of $25,000 checks. We can say that innovation is the profile of the US Open.
20. In 1970, a tie-break was played here for the first time at the Grand Slam tournaments, five years later, evening matches were held under artificial lighting for the first time, and in 2006, the Hawkeye system was used.
21. In 2001, for the first time in the history of the Grand Slam tournaments, the women's final was scheduled for prime time television. The match between the Williams sisters was eventually watched by 22,700,000 viewers.
22. In 1996, before the start of the tournament, a scandal erupted over the seeding of tennis players. The announced seeding did not match the rating, which caused criticism from the leadership of the ATP and leading tennis players. This practice existed only at Wimbledon, and at the US Open it was a complete surprise. Then, in a strange way, the tournament bracket was formed: the seeded players were entered into it at a closed meeting in a New York restaurant after the draw.
23. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who was seeded seventh instead of fourth, considered himself the main victim of such manipulations. In protest, Eugene left New York, providing a certificate of back injury as an official explanation.
24. A special press conference of the 50 strongest tennis players took place next, at which they declared the inadmissibility of such a practice in the future and otherwise threatened with a boycott. As a result, the organizers decided to hold a second draw, but did not reveal their original goals.
25. On the sidelines, everyone agreed that all this was started for a possible Sampras-Agassi final, which, however, never took place. Two years later, the tournament management again adjusted the seeding, but this no longer caused a fuss. Steffi Graf, who was returning from an injury, was 38th in the ranking, and the organizers raised the German by 30 positions. In the end, Natasha Zvereva turned out to be the victim, but then few people doubted the correctness of the decision.
26. Another scandal, but already connected with refereeing, broke out in 2004. The protagonists were Serena Williams and the Portuguese referee Mariana Alves. In the quarter-finals, the umpire overruled the linesmen's decisions several times in favor of Serena's rival Jennifer Capriati. With the light hand of Williams JrThis scandal was dubbed "Anti-Serena".
27. At the end of the match, which Williams eventually lost, the WTA representatives apologized to her and disqualified Alves for the rest of the tournament. But this was little consolation for the tennis player, who at a press conference proposed introducing a rule according to which the player would have the opportunity to check the decision of the referees several times in a match with some electronic device. So, soon tennis received the Hawkeye system.
28. Another incident is connected with the name of Serena. In the semi-finals of the 2009 tournament, the referee was already hurt by Williams. When Kim Clijsters lineswoman Shino Tsurubuchi caught a step at a match point in favor of Serena's rival, the American woman unleashed the full force of her anger on the referee, promising her to "shove the ball down her throat." As a result, Williams was denied the opportunity to finish the match and fined a tennis record $82,500. Plus, for swearing at the judge, Serena received a suspended disqualification for two years - until 2012.
29. In 1999, for the first time in history, the reigning champion lost in the first round. They became Patrick Rafter, who, due to an injury, could not finish the match against Cedric Piolin, although he led the games 2:0. Six years later, this anti-record was repeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova, who lost to Ekaterina Bychkova.
30. In 1994, Andre Agassi became the first unseeded Open Era champion. Three years later, tournament debutante Venus Williams became the first unseeded finalist, and in 2009, unranked Kim Clijsters became the first wild card champion. In addition, she was the third tennis player who managed to defeat both Williams sisters at the same major.
31. With the advent of the new century, sports and show business increasingly penetrated each other. In 2000, the organizers decided to install a huge monitor on the approach to the Louis Armstrong arena. Now the audience could watch what was happening in the arena of Arthur Ashe from the "Food Village" (Food Village). In the same year, the current US President Bill Clinton visited the tournament for the first time - he came to the American women's final, in which Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport.
32. The Americans nicknamed the 2000 tournament "Russian Days in New York." For the first time, the Russians have achieved such impressive success here - five Russian tennis players have reached at least the semi-finals of all five adult categories.
33. The main success fell to Marat Safin, who in the final not only beat the great Pete Sampras, but inflicted the most crushing defeat on him in the Grand Slam finals. For the entire match, the American never took the opponent's serve - 6:4, 6:3, 6:3.
34. A curious episode happened to the future champion in the third round match against Sebastian Grosjean. Their five-set duel was interrupted several times due to rain, which was very inopportune for Safin, who forgot to bring enough sportswear. As a result, he had to finish the match in Jeff Tarango's socks and Nicholas Kiefer's jersey.
35. Russian tennis players at Flushing Meadows became champions seven times: Safin, Kuznetsova and Sharapova won singles, Kafelnikov, Dementieva and Safina won doubles, and Zvonareva won two titles: doubles and mixed doubles. Vera is the only Russian woman who has played in the finals of all categories - she added the singles final to her two championship titles last year.
36. Nine seeded tennis players remain in the men's bracket - the smallest number at the Grand Slam tournaments since 2013 (Wimbledon), and at the US Open since 2005.
37. Immediately 11 players aged 25 and under made it to the fourth round - the most at the Grand Slam tournaments since 2010 (Roland Garros), and at the US Open since 2006.
38. 7 participants will perform for the first time in the 1/8 finals at a major (Alcaraz, Brooksby, Gojovchik, Harris, Opelka, Otte, van de Zandschulp).
39. For the second year in a row, 4 players aged 21 and under will compete in the fourth round (Alcaraz, Sinner, Brooksby, Auger-Aliassime).
40. Immediately 3 representatives from the USA and Germany went to the 1/8 finals. The last time the Americans managed to do this at the majors was in 2011 in New York, and the Germans in 1999 at Wimbledon.
41. In the women's bracket, Iga Šwiętek is the only tennis player who has made it to the fourth round in all Slams this season. There are 4 such players in the men's bracket - Djokovic, Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini.
42. For the first time in the Open Era, 2 Canadians will play in the fourth round of the US Open: Bianca Andreescu and Leila Fernandez.
43. 18-year-old Emma Raducanou became only the second Briton to reach the fourth round in the Slams twice before her 19th birthday (Sue Baker did so in 1974-1975 at the Australian Open).
44. For the first time since 2009, two teenagers (Radukanu, Fernandez) will play in the women's bracket in the fourth round.
45. For the first time since 1998 (Safin, Kournikova, Hingis, V. Williams) at the US Open in the fourth round in both the men's and women's draws, players aged 18 and under (Carlos Alcaraz; Leyla Fernandez and Emma Radukanou) will perform. At the Grand Slam tournaments, the last time such a result was in 2005 in Australia (Nadal; Sharapova, Dushevina, Linetskaya).
46. Fastest serve: Oscar Otte (243 km/h) and Alisha Parks (208 km/h)
47. The main favorite of the men's tournament is certainly the first racket of the world, Serbian Novak Djokovic. He continues to chase Nadal: Novak has already won one Grand Slam tournament this season - on the courts of Melbourne. And if Djokovic can win in New York, then he will come close to Nadal in terms of the number of major wins.
48. The Spaniard now has 19 such titles, while Novak has 17. The leader in this indicator is Federer (20). It is important to note that at the Cincinnati Masters, which moved to New York this year, the Serbian guaranteed himself a top spot on the ATP rating list for at least the next four weeks. A successful performance at the US Open will help Djokovic further break away from his closest pursuers.
49. In the absence of Barty, Halep, Svitolina, Bencic and other strong tennis players, one of the main contenders for victory will be American Serena Williams, who received the 3rd seed.
50. In addition to six titles at the US Open, the American has three more victories at the Roland Garros and seven won trophies at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. With 23 majors won, Serena is second in history behind the famous Australian Margaret Court (24). The American has long wanted to catch up with her, but so far this dream is unattainable. After the birth of her daughter Olympia, Serena twice reached the final in New York, but lost at the decisive moment. This time, Williams was preparing so seriously for the US Open that she even built a turf court at home, like at the US Open.
2022 Major League Baseball season schedule, top picks and other interesting facts that you need to know
Major League Baseball (MLB) is an American professional baseball organization and the oldest professional sports league in the United States and Canada. There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball: 15 in the National League (NL) and 15 in the American League (AL). NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. Beginning in 1903, the two leagues cooperated but remained legally separate entities. Both leagues operated as separate legal entities until they merged into a single organization under the leadership of the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000.
This season is the last season in which the Cleveland Indians compete under the moniker after decades of controversy. On 14 December 2020, the team announced that they would be introducing their new nickname and associated kit and stadium changes prior to the 2022 season to replace the 106-year-old nickname.
As for games between leagues, matches will be between teams from the following divisions:
LA vs. Central LN
L.A. Central vs. West of LN
West of Los Angeles vs. L.N.
Meanwhile, it is the calendar of the regular MLB 2022 season. It will end on October 2, 2022.
Between the special dates, the calendar from the 2022 regular season of MLB is like this:
April 15, 2022 (Jackie Robinson Day)
July 19, 2022 (All-Star Game - All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles ).
Already MLB teams publish their calendar for the 2022 Major season.
1. MLB oversees Minor League Baseball, which includes 256 teams affiliated with major league clubs. MLB and the World Confederation of Baseball Softball co-administer the World Baseball Classic international tournament.
2. The first fully professional baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings, founded in 1869. Prior to this, some teams secretly paid some players. The first few professional baseball games were characterized by league-to-league rivalries and players who often moved from one team or league to another.
3. The period before 1920 is known as the dead-ball era, during which players rarely hit home runs. Professional baseball in the States survived a plot to fix the 1919 World Series that became known as the Black Sox Scandal.
4. The sport's popularity in the 1920s and experienced periods of decline during the Great Depression and World War II. Shortly after the war, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
5. The 1950s and 1960s were a time of club expansion and relocation for the AL and NL. New stadiums and artificial turf started the rules of the game in the 1970s and 1980s.
6. The home run dominated the game during the 1990s, and the use of anabolic steroids among MLB players in the mid-2000s was discussed in the media. In 2006, an investigation resulted in the Mitchell Report, implicating many players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each team.
7. Today MLB is made up of 30 teams: 29 in the US and 1 in Canada. Teams play 162 games each season, and five (5) teams per league advance to a four-round post-season tournament that culminates in the Best of the Best World Series. seven championship series between two league champions that date back to 1903.
8. Baseball games are broadcast on television, radio on the Internet in North America and in some other countries. MLB has the largest total season attendance of any sports league in the world with over 69.6 million viewers in 2018.
9. MLB is governed by the Major League Baseball Constitution. This document has gone through several incarnations since its inception in 1876. Under the direction of the commissioner of baseball, MLB hires and maintains officiating teams and negotiates marketing, labor, and television contracts. MLB maintains a unique relationship of control over the sport, including the majority of Minor League Baseball.
10. This has much to do with the US 1922 Supreme Court ruling in Federal Baseball Club v. National League, which held that baseball was not an interstate commerce and therefore not subject to federal antitrust law. In subsequent years, this rule was slightly relaxed.
11. The easing provided owners with more stability and led to double-digit price increases. There were several challenges to MLB championship in sports between the 1870s and the Federal League in 1916; the last attempt at a new major league was the aborted Continental League in 1960.
12. The chief executive of MLB is the commissioner, currently Rob Manfred. COO is Tony Petitti. There are five other executives: president (business and media), chief public relations officer, chief legal officer, chief financial officer, and chief baseball officer.
13. Based in New York City, the multimedia division of MLB is MLB Advanced Media. This chapter oversees MLB.com and the websites of each of the 30 teams. Its bylaws state that MLB Advanced Media has an independent newsroom from the league, but is under the same ownership group and revenue sharing plan.
14. MLB Productions is a similarly structured wing of the league focusing on video and broadcast media. MLB also owns 67 percent of the MLB network, with the remaining 33 percent split between cable operators and satellite provider DirecTV.
15. In 1920, the weak National Commission that had been set up to manage relations between the two leagues was replaced by the much more powerful Baseball Commissioner, who had the power to decide all of professional baseball unilaterally. From 1901 to 1960, the American and National Leagues fielded eight teams each.
16. In the 1960s, the MLB expansion added eight teams, including the first American team (Montreal Expos).
17. Two teams (Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays) were also added in the 1970s. From 1969 to 1993, each league consisted of an East and West division. In 1993, the National League expanded with two teams, the Florida Marlins and the Colorado Rockies, to equalize the number of teams in both leagues.
18. A third division, the Central Division, was formed in each league in 1994. Until 1996, the two leagues only met on the field during the World Series and the All-Star Game. The regular season of Interleague Play was introduced in 1997.
19. In March 1995, two new franchises, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now known as the Tampa Bay Rays), were awarded by MLB to start play in 1998. This addition brought the franchise total to 30. In early 1997, MLB decided to have one new team per league: Tampa Bay joined A.L. and Arizona joined the NL.
20. The original plan was to have an odd number of teams in each league (15 in each league, five in each division), but in order for each team to play daily, this would require interleague play to be scheduled throughout the entire period. the whole season.
21. However, it was not clear at the time if interleague play would continue beyond the 1998 season, as this would have to be approved by the players' union. For this and other reasons, it was decided. one existing club would have to change leagues.
22. The Milwaukee Brewers agreed in November 1997 to move from the AL to the NL, thus making the NL a 16-team league. At the same time, the Detroit Tigers agreed to move from East Albert to Al Central (to replace Milwaukee), with the Tampa Bay expansion Devil Rays joining East Albert.
23. Later, when the Houston Astros changed ownership prior to the 2013 season, the team moved from the Central Northern League to Alberta Western, resulting in both leagues having three divisions of five teams each and giving all teams a more balanced schedule. The Interleague is now played throughout the season.
24. In 2000, the AL and NL became a single general league similar to the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL), albeit with two components called "leagues" rather than "conferences" .
25. Both leagues use the same rules and regulations, with one exception: AL operates under designated hitter rules, while NL does not. This difference in rules between leagues is unique to MLB; other sports leagues in the United States and Canada have a single set of rules for all teams.
26. In the 1860s, with the help of soldiers playing in the camp during the Civil War, "New York" style baseball developed into a nationwide game and spawned baseball's first governing body, the National Baseball Players Association.
27. NABBP existed as an amateur league for 12 years. By 1867 over 400 clubs were members. Most of the top clubs remained clubs based in the Northeast United States. MLB uses 1869 as the founding year of Professional Baseball, when the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed.
28. Between professional and amateur ball players after the founding of the Cincinnati club. NABBP was divided into amateur and professional. The National Association of Professional Baseball Players, often known as the National Association (NA), was formed in 1871.
29. Her amateur counterpart disappeared after just a few years. The history of the modern Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves franchises dates back to the National Association of Professional Baseball Players in the 1870s.
30. In 1876, the National League Professional Baseball Clubs (later known as the National League or NL) were formed after the NA went underperforming.
31. The league has focused on the clubs, not the players. Clubs can now fulfill player contracts, preventing players from moving to higher paying clubs.
32. Clubs were required to play full game schedules instead of forgoing scheduled games when the club was no longer in contention for the league championship, which was often the case within North America. A concerted effort was made to limit gambling in games, which cast doubt on the validity of the results. The first game in the NL - Saturday, April 22, 1876 (at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia) - is often cited as the start of MLB.
33. The early NLs were turbulent, with threats from rival leagues and players revolting against the hated "reserve clause" that restricts the free movement of players between clubs.
34. Teams have come and gone; 1882 was the first season in which the league line-up was the same as the previous season, with only four franchises surviving until 1900. Competitor leagues formed regularly and also broke up regularly.
35. The most successful was the American Association (1882–1891), sometimes called the "beer and whiskey league" for its tolerance of selling alcoholic beverages to spectators. For several years, the National League and American Association champions met in a postseason championship series - the first World Series attempt. The two leagues merged in 1892 into a single 12-team no-limit game, but no-limit football lost four teams after the 1899 season. This led to the formation of the American League in 1901 under AL President Ban Johnson, and the resulting betting war for players led to widespread contract breaches and litigation.
36. The war between the AL and the NL caused shock throughout the baseball world. At a meeting at the Leland Hotel in Chicago in 1901, the other baseball leagues agreed on a plan for their independence. A new National Association was formed to oversee these minor leagues. Although the NA still exists today (known as the Little League), at the time, Ban Johnson saw it as a tool to put an end to smaller rivals' threats that could spread to other territories and threaten his league's dominance.
37. After 1902, the NL, AL, and NA signed a new National Agreement that linked independent contracts to contracts with a reserve clause. The agreement also established a formal classification system for the minor leagues, which was refined by Branch Rickey.
38. Several other formerly non-existent baseball leagues are officially considered major leagues, and their statistics and records are included in those of the current two major leagues. . These included the AA, the Trade Union Association (1884), the Players' League (1890), and the Federal League (1914–1915). Both UA and AA are being researched by baseball researchers as major leagues due to the high level of play and number of star players.
39. Some researchers, including Nate Silver, have disputed UA's major league status, that franchises have come and gone, and that the St. Louis club was intentionally "linked"; the St. Louis club was owned by the league president and was the only club that came close to major league level.
40. The period from 1900 to 1919 is commonly referred to as the "dead ball era". Games of the era were generally low scoring and were often dominated by pitchers such as Walter Johnson, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Mordecai Brown. and Grover Cleveland Alexander. The term is also known as the condition of baseball itself.
41. Baseball used American wool yarn, not modern Australian wool yarn, and was not wound as tightly, which affected the distance he could walk. More importantly, they stayed in the game until they became crippled, soft and sometimes twisted. At the time, a baseball cost three dollars, equal to $44.24 today (adjusted for US dollar inflation), and the owners were reluctant to buy new balls. Fans were expected to throw away fouls and (rare) home runs. Baseballs have also been stained with tobacco juice, grass, and mud, and sometimes juice, which some players have chewed to discolour the ball.
42. In addition, pitchers could manipulate the ball using a spittoon. (In 1921, the use of this field was restricted to meals with a grandfather clause). In addition, many stadiums were large, such as the Chicago Cubs' West Side Grounds, which was 560 feet (170 m) from the field's center fence, and the Boston Red Sox's Huntington Avenue Grounds, which was 635 feet (194 m) away. m) from the center field fence, thus home runs were rare and "small ball" tactics such as singles, bunts, stolen bases, and run and run dominated the strategies of the time. Techniques such as the Baltimore Chop have been used to increase singles in the infield.
43. Baseball's popularity increased in the 1920s and 1930s. The 1920 season was marked by the death of Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians. Chapman, who was hit in the head by the field and died hours later, became the only MLB player to die from an injury on the field, a tragedy that led both leagues to require new white baseballs to be brought into play whenever a ball became scratched. or dirty, which helped end the dead-ball era.
44. The following year, the New York Yankees made their first World Series appearance. By the end of the 1930s, the team had competed in 11 World Series, winning eight of them. Slugger Yankee Babe Ruth set a single-season home run record in 1927 with 60 home runs; A few years earlier, Ruth had set the same record with 29 home runs.
45. Popular hardships of the Great Depression Baseball's popularity began to decline in the early 1930s. By 1932, only two MLB teams had made a profit. Attendance dropped at least in part due to a 10% federal entertainment tax added to baseball ticket prices. Baseball owners have reduced their rosters from 25 to 23, and even the best players have had to take pay cuts.
46. The onset of World War II created a significant shortage of professional baseball players, as over 500 men left MLB teams to serve in the military. Many of them play on service baseball teams that have entertained military personnel in the US or the Pacific.
47. MLB teams of the time were primarily made up of youths, older players, and those with a military 4F classification, indicating mental, physical, or moral unfitness for service. People like Pete Gray, the one-armed outfielder, were given a shot at promotion to the big leagues. However, there was not a single black player on the MLB roster until the end of the war. Black players, many of whom had served in the war, were still restricted from playing Negro League baseball.
48. Wartime restrictions designed to keep outdoor lighting levels low caused another problem for baseball. These rules restricted travel and night games to the point where the 1942 season almost had to be canceled.
49. On January 14, 1942, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt pleading for baseball to continue during the war in hopes of starting a new major league season. President Roosevelt replied, “I sincerely believe that it would be better for the country if baseball continued to develop. There will be fewer unemployed people and everyone will work longer and harder. And that means they should have a chance to relax and take their minds off work even more than before.”
50. With the approval of President Roosevelt, spring training began in 1942 and had little impact. The war interrupted the careers of stars such as Stan Musial, Bob Feller, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio, but the baseball clubs carried on.
Football fans have never looked forward to an international tournament for so long. The European Championship was supposed to be held in 2020, but due to a sudden pandemic, the competition was postponed to 2021, albeit with the previous name - Euro 2020. Bemorepanda has collected the most interesting facts about the main football tournament of 2021, which started on June 11.
€ 1.25 billion
was the cost of the players of the England national team, the most expensive national team of Euro 2020
France is located nearby - € 1.03 billion, Germany (€ 936.5 million), Spain (€ 915 million) and Portugal (€ 872 million).
Three others are: Hungary (€ 74.85 million), North Macedonia (€ 61.8 million) and Finland (€ 44.6 million).
Almost € 1 billion was the
Total cost of the 11 most expensive footballers of the tournament
The total cost of the most expensive footballers in terms of positions for Euro 2020 was € 990 million.
On the bench in terms of positions: Romelu Lukaku (€ 100 million), Raheem Sterling (€ 90 million), Bruno Fernandes (€ 90 million), Phil Foden (€ 80 million), Marcus Llorente (€ 80 million), Rodri (€ 70 million), Raphael Varane (€ 70 million) , Milan Shkrinjar (€ 60 million), Ben Chilluel (€ 45 million), Rhys James (€ 40 million).
€ 40 million
was the cost of the most expensive football player of Euro 2020 not from the top 5 championships
This is 18-year-old defender Nuno Mendes from Sporting Portugal. The second is 19-year-old Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax, worth € 33 million (Netherlands). The third is Nikola Vlašić from CSKA, which TM estimates at € 30 million (Croatia).
120 players at Euro 2020 - from the Premier League
This is more than from any other championship.
The following tournaments are listed:
● Bundesliga - 89;
● Series A - 71;
● La Liga - 38;
● RPL - 32;
● League 1 - 29;
● Championship (Division 2 of England) - 29;
A total of 42 leagues of various levels are represented.
The most atypical:
● Championship of Albania: Ferhan Hasani - North Macedonia
● Bosnia and Herzegovina: Krste Velkovski - North Macedonia
● Japan: Thomas Vermaelen - Belgium
● English League 1 (3rd division): Chris Gunter from " Charltona - Wales & Annecy Jakkola of Bristol Rovers - Finland
● English Ligue 2 (4th Division): Matt Smith Man City U-23 - Wales
17 Chelsea footballers featured at Euro 2020
More than from any other team.
This is a tournament record. Chelsea players are on 10 national teams: England, Germany, France, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Wales, Scotland and Belgium. Following the winner of the Champions League are:
● Manchester City - 15
● Bayern - 14
● Juventus - 12
● Manchester United and Dynamo K - 11
14 years and 10 months
Joachim Loew leads the German national team - the longest of the coaches for Euro 2020
The closest pursuers don't even have 10 years:
● France - Didier Deschamps (8 years and 10 months);
● Switzerland - Vladimir Petkovich (6 years and 10 months);
● Portugal - Fernando Santos (6 years and 8 months);
● North Macedonia - Igor Angelovski (5 years and 7 months);
● Sweden - Janne Anderson (4 years and 11 months);
● Ukraine - Andriy Shevchenko (4 years and 10 months);
● Belgium - Roberto Martinez (4 years and 10 months);
● Russia - Stanislav Cherchesov (4 years and 9 months);
● England - Gareth Southgate (4 years and 6 months);
17 years and 243 days
Kasper Kozlovsky - the youngest footballer of Euro 2020
Next on the list - Englishman Bellingham, German Musiala, Spaniard Pedri and two Ukrainians: Zabarny and Sudakov.
96.2% of the
national teams in Finland and Hungary are represented by players from outside the national championships.
Finland and Hungary still have one player from the local championships. This is followed by:
● Austria and Belgium - 92.3%;
● Sweden and North Macedonia - 88.5%;
● Switzerland, Poland and Scotland - 84.6%;
● France and Wales - 80.8.
The smallest percentage of "legionnaires":
● England - 11.5% (Trippier, Bellingham, Sancho);
● Italy - 15.4% (Emerson, Florenzi, Veratti, Jorginho);
● Russia - 15.4% (Kudryashov, Golovin, Miranchuk, Cheryshev);
● Ukraine - 30.8% (Zinchenko, Sobol, Makarenko, Malinovsky, Bezus, Yarmolenko, Zubkov, Yaremchuk);
● Germany - 34.6% (Leno, Rudiger, Koch, Gosens, Kroos, Gundogan, Havertz, Werner, Volland).
Now the Euro can play ...
... even those who did not get into the final application of
Previously, the Euro application could fit 23 players, but the modern tournament requires modern solutions. UEFA has prepared and released some covid additions to the regulations ahead of the tournament. You probably know that the rosters have been expanded to 26, so that the teams have more room to maneuver. But this is not the only measure. Player rosters may change before the tournament, and even during.
For example, in case of injury or serious illness, a player from the application can be replaced with another one before the starting match of the team for Euro, and goalkeepers can be changed after the first game.
In this case, any additional applications must be agreed, the diagnosis of the excluded player must be confirmed by the UEFA medical specialist. The number of such substitutions is not limited, the main thing is to fit into the deadline (for field players - before the start of the tournament). The regulations clearly state: the national team must go to the match if it has at least 13 players, including one goalkeeper. If 13 is not recruited, then you can even call those who are not included in the application 26.
A few days before the tournament, covid problems appear. So far, Spain is suffering the most. Sergi Busquets passed a positive test and disrupted the friendly match - since all the other players were at risk, they had to release the youth team for the game with Lithuania. And on the morning of June 9, it turned out that the defender Diego Llorente was also infected.
As a result, the coaches create a "plan B" - at the same time they assemble a squad of 17 players (there is Kep, but no Nacho, Saul and Aspas). All of them will come to the national team, but they will live in a "parallel bubble" without contact with the main team. In which case, any of them will be added.
A part-time Youtube blogger, a failed mortgage consultant ...
... and 7 more interesting facts about Euro stars
In the summer of 2012, English defender Tyrone Mingsretirement was considered at age 19. The fact is that it was problematic for him to combine training with the work of a bartender and a mortgage consultant, but he still continued to perform. After 7 years, he achieved a call-up to the England national team.
Spain's left-back, Jordi Alba, only got a driver's license at 31 and started using his car. Before that, the Spaniard came to trainings by taxi or with the help of relatives and friends.
Dutchman Donnie van de Beck has been dating the daughter of the legendary Dennis Begkamp for several years, and he took the 34th number in Manchester United in honor of Ajax footballer Abelha, who had been in a coma for almost three years.
Until the age of 14, Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea was not a goalkeeper at all. He generally played mini-football, where he played the role of a forward. In those days, he pumped the game with his feet, which helps him in big football. He parried a lot of punches thanks to futsal skills.
In July 2020, the English “Birmingham” assigned the 22nd number for 17-year-old Jude Bellingham. Thus, the club thanked the talented guy for 10 years in the team. Bellingham became Birmingham's most expensive transfer - it was sold to Borussia Dortmund for € 25 million.
In 2012, Italian Federico Bernardeschi refused to star in a reality show about the life of promising Fiorentina players. They persuaded him for a long time, hinting that the captain should take part in the picture and that this would raise his recognition. “I just wanted to play football, I didn't think about the rest,” Federico recalled.
Black Spaniard Adam Traore has been famous for speed since a young age. To prevent the winger from being grabbed by the arms, the Wolverhampton coaching staff came up with the idea of smearing them with baby oil. And it helped! Now the reactive footballer cannot be kept up, and he began to receive much fewer injuries due to fouls.
The star of the Netherlands national team Memphis Depay, in addition to football, is engaged in music. More than 500 thousand people have subscribed to his YouTube channel. The total number of video views has already exceeded 36 million.
English defender Bukayo Saka spent his childhood on the street. To quickly send his son home, the father and brother had to lose his "battle" in the garden. Also, the future Arsenal player was famous for his excellent academic performance. His favorite subjects were business, mathematics and English. Saka passed all exams with good or excellent marks.
At a young age, Belgian Napoli star Dries Mertens nearly became a physical training teacher when he was expelled from Anderlecht due to his modest physical abilities. The player was saved by the coach of the youth team of Ghent, who took Mertens to the club of the third Belgian division.
Giorginio Wijnaldum is a cousin of Royston Drenthe, who in 2013 played 6 matches for Alania Vladikavkaz. As a child, the midfielder did not like football and was fond of acrobatics. Everything changed when his grandmother sent Giorginio to the Rotterdam Sparta school and accompanied him to all training sessions.
Belgian defender Tom Meunier, in his youth, combined the game in the third Belgian league with work at the factory. Tom is also very fond of painting, and in 2015 he developed a design for sun awnings for the American company Winsol.
The UEFA Champions League is considered the most prestigious European club competition. It has been called the Champions League since 1992, before that the tournament was called the European Champions Cup, and the format of the tournament has also changed: it moved from the playoff system to the group stage, and only then the knockout games followed. It was first held in 1955, where Real Madrid won.
From 1960 to 2004, the winner of the Champions League took part in the Intercontinental Cup, where they faced the winner of the South American Copa Libertadores. At the moment, the winner of the tournament gets the right to play at the Club World Championship.
The number of teams in a draw depends on the association's position in the UEFA coefficient table:
- associations ranked 1st to 3rd in the table represent the first 4 teams of the
- association, ranked 4th to 6th in the table, represent the first 3 teams of the
- association ranked from 7 in the table 15th place, represent the first 2 teams of the
- association, ranked from 16th and below in the table, is represented by 1 team
The tournament itself consists of several stages: four qualifying rounds, a group tournament, playoffs.
Each team that qualifies for the UEFA Champions League receives 3 million euros from UEFA in reward, and an additional 2.4 million is given for participation in the group stage. At the group stage, 600 thousand euros are given for each victory. In addition, each participant in the quarter-finals receives 2.5 million, the semi-finals 3 million, the finalist receives 4 million, and the winner of 7 million.
The winner of the Champions League for 10 months receives the won cup. In memory of the victory, the team receives a smaller copy of the trophy. The club that won 5 times or 3 times in a row has the right to keep the trophy forever. This right was received by Real Madrid, which won 5 victories in a row.
Only five teams won the right to keep the cup:
- Real Madrid. 5 victories in a row
- "Ajax". 3 wins in a row
- Bayern Munich. 3 victories in a row
- Milan. 5 wins
- Liverpool. 5 victories
The most titled club in the Champions League is Real Madrid, with 10 victories, the last of which dates back to 2014.
- During the entire period of the Champions League, only 22 clubs have won it, and only 12 of them have won more than once.
- Since the tournament was renamed the Champions League, no one has won the tournament twice in a row.
- Bayern Munich, Benfica and Juventus are the most unlucky teams, losing 5 times in the final.
- 5 English teams have won the Champions League, more than any other country.
- Real Madrid have passed the group stage twice without losing points (2011/12, 2014/15).
- Manchester United were unbeaten in 25 games in a row from 19 September 2007 to 27 May 2009.
- Bayern won 10 matches in a row in the Champions League - from April 2, 2013 to December 10, 2013.
- Biggest tournament win: Dinamo Bucharest 11-0 Crusaders (1973/74 season).
- The fastest Champions League goal was scored 10 seconds in the 2006/07 season. Goal scorer - Roy Makai.
- Most goals in one match: Lionel Messi, Luiz Adriano - 5 each.