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

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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. 7-8
  • Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16
  • Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
  • Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
  • Final: 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 2022
  • TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)
  • Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision
  • Streaming (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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