However, it was an organization known as the European Champion Clubs Cup at that time. As a result of the UEFA congresses held in Vienna and London in these years, a cup organization to be held with the participation of the champions of each team, which will be held with the double-match elimination method, was considered. The first match of the European Champion Clubs Cup was played between Sporting CP and Partizan on September 4 for the 1955-56 season.While Real Madrid won the first season, it also captured the longest series championship of the organization.
While he managed to win the championship 5 times in a row until the 1960-61 season, he defeated Frankfurt 7-3 in the final match of the 1959-60 season. This match is the highest scoring match in Champions League final history. With the end of the series, Milan and Inter from Italy, Benfica from Portugal, Celtic from Scotland and Manchester United from England became champions.
In the 1970s, the championship range expanded with the pre-qualification system. Liverpool, Feyenoord, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Hamburger, Juventus, Steau Bucharest, Porto and PSV have managed to become champions.When the year was 1992, with the radical changes made, the organization took radical decisions and changed its name to UEFA Champions League and was transformed into a league formation.
Accordingly, the changed status has changed many times until today. As of 2003, 22 of the teams that finished their league champions gained the right to participate directly in the tournament, while the teams behind the champion started to be included in the Champions League with the pre-qualification according to the league's UEFA score.
In some leagues, this team can go up to the maximum number of 5, while in some leagues, 2 teams can qualify. After the preliminary eliminations, when there are 32 teams with the 10 teams included, groups of 4 teams are formed. The teams that are in the top 2 of these 8 groups continue to the cup by playing the Champions League last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. While the third place in the group continues on their way with the European UEFA League, the last ones in the group say goodbye to the tournament.