During the last 10 competitions, a club from each of these nations has either won the tournament or has finished as runner up. Basel, which is no pushover team. Dortmund is quite the successful German club, but has lived in the shadow of the giant that is Bayern Munich in recent years. They face off against F.C. Matchday 1 features 16 games on Tuesday and Wednesday with Europe’s best clubs going toe-to-toe. The second half of the first week of group stage matches in the Champions League kicks off on Wednesday with Manchester City taking on Bayern Munich as the marquee match.
Tuesday’s most compelling match kicks off in western Germany as Borussia Dortmund hosts London’s Arsenal F.C. The Swiss champs have won their domestic league six times over the last seven years and reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League last season.
The most successful soccer countries in Europe are well represented in the group stage, but none more than Germany, England or Spain, which have four teams each in this year’s competition. The road to Berlin kicks off today with the first round of group stage matches of the UEFA Champions League. After a busy summer that brought in highly touted World Cup stars like Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, the Galacticos have not yet found the chemistry needed to win, winning only two games in this young season while dropping two to Atletico Madrid. Arsenal has a revamped attack with key additions such as Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck. The Gunners have not lost a single game so far, but have drawn more often than won. Soccer fans around the globe rejoice with the start of the greatest club soccer tournament in the world.
Defending champions Real Madrid begin their campaign for their 11th Champions League title. These two domestic powerhouse clubs meet in the Champions League for the third time in four years.