Watch the Champions League at the Toffee Club in Portland, Oregon
It’s finally here! The Champions League group stages start this week. If you're new to the competition, this blog explains how the Champions League works and gives you an overview of the matches we will show at the Toffee Club here in Portland.
For many, the Champions League is the Super Bowl of European Football. Created by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) in 1995, the competition was originally called the European Champion Clubs' Cup and in 1992 was renamed the Champions League. Starting this week, 32 teams from Europe’s best clubs will compete in a round robin format with eight groups of four teams. ( Wikipedia does a good job of explaining how 26 of the teams automatically qualify through a position in their country’s league and the six teams who enter through an earlier knockout completion.) It’s exciting and fast paced football.
Real Madrid have won the most cups and this year will be competing without their star Ronaldo who now plays for Juventus. Messi and his Barcelona teammates are always on the favorite’s list, but this year might be the first time Manchester City finally reaches the goal of owner Sheik Mansour to lift the trophy. Many teams are created specifically to win the Champions League such as PSG in League 1 in France or Bayern Munich in Germany. Last year’s cup was marred by the early injury of Liverpool star Mo Salah. Fans who are new to football will want to learn about Champions League scoring as there is a point system based off of home games vs. away games.
The 2018-2019 Champions League is one of the most open in recent years. We hope you can join us for the matches on our bar screens or on the projector screen in our Clubhouse. Let’s hope there are many surprises this year and a deserving champion is crowned. Note the new times of the matches. In the first two days, we will show matches teams from La Liga, the Premier League, the Dutch Eredivisie, League 1, Seria A and the Swiss Super League.
Tuesday, September 18th
9.55 AM Inter Milan v. Tottenham Bar Screens
9.55 AM Barcelona v. PSV Clubhouse
12:00 PM Liverpool v. PSG Bar Screens
12:00 PM Monaco v. Atletico Madrid Clubhouse
Wednesday, September 19th
12 PM Real Madrid vs Roma Bar Screens
12 PM Valencia vs Juventus Side Screen (no sound.)
12 PM Young Boys vs Man United Clubhouse
We hope you can join us for the first week of the Champions League. Please click here to see our schedule in full.