This championship was first coined by one of the French sports magazine. Cup-shaped trophy is nicknamed "The Big Ears" (Big Ears), and the first trophy different from what is now contested (made by Stadellman). Cup being contested right now is the 6th edition. At first championship trophy named European Club Champions Cup or the European Champion Clubs' Cup, which is usually abbreviated to European Cup (European Cup, and differs from the European Cup as it is known in Indonesia today which refers to the European Championship). This championship began in the 1955/56 season using two-leg knockout, ie each team plays two games, one away and one at home, and the team with the highest average score advance to the next round. Only the league championship teams in each country, plus the champion at that time, the right to join this competition.
The format and the name was later changed to the 1992/93 season. From then on, the championship has three qualifying rounds, one round of group competition (the teams play in the form of "away-cage" like a regular competition), and then the final four by knockout. All qualifying and knockout matches to be held with the two-leg, except the final which is a single match held in a place designated by UEFA.
Real Madrid CF have won this competition nine times and became the largest in all of Europe. The teams are the next most successful was the AC Milan (7-time champion), Liverpool FC (5 times champion), FC Bayern Munich and AFC Ajax (4-time champion), Manchester United, Internazionale Milan and FC Barcelona (3 time champion)
About Champions League
Music that accompanies the beginning of each broadcast television this championship composed by Tony Britten, based on a song composed by George Frideric Handel's Zadok the Priest entitled, and performed by the Chorus of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Especially for a team that never won the Champions League is at least 5 times in a row or 3 times in a row, on the left sleeve of the Champions League will have a logo and writing the number of trophies collected. Ajax are like for example, because the champion in 1971, 1972 and 1973 on the left sleeve there is the Champions League logo accompanied by a number of trophies earned.
The team, wearing the logo on the arm of Champions: Real Madrid (champions 9 times), AC Milan (champion 7 times), Liverpool (5 times champion), Bayer Munich (winner 74, 75 and 76) and Ajax (won 71, 72, and 73).
In the last 19 seasons, only one team that successfully defended the Champions League title (then the format and its name is still the Champions Cup) for two consecutive seasons, namely AC Milan at that time was predicated The Dream Team. Milan is also the only team in the 15 last season that won the final by 3 times in a row (1993, 1994 (champion), and 1995).
At the end of the 2004/05 season there are problems. Champions League winners Liverpool in the season qualify directly to the qualifying round next season, but Liverpool in the domestic league was ranked fifth. Everton, which is ranked 4th protest, so that Liverpool and Everton remain joined the Champions League next season (Everton through qualifying) and the UK also have five teams into the Champions League (the most in a single country).
Qualification for the Champions League is determined by the position of the teams in the domestic league and through the quota system, the countries that have a stronger domestic leagues are given more space. Clubs that play in stronger domestic leagues also began to participate in a more final round. For example, the three strongest leagues, according to UEFA's rankings, will see the champion and runner-up straight into a round group stage, and ranked third and fourth entry in the third qualifying round. There are exceptions to this rule; defending champions automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage, regardless of the final position in the domestic league. In the rotation Champions league clubs fight fiercely to occupy the top position so it is worth taking part of this championship.