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October 13, 2020

2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Location-map, with chart showing UEFA CL Group Stage appearances & titles for the 32 clubs.

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2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Location-map, with chart showing UEFA CL Group Stage appearances & titles for the 32 clubs



By Bill Turianski on the 13th of October 2020; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

I haven’t made a Champions League map in a while (6 years), and so I decided to make this one.

The map is a standard location-map showing the locations of the 32 qualified teams in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage.

There are several other aspects to the map page…
1). Groups A through H
At the very top of the map are the eight 4-team groups of the Group Stage, arranged with with each club’s home-country flag shown alongside.

2). Allocations vs. Qualified teams, by country
At the left side of the map page, Allocations (by member-nations) are shown, via a list of the top 33 UEFA Member-Associations in their current [2020-21] Country Co-efficient ranking. I stopped at 33 (out of the 55 total UEFA member-nations) because #33 is the current ranking of Hungary, and Hungary’s Ferencváros was the club from the lowest-ranked country to qualify for this season’s tournament. Hungary is currently ranked below Leichtenstein, for crying out loud, so congratulations to Ferencváros for qualifying (for the first time in 25 years, no less).

3). Average Attendances of the 32 clubs (home domestic league matches from previous season)…
Flanking the western-edge of the map is the most recent ‘normal’ attendance figures for the 32 clubs…attendances from last season’s home domestic league matches (2019-20 season), pre-COVID, ie pre-15th March (or so). In other words, with regards to the matches from last season that had zero attendance because they were played post-COVID and behind closed doors…those zero-attendance matches were not counted in the average attendance figures. I added the previous sentence because some sites, like Soccerway.com and WorldFootball.net, have decided to include the post-COVID/closed-door-matches to each club’s attendance average figures. Thankfully, the excellent European Football Statistics site did not adhere to this, and discounted closed-door/zero-attendance matches…and that site’s figures are used here for the average attendance column on the map page. {Here is the European Football Statistics.co.uk site.}





4). 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: List of 2020-21 UEFA CL Group Stage teams by CL GS appearances, including European titles…
At the far right-hand side of the map page, all 32 clubs in the Group Stage are shown, by total Group Stage appearances, with consecutive appearances -/- or, previous appearance. Please note: the Group Stage aspect of this competition did not begin with the re-branding of the tournament in 1992-93…it began one season earlier. Here…1991-92 UEFA European Cup (en.wikipedia.org)…the last European Cup tournament in 1991-92 featured a Group Stage (of 8 teams; two of which are in the 2020-21 iteration – FC Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv). Wikipedia doesn’t include the 1991-92 tournament in their total-Group-Stage-appearances list. But RSSSF does {here: Champions League – All-Time Table [(1991/92-2013/14]}. The competition didn’t change with the re-branding from the European Cup to the Champions League in 1992-93…the name just changed. Yes, the competition has evolved, but it had already evolved into a Group Stage, one year before the re-brand.

5). UEFA European Titles list
At the lower-right-hand corner of the map page is a list showing all of the 22 European title-winning clubs, listed by total titles won. (65 European titles: European Cup titles, 1955-56 to 1991-92; Champions League titles, 1992-93 to 2019-20.)

Here is the breakdown of UEFA European titles by Country (1956-2020)…
Spain: 18 titles, won by 2 clubs. (Real Madrid, 13 titles; FC Barcelona, 5 titles.)
England: 13 titles, won by 5 clubs. (Liverpool, 6 titles; Manchester United, 3 titles; Nottingham Forest, 2 titles; Chelsea, 1 title; Aston Villa, 1 title.)
Italy, 12 titles, won by 3 clubs. (Milan, 7 titles; Internazionale, 3 titles; Juventus, 2 titles.)
Germany: 8 titles, won by 3 clubs. (Bayern Munich, 6 titles; Borussia Dortmund, 1 title; Hamburger SV, 1 title.)
Netherlands: 6 titles, won by 3 clubs. (Ajax, 4 titles; PSV Eindhoven, 1 title; Feyenoord, 1 title.)
Portugal: 4 titles, won by 2 clubs. (FC Porto, 2 titles; Benfica, 2 titles.)
France: 1 title. (Olympique Marseille.)
Yugoslavia: 1 title. (Red Star Belgrade.)
Romania: 1 title. (Steaua Bucharest.)
Scotland: 1 title. (Celtic.)
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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map, by Alexrk2 at File:Europe laea location map.svg (commons.wikinedia.org).
-Attendances, from european-football-statistics.co.uk.
-UEFA Champions League (en.wikipedia.org).

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