Which teams are in the UEFA Champions League? All 32 participating clubs for 2021-22

By | August 17, 2021

A total of 32 teams will kick off the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League with dreams of winning the most prestigious trophy in professional club soccer.

English power Chelsea is the defending champion, and a host of contenders will look to knock the Blues off that perch. French side Paris Saint-Germain, Germany’s Bayern Munich and 2021 finalists Manchester City are considered the favorites by the bookmakers.

The tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two teams in each group advance to the Round of 16 that kicks off in February 2022. Two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout rounds are played the rest of the way through to the single game final that will be held on May 28, 2022.

  • Group Stage: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8
  • Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16
  • Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
  • Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
  • Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)

For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker used in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after it was abolished in June 2021. Series that are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty-kick shootout.

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Teams in UEFA Champions League 2021-22

A total of 26 teams have qualified directly to the UEFA Champions League group stage. There are six spots left up for grabs that will be determined by two-leg playoff series (Aug. 17-18, Aug. 24-25).

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw will be held after those playoffs have been decided on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Team Country How team qualified Appearances
(since 1992-93)
Titles (Last)
Ajax Netherlands 1st – Eredivisie 17 4 (1995)
Atalanta Italy 3rd – Serie A 3
Atletico Madrid Spain 1st – La Liga 12
Barcelona Spain 3rd La Liga 26 5 (2015)
Bayern Munich Germany 1st – Bundesliga 25 6 (2020)
Besiktas Turkey 1st – Super Lig 8
Borussia Dortmund Germany 3rd – Bundesliga 16 1 (1997)
Chelsea England 4th – English Premier League 18 2 (2021)
Club Brugge Belgium 1st – Jupiler Pro League 9
Dynamo Kiev Ukraine 1st – Ukraine Premier League 18
Inter Milan Italy 1st – Serie A 15 3 (2010)
Juventus Italy 4th – Serie A 22 2 (1996)
Lille France 1st – Ligue 1 7
Liverpool England 3rd – English Premier League 14 6 (2019)
Manchester City England 1st – English Premier League 11
Manchester United England 2nd – English Premier League 24 3 (2008)
AC Milan Italy 2nd – Serie A 18 7 (2007)
Paris Saint-Germain France 2nd – Ligue 1 14
Porto Portugal 2nd – Liga Portugal 25 2 (2004)
RB Leipzig Germany 2nd – Bundesliga 4
Real Madrid Spain 2nd – La Liga 26 13 (2018)
Sevilla Spain 4th – La Liga 7
Sporting CP Portugal 1st – Liga Portugal 9
VfL Wolfsburg Germany 4th – Bundesliga 3
Villarreal Spain Europa League Champion 4
Zenit St. Petersburg Russia 1st – Russian Premier League 9
RB Salzburg / Brondby TBD TBD TBD TBD
AS Monaco / Shakhtar Donetsk TBD TBD TBD TBD
Sheriff Tiraspol / Dinamo Zagreb TBD TBD TBD TBD
Benfica / PSV Eindhoven TBD TBD TBD TBD
Malmo / Ludogorets TBD TBD TBD TBD
Young Boys / Ferencvaros TBD TBD TBD TBD

UEFA Champions League clubs by country

No. of Teams Country Qualified Teams
5 Spain Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal
4 England Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea
4 Germany Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg
4 Italy Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus
2 France Lille, Paris Saint-Germain
2 Portugal Sporting CP, Porto
1 Belgium Club Brugge
1 Netherlands Ajax
1 Russia Zenit St. Petersburg
1 Turkey Besiktas
1 Ukraine Dynamo Kiev

How to watch the UEFA Champions League

The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be carried in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish).

  • Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022
  • TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)
  • Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision
  • Streaming (English): Paramount+
  • Streaming (Spanish): PrendeTV, TUDN.tv (authenticated users)

Canada: The UEFA Champions League will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in Canada. New customers can sign up for a 30-day free trial.