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UEFA Champions League prize money 2021/ 2022: UCL teams, qualification



UEFA Champions League prize money 2021/2022: teams, qualification, preview and other UCL information.


Ahead of the 2021/2022 football season, the UEFA Champions League prize money has been obtained with a detailed explanation regarding the Competition.


The Champions League or UCL for short is the European top tier football competition played by the top teams across the various leagues on the continent.


Cool facts

How much money do you get for winning the Champions League? The winners of the UEFA Champions League will pocket 19 million for lifting the trophy while the runners up will also receive 15 million.


How much does UEFA make from the Champions League? UEFA makes millions of Euros through its partners and pool of advertisers as well as Television broadcast rights.


Who won Champions League 2021? Chelsea FC won the 2021 Champions League after beating Manchester City in the final.


This is just to show how lucrative the competition had been over the years.


The UEFA Champions League is the top tier professional men’s football Competition played by teams across the European continent or within the UEFA member nations.


The competition is the most priced club soccer tournament and also stood as the most prestigious when it comes to the drama, Competition as well as the fun which follows it.


The 2020/2021 campaign was lifted by English Premier League outfit Chelsea, who defeated fellow English side Manchester City in the final.


As winners, Chelsea was handed the trophy as well as 19 million with a place in the group stages next year. Manchester City also pocketed 15 million despite emerging as runners up.



A drop down of other details.


Here’s the UEFA Champions League prize money for teams in the 2021/2022 season

Winner: 19 million

Runner-up: 15 million

Semi-finalist: 12 million

Quarter-finalist: 10.5 million

Last 16: ‘9.5 million.


But Why is the league attracting so much money? This is because of the level of teams participating in the competition.


It features the biggest football clubs in world football today including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Bayern Munich, etc.



UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 prize money and everything you need to know


As the new season gets underway from the preliminary qualifying round despite the Euro 2020, the prize money has been known.



The Union of European Football Governing Body UEFA will distribute a total of €2.022bn for the group stages.


This announcement was a welcomed development as it surpassed the initial money for the previous seasons from 2018 to 2021 which stood at €1.950bn for participating clubs.


Adding to this new development, about 25% will be allocated to the initial instalments.


Also, another 30% will be solely kept as a fixed amount and there’s another 30% solely for the performance of teams the ranked based on coefficient for the ten-year.


Also, there’s an additional 15% which is all for the variable portions linked to the market pool.


Analyzing the UEFA Champions League prize money for various stages in the 2021/2022 season


Group stages money

For the group stages proper, the participating 32 clubs from the respective UEFA member nations will receive a whopping sum of €15.64m which is far better than in previous years.


Each group stages winners or each game a team wins will attract €2.8m and €930,000 will be paid to teams for a draw.


Knocked Stages Money

Each participating club that qualifies for the knockout stage of the Competition will receive a new sum.


The following are the amounts they’ll receive.


Last 16: €9.6m per club.

Quarterfinals: €10.6m per club

Semifinal: €12.5m per club

Final: €15.5m or winners of the Champions League.


There’s also an extra €4.5m for winning the final.


This makes the Champions League 2021/2022 even more lucrative than the previous editions.


Champions League new allocation for Top ten coefficient rankings


There’s a new benefit for clubs. About €600m is already allocated for the ten-year ranking.


The money will be shared amongst participating clubs based on the performance of the last ten years.


The rankings also include bonuses based on past campaign or participation in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, etc.


The Market pool money distribution


For the market pool, the €300.3 m will be distributed according to television market share by the participating teams.



The total value will be divided across the respective member nations to the same teams.


Also, the division will be made based on previous results and will be shared at the half and not fully.


UEFA Champions League 2020/2021 prize money last season vs 2021/2022

During the 2020/2021 season, winners Chelsea FC got 19 million euros. But for the 2021/2022 season, the winners will also receive 19 million euros.


How the Champions League prize money will increase Competition

The lucrative nature of the Competition over the years have increased the want by clubs to claim the title.


To win the trophy, several players have taken unexpected decisions just to join a team that plays in the Competition.


Also, the want by club owners to have a hand on the title has forced them to go into the market in search of players that would increase their chances at the titles.


As the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League gets underway, the Competition is expected to be fierce as clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona would place top priority on it.


The high price money from the Champions League means more money and income for the rest of the season.


Qualifying for the knockout stages alone attracts a huge financial sum which is one of the reasons clubs fight hard to make it out of the group stages.


The Competition in the UCL had always been there, but it increases year after year.


The 2021/2022 Champions League top teams preview


1. Chelsea

Chelsea FC is the defending Champions of the UEFA Champions League after its triumph during the 2020/2021 finals against Manchester City.


The Blue side from London won the competition against all odds despite been ruled out of winning the Championship based on the strength of their opponents.


For Chelsea, pocketing 19 million euros is a plus including other financial incentives attached to the club’s overwhelmed performance during the campaign.


For the coach of the side Thomas Tuchel, there would be another attempt at the title once again with the triumph last season.


The club boost top players including Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Ngolo Kante, Jorginho, etc.


These were some of the most outstanding players that led to the title-winning squad.


Chelsea would have another 19 million euros to fight for as the new UEFA Champions League season gets underway.



As expected, there’s an expected squad change that could take place even in Chelsea’s eye some of the biggest players of world football including Erling Haaland.



To claim another title in consecutive seasons, Chelsea would fend off tough competition from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United once again.



Chelsea is a formidable side, young and athletic, capable of moving up further in their quest to win more European trophies.


2. Manchester City

It was quite disappointing for Spanish coach Pep Guardiola and his boys who had the title to lose on the final day.


The Cityzens had come close on few occasions, but narrowly missed out but the 2021 final was another opportunity to right the wrongs.

However, it just could not occur for Manchester City to claim a major trophy like the UEFA Champions League in the modern era of football.


As expected, the team are expected to make a huge squad shakeup which could be seen in recent moves.


Legendary attacker Sergio Kun Aguero and Eric Garcia had already left with few more players tipped to exit the scene.


In their place, Manchester City is expected to break the bank in a bid to bring in new players to fight for the Champions League titles once again.


Pep Guardiola had won the competition twice while he was at Barcelona but is yet to claim it with Manchester City.


3. Real Madrid

Although was a shock exit for the record winners, there’s a call for more improvement ahead of the new season.


Real Madrid recently appointed former manager Carlo Ancelotti to take charge of the club for the new season.


With this move already made, they would also try to sign quality players even as legendary defender Sergio Ramos exits the club.


For Real Madrid, there’s no other way to make amendments since some of the old heads have already headed for the exit door.


With new coach Carlo Ancelotti already in charge, the new plan is expected to be enforced ahead of the UEFA Champions League campaign next season.



Real Madrid boost of top players including Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, etc.


The Los Blancos are already linked with several players including Kylian Mbappe from PSG as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.



Real Madrid is expected to fight for the title next season.



4. Barcelona

Barcelona’s exit from the knockout stages without reaching the finals was a huge blow for the Catalan club.


Coach of side Ronald Koeman plans for a better outing in his second season in charge of the club.


With stars including Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati, Dembele and Sergino Dest as well as Sergio Ramos present, Barcelona would have a more formidable squad.



Club’s president who has the desire to move the club forward is still expecting new signings ahead of the new season.


Barcelona is also one of the best teams in the history of the UEFA Champions League.


6. Manchester United

The red devils were eliminated from the Champions League group stage to the UEFA Europa League.


The red devils achieved reaching the finals but lost out to the Spanish side Villareal CF.


With top stars including Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani present, United would hope for the best.


Series of losses in major finals has been the major point in Manchester United history over the last few seasons.



But Ole Gunnar Solsjaer new strategy which involves signing high profile players is expected to light up the team.



The UEFA Champions League prize money is much more lucrative and would mean a financial boost for Manchester United if they end up emerging winners in the end.



7. Juventus

Another underwhelming performance from Juventus last campaign, the Turin based club would hope to turn things around this term.


Last campaign, Juventus almost Lost out on Champions League qualification ahead of the 2021/2022 season.


But with qualification sealed, there’s to expect from the team.


A change in managerial hands was made after former player and legend Andrea Pirlo stepped out for Massimiliano Allegri who was in charge of the team.



Top players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Federico Chiesa, Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Alvaro Morata are expected to lead the new Juventus revolution aimed at dominating the Champions League scene next season.


For Juventus, there’s more at stake including a more lucrative Champions League prize money, bonuses.



8. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich won the 2020 UEFA Champions League at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain who also got to the semi-finals of the 2021 edition.


Bayern Munich enjoyed a fine run across all competitions including the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and FIFA Club World Cup that year.


But 2021 turned out different even though the Bundesliga side got to the Knockout stages of the Competition.


However, there’s a new vision at the club willing to replicate the same achievement made by former manager Hansi Flick.


The appointment of Julian Nagglesman who’s one of Europe’s youngest soccer managers is expected to change the dynamic at the club.



Top players including Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, etc is to further lay siege in the Bundesliga.


Moving onto the European scene, Bayern Munich would have to repeat the same formula utilized in 2020 to stand a chance of winning the European top club trophy.


9. Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid has consistently performed at the highest standard.


Last season, it was a shock elimination to eventual winners Chelsea who had all the advantages heading into the tie.



Atlético Madrid won the Spanish La Liga title and the president of the club had hinted at moves to ensure the signing of players that would help boost the squad for important European Competitions.



Atlético Madrid still has a shot at the UEFA Champions League and would love to surpass the previous season’s performance.



Recall, Atlético Madrid had lost in the final years back to city rivals Real Madrid who went on to win the first treble in the modern era of Champions League.


10. Liverpool

Liverpool is the fourth Premier League representatives.


The Anfield landlords won the 2019 edition of the league by beating fellow English side Tottenham Hotspur.


Last season, the club was a shadow of itself characterized by unexpected injuries on top players including Virgil Van Dijk.



For Jurgen Klopp, it is a wake-up call to make improvement and further create stability in the team to avoid future problems that may arise from player absence.



Liverpool is tipped to make a swift return to the European scene when the new season starts.


Liverpool has high hopes of challenging for the title after making some few signings.


For Klopp, his encounter last season is a huge lesson for him following mass injury in his players.


11. Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund still has a shot at the title. Last season, they got eliminated from the competition by Manchester City.


Dortmund boost of having some of the best young players on the planet including Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Youssoufa Moukoko, Jadon Sancho.


Although Jadon Sancho has been subject to various transfer speculations across European Media.


Dortmund would be hoping for a better outing next year in the Champions League.


Dortmund is one of the teams in Europe having some of the best young players on the planet from Jadon Sancho to Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham.



12. RB Leipzig


Leipzig is another side that has not failed in its bid to get beyond the group stages. The club got to a semi-final finish in 2020.


In 2021, it was a different scenario altogether. That been said, RB Leipzig has high hopes of making a difference when the new season commences.


Top players at the club including Dominik Szobozlai, Hwang Hee-Chan, Lukas Klostermann, Dani Olmo, Angelino, etc.


Leipzig continues to make the headlines as one of most dangerous and unpredictable teams.



13. Sporting Lisbon


Sporting Lisbon won the Portuguese Primeira Liga. The club would represent the best of Portuguese homegrown talents when the season kicks off..


For a long time, Portuguese teams have not made huge impacts on the competition. However, Sporting Lisbon hopes to change that narrative.


14. Ajax Amsterdam


Ajax Amsterdam will yet again hope for another fairytale season in the competition.


Dubbed European giant-killers, Ajax would be hoping for a favourable outcome.


Over the past few years, Ajax has emerged as one of the best performing teams from the Netherlands when it comes to European Competitions.


Some seasons ago, Ajax lost in the finals of the finals of the Europa League to Manchester United.


15. Inter Milan

Inter Milan enters the Champions League this time in grand style as winners of the 2020/2021 Italian Serie A league.



Tutored by Antonio Conte, the club would have the highest odds as Italian representatives in the competition.


Inter Milan boost of top players including Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, Handanovic, etc.


Inter Milan also expected to make few changes to it’s squad ahead of the new campaign which is expecting to be different.



16. AC Milan


Milan makes yet again another return to the UEFA Champions League after a while.


The club would be returning to the scene it once achieved success with a new style and philosophy.



Coached by Stefan Pioli, AC Milan would be hoping for a better outing when the Competition starts.


AC Milan are also one of the sides to watch out.


Full list of Champions League teams for the 2021/2022 season


Group Stage

Chelsea, Villarreal, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg.


Inter Milan, Milan, Atalanta, Juventus, Lille, Paris Saint-Germain, Sporting CP, Porto, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Club Brugge, Dynamo Kyiv, Ajax, Beşiktaş.


Play-off round

Red Bull Salzburg, Brøndby


Third qualifying

Rangers, Slavia Prague, Monaco, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Genk, Shakhtar Donetsk


Second Round

Omonia, Young Boys, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade, PSV Eindhoven, Galatasaray, Rapid Wien, Midtjylland, Celtic, Sparta Prague.



Ferencváros, Fola Esch, Žalgiris, Alashkert, Riga, Teuta, Shkëndija, Borac Banja Luka, Sheriff Tiraspol, Shamrock Rovers, HJK, Dinamo Tbilisi, Hibernians, Valur, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Linfield, Lincoln Red Imps, Budućnost Podgorica, Flora.


Preliminary round

Prishtina, HB, Inter-Club d’Escaldes, Folgore.


Participating member nations

Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, Ukraine, Netherlands, Turkey,  Austria, Denmark, Scotland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia.


Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Lithuania Armenia, Latvia.


Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Georgia, Malta  Iceland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Montenegro, Estonia, Kosovo, Faroe Islands, Andorra, San Marino.


The Schedule

The competition will begin on June 22 for the preliminary Qualifying stages involving the lowest-ranked teams on the continent.


The Qualification runs from 22 June – 25 August 2021.


The main phase (Champions League group stage) will begin from the 14th of September 2021 through the 28th of May 2022.



A total of 32 Teams will take part in the group stages.


About the 2021/2022 season


The 2021–22 campaign is the 67th of the European premiere club Competition and the 30th since it was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League.



Chelsea is the defensive Champions of the competition after winning the previous edition against fellow English side Manchester City.


The final match is expected to be hosted in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg specifically at the Krestovsky Stadium.


This season’s Competitions, away goals rule was to abolish as part of new rules introduced by UEFA.


Champions League format

The Competition begins a preliminary qualifying series before heading for the group stage.


The winners of the group stages qualify for the knockout stages with the remaining two teams advance to the grand final played at a neutral venue.


How to watch the Champions League on TV


The Champions League is available on various Television rights holders across the world.


Also Read: UEFA Europa Conference League prize money – everything you need to know


You can catch all actions live deleting on your location and subscription service.


The UEFA Champions League prize money increased for the 2021/2022 season is expected to further increase the Competitiveness of the league.

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