Brief History The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA national association. The final of the 2012–13 tournament was the most watched UEFA Champions League final to date, as well as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide in 2013, drawing 360 million television viewers.
How Teams are Placed
The tournament proper begins with a group stage of 32 teams, divided into eight groups. Seeding is used whilst making the draw for this stage, whilst teams from the same country may not be drawn into groups together. Each team meets the others in its group home and away in a round-robin format. The winning team and the runners-up from each group then progress to the next round. The third-placed team enters the UEFA Europa League.
With the scandal happening in FIFA last year, eyes have been closely watching UEFA [and has always been] to see if there can be a good sheep within the bad flock. Nevertheless, speculations has always surrounded UEFA on seed fixing in the interest of TV money, and in a bid to ensure top teams stay longer in the competition.
This year’s draw held on Thursday 25th August 2016, and one of the key seed selectors was Roberto Carlos, former Real Madrid and Brazil defender. Of course, we’re not suggesting the Brazilian legend deliberately ensured an easy passage to the knockout stages – but other people seem convinced he was at the centre of a huge conspiracy.Most years you get unfounded theories about ‘warm balls’ being used to keep certain teams apart from one another, but some believe Roberto Carlos’ actions are even more suspicious.
They have noted that, during the draw, he removed one ball from a bowl before returning it and drawing out another.
Roberto Carlos casually picks a ball, puts it back, and picks another one. Hmmmmm pic.twitter.com/0NUJ9yOPCX
— Juan Direction (@JuanDirection57) August 26, 2016
Amazingly, that’s not the only accusation of a conspiracy.
Some folks in Barcelona aren’t too pleased with Real Madrid receiving a more favourable draw (Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Clube and Legia Warsaw, compared to Barça’s opposition of Manchester City, Celtic and Borussia Moenchengladbach).
Other conspiracy theories have always been generating about referring, in favor of the BIG teams.
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