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The 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League gets underway with eight fixtures on Tuesday (14 September), followed by another eight on Wednesday (15 September). Photo: Africa Top Sports

The UEFA Champion’s League, often abbreviated as the UCL, is an annual men’s association football tournament operated by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), competed in by the highest-level clubs in European football.

The UCL is one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world, where the best teams in Europe, and by extension, the world, compete in a series of matches to determine who is the best team in Europe.

How to watch a Champions League live stream in New Zealand

Champions League fans in New Zealand can watch this season's Champions League unfold on streaming service Spark Sport.

The best news is that Spark Sport offers a 1-month free trial so you can try before you buy.

Photo: Matt Huisman
Photo: Matt Huisman

Once that's expired, a subscription costs $24.99 per month, and includes the Premier League, plenty of Black Caps cricket action, as well as F1 racing, MotoGP and NBA basketball.

Spark Sport is available via web browsers on your PC or Mac, plus Apple and Android mobile devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, selected Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG TVs, and select Freeview streamers.

Best Option: Goal.com

How To Use Goal.com In NZ?

This is a sports platform that has the rights to stream all Champions League games in South East Asia. Currently, these countries include; Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and some games are in Taiwan. Now the beauty here is that the commentary is in English and they stream all games free, no signup is needed.

You only need to make your internet connection look like you’re in one of those countries.

With a PureVPN subscription you can, it costs $10.95 monthly or $2.88 on a 2 year plan.

Use our exclusive coupon code below and visit PureVPN and signup.

You can pay with a credit/debit card as well as Paypal, Alipay, PaymentWall and Bluesnap which offer a range of features depending on your country of payment method.

Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive an email with your login details. Make a note of these and then proceed to choose the device type you wish to install their application on.

You can use PureVPN’s extensive app coverage which includes Chromecast, Smart TVs, Roku, Android TV boxes, Amazon Fire TV, Linux or router level VPN.

If you were planning to use your laptop/tv to watch Goal.com then download the app for your device or simply visit Goal.com

Now connect PureVPN to their Thailand, Laos or Philippines server.

Now visit the Goalpass website and start streaming.

Watch the Champions League on the BT Sport app

Once you've signed up for BT TV and/or BT broadband, you can watch all the Champions League matches, including highlights and news, on the BT Sport app.

This app covers the same channels as those available via BT TV including BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport 3, BT Sport ESPN and BT Sport Extra and is available for iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets, Apple TV, Xbox or Samsung Smart TV. You can also attach a Google Chromecast and stream the app from your laptop, tablet or phone to your standard TV.

It's worth noting that some BT Mobile SIM-only deals also include the BT Sport app for free. This alone is worth £10/mth, making it worth it, especially if you want to watch the Champions League anywhere online.

Use a good VPN service

If you're out of the country for any of the Champions League games, but don't want to miss out on the action, you can stream BT Sport or DAZN over a virtual private network, or VPN. A VPN conceals your location, making your device and apps think you're browsing from any country that you want. So, for example, you can log into BT Sport from the US and watch the game as if you were watching it on your PC at home. It's good practice to use a VPN because it protects all your browsing traffic from everyone, including your ISP. VPNs are especially useful if you travel often because public Wi-Fi networks can be easily breached.

The Champions League Today

Roughly 80 teams compete in the Champion’s League each season, primarily from domestic European leagues. The UEFA Coefficient is a tool used to rank the standard of these leagues, and the number of teams that can qualify depends on the league’s UEFA Coefficient. F

or example, the top four finishers of the English Premier League qualify for the group stages of the following year’s Champions League, as it is considered one of the strongest leagues in the world, and thus retains a consistently high UEFA coefficient.

Whereas Turkey, whose domestic league is not as strong, can only have one team qualify from their domestic league per season.

The Last 32 Stages

The tournament is not considered to have ‘properly’ begun until the 32 team group stage, where teams are split into 8 divisions of four in a round-robin format.

Teams are divided based on a draw, which utilizes seeding, with an additional condition that teams from the same nation cannot compete against each other at this stage.

The top two finishers of the round-robin from each division qualify for the next 16.

A series of further matches takes place between the final 16, which is known as the ‘knockout stage’ slowly reducing the pool until the quarter-finals take place.

Champions League schedule: Group stage, Matchday 1

Home teams listed first

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Group Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Group F Young Boys vs. Manchester United 12:45 p.m. UniMas, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+
Group G Sevilla vs. RB Salzburg 12:45 p.m. Galavision fuboTV, Paramount+
Group E Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich 3 p.m. UniMas, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+
Group E Dynamo Kyiv vs. Benfica 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group F Villarreal vs. Atalanta 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group G LOSC Lille vs. Wolfsburg 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group H Chelsea vs. Zenit St. Petersburg 3 p.m. Galavision fuboTV, Paramount+
Group H Malmo FF vs. Juventus 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Group Matches Time (ET) TV channels Stream
Group C Besiktas vs. Borussia Dortmund 12:45 p.m. UniMas, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+
Group D Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Shakhtar Donetsk 12:45 p.m. Galavision fuboTV, Paramount+
Group A Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group A Club Brugge vs. PSG 3 p.m. Univision, TUDN fuboTV, Paramount+
Group B Atletico Madrid vs. Porto 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group B Liverpool vs. AC Milan 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group C Sporting CP vs. Ajax 3 p.m. TUDNxtra fuboTV, Paramount+
Group D Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid 3 p.m. Galavision fuboTV, Paramount+

UEFA Champions League 2021-2022: Tournament Format

The 2021-2022 edition of the UEFA Champions League returns with a familiar format and one major new twist.

As usual, the tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two finishers 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 in Russia.

  • 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)
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