Graphic shows nationalities of Last 16 teams in the Champions League since 2003-04, with schedule of this season’s Last 16 ties.
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Five nations do battle as knock-out stages kick off

By Chris Dinsdale

February 18, 2020 - March 18, 2020 - The Champions League knock-out stages begin. England and Spain are represented by four teams apiece, setting up two Anglo-Spanish heavyweight encounters as Liverpool tackle Atletico Madrid, and Manchester City take on Real Madrid. Three teams each from Italy and Germany, and two from France, complete the Last 16 line-up.

The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. The final of the 2012-13 tournament had the highest TV ratings to date, drawing 360 million television viewers. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, where Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final.

Liverpool are the defending champions. They defeated English rivals Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s final to win the title for the sixth time.

PUBLISHED: 06/02/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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