Line-up 8e finale Champions League

By Chris Dinsdale

December 16, 2019 - The draw for the Last 16 in the Champions League takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, as the tournament reaches the knockout stages. Group winners will be paired with runners-up, with the first matches taking place on February 18/19.

Seven former Champions League winners remain in the tournament, including last season’s victors Liverpool, perennial favourites Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, led by the competition’s top marksman, Robert Lewandowski. Elsewhere, relative new boys Atalanta -- making their debut this season -- and Leipzig, who have only one previous group stage appearance, complete the highly competitive line-up.

The final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 30, 2020.

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.

PUBLISHED: 12/12/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images