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How to stream Champions League soccer

Champions League is back after a brief hiatus. Here's what you'll need to stream the matches.

 

Phil West

Sports

Published Dec 7, 2020   Updated Mar 31, 2021, 9:24 pm CDT

  • The Champions League is down to its final eight teams.
  • The matches are available on Paramount+, the streaming service formerly known as CBS All Access. You might have seen the commercials for it during the Super Bowl with Dora, Snooki, Beavis and Butthead going up a mountain to meet Stephen Colbert and Capt. Picard.
  • You can also still stream matches en Español via TUDN and Galavision.
  • Bayern Munich is the defending champion, through to the quarterfinals and playing PSG in a rematch of last year’s final.

2020-21 Quarterfinal Schedule

(all matches start at 3pm ET)

Tuesday, April 6

  • Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund
  • Real Madrid vs. Liverpool

Wednesday, April 7

  • Bayern Munich vs. PSG
  • Porto vs. Chelsea

Tuesday, April 13

  • Chelsea vs. Porto
  • PSG vs. Bayern Munich

Wednesday, April 14

  • Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City
  • Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

2021 Champions League groups

The 32-team field is split into eight four-team groups. Group stage play will involve all teams in each group playing home-and-away matches. The top two teams in each group will proceed to the knockout rounds.

Group A

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Bayern Munich
  • Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Red Bull Salzburg

Group B

  • Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Inter Milan
  • Real Madrid
  • Shakhtar Donetsk

Group C

  • Manchester City
  • Olympiacos
  • Olympique de Marseilles
  • Porto

Group D

  • Ajax
  • Atalanta
  • Liverpool
  • Midtjylland

Group E

  • Chelsea
  • Krasnodar
  • Sevilla
  • Stade Rennais

Group F

  • Borussia Dortmund
  • Club Brugge
  • Lazio
  • Zenit

Group G

  • Barcelona
  • Dynamo Kyiv
  • Ferencvárosi
  • Juventus

Group H

  • İstanbul Başakşehir
  • Manchester United
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • RB Leipzig

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How to stream Champions League matches with CBS All Access

If you want access to all the Champions League matches this season, you’ll want to get CBS All Access. (The TV deal runs through 2024, so it will be an essential item in your soccer streaming arsenal.)

CBS All Access is the network’s official entry into the streaming arena, and set the tone for other major networks launching their own streaming services. To reflect its relationship to Paramount, it will rebrand as Paramount+ in early 2021.

CBS All Access anchors itself in the vast CBS show library, going into TV history as well as relying on the Star Trek series and the crime dramas that help define it today. It also has a selection of movies tied to Paramount’s ownership by CBS parent Viacom.

The streaming service is also a destination for live events like the annual Grammy Awards, and it’s becoming a destination for live sports fans. With Champions League and NWSL accessible through CBS All Access, it’s a legitimate player in sports programming.

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How to stream Champions League matches with Galavision and TUDN

For Spanish-language coverage of Champions League, you’ll be able to find select matches on Galavision, and others on TUDN. Here’s how to find those.

FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

All Fubo packages bring you TUDN. Galavision is part of the Fubo Latino plan.

Fubo TV packages
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99


AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for TUDN, you’ll find it in the Optimo Mas or Ultimate plan. Galavision is available on five different plans; only Plus or Max leave you without it.

at&t TV Now
Plus$55
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Premier$183
Optimo Mas$86


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What is the UEFA Champions League?

Started in 1992—building from the European Champions Cup that only featured league winners from Europe’s prime soccer-playing nations—the UEFA Champions League features the top 32 European club teams.

In a typical year, UEFA holds play-in matches in June to select six slots; those teams, plus 26 pre-qualified teams, make up eight groups of four teams each, which play in a group stage, much like World Cup entrants do.

That group play typically happens between September and December, with each team playing six matches total. (Matches are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to fit in between the weekend matches teams play in their respective leagues.)

From that field, the first and second place teams in each group advance to a 16-team knockout round that typically starts in February and goes through May; each round leading up to the final has two legs, with each team playing a home and away match to determine who advances and who goes home.

The 2021 final is scheduled for Saturday, May 29 at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

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Champions League: Odds to Win 2020-21 Tournament

(according to BetMGM, as of October 19)

Bayern Munich+400
Manchester City+475
Liverpool+500
PSG+1000
Real Madrid+1100
Barcelona+1200
Juventus+1200
Atletico Madrid+1800
Chelsea+2000
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UEFA Champions League winners

  • 2020: Bayern Munich (Germany)
  • 2019: Liverpool (England)
  • 2018: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2017: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2016: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2015: Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2014: Real Madrid (Spain)
  • 2013: Bayern Munich (Germany)
  • 2012: Chelsea (England)
  • 2011: Barcelona (Spain)

Here’s a complete list of the winners and runner-ups, dating back to the first European Cup winners in 1956.

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2020, 9:07 pm CST