Which Champions League Football Team Do You Love Best?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Which Champions League Football Team Do You Love Best?
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About This Quiz

The UEFA Champion's League may not technically be as prestigious as the World Cup, but it is almost universally agreed that it enjoys a higher quality game. This is because World Cup teams are limited to players of a given nationality, raising the odds that a team will field at least one or two players who are not truly world-class. (Hence why the trophy nearly always goes to countries with pervasive footie culture and populations over 50 million.)

The Champions League, however, draws the top few teams from the European leagues. Due to being the oldest in the world and often based in wealthy nations, these teams are the best-funded and most prestigious. Thus, from La Liga in Spain to the Premiership in England to Serie A in Italy, they attract the best players. These players' teams are likely to place, earning entrance to the Champions League. The upshot: The Champions League is the only professional game that is 100 percent wheat, zero chaff.

The international element further elevates the tournament. While style of play varies by team even within a given league, national cultures have an influence that can often be seen in all a league's teams. For example, players in hotter southern European countries tend to hover then break quickly for the goal, while northern teams run more steadily and thus cover more distance. As a result, Champions League games are the ultimate testing ground for contrasting strategies, making outcomes less predictable and analysis more thoughtful.

This means that picking a favorite Champions League team can be entirely obvious if your beloved local team tends to get in, and very difficult if they don't. Let's see which Champions League team you love -- and if you haven't picked one yet, this is a great way to start following the best football game on earth!

In what sort of climate do you think the best football is played?
Hot and dry
Cold and rainy
Temperate and pleasant
Climate has no relevance to a proper team. A good player is a machine.

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Which non-European national team do you love most?
Brazil. They win -- a lot.
Wales. I love an underdog.
Nigeria. I love it when they beat European teams with ten times the money.
Argentina. They break England's heart. LOL.

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Which national league do you think has the highest-quality game?
La Liga, Spain
The Premiership, England
Serie A, Italy
Bundesliga, Germany

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Do you expect your players to be outspoken on social issues?
I love it!
Sure, but only on a couple issues.
I don't care.
No. Shut up and play.

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What time of day do you like to watch games?
Evening
Afternoon
Morning
Whenever!

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What snack do you eat while you watch?
Tapas
Crisps (which are called chips if you're American!)
Something healthy
Pork products!

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Was religion a factor in which team you picked?
Not really.
No, but neighborhood was.
I'm not at all religious, so no.
I guess a vaguely Protestant bend suits my intense work ethic.

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Do you mind if your team is owned by mysterious foreign entities with incredibly deep pockets?
Yes, I mind! I want them to be domestic entities with deep pockets.
Mysterious, no. Foreign with deep pockets? Oh, yes.
I want my team to own itself.
I like my teams democratically operated. I do not care who owns them.

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How do you feel about the other fans of your team?
They are excellent people whom I admire.
They're jerks, but in a way that makes me love them more.
They're OK.
They're generally embarrassing.

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What non-football/soccer sport is the most manly?
Dancing. Think about it.
Martial arts for me!
I don't think being manly is a useful measure of a sport.
Rock climbing is very manly.

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What is the best way to see a match, other than in person?
At a dinner party that goes late into the night!
Sports bar
TV at home
Friend's house

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What cultural factor makes your team great?
They cheat.
They're hard as nails.
They're polite and calm.
They work very hard.

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What is the best thing to do during halftime?
Take a little nap
Cup of tea, obviously
Mull over the first half and make predictions
Drink copiously

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Who is a player you particularly love?
Lionel Messi
Mohamed Salah
Arturo Vidal
Kolo Toure

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How important are star players to you?
Essential!
I used to think they were important, but now I know better. It's the overall balance that matters.
I like them if they're worth the money.
I don't feel strongly.

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Do you mind if someone on your team takes a dive?
I love it!
I don't usually notice.
I would be furious.
I mind if they don't get away with it.

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Do you prefer defensive or aggressive play?
Defensive
Aggressive
A mix
Depends what the other side is doing that day

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Be honest: What would it take for your team to win?
A good year
An incredible manager and a deeper bench than we knew we had
A lucky draw in the group stage, then certain major teams being knocked out in other groups
Hard work

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Do you like to travel to see games in person?
Once a year, sure!
Yes, I have a season ticket.
Not that often.
Only major games, like the finals.

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Which team do you hope never gets into the Champions League ever again?
Barcelona
Everton
Man City
Roma

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With whom do you like to watch games?
My extended family
My mates
My neighbors
Everyone I know

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When you see a game in person, what do you wear?
Team strip, obviously!
Team scarf plus a nice warm coat
Whatever is practical for the weather
I paint the team colors on my naked torso!

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What is the most you would pay to see a game live (in U.S. dollars)?
$1,000. I'm quite rich.
$150. I'm poor!
$300. I'm not rich but I care a lot.
$400. I'm not rich but this is my most important hobby.

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Which non-alcoholic drink should they serve in the stadium?
Virgin sangria. It's refreshing and classy.
Coke, I guess?
A nice, soothing hot chocolate!
Why would you serve a non-alcoholic drink at a football game? That's nuts!

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When you chant your team chants, which is the best language to use?
Spanish
Ours are only in English, but we sing them, which is cool!
Whatever the other team's native tongue is. This is the most intimidating choice.
German

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If you're sitting through a game, what weather is going to drive you home no matter what you paid for your ticket?
Drizzle
Weather has absolutely no impact on my life choices.
Rain
Sleet

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Does your team like to run a lot, or do they tend to be slower and then have bursts of activity?
Slower with bursts
Our lot run constantly!
Mostly running
Depends on the enemy

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Which is the most exciting type of goal?
Penalty shoot-out
Long distance surprise where nobody even broke for goal; someone just took a totally insane shot that went in.
Anything that results from a corner!
An orchestrated team effort involving a volley, a scissor-kick, six passes and one feint designed to trick them into putting us onside.

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How well do you understand the offside rule?
Entirely, though I hate it.
I don't get it but I hear it's actually good for the game.
Entirely, and I love it.
I get it and have no feelings about it.

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Which foul do you think is not really a big deal?
Diving
Putting your studs directly into someone's body
Any that doesn't interfere with play
Any that doesn't actually get the ball

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