Champions League at The James Joyce

It’s time for another Champions League tournament.

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The Champions League

Welcome to the Champions League

The UEFA Champions League (abbreviated as UCL) is an annual club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs, deciding the competition winners through a group and knockout format.

It is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champions (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of their national associations.

Introduced in 1955 as the European Champion Clubs’ Cup, commonly known as European Cup, it was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champions of Europe’s domestic leagues, with its winner reckoned as the European club champion. The competition took on its current name in 1992, adding a round-robin group stage in 1991 and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries since 1997.

It has since been expanded, and while most of Europe’s national leagues can still only enter their champion, the strongest leagues now provide up to four teams. Clubs that finish next-in-line in their national league, having not qualified for the Champions League, are eligible for the second-tier UEFA Europa League competition, and from 2021, teams not eligible for the UEFA Europa League will qualify for a new third-tier competition called the UEFA Europa Conference League.

The James Joyce Irish Pub Madrid

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What we are doing to keep you safe

  • All tables must be allocated by a member of staff
  • We will bring food and drinks to your table
  • We sanitize touch points frequently
  • We are only able to accept table bookings of 4 people

What you need to do to keep everyone safe

  • Please signal a member of the team for table service
  • Facemasks must be worn at all times unless seated
  • Please remain seated and do not allow children to wonder
  • Follow the 1.5m social distancing rule in place
  • Sanitise your hands before entering the building
  • Use the hand sanitiser stations available in each area

Watch the Champions League live at

The James Joyce Irish Pub in Madrid


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