Follow the @ChampionsLeague on Twitter

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The elite clubs of Europe come together once more as the @ChampionsLeague recommences today with the 2014-15 group stages. As fans have come to expect, the action will play out on Twitter.

The Champions League has a history of innovation on Twitter. In the 2013 final, Tweets on the big screens at @WembleyStadium showcased the triumph of @FCBayern after their all-German final against Borussia Dortmund (@BVB). In this year’s all-Spanish championship game against Atletico Madrid (@Atleti), several players from @RealMadrid shared celebratory Tweets:

While we don’t know which two teams will meet in the 2015 final in Berlin, Germany, we do know fans will be able to follow all the action along the way on Twitter, where 31 of the 32 teams in the group stage have official accounts.

Find and follow #UCL teams here.

Among them are the two most-followed sports teams in the world on Twitter – defending champions @RealMadrid and 2011 winners @FCBarcelona.

Here are the top five most-followed #UCL clubs:

  1. Real Madrid (@realmadrid) - 12.7M
  2. Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) - 12.6M
  3. Arsenal (@arsenal) - 4.44M
  4. Chelsea (@chelseafc) - 4.36M
  5. Galatasaray (@GalatasaraySK) - 4.15M

With almost 6 million followers, the tournament’s official account - @ChampionsLeague - is one of the most followed sports leagues on Twitter.

Besides the @ChampionsLeague account which tweets in English, fans can also follow the action in seven other global languages via these official UEFA accounts.

Fans can also follow their favorite players. The most-followed player in the Champions League is also the most-followed athlete in any sport worldwide. With more than 30 million followers, @Cristiano Ronaldo has twice as many followers as any other player in the #UCL.

Here are the top 10 most-followed #UCL players on Twitter:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) - 29.8M
  2. Neymar Jr. (@neymarjr) - 14.3M
  3. Andres Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) - 9.56M
  4. Gerard Pique (@3gerardpique) - 9.42M
  5. Xabi Alonso (@xabialonso) - 8.15M
  6. Mesut Ozil (@mesutozil1088) - 7.97M
  7. Cesc Fabregas (@cesc4official) - 7.29M
  8. Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) - 7.27M
  9. Dani Alves (@danialvesd2) - 5.61M
  10. Gareth Bale (@garethbale11) - 5.18M

With the #WorldCup now a distant memory, the return of the #ChampionsLeague sees some of the biggest names in world football back on the same stage. Whoever your favorite teams or players are, follow them on Twitter and dive into the conversation using the hashtag #UCL.