The 2009–10 UEFA Champions League was the 55th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 18th under the current UEFA Champions League format. The final was played on 22 May 2010, at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home ground of Real Madrid, in Madrid, Spain. The final was won by Italian club Internazionale, who beat German side Bayern Munich 2–0. Internazionale went on to represent Europe in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, beating Congolese side TP Mazembe 3–0 in the final, and played in the 2010 UEFA Super Cup against Europa League winners Atlético Madrid, losing 2–0.
Barcelona were the defending champions, but were eliminated by eventual winners Internazionale in the semi-finals.
Association team allocation
A total of 76 teams participated in the 2009–10 Champions League, from 52 UEFA associations (Liechtenstein organises no domestic league competition). Associations are allocated places according to their 2008 UEFA country coefficient, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2003–04 to 2007–08.
Below is the qualification scheme for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League:
- Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify
- Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify
- Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify
- Associations 16–53 each have one team qualify (except Liechtenstein)
Since the winners of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League, Barcelona, obtained a place in the group stage through their domestic league placing, the reserved title holder spot in the group stage was effectively vacated. To compensate:
- The champions of association 13 (Belgium) were promoted from the third qualifying round to the group stage.
- The champions of association 16 (Switzerland) were promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
- The champions of associations 48 and 49 (Faroe Islands and Luxembourg) were promoted from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round.
||Teams entering in this round
||Teams advancing from previous round
|First qualifying round
- 4 champions from associations 50–53
|Second qualifying round
- 32 champions from associations 17–49 (except Liechtenstein)
- 2 winners from the first qualifying round
|Third qualifying round
- 3 champions from associations 14–16
- 17 winners from the second qualifying round
- 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
- 1 third-placed team from association 6
- 10 winners from the third qualifying round for champions
- 2 third-placed teams from associations 4 and 5
- 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
- 5 winners from the third qualifying round for non-champions
- 13 champions from associations 1–13
- 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
- 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3
- 5 winners from the play-off round for champions
- 5 winners from the play-off round for non-champions
- 8 group winners from the group stage
- 8 group runners-up from the group stage
League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses.
TH Title Holder
Round and draw dates
All draws held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland unless stated otherwise.
||First qualifying round
||22 June 2009
||30 June–1 July 2009
||7–8 July 2009
|Second qualifying round
||14–15 July 2009
||21–22 July 2009
|Third qualifying round
||17 July 2009
||28–29 July 2009
||4–5 August 2009
||7 August 2009
||18–19 August 2009
||25–26 August 2009
||27 August 2009
|15–16 September 2009
||29–30 September 2009
||20–21 October 2009
||3–4 November 2009
||24–25 November 2009
||8–9 December 2009
||Round of 16
||18 December 2009
||16–17 & 23–24 February 2010
||9–10 & 16–17 March 2010
||19 March 2010
||30–31 March 2010
||6–7 April 2010
||20–21 April 2010
||27–28 April 2010
||22 May 2010 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
In a new system for the Champions League, there are two separate qualifying tournaments. The Champions Path (which start from the first qualifying round) is for clubs which won their domestic league and did not automatically qualify for the group stage, while the Non-Champions Path (which start from the third qualifying round) is for clubs which did not win their domestic league and did not automatically qualify for the group stage.
In the qualifying phase and the play-off round, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis.
The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds, conducted by UEFA President Michel Platini and UEFA General Secretary David Taylor, was held on 22 June 2009, and the draw for the third qualifying round, conducted by UEFA Competitions Director Giorgio Marchetti and Head of Club Competitions Michael Heselschwerdt, was held on 17 July 2009. For the draws, clubs were separated into seeded and unseeded teams based on their club coefficient. Because the draws for the second and third qualifying rounds took place before the previous round was completed, the teams were seeded assuming the seeded side in the previous round would be victorious.
First qualifying round
The first legs were played on 30 June and 1 July, and the second legs were played on 7 and 8 July 2009.
† Order of legs reversed after original draw
Second qualifying round
The first legs were played on 14 and 15 July, and the second legs were played on 21 and 22 July 2009.
Partizan's 8–0 win over Rhyl in the second leg equalled the record for the largest margin of victory in the current Champions League format.
As of November 2009Stabæk and Tirana was under investigation by UEFA and German authorities for possible match-fixing.
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Third qualifying round
The third qualifying round was split into two separate sections: one for champions and one for non-champions. The first legs were played on 28 and 29 July, and the second legs were played on 4 and 5 August 2009. The losing teams in both sections entered the play-off round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
The play-off round was split into two separate sections: one for champions and one for non-champions. The draw for the play-off round, conducted by UEFA General Secretary David Taylor and UEFA Competitions Director Giorgio Marchetti, was held on 7 August 2009. For the draw, clubs were separated into seeded and unseeded teams based on their club coefficient. The first legs were played on 18 and 19 August, and the second legs were played on 25 and 26 August 2009. The losing teams in both sections entered the group stage of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
Location of teams of the group stage in 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
The draw for the group stage was held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 27 August 2009. A total of 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams were divided into four pots, based on their club coefficient. Clubs from the same pot or the same association cannot be drawn into the same group.
In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away. The matchdays were 15–16 September, 29–30 September, 20–21 October, 3–4 November, 24–25 November, and 8–9 December 2009. The top two in each group advanced to the knockout phase, and the third-placed teams entered the round of 32 of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
Based on Article 7.05 in the UEFA regulations, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:
- higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
- superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
- higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
- superior goal difference from all group matches played;
- higher number of goals scored;
- higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.
AZ, Wolfsburg, Standard Liège, Zürich, APOEL, Rubin Kazan, Unirea Urziceni and Debrecen made their debut in the group stage.
In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final.
The draw for the round of 16 was held on 18 December 2009, conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and Giorgio Marchetti, the UEFA Director of Competitions. The eight group winners, which would play the second leg at home, were drawn against the eight group runners-up, with the restriction that teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn with each other.
The draws for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final (to determine the "home" team) was held on 19 March 2010, conducted by Gianni Infantino and Emilio Butragueño, the ambassador for the final in Madrid. From the quarter-finals onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association may be drawn with each other.
Round of 16
Starting from this season, the matches in the round of 16 were held over four weeks, instead of the previous two weeks. The first legs were played on 16, 17, 23 and 24 February, and the second legs were played on 9, 10, 16 and 17 March 2010.
The first legs were played on 30 and 31 March, and the second legs were played on 6 and 7 April 2010.
The first legs were played on 20 and 21 April, and the second legs were played on 27 and 28 April 2010.
The final of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League was played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain, on 22 May 2010, between Germany's FC Bayern Munich and Italy's Internazionale. The stadium, home of Real Madrid, has hosted three previous European Cup finals, in 1957, 1969 and 1980. It was the first time that a UEFA Champions League final has been played on a Saturday night. England's Howard Webb was appointed to referee the Final. The two clubs competing in the Final had each won their domestic league and cup competitions, meaning that the winner became only the sixth club in Europe to have achieved a continental treble, and the first such club from their respective countries. It was also the second consecutive treble, following that of Barcelona in the previous season.
The top scorers from the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League (excluding qualifying rounds and play-off round) are as follows: