The perpetual hard hitters of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chelsea might all be present and accounted for in this season's Champions League, but with UEFA president Michel Platini's aim to extend a chance to a wider range of countries to participate, there are a few other names to consider. If your team hasn't made the competition this time, one of these five sides might be worthy of a follow.
Ludogorets are already in plenty of neutrals' hearts after their extraordinary...
Juventus are desperate to avoid a repeat of last season's slow start to the Champions League when they embark on their latest European campaign on Tuesday, according to defender Patrice Evra.
The Turin giants, who kick off their Group A fixtures against Swedish side Malmo at the Juventus Stadium, failed to win any of their opening four games last year and, with just one triumph in six matches, failed to progress to the knockout phase.
Juve have an equally tough group this term, with Tuesday's rivals...
The Champions League draw has been finalised. Here's a preview for Group A:
1. Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid (Soccer Power Index (SPI) chance to advance: 83.9 percent)
Atletico were finalists in last season's Champions League, and it might have been thought of as a last great act for a team that reached a miraculous peak. Atletico followed the path of many other surprise sides in being picked apart in the offseason, as so many of their stars...