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The Highest Attended Champions League Games In History

The UEFA Champions League is widely regarded as football's elite club tournament, but which games in the competition's history had the highest attendances? We take a look at 10 of the biggest crowds in UCL and European Cup history.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the 10 games with the highest attendance figures in UCL/European Cup history.

With security guidelines being less strict before the 1990s, some stadiums could pull massive crowds due to many fans being allowed to stand, while modern-day rules often request seated arenas, particularly in the Champions League.

The record for the biggest attendance in the UCL in its current format (since 1993) stems from the 1994/95 campaign, when FC Barcelona hosted Paris Saint-Germain in front of 115 500 fans at the Camp Nou. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, with PSG advancing courtesy of a 2-1 win in the return leg.

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However, even bigger attendance figures were recorded in the European Champions Cup – the predecessor of the Champions League.

The record attendance was registered in the 1969/70 semi-final between Celtic and Leeds United, with a massive 135 805 flocking into the Hampden Park, according to UEFA. The Scottish giants had won the first leg of so-called "Battle of Britain" 1-0, and also beat Leeds 2-1 in the second leg.

The second-biggest crowd was drawn by Real Madrid's quarter-final against Juventus in the 1961/62 campaign, talkSPORT pointed out. Los Blancos were knocked out of the European Cup for the first time in 1961 after winning the first five editions of the tournament. As a consequence, 130 000 supporters and football lovers made their way to the Santiago Bernabeu for the quarter-final against Juventus and saw the home side win 1-0.

Read: Highest Attended Football Games In History

Click through the gallery above to see the 10 European Cup games with the highest attendances ever, and let us know, in the comments section below, if you would like to attend a match with a crowd of more than 100 000 spectators!


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