You’ll struggle to find a more evocative piece of music in sport than the ‘Champions League song’ – as it’s known by fans. The piece was written by English composer Tony Britten in 1992 and is based on George Frideric Handel’s Zadok the Priest.
It has become synonymous with the premium European cup competition and perfectly serves as the start of any Champions League football, building excitement and anticipation before kick-off. The song’s drama and ‘epicness’ are matched with grand graphics to create the official Champions League intro.
No matter what age you are, you’ll have that one favourite period which resonates with you as memories from childhood come flooding back! In this article we have brought together 10 of the best intros of all time, from each era of the competition! Which is your favourite? Have your say by voting on slide #4 or commenting below!
Ok, maybe the older stuff was better in memory than in reality. Selective memory is responsible for that, but for fans of a certain generation, this intro brings back memories of childhood – watching the game on your box television in the living room with you dad, whilst the females sat huffing in displeasure at the thought of nearly 3 hours of football. Ahhh, those were the days! Payback for all times you sat through Eastenders, Coronation Street and the like.
One of the latest examples of the Champions League introduction video, this 2018/19 version is the most modern and – let’s face it – high definition of the bunch! Sharp graphics, high frame rate and dramatic filters help make this one of the best of all time!
It would be Bayern Munich who would lift the trophy during this year of the Champions League. Whilst not as modern as #9, it still proves to be as evocative!