With all of Europe’s top soccer leagues finally wrapped up, there is still more action to look forward to. The Champions League will resume on August 7, and here’s everything you need to know about the return of the famous competition.
Settling The Scores
There are still a few last 16 second legs to be wrapped up, so the competition will begin there. That’s where we will see Manchester City attempt to hold on to their 2-1 lead over Real Madrid. Juventus will attempt to overturn their 1-0 deficit against Lyon, while Bayern Munich brings a 3-0 lead against Chelsea. Finally, Barcelona will look to join the next round but will have to overcome Napoli, with whom they tied the first leg 1-1.
Teams To Watch
The three favorites to win the Champions League are Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Paris Saint Germain. Should Bayern reach the quarter-finals, they will be rewarded with a tie against the winner of Barcelona vs. Napoli.
Manchester City are in control against Real Madrid but aren’t guaranteed victory as the Spanish champions are just one goal behind. Whoever wins this game will play the winner of Lyon and Juventus. PSG have already booked their place in the last eight and will face off against Atalanta. The final two teams are RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid, who face off in the final quarter-final.
After the round of 16 games are tied up on August 7 and 8, the quarter-finals will begin on August 12. There will be no second legs, meaning it’s a straight knockout competition. The semi-finals will be played on August 18, with the final set for August 23 in Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.
There is plenty to look out for when the Champions League resumes. It’s going to feel like a mini World Cup, and that alone is a reason to make sure you tune in.
Sporting legend Michael Jordan has been busy since he retired from basketball in 2003. Not only is he the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets, but he’s been making sure that he does all that he can for his local community and hometown.
Michael Jordan is definitely what you’d call a philanthropist when you see just how much he’s done for those less fortunate over the years. As an ambassador of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he’s raised over $5 million for the charity and granted over 200 wishes. In 2018, he donated $2 million to the relief efforts after Hurricane Florence damaged parts of North Carolina and another $1 million following Hurricane Dorian ravaging the Bahamas in 2019.
Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinics
However, one of the biggest donations he’s made to date was a whopping $7 million toward health clinics in Charlotte for the uninsured. He made the donation in 2017 in an effort to build two of the clinics in his hometown. The first clinic in west Charlotte opened last year to offer comprehensive healthcare for those who don’t have medical insurance. Over 3,350 patients have been seen at the location since it opened last Fall.
North End Clinic
Earlier this month, Michael Jordan appeared on a Zoom call with patients to announce that the second clinic was now open in North End. He explained how no one could have imagined what would happen after the first clinic opened, alluding to the global health crisis we now find ourselves in. However, it seems as though these clinics have now become a lifeline for many.
We love to see sports stars using all of the money they make for good. There’s no denying Michael Jordan has done something truly incredible for his community, which should help thousands more Charlotteans.