Real Madrid begin their European Cup campaign this Wednesday, facing Shakhtar Donetsk at Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium (6:55 pm CET). It will be the Madridistas’ 51st participation in the competition and also the first time a Champions League match will be played at this stadium, which has already hosted eight LaLiga games and two for the Spanish national team.
No other team has managed to qualify for the European Cup as many times as Real Madrid, who have lifted the trophy 13 times since the competition started in 1955. The closest team is Benfica, who have played in 39 competitions. Bayern Munich, Ajax and Dynamo Kiev, who will play in this season’s competition, have all participated two times fewer,