Real Madrid
Real Madrid have won the Champions League four times in the last five seasons. In this picture, Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (C) holds the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images

The 2018-19 European soccer season is about to come to life this week with the Champions League set to begin. There are some blockbuster clashes lined up for Matchday 1 after a tantalizing draw pitted some of the big guns of Europe in the same group.

The clubs from England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France have thus far been busy with their domestic leagues, but the season is certain to get more hectic as they begin a phase of playing three matches per week.

Playing in the Champions League is a source of pride for every major club in Europe, but when it comes to the latter stages of the tournament, the usual suspects are almost the same. Real Madrid will always start as one of the favorites, especially since they have won the competition four times in the last five years — including three consecutive titles between 2016 and 2018.

Barcelona are the next in line, having won the competition most recently in 2015. Atletico Madrid are also likely to be a threat especially since the final next May will take place at their home ground — the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Bayern Munich from Germany are usually expected to make the latter stages, while Manchester City and Liverpool are the English Premier League clubs hoping to have a major impact on the competition this season.

Spanish clubs have dominated the competition in recent years with the La Liga clubs winning the elite European club competition in six of the last ten seasons. Real have won it on four occasions with Barcelona being the only other multiple Champions League winner in the last decade.

The first round of games on Matchday 1 will take place Tuesday with 2015 winners Barcelona kicking off the new Champions League season with a game against Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. But most eyes will be on two clashes — last season finalists Liverpool will take on French champions Paris Saint-Germain, while Tottenham Hotspur take on Italian giants Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Matchday 2 will see reigning champion’s Real take on AS Roma, while Valencia will take on Juventus, who have added five-time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo to their ranks this summer. English duo Manchester United and City will take on Lyon and Young Boys respectively.

The games will be broadcast across the world; it will be available live on TV and online Tuesday and Wednesday. Live coverage in the United States will be provided by TNT and Univision.

Below is the list of games on Matchday 1 and Matchday 2 with TV times and channels (all times are in EDT).

Matchday 1

Barcelona vs. PSV, 12:55 p.m., TNT
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Inter Milan vs. Tottenham, 12:55 p.m., Galavision
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Liverpool vs. PSG, 3:00 p.m., TNT
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Club Brugge vs. Borussia Dortmund, 3:00 p.m., Univision Deportes
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Monaco vs. Atletico Madrid, 3:00 p.m., UniMas
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Crvena Zveda vs. Napoli, 3:00 p.m., B/R Live and Univision Deportes

Galatasaray vs. Lokomotiv Moscow, 3:00 p.m., B/R Live and Univision Deportes

Schalke vs. Porto, 3:00 p.m., Galavision
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Champions League
Real Madrid are the most successful club in the competition having won it a record 13 times. In this picture, The Champions League Winners Trophy is displayed prior to the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on Aug. 15, 2018, in Tallinn, Estonia. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Matchday 2

Real Madrid vs Roma, 3.00 p.m. TNT or Univision

Valencia vs Juventus, 3.00 p.m. TNT or Univision

Benfica vs Bayern Munich, 3.00 p.m. TNT or Univision

Plizen vs CSKA Moscow, 3.00 p.m. TNT or Univision

Manchester City vs Lyon, 3.00 p.m. TNT or Univision

Young Boys vs Manchester United, 3.00 p.m. TNT or Univision