Real Madrid started the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League with a dominant 5-1 win over FC Basel and they will again be heavily favored on Oct. 1 against Bulgarian club Ludogorets. In their first Champions League fixture, Ludogorets fell to Liverpool, 2-1.
Real Madrid started the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League with a dominant 5-1 win over FC Basel and they will again be heavily favored on Oct. 1 against Bulgarian club Ludogorets. In its first Champions League fixture of group play, Ludogorets fell to Liverpool, 2-1.
Los Blancos are currently fifth in La Liga with 12 points. Real Madrid is trying to defend its Champions League title, something that has not been done since AC Milan won consecutive European Cups in 1988-89 and 1989-90.
Real Madrid and Ludogorets were drawn into Group B.
How to watch
Match time: 2:45 p.m. ET
TV coverage: ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports Net affiliates
Real Madrid facts
Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in last year's Champions League final to earn their 10th title in the club's history, which is a record. Real Madrid has finished as Champions League runners-up on three different occasions.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti was in his first season with the club when it won the Champions League.
The club is the world's richest football club and the most valuable sports franchise in the world with an estimated value of $3.3 billion, according to Forbes.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the club's leading scorer in La Liga (10 goals), while four different players -- Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema -- scored for Real Madrid in their opening match of the Champions League. Marek Suchy added an own goal for the defending champions.
Real Madrid has won 62 domestic titles, including 32 La Liga championships and 19 Copa del Rey titles.
In 2000, Real Madrid was named the "FIFA Club of the 20th Century," as well as "Best European Club of the 20th Century."
Ludogorets clinched its first Champions League berth after a wild set of circumstances. Ludogorets goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in extra time of their playoff match against Steaua Bucuresti. With the aggregate even at one goal a piece, the match was forced into extra time. Ludogorets had already used their substitutes, so center back Cosmin Moti was forced to play goal. Moti saved two penalties from Bucuresti to send Ludogorets to the Champions League for the first time.
The Eagles became just the second Bulgarian team to reach the knockout stage in Champions League history last season.
The biggest weapon for Ludogorets is Burak Yılmaz, who is the club's leading scorer.
Ludogorets was founded in 2001.
- Josh Sanchez