Champions League qualification begins on Tuesday, 15 July with 28 clubs entering at this stage. Since the current system of qualification was introduced in 1999/2000, only two clubs entering at the first qualification round have extended their run to the group phase.
- Liverpool and Artmedia Bratislava both qualified for the 2005/2006 Champions League group phase having entered the competition in the first qualification round.
- Liverpool’s task was easier as they were seeded in all three qualification rounds. The Reds beat Welsh club TNS FC 6-0 on aggregate, Lithuanians FBK Kaunas 5-1 and CSKA Sofia from Bulgaria 3-2 over two matches.
- Slovakian club Artmedia Bratislava reached the next round after beating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Almaty 4-3 on aggregate in the first qualification round.
- After this Artmedia Bratislava were unseeded but beat Celtic 5-4 on aggregate after a 5-0 win in the home leg and Partizan Belgrade 4-3 on penalties after two 0-0 draws.
- Artmedia went on to third place in their group and Liverpool reached the last 16 of the tournament where they were knocked out by Benfica.
|2008/2009||Three qualification rounds||TBD||TBD|
|2007/2008||Three qualification rounds||BATE Borisov, FK Sarajevo, Dinamo Zagreb, Tampere United, IF Elfsborg||3rd qualification round|
|2006/2007||Three qualification rounds||Rabotnicki Skopje||3rd qualification round|
|2005/2006||Three qualification rounds||Liverpool||Last 16|
|2004/2005||Three qualification rounds||HIT Gorica, Shelbourne||3rd qualification round|
|2003/2004||Three qualification rounds||Vardar Skopje||3rd qualification round|
|2002/2003||Three qualification rounds||APOEL Nicosia, Zeljeznicar Sarajevo||3rd qualification round|
|2001/2002||Three qualification rounds||FC Haka||3rd qualification round|
|2000/2001||Three qualification rounds||Crvena Zvezda, Zimbru Chisinau||3rd qualification round|
|1999/2000||Three qualification rounds||Partizan Beograd, Skonto Riga, Zimbru Chisinau||3rd qualification round|
|1998/1999||Two qualification rounds||Dynamo Kyiv||Semi-finals|
|1997/1998||Two qualification rounds||Dynamo Kyiv||Quarter-finals|
|1996/1997||All small nations in UEFA Cup||–||–|
|1995/1996||All small nations in UEFA Cup||–||–|
|1994/1995||All small nations in UEFA Cup||–||–|
|1993/1994||Prelim, 1st and 2nd rounds||10 clubs||All eliminated in 1st round|
|1992/1993||Prelim, 1st and 2nd rounds||Four clubs||All eliminated in 1st round|