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Get close to the action with Champions League match tickets

As the nights get longer, it's time for those atmospheric European football nights. For the big matches, Champions League tickets can be hard to come by, but if you are persistent and not too picky, it should be possible to see a game or two. Being a member of a club ticket scheme is a big help.

The 4 English clubs involved in the tournament usually give priority to their season-ticket holders and those who have signed up to their membership schemes

Manchester United (www.manutd.com) allows you to buy tickets direct at the club website, with availability for the opening Champions League tie against Basel. A non-member seat in the North Stand costs £55. Members are given discounts and priority for oversubscribed games.

Arsenal (www.arsenal.com) say that there is very rarely open sales for Champions League matches at the Emirates, with priority on ticket purchases given to members. This season, only Red membership packages are still available, which allow you to book tickets up to a month in advance.

Chelsea (www.chelseafc.com) offer priority on Champions League tickets to season ticket holders or True Blue members. With membership you can join the Viagogo ticket exchange which allows season ticket holders to offer tickets for games they cannot attend

Manchester City (www.mcfc.co.uk) offers four tiers of membership, with the opportunity to sign up for additional Cup schemes, which will allow you to buy tickets for the Champions League matches.

If you want to secure a ticket for the Champions League final in Munich at the Allianz Arena, head to Football Club Tickets (www.footballclubtickets.bz) where prices range from £1000 to £1750. It's a buy and sell exchange site for UEFA Champions League tickets, and a useful backup if you aren't a member at one of the 4 English clubs.

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