The official online home of the UEFA Champions League has been named People's Lovie Award winner in the sports category, also picking up bronze in the European internet awards.
The official UEFA Champions League website has been named People's Lovie Award winner in the sports category. Over 45,000 people voted in this, the third year of the leading European awards honouring excellence on the internet.
The UEFA Champions League section on UEFA.com, which covers Europe's premier club competition, also picked up bronze in the Lovie Award in the sports category. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences judging panel for the European version of its Webby awards (for which the section was nominated earlier this year) considered 1,500 entries from over 30 countries.
The UEFA Champions League section has continued to evolve season on season, with key features including:
• Expert commentary, live photos, statistics, analysis, tactical lineups and heat maps tracking every player's movement in our MatchCentre
• Live pre-match and matchday blog coverage from reporters across Europe
• Exclusive video interviews with the competition's top players and coaches
• Extensive social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
• Free video highlights of every fixture
• A Matchday Live audio show with commentaries, interviews and debate plus a post-match podcast
• A range of games including Fantasy Football, Player Rater and Group Predictor
• Behind-the-scenes photography and dedicated match galleries
• A comprehensive statistics section and player profile pages
• NEW: An extensive history section, with in-depth video features on classic games and a chance to win prizes
The rise of the UEFA Champions League site has been especially marked on social media. The competition's official Facebook page has continued to grow, sailing past 13.1 million likes following the start of this season's group stage. Meanwhile, the @ChampionsLeague Twitter account – launched at the beginning of last term – already has in excess of 2.7 million followers. Users can also keep track of the competition on the recently launched Google+ page and the official UEFA.com YouTube channel.
All Lovie winners will be honoured at the Annual Lovie Awards winners' party at LSO St Luke's in London on 13 November.