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Most Successful Teams In UEFA Champions League History

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UEFA Champions League is a yearly club competition in Europe which was established back in 1955 and used to be known as European Cup. 22 Teams has won the european cup so far with Real Madrid being the most successful winning 13 overall titles and first five consecutive 1955-56 season to 1959-60 and most recently four titles in last 5 years with three coming back to back from 2016, 17 and 18.

European Cup Era 1955 to 1991: european cup and the competition involved only knockout (home/away) ties with only league champion teams from european countries participated. Real Madrid won 5 back to back titles in the first 5 seasons and added another in 1966 making them the most dominant team in this era.

Modern Era 1992 to date: It was re-branded as UEFA Champions League and a group stages was added to the competition for the first time where even teams who finished 2nd or 3rd in top leagues could participate. Which brought alot more competition and since 1992 only Real Madrid managed to defend the title which happend recently from 2016 to 2018. So we can safely say titles wn after 1992 are worth alot more than in the “European Cup Era”. Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the two most dominant since new format was formed winning 7 and 5 titles respective in modern era.

Overall spanish teams (Real Madrid 13 & Barcelona 5) has been the most successful winning 18 titles, Italian teams has won it 12 times (Milan 7, Inter 3 and Juventus 2) and English clubs also won 12 titles (Liverpool 5, Manchester United 3, Nottingham Forest 2, Aston Villa and Chelsea once). Before we take a look at all historic champions here is the list of most successful teams in both European Cup and Champions League era.

Most Successful Teams In UEFA Champions League History
NO# CLUB European Cup Era (1955-91) Modern Era (1992 to date)
1 SpainReal Madrid (1956,57,58,59,60,66) (1998,2000,02,14,16,17,18)
2 italyAC Milan 4 (1963,69,89,90) 3 (1994,2003,07)
3 GermanyFC Bayern Munich 3 (1974,75,76) 2 (2001,2013)
4 EnglandLiverpool 4 (1977,78,81,84) 1 (2005)
5 SpainFC Barcelona 0 5 (1992, 2006,09,11,15)
6 hollandAjax 3 (1971,72,73) 1 (1995)
7 italyInter Milan 2 (1964,65) 1 (2010)
8 EnglandManchester United 1 (1968) 2 (1999, 2008)
9 italyJuventus 1 (1985) 1 (1996)
10 PortugalFC Benfica 2 (1961, 62) 0
11 EnglandNottingham Forest 2 (1979,80)
12 PortugalFC Porto 1 (1987) 1 (2004)
13 ScotlandCeltic (1967) 0
14 GermanyHamburg 1 (1983)
15 RomaniaSteaua București 1 (1986) 0
16 franceMarseille 0 (1993)
17 germanyBorussia Dortmund 0 1 (1997)
18 EnglandChelsea 0 1 (2012)
19 hollandFeyenoord (1970)
20 EnglandAston Villa (1982)
21 hollandPSV Eindhoven (1988) 0
22 SerbiaRed Star Belgrade (1991)

 

European Cup / Champions League Trivia:

Defending the Titles: Since the start of European Cup from 1955-56 season to 1991-92 season 8 teams were able to defend their title and here is the consecutive winning streaks registered by teams.

  1. Real Madrid 5 – (1955/56 to 1959/60)
  2. Real Madrid 3 – (2015/16 to 2017/18)
  3. Ajax 3 – (1971/72/73)
  4. Bayern München 3 – (1974/75/76)
  5. Benfica 2 (1961/62)
  6. Internazionale 2 – (1964/65)
  7. Liverpool 2 – (1977/78)
  8. Nottingham Forest 2 – (1979/80)
  9. AC Milan 2 – (1989/90)

Runners-Up: Juventus has lost more Champions league finals than any other team, losing on 6 different occassions. While Bayern Munich and FC Benfica has lost 5 each. Milan and FC Barcelona has lost 4 and 3 respectively.