European Champion Clubs’ Cup, or simply European Cup, formally UEFA Champions League is an annual football tournament held between the top teams of the strongest UEFA national associations.
The European Cup was established in 1955 which took its current name in 1992. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the governing body of the Champions League, which is considered one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.
Which Club Won the First UEFA Champions League Title?
The first final of the European Cup took place in 1955 and the Spanish club Real Madrid was the first team to win the title by defeating Reims 4-3. After their first victory, Real Madrid went on to win 4 more European Cup titles in a successive manner till 1959-1960 season.
Benfica broke Real Madrid’s winning streak and won the back-to-back European Cup title in 1961 and 1962. The 1961-62 European Cup season was the last win for club Benfica. Since then, they have ended up as runners for five seasons, with their recent runner-up position in 1989-90 season.
Which is the most Successful Club in the UEFA Champions League?
Real Madrid is the most successful club in the tournament’s history. Real Madrid is the reigning champion, who secured their 13th title after defeating Liverpool 3–1 in 2018 final.
How Many Titles have Real Madrid Won?
Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League 13 times, which also includes the first five seasons. After rebranding, Real Madrid has won the title 7 times. As UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid holds the record of winning the title three seasons in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Real Madrid has been runner-up of the competition 3 times, with their recent runner-up position in the 1980-81 season.
History of UEFA Champions League’s Consecutive Wins and Runners-up
Right from the inception of European Cup in 1955 till the 1991-92 season, 8 clubs have managed to defend their title. The consecutive winning streaks of the clubs are as follows:
- Real Madrid 5 – (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
- Ajax 3 – (1971, 1972, 1973)
- Bayern Munich 3 – (1974, 1975, 1976)
- Benfica 2 (1961, 1962)
- Internazionale 2 – (1964, 1965)
- Liverpool 2 – (1977, 1978)
- Nottingham Forest 2 – (1979, 1980)
- AC Milan 2 – (1989, 1990)
After renaming as the UEFA Champions League, only one team has managed to maintain a winning streak
- Real Madrid 3 – (2016, 2017, 2018)
The Italian professional club Juventus has lost the Champions league finals more than any other team – 7 times, with their most recent runner-up stand in the 2016-17 season, whereas clubs like Bayern Munich and FC Benfica have lost the finals 5 times each. Milan and FC Barcelona ended up as runners-up 4 and 3 times respectively.
List of UEFA Champions League Winners
The Spanish clubs have dominated the competition since its inception with the highest number of victories (18 wins), which is followed by the England and Italy clubs (12 wins each). England features the highest number of winning teams, with five clubs having won the title (Manchester United, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, and Chelsea).
As of 29th January, the competition has been won by 22 clubs. Out of the winning clubs, 12 of them have won the title more than once. Find the complete list of the European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners below.
|1959–60||Real Madrid||Spain||Eintracht Frankfurt||West Germany||7–3|
|1973–74||Bayern Munich||West Germany||Atlético Madrid||Spain||4–0|
|1974–75||Bayern Munich||West Germany||Leeds United||England||2–0|
|1975–76||Bayern Munich||West Germany||Saint-Étienne||France||1–0|
|1976–77||Liverpool||England||Borussia Mönchengladbach||West Germany||3–1|
|1978–79||Nottingham Forest||England||Malmö FF||Sweden||1–0|
|1979–80||Nottingham Forest||England||Hamburg||West Germany||1–0|
|1981–82||Aston Villa||England||Bayern Munich||West Germany||1–0|
|1986–87||Porto||Portugal||Bayern Munich||West Germany||2–1|
|1990–91||Red Star Belgrade||Yugoslavia||Marseille||France||0–0|
|1998–99||Manchester United||England||Bayern Munich||Germany||2–1|
|2001–02||Real Madrid||Spain||Bayer Leverkusen||Germany||2–1|
|2012–13||Bayern Munich||Germany||Borussia Dortmund||Germany||2–1|
|2013–14||Real Madrid||Spain||Atlético Madrid||Spain||4–1|
|2015–16||Real Madrid||Spain||Atlético Madrid||Spain||1–1|