UEFA Champions League winners list, All-time Champions in history

UEFA Champions League winners list, All-time Champions in history

May 8, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

UEFA Champions League winners, list of Champions in All-time history of the Competition.


The UEFA Champions League is the highest men’s professional football competition held seasonally and has produced several winners since it’s inception.


The Competition is annual football Competition organized by UEFA, the continent’s football governing body that oversees the sport in entire continent.


UEFA Champions League winners list, all-time Champions


The list of winners has been growing season after season and owing to its fame, entertainment it brings, there’s a high rate of followership across the world.


The Competition is one of the most contested in the whole world even though it’s early witnessed single teams win it in consecutive years.


For example Spanish league Champions Real Madrid are the most successful teams haven won the competition in five consecutive seasons in the early years, which made the club standout.


Today, the Los Blancos are regarded as a traditional side when it comes to the Champions League.


There have been no season that you will not see the Spanish club advance to the knockout stages.


The uniqueness of the Champions League almost was challenged as plans emerged for the introduction of the Super League different from the competition.


Every single season, the club have managed to reach the knockout stages in successive.


When it comes to the Champions League competition, Real Madrid from Spain is the most successful and the best team to have played in the competition.


They have won a total of 15 titles. The Los Blancos were crowned Champions three seasons in a row during Zinedine Zidane’s early years at the club.


Established in 1955, the tournament was initially called the European Cup.



About the Champions League and qualification to play 


The league is meant for teams that finish at the top half (top four) withing the strongest leagues of Europe.


Other smaller Leagues are only given one to two teams.


These smaller leagues would have to begin from the qualification stage before gaining entry to the competition proper.


UEFA created a ranking system to seed teams for the tournament. Also, there’s a ranking system for clubs according to their previous performance in the competition.


Majority of the clubs have a target at the end of every season which is the Champions League berth.


Teams are willing to forfeit a cup game just to reach the Champions League the following season.


This is as the result of the popular it’s brings to clubs, fame and higher financial incentives which are paid to clubs by UEFA at the end of every campaign.


It is the most prestigious football competition in the followed followed by the Copa Libertadores.


At the end of every season, teams in the top leagues around Europe always set a target to get a place in the following season.


In the history of the competition, it has forced several clubs to spend huge sums of money.


Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A spend big just to secure a place in the tournament.


It would be recalled, Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo for record fee as a measure to that would help them in their quest to win the trophy.


Clubs in the past have also sacked managers because they failed to secure Champions League positions or failed to go beyond the qualification series.


Today, when you talk about the greatest continental showpiece, you will always remember to call the UEFA Champions League into the mix before looking at the Copa Libertadores, CONCACAF Champions League, AFC Champions League, etc.

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Champions League winners


When it comes to the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid is the most successful Champions of the most prestigious football Competition in the world with over 13 titles won including the inaugural season.


From 1955 till now, a total of 22 different teams have won the competition.


This shows the high level of competition in the tournament. It is always rare to find a single team win in successive seasons these days.


The only club that have done this is Real Madrid who against all odds won it in three consecutive seasons in the modern era most which came at the expense of fellow Spanish clubs.



In terms of UEFA Champions League wins by country, Spain carries the record with 18 wins.


This record was achieved through the brilliance of only two clubs from the country.


Real Madrid have won most of the titles since it was founded which includes lifting the inaugural season.


Compared to their counterparts from Barcelona, the Los Blancos are kings of tournament in history as in the modern era too.


UEFA champions league winners by country


1. Spain – 18

Spain controls the highest number of Championship won amongst two clubs.


Looking at the history chart of the competition, you’ll see how Spanish made their way through.


Spanish teams dominates the all-time winners list by country and this was achieved singlehandedly by two clubs in Real Madrid and Barcelona.


Madrid alone won thirteen titles, winning the trophy in three consecutive seasons.


It appeared much of the Competition during the early years was mainly from the Spanish axis.


Today, clubs that have consistently attempted to lift the world’s most prestigious football competition from the Spain includes Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.


For the second tier competition which is the UEFA Europa league, Sevilla leads the way for other top clubs to follow.


Today, Sevilla earns the respect as the most successful in the competition have always found a way to win it whenever they qualify to play in it.


2. England – 13

England is the second on the all-time nations that have won the Champions League.


The was a result of Liverpool’s consistency in the competition with several titles under their belt.


English teams have also forced their way through the all-time winners chart.


Teams like Liverpool, Manchester United have had their own fair share of trophy in the past.


Liverpool are the most successful English team in the competition before the likes of Manchester United, Nottingham Forest.


The era of Sir Alex Ferguson saw Manchester United lifted two UEFA Champions League titles today, the Red Devils are also tagged winners of the competition.


At the domestic scene, Manchester United are also the record English Premier League winners, winning the competition more than any other side in the English first division.

At the international scene, Liverpool FC is the most successful team in history, winning the continental showpiece upto six times.


The recent triumph came in 2019 season as the Anfield landlords won the competition at the expense of fellow english side Tottenham Hotspur in the final match.


Other notable English Premier League sides that have won the most prestigious football competition is Chelsea.


The heroics of the London based club saw them lift the trophy by beating some of the biggest powerhouse in Europe en route to the final.


3. Italy – 12

Another big nation that have won the competition more times is Italy. The teams from Italy also have a stake and history when it comes to the UEFA Champions League.

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Clubs from Italy combined have been able to win over twelve titles over the years.


The most surprising part of this remarkable achievement from teams from the country is famous Juventus haven’t had much sight’s on the title.


Rather, it has been more of AC Milan and Inter Milan leading the race for Série A teams performance all through.


Although recently, Juventus have edged closer to winning it, but failed to win it in the end, loosing in more finals that expected.


The glory days of Inter Milan and AC Milan were behind Italian success in the competition.

Inter Milan has won more alongside Juventus.


Inter Milan and AC Milan standout and consistently proved to be a worthy opposition to teams in the competition all through the history.


For the two clubs, in recent seasons, it has been a very poor outing, although minor improvements have been seen lately.

4. Germany – 8

When it comes to the European Cup winners list, Germany occupies the fourth position thanks to early success achieved by Hamburger SV, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.


In the modern era, Bayern Munich standout as the country’s highest performers at this stage with over six titles won.


The Bavarians with an array of young promising players won the UEFA Champions League, adding their names on the Champions League winners list in 2020.


The Bavarians did so by defeating French Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint German in the final match.


Bayern Munich also came close the following season in 2021, but crashed out in the knockout stages to another vibrant Paris Saint German, whom they defeated to lift the 2020 title.


Other german teams that have won the continental showpiece are Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV.



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Real Madrid

Madrid or Royal Football Club of Madrid is a Spanish professional football club which is regarded as one of the most successful clubs in the history of club football closely followed by Barcelona.



The club made a statement in the world by winning five consecutive European Cups and also winning the Spanish La Liga five times in the space of seven years.



Real Madrid holds the record with 13 titles in the champions league and four UEFA super cups.


They’ve also won seven club world cups.


The times when Alfredo Di Stefano, Santiago Bernabeau, Zinedine Zidane were active footballers, the club also won the trophy.

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The Los Blancos during their golden age won several laurels having the likes of Kaka, David Beckham, Alfredo Di Stefano, Santiago Bernabeau and a host of others.


There’s no other way to describe the historical achievement of Real Madrid.


The club’s blistering form earned them the award of the best club of the Century.


They were also given the best award for the best club of the 20th Century by FIFA and UEFA.


Madrid’s domination simply looks like a tradition or birthright and the club have never failed to go beyond the quarter final stages of competition.


In modern times, Real Madrid is the only football club in Europe to have won it in three consecutive seasons without having problems.


The Los Blancos almost made it four, but could not do so again after loosing out few matches to the final.


The Royal Whites are also prides itself as one that have not lost in most of the finals since it’s participation in the UEFA Champions League.

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With six Champions League trophies, Liverpool remains the most successful Premier League side in the competition following an outstanding performance during the early nineties.


There’s no other way to describe the history of the club without mentioning it’s Champions League heroics.


The club’s recent victory was during the 2018-19 season which they won, defeating fellow English side Tottenham Hotspur.


After a long wait, German tactician Jurgen Klopp guided the team to the trophy after loosing to Real Madrid in the previous final.


Liverpool won it last in 2019 after coming close in 2018, but lost in the final to Real Madrid.


The consistency of the Anfield landlords was finally rewarded in 2019, beating fellow english side Tottenham Hotspur to lift the trophy.


The heroics of Liverpool still cannot be forgotten. The club led by German tactician Jurgen Klopp surprised Europe after loosing the initial final and coming back the following season to lift it.



Here’s the Champions League all-time winners list


1955–56 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1956–57 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1957–58 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1958–59 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1959–60 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1960–61 – Benfica (Portugal)


1961–62 – Benfica (Portugal)


1962–63 – AC Milan (Italy)


1963–64 – Inter Milan (Italy)


1964–65 – Inter Milan (Italy)


1965–66 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1966–67 – Celtic (Scotland)


1967–68 – Manchester United (England)


1968–69 – AC Milan (Italy)


1969–70 – Feyenoord (Netherlands)


1970–71 – Ajax (Netherlands)


1971–72 – Ajax (Netherlands)


1972–73 – Ajax (Netherlands)


1973–74 – Bayern Munich (Germany)


1974–75 – Bayern Munich (Germany)


1975–76 – Bayern Munich (Germany)


1976–77 – Liverpool (England)


1977–78 – Nottingham Forest (England)


1979–80 – Nottingham Forest (England)


1980–81 – Liverpool (England)


1981–82 – Aston Villa (England)


1982–83 – Hamburger SV (Germany)


1983–84 – Liverpool (England)


1984–85 – Juventus (Italy)


1985–86 – Steaua București (Romania)


1986–87 – Porto (Portugal)


1987–88 – PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)


1988–89 – AC Milan (Italy)


1989–90 – AC Milan (Italy)


1990–91 – Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)


1991–92 – Barcelona (Spain)


1992–93 – Marseille (France)


1993–94 – AC Milan (Italy)


1994–95 – Ajax (Netherlands)


1995–96 – Juventus (Italy)


1996–97 – Borussia Dortmund (Germany)


1997–98 – Real Madrid (Spain)


1998–99 – Manchester United (England)


1999–2000 – Real Madrid (Spain)


2000–01 – Bayern Munich (Germany)


2001–02 – Real Madrid (Spain)


2002–03 – AC Milan (Italy)


2003–04 – FC Porto (Portugal)


2004–05 – Liverpool (England)


2005–06 – Barcelona (Spain)


2006–07 – AC Milan (Italy)


2007–08 – Manchester United (Italy)


2008–09 – Barcelona (Spain)


2009–10 – Inter Milan (Italy)


2010–11 – Barcelona (Spain)


2011–12 – Chelsea (England)


2012–13 – Bayern Munich (Germany)


2013–14 – Real Madrid (Spain)


2014–15 – Barcelona (Spain)


2015–16 – Real Madrid (Spain)


2016–17 – Real Madrid (Spain)


2017–18 – Real Madrid (Spain)


2018–19 – Liverpool (Spain)


2019–20 – Bayern Munich (Germany)



The Competition is one of the most competitive in the world with different winners emerging every season.


This article highlights the UEFA Champions League winners, list of Champions in all-time winners chart in history of the Competition

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