Clubs from West Europe have dominated the competition over the years.
The UEFA Champions League has always been the most prestigious club football competition in the world. This year’s finals are between two powerhouses that have won the trophy on multiple occasions, Liverpool and Real Madrid. According to the Champions League betting insights, the English team is a slight favorite, and the odds also suggest that it could be a very efficient matchup as well.
But to get back to the topic of this text. Which country is the most successful in the UEFA Champions League? For years that was England, but over the last 15 years, Spain jumped over big rivals, as they dominated the competition from 2009 to 2018.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have 18 titles combined, with Los Blancos winning 13 trophies, and Barcelona five. The only two other teams that reached the finals of this competition were Atletico Madrid and Valencia, but neither of them managed to lift the trophy.
The Ronaldo-Messi era made the Spanish teams the best in the world, and it allowed this country to jump over other rivals in the number of UCL titles. Up until that period, Spain was behind England, but Real’s four titles in five years, have made this country the most successful one.
The “home of football” was the most successful nation in the UEFA Champions League for most of the time. But only three titles between 1999 and 2018 allowed other rival countries to level or surpass England.
In the past three years, Albion woke up, winning two out of three titles, with the chance to add another trophy if Liverpool wins this year. And to make it even better, the Reds would triumph against Real, thus directly preventing Spain from improving its record.
For the moment, England has 13 UCL titles, but what separates them from other nations is the fact that they have the highest number of different European champions.
Five teams have reached the throne, which is the most of all the countries. Liverpool has six, United three, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest two, with Aston Villa adding one trophy.
The Italians didn’t have an era in which they dominated but consistently won two or three titles throughout one decade. However, this country didn’t give a winning representative since 2010 and Inter’s quest towards the top.
Back then, Inter won the Treble with Mourinho in charge. Juventus reached the finals twice, losing both, cementing its place as the team with the most lost UCL finals – 7.
Italy has 12 European titles, with AC Milan holding a major share of that number, as Rosonerri conquered the continent on seven occasions. Inter Milan has three pieces of silverware and Juventus two.
The German clubs won eight titles in 18 finals. Bayern has the most success with six wins, while Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV have one title each, back in 1996 and 1983, respectively.
It appears that the problem of this country is a big difference between Bayern and the rest of the teams, which makes the other teams uncompetitive on the international stage. The team from Munich buys all the best players of their rivals and weakens them.
One of the smallest countries in Europe is one of the best in football, with six UEFA Champions League titles. Three different teams won the competition, with Ajax dominating the list having four trophies. Johan Cruyff’s generation that ruled Europe three years in a row, 1971-73, is, in fact, one of the best ever teams that played football.
Besides the Lancers, PSV managed to reach the title in 1988, and Feyenoord in 1970. As you see the first half of the 70s was the time when Dutch football took over the leading place in Europe.
We would like to add Portugal to this list as the only other country with multiple European titles. Porto and Benfica have two each, and they deserve to be mentioned. Four more states gave the UCL champions, France, Romania, Scotland, and Serbia, but none of them has multiple trophies.