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UEFA Champions League: List of all winners

Published at :June 1, 2024 at 9:55 PM
Modified at :June 2, 2024 at 2:31 AM
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Samannay Sen


Real Madrid are the most successful team in this elite competition.

The UEFA Champions League, the pinnacle of European club football, boasts a rich history filled with legendary teams and iconic moments. Since its inception in 1955 as the European Cup, the competition has witnessed 23 different clubs etch their names on the coveted trophy. Today, it’s a global spectacle, contested by Europe’s elite clubs and watched by millions worldwide.

However, one team stands out for its unparalleled dominance: Real Madrid. Los Blancos, as they’re affectionately known, hold the record for most Champions League titles with a staggering 14.

The Reign of Real Madrid

The early years were dominated by a single force: Real Madrid. Led by legendary figures like Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás, “Los Blancos” (The Whites) won five consecutive European Cups between 1956 and 1960. Their dominance established the competition’s allure and cemented Real Madrid’s place as a European powerhouse.

A Period of Expansion and Upsets

The 1960s saw the rise of new challengers. AC Milan emerged with two titles, while Benfica, under the visionary coach Béla Guttmann, reached the final twice. English clubs started to make their mark, with Manchester United lifting the trophy in 1968 under the leadership of the iconic Matt Busby. During this period they showcased the growing competitiveness of European football.

New Era: Champions League

In 1992, the European Cup was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League, marking the start of a new era. The format was expanded to include more teams, and qualification was no longer restricted to just national champions.

This opened the door for runners-up and even third-placed teams from stronger leagues to participate, further increasing the competition’s intensity. Cristiano Ronaldo is called the King of the Champions League and has the highest goal tally of 140 goals in the competition.

The Champions League is more than just a competition; it’s a cultural phenomenon. The iconic anthem, the dramatic final nights, and the individual moments of brilliance have captivated generations of fans. It’s a platform where legends are born, rivalries forged, and dreams realized.

With the 2024 Champions League final just around the corner, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit all of the past champions.

1955-56Real Madrid
1956-57Real Madrid
1957-58Real Madrid
1958-59Real Madrid
1959-60Real Madrid
1960-61Benfica
1961-62Benfica
1962-63Milan
1963-64Inter Milan
1964-65Inter Milan
1965-66Real Madrid
1966-67Celtic
1967-68Manchester United
1968-69Milan
1969-70Feyenoord
1970-71Ajax
1971-72Ajax
1972-73Ajax
1973-74Bayern Munich
1974-75Bayern Munich
1975-76Bayern Munich
1976-77Liverpool
1977-78Liverpool
1978-79Nottingham Forest
1979-80Nottingham Forest
1980-81Liverpool
1981-82Aston Villa
1982-83Hamburger SV
1983-84Liverpool
1984-85Juventus
1985-86Steaua București
1986-87Porto
1987-88PSV Eindhoven
1988-89Milan
1989-90Milan
1990-91Red Star Belgrade
1991-92Barcelona
1992-93Marseillie
1993-94Milan
1994-95Ajax
1995-96Juventus
1996-97Borussia Dortmund
1997-98Real Madrid
1998-99Manchester United
1999-2000Real Madrid
2000-01Bayern Munich
2001-02Real Madrid
2002-03Milan
2003-04Porto
2004-05Liverpool
2005-06Barcelona
2006-07Milan
2007-08Manchester United
2008-09Barcelona
2009-10Inter Milan
2010-11Barcelona
2011-12Chelsea
2012-13Bayern Munich
2013-14Real Madrid
2014-15Barcelona
2015-16Real Madrid
2016-17Real Madrid
2017-18Real Madrid
2018-19Liverpool
2019-20Bayern Munich
2020-21Chelsea
2021-22Real Madrid
2022-23Manchester City
2023-24Real Madrid

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