The UEFA Champions League is one of the most famous football tournament in the world and one of the most prestigious club competition in European Football. The UEFA Champions League also known as the European Cup was conducted every year by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA). It was founded in 1955 and rebranded in 1992. Till now 65 tournaments were conducted successfully. In this article, you can see the most winning football clubs of the UEFA Champions League.
Every year 32 out of 79 top-division European Clubs trying to get the European Champions Clubs’ Cup. As per 2019-2020 the winning team will have the right to claim a beautiful trophy worth CHF. 10,000 Swiss Francs and the best club can earn 82.45 million Euros annually.
Since its 1955 inception, 22 out of 79 clubs have won the tournament and 12 top-division clubs have won the tournament multiple times. The most winning football clubs in the UEFA Champions League are listed below.
8. One Time
After rebranding as UEFA Champions League
2012: Chelsea Football Club also known as Chelsea F.C. won the 57th annual European Cup in 2012. The final was took place in Germany between Bayern Munich and Chelsea which was won by Chelsea by 4-3 in the penalty kick match. Chelsea is a London based English professional football club which was founded on 10th March 1905.
1997: The 42nd season of the UEFA Champions League was won by Borussia Dortmund in 1997. In the final match, Borussia Dortmund beat the Juventus by 3-2 which is the top-performing team of the event. The club is a German-based professional sports club which was founded on 19th December 1909.
1993: The final of 1992-93 UEFA Champions League was played between Marseille and Milan which was won by Marseille by 1-0. Olympique de Marseille is a French professional football club which was founded on 31st August 1899. Remember that European Cup was rebranded as UEFA Champions League in 1992 and this was the first edition of the UEFA Champions League.
1991: Red Star Belgrade also known as Red Star is Serbian based professional football club was founded on 4th March 1945, won the 36th European tournament in 1991. In the nail-biting final match, Red Star club beat Marseille on penalty kick 5-3.
1988: The 1988 European Cup won by Philips Sport Vereniging which is known as PSV Eindhoven. PSV is Netherlands based professional football club founded on 31st August 1913.
1986: Steaua Bucuresti was the winner of the 31st season of the premier European club football tournament. Fotbal Club FCSB also known as FCSB beat the well known Spanish Club Barcelona by 2-0 in a penalty kick match. It was founded in 1947.
1983: Hamburg is a German sports club was the winner of the 1982-83 European football title. Hamburger Sport-Vereine.v. was founded on 2nd June 1919 in Hamburg. The final match was played in Olympic Stadium, Athens and Hamburg won against Juventus by 1-0.
1982: Aston Villa Football Club based in Aston, Birmingham is an English professional football club that was founded on 21st November 1874. Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich by 1-0 in the 1981-82 season.
1970: The Feyenoord Rotterdam is a Netherlands based professional football club which was founded on 19th July 1908. Feyenoord won the 1969-70 season which was played in Milan. The final match was played between Celtic and Feyenoord club.
1967: The Celtic Football Club also known as Celtic F.C. was the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 and also remain the only Scottish team to do so. Celtic won its first title after beating Internazionale club in the final by 2-1. The Glasgow based Scottish professional football club was founded on 6th November 1887.
7. Two Times
Futebol Clube do Porto simply Porto is Porto based Portuguese professional sports club founded on 28th September 1893. Porto won the UEFA finals two times against Bayern Munich and Monaco in 1987 and 2004 respectively.
In 1979 and 1980 Nottingham Forest won the European Cup two times consecutively. Nottingham Forest Football Club which was founded in 1865 is an English professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica is also known as Benfica won the 6th and 7th season of the UEFA Champions League. Benfica is a Portugal based professional football club which was founded on 28th February 1904. Benfica beat Barcelona by 3-2 and Real Madrid by 5-3 in 1961 and 1962.
Juventus is a Turin, Piedmont based Italian professional football club which was founded on 1st November 1897. In 1984, Juventus beat the English club Liverpool by 1-0 which is the favorite club of the tournament. In 1995, Ajax lost the final match against Juventus by 2-4 in penalty kick match and Juventus won its second title. This is only one club that loses the UEFA finals seven times.
6. Three Times
Manchester United Football Club is an English professional football club, was founded in 1878. The Old Trafford, Greater Manchester-based football club is the world’s third most valuable football club in 2019, valued 3.15 billion pounds. In 2016-17 the club was the highest-earning football club with a revenue of 676.3 million pounds annually. It is the second English football club which won the European Cup three times i.e. 1968, 1999 and 2008. In the 13th European Cup final, Manchester United beat Benfica by 4-1 and won the trophy first time. In 1998-99 Bayern Munich lose the final match against Manchester United by 1-2 and the English club won the title the second time. The third time, in 2007-08 UEFA final, after a nail-biting match, Manchester United beat its same national club Chelsea in a penalty kick match by 6-5.
Inter Milan is a second Italian professional football club that ruled over the European Championship three times in 1964, 1965 and 2010. Football Club Internazionale Milano is one of the most valuable football clubs in Italy and as well as in the world. Inter Milan was founded on 9th March 1908 in Milan, Lombardy. In 1963-64 Inter Milan won its first-ever title after beating Real Madrid by 3-1. After winning the first title Inter Milan won its second title consecutively against Benfica in 1964-65. In 2009-10 Bayern Munich lost the final match against Inter Milan by 0-2.
5. Four Times
Ajax is one of the three International football clubs who won the UEFA Champions League three times consecutively in 1971, 1972, 1973 and fourth time in 1995, and only Dutch Club who won the Championship four times. Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax is Amsterdam based professional football club of the Netherlands which was founded on 18th March, 1900. Historically, it has been one of the most successful clubs in the world. In finals, Ajax beat the Panathinaikos by 2-0, Inter Milan by 2-0, Juventus by 1-0 and Milan by 1-0 in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995 respectively.
4. Five Times
Futbol Club Barcelona commonly known as Barcelona is a Spanish professional football club was founded on 29th November 1899. In November 2018 Barcelona became the highest-paid sports team in the world and the first football team to pay 13.8 million dollars every year. Barcelona won the European Cup title five times in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015 by beating Sampdoria (1-0), Arsenal (2-1), Manchester United (2-0), again Manchester United (3-1) and Juventus (3-1) respectively. The club is one of the most widely supported teams in the world which has the largest number of social media followers.
3. Six Times
Liverpool is the English professional football club that appears nine times in European Cup finals and won the title six times in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005 and 2019. Liverpool is one of the most successful English club and one of the most widely supported teams in the world. It was founded on 3rd of June, 1892 and ranked the world’s eighth most valuable football club, valued at US dollars 2.183 billion. It was also the seventh highest-earning football club in the world with annual revenue of 604 million Euros.
FC Bayern Munich is Munich, Bavaria based a German professional football club that was founded on 27th February 1900. Bayern Munich holds the titles of UEFA Champions League six times in 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013 and 2020. Bayern Munich generating 629.2 million Euros in 2019 which is the fourth-highest in the world and first in Germany.
2. Seven Times
A.C Milan appears eleven-time in the UEFA finals and won seven titles in 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2007. A.C Milan is the second most successful club in the world and the Italian most successful club who won the said title. It is also one of the wealthiest club in the world and as well as in Italy.
1. Thirteen Times
Since the inception of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid is one of the most successful Spanish and European Football club who won thirteen titles of the said league and three runner-up medals. Real Madrid is the most winning football club and won the title in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. This is only one club in the said league who won five consecutive seasons. The annual revenue of the club is 757.3 million Euros which is the second highest-earning football club in 2019. The estimated worth of 118 years’ older club is 3.8 billion Euros (4.2 billion dollars).
Graph of Top Ten Most Winning Football Clubs of UEFA Champions League
All-time most Runner-up Graph