UEFA Champions League

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The UEFA Champions League is a football competition between the superior club teams in Europe. The teams are selected because of good performances in their league matches. The teams used to have to win their countries' championship, but more than one team can play in the competition depending on how good their league is. For example: the Spanish League can get 4 Spanish clubs in the competition compared to the Kazakhstan League which can only get one team in the competition.

Real Madrid won the Champions League the first five times it was held, still a record. They have also won the Champions League/European Cup 13 times, which is also a record.

A total of 22 clubs from 10 European countries won the Champions League. 12 clubs won it more than once: Real Madrid, Milan, Bayern, Liverpool, Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus, Benfica, Porto and Nottingham Forest. The current champions are Liverpool Football Club after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the final on 2nd June 2019 by 2-0.

Records and statistics[change | change source]

Performances by club[change | change source]

Performances in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League by club
Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Real Madrid 13 3 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 1962, 1964, 1981
Milan 7 4 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007 1958, 1993, 1995, 2005
Liverpool 6 3 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019 1985, 2007, 2018
Bayern Munich 5 5 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012
Barcelona 5 3 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015 1961, 1986, 1994
Ajax 4 2 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995 1969, 1996
Inter Milan 3 2 1964, 1965, 2010 1967, 1972
Manchester United 3 2 1968, 1999, 2008 2009, 2011
Juventus 2 7 1985, 1996 1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017
Benfica 2 5 1961, 1962 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990
Nottingham Forest 2 0 1979, 1980
Porto 2 0 1987, 2004
Chelsea 1 1 2012 2008
Celtic 1 1 1967 1970
Hamburger SV 1 1 1983 1980
Steaua București 1 1 1986 1989
Marseille 1 1 1993 1991
Borussia Dortmund 1 1 1997 2013
Feyenoord 1 0 1970
Aston Villa 1 0 1982
PSV Eindhoven 1 0 1988
Red Star Belgrade 1 0 1991
Atlético Madrid 0 3 1974, 2014, 2016
Reims 0 2 1956, 1959
Valencia 0 2 2000, 2001
Fiorentina 0 1 1957
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1 1960
Partizan 0 1 1966
Panathinaikos 0 1 1971
Leeds United 0 1 1975
Saint-Étienne 0 1 1976
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 1 1977
Club Brugge 0 1 1978
Malmö FF 0 1 1979
Roma 0 1 1984
Sampdoria 0 1 1992
Bayer Leverkusen 0 1 2002
Monaco 0 1 2004
Arsenal 0 1 2006
Tottenham Hotspur 0 1 2019

Performances by nation[change | change source]

Performances in finals by nation
Nation Titles Runners-up Total
 Spain 18 11 29
 England 13 9 22
 Italy 12 16 28
 Germany[A] 7 10 17
 Netherlands 6 2 8
 Portugal 4 5 9
 France 1 5 6
 Romania 1 1 2
 Scotland 1 1 2
 Serbia[B] 1 1 2
 Belgium 0 1 1
 Greece 0 1 1
 Sweden 0 1 1
Totals 64 64 128
Notes

All-time top scorers[change | change source]

As of 26 February 2020[1]

The table below does not include goals scored in the qualification stage.

Rank Player Goals Apps Ratio Years Club(s)
1 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 128 169 0.76 2003– Manchester United (15), Real Madrid (105), Juventus (8)
2 Argentina Lionel Messi 114 141 0.81 2005– Barcelona
3 Spain Raúl 71 142 0.5 1995–2011 Real Madrid (66), Schalke 04 (5)
4 Poland Robert Lewandowski 64 86 0.74 2011– Borussia Dortmund (17), Bayern Munich (47)
France Karim Benzema 64 119 0.54 2006– Lyon (12), Real Madrid (52)
6 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 56 73 0.77 1998–2009 PSV Eindhoven (8), Manchester United (35), Real Madrid (13)
7 France Thierry Henry 50 112 0.45 1997–2012 Monaco (7), Arsenal (35), Barcelona (8)
8 Argentina Alfredo Di Stéfano 49 58 0.84 1955–1964 Real Madrid
9 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 0.48 1994–2012 Dynamo Kyiv (15), Milan (29), Chelsea (4)
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović 48 120 0.4 2001–2017 Ajax (6), Juventus (3), Inter Milan (6), Barcelona (4), Milan (9), Paris Saint-Germain (20)

Most appearances[change | change source]

As of 26 February 2020[2]

The table below does not include appearances made in the qualification stage.

Rank Player Apps Years Club(s)
1 Spain Iker Casillas 177 1999–2019 Real Madrid (150), Porto (27)
2 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 169 2003– Manchester United (52), Real Madrid (101), Juventus (16)
3 Spain Xavi 151 1998–2015 Barcelona
4 Spain Raúl 142 1995–2011 Real Madrid (130), Schalke 04 (12)
5 Wales Ryan Giggs 141 1994–2014 Manchester United
Argentina Lionel Messi 2005– Barcelona
7 Spain Andrés Iniesta 130 2002–2018 Barcelona
8 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf 125 1994–2012 Ajax (11), Real Madrid (25), Milan (89)
9 England Paul Scholes 124 1994–2013 Manchester United
Spain Sergio Ramos 2005– Real Madrid

References[change | change source]

  1. "UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2018/19" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. pp. 5–7. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. "UEFA Champions League Statistics Handbook 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). pp. 4, 7. Retrieved 3 October 2018.