Highest and lowest-scoring European champions

UEFA.com seeks out the European champions with the most and least effective forward lines, as well as the winners with the tightest – and leakiest – defences.

Milan conceded just two goals en route to glory in 1993/94
Milan conceded just two goals en route to glory in 1993/94 ©Getty Images

The team that scores the most goals will win any game, but it does not necessarily follow that the highest-scoring sides win tournaments.

This season's semi-finals feature the 2015/16 competition's most prolific attacks (Bayern at 2.55 goals per game and Real Madrid at 2.36) as well as its tightest defences (Madrid and Atlético having conceded 0.45 goals per match). However, Manchester City remain in the mix despite scoring just 1.64 goals per match and conceding an average rate of one a game. UEFA.com singles out the epochal highs and lows from past European champions.

Highest-scoring side to win the European Cup (goals per game)
4.43 goals per game: Real Madrid 1959/60 – 31 goals in seven games

Highest-scoring side to win the UEFA Champions League (goals per game)
3.15 goals per game: Real Madrid 2013/14
– 41 goals in 13 games

Lowest-scoring side to win the European Cup
1.00 goals per game: PSV Eindhoven 1987/88 – nine goals in nine games

Lowest-scoring side to win the UEFA Champions League
1.24 goals per game: AC Milan 2002/03 – 21 goals in 17 games

Capello remembers Milan magic
Capello remembers Milan magic

European Cup/ UEFA Champions League winners with the meanest defence
0.17 goals per game: AC Milan 1993/94 – two conceded in 12 games

European Cup winners who conceded the most goals
1.50 goals per game: Bayern München 1973/74 – 15 conceded in ten games

UEFA Champions League winners who conceded the most goals
1.45 goals per game: Manchester United 1998/99* – 16 goals in 11 games

*statistics do not include qualifying rounds

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