Champions League last eight: which nations dominate?

Sevilla and Barcelona both knocking out English opposition means that Spain are the dominant nation in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh year running.

Wissam Ben Yedder strikes for Sevilla to knock out Manchester United
Wissam Ben Yedder strikes for Sevilla to knock out Manchester United ©AFP/Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals seemed set to have a different look to recent seasons – only for the Spanish Liga to dominate the last eight for the seventh year in a row.

For the first time, five teams from a single country reached the round of 16 (something generally only possible after a format change for 2015/16) – England. However, although Manchester City and Liverpool made it through, Juventus knocked out Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United and Chelsea fell to Sevilla and Barcelona respectively.

With Real Madrid also making the quarter-finals, Spain have an unmatched three teams in that stage for the sixth consecutive season; the year before that run started, in 2011/12, they were the only nation to have two in the last eight. England still hold the quarter-final record of four, though, from 2007/08 and 2008/09, when Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United got to the quarter-finals.

That was during a five-season spell of English dominance in the quarter-finals but since 2011/12 the Spanish Liga has been supreme. Indeed, in the past four campaigns Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid formed Spain's trio of quarter-finalists, with the winners emerging from among their number; Atlético are absent this time but Sevilla have taken their place. Drawn apart in the semi-finals, the Spanish clubs could also match a record for that stage.

Highlights: Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla
Highlights: Manchester United 1-2 Sevilla

UEFA.com sees which nations have had the most quarter-finalists since the number of entries for the top leagues was increased to four in 1999/2000 – with only France and Italy intruding on the Anglo-Spanish duopoly – and whether those countries were able to convert that advantage into appearances in the very later stages.

Previous quarter-finals: who had the most entries?

In all lists eventual winners shown in bold

AFTER KNOCKOUT ROUND OF 16
2017/18: 3, Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla)
2016/17: 3, Spain (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid)
2015/16: 3, Spain (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid)
2014/15: 3, Spain (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid)
2013/14: 3, Spain (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid)
2012/13: 3, Spain (Barcelona, Málaga, Real Madrid)
2011/12: 2, Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid)
2010/11: 3, England (Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur)
2009/10: 2, England (Arsenal, Manchester United), France (Bordeaux, Lyon)
2008/09: 4, England (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United)
2007/08: 4, England (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United)
2006/07: 3, England (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United)
2005/06: 3, Italy (AC Milan, Internazionale Milano, Juventus)
2004/05: 3, Italy (AC Milan, Internazionale Milano, Juventus)
2003/04: 2, England (Arsenal, Chelsea), France (Lyon, Monaco), Spain (Deportivo La Coruña, Real Madrid)

2003 final highlights: Milan v Juventus
2003 final highlights: Milan v Juventus

AFTER SECOND GROUP STAGE
2002/03: 3, Italy (AC Milan, Internazionale Milano, Juventus), Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia)
2001/02: 3, Spain (Barcelona, Deportivo La Coruña, Real Madrid)
2000/01: 3 England (Arsenal, Leeds United, Manchester United), Spain (Deportivo La Coruña, Real Madrid, Valencia)
1999/2000: 3: Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia)

Three clubs from same nation in semi-finals

2016/17: Spain (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid)
2008/09: England (Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United)
2007/08: England (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United)
2006/07: England (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United)
2002/03: Italy (AC Milan, Internazionale Milano, Juventus)
1999/2000: Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia)

Classic all-Spanish semi-finals
Classic all-Spanish semi-finals
  • On half of the six previous occasions when three teams from the same country have made the semi-finals, there has subsequently been a one-nation final. Only twice have those finals not needed at least extra time, and in 2013 that was only after a last-minute winner.

One-nation UEFA Champions League finals

2015/16: Spain – Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid (aet, 5-3 pens)
2013/14: Spain Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético Madrid (aet)
2012/13: Germany – Bayern München 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
2007/08: England –  Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (aet, 6-5 pens)
2002/03: ItalyAC Milan 0-0 Juventus (aet, 3-2 pens)
1999/00Spain – Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia

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