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Spain savour European pre-eminence

Published: Thursday 28 May 2009, 0.30CET
Spain has become the most successful country in European Champion Clubs' Cup history after FC Barcelona triumphed over Manchester United FC in the Rome showpiece – the 12th final won by Liga representatives.
by Andrew Haslam
from Rome
Spain savour European pre-eminence
Víctor Valdés celebrates Samuel Eto'o's opener in Rome ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Thursday 28 May 2009, 0.30CET

Spain savour European pre-eminence

Spain has become the most successful country in European Champion Clubs' Cup history after FC Barcelona triumphed over Manchester United FC in the Rome showpiece – the 12th final won by Liga representatives.

Spain has become the most successful country in European Champion Clubs' Cup history after FC Barcelona triumphed 2-0 in Rome – the 12th final won by representatives from the Liga.

Clear at the top
Prior to the Stadio Olimpico showpiece, England, Italy and Spain had all lifted the trophy eleven times but Barcelona's victory over Manchester United FC took Spain clear at the top. Germany and the Netherlands occupy joint-fourth place on the list with six wins apiece, although Bundesliga clubs have contested 13 finals compared with the Eredivisie's total of eight. Portugal are sixth in the standings with SL Benfica and FC Porto each claiming the trophy twice.

Solitary triumphs
No other nation has collected more than one European Cup, with French sides falling at the final hurdle on five occasions to leave Olympique de Marseille's 1993 coronation as their sole moment of glory. The former Yugoslavia (FK Crvena Zvezda, 1991), Scotland (Celtic FC, 1967) and Romania (FC Steaua Bucureşti, 1986) have welcomed back European champions once; Belgium (Club Brugge KV, 1978), Greece (Panathinaikos FC, 1971) and Sweden (Malmö FF, 1979) lost their only finals.

Madrid masters
Real Madrid CF remain undisputed masters of the competition, however, having been European champions nine times – most recently in 2002 – two more than nearest rivals AC Milan, who were last victorious two years ago. Liverpool FC have five continental crowns, one more than AFC Ajax and FC Bayern München; Barcelona, like United, boast three European Cups in their trophy cabinet.

European Champion Clubs' Cup history
CountryWins (finals)Successful clubs
Spain12 (21)Real Madrid CF (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002), FC Barcelona (1992, 2006, 2009)
England11 (17)Liverpool FC (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005), Manchester United FC (1968, 1999, 2008), Nottingham Forest FC (1979, 1980), Aston Villa FC (1982)
Italy11 (25)AC Milan (1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007), FC Internazionale Milano (1964, 1965), Juventus (1985, 1996)
Germany6 (13)FC Bayern München (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001), Hamburger SV (1983), BV Borussia Dortmund (1997)
Netherlands6 (8)AFC Ajax (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995), Feyenoord (1970), PSV Eindhoven (1988)
Portugal4 (9)SL Benfica (1961, 1962), FC Porto (1987, 2004)
France1 (6)Olympique de Marseille (1993)
Romania1 (2)FC Steaua Bucureşti (1986)
Scotland1 (2)Celtic FC (1967)
Yugoslavia
1 (2)FK Crvena Zvezda (1991)

Last updated: 28/05/09 12.22CET

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