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German clubs set gold standard

Published: Thursday 20 May 2010, 23.27CET
The 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam victory against Olympique Lyonnais extended Germany's dominance of female European club competition and left France searching for a first winner.
by Kevin Ashby
from Getafe
German clubs set gold standard
Potsdam players take it turns to lift the new UEFA Women's Champions League trophy ©AFP
Published: Thursday 20 May 2010, 23.27CET

German clubs set gold standard

The 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam victory against Olympique Lyonnais extended Germany's dominance of female European club competition and left France searching for a first winner.

1. FFC Turbine Potsdam's sudden-death shoot-out victory against Olympique Lyonnais in the first UEFA Women's Champions League final on Thursday extended Germany's dominance of female European club competition and left France still searching for a maiden winner.

Frauen-Bundesliga teams never looked back after 1. FFC Frankfurt won the first edition of the UEFA Women's Cup back in 2002, and the country's elite side will hope Potsdam's triumph in Getafe – 7-6 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes – will lead to more of the same following the change of format this season.

Potsdam join Swedish club Umeå IK on two European triumphs, one fewer than Frankfurt. FCR 2001 Duisburg are the other German club to have lifted the trophy, while England is the only other nation to boast a winner following Arsenal LFC's UEFA Women's Cup success in 2007.

UEFA Women's Cup/UEFA Women's Champions League finals
(Winners in bold)
SeasonClubFinal scoreClub
2009/10Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
0-0 aet (pens: 6-7)
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
2008/09Zvezda-2005 (RUS)
1-7 (agg)
FCR 2001 Duisburg (GER)
2007/08Umeå IK (SWE)
3-4 (agg)1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
2006/07Umeå IK (SWE)
0-1 (agg)Arsenal LFC (ENG)
2005/061. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
2-7 (agg)1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
2004/05Djurgårdens IF/Älvsjö AIK (SWE)
1-5 (agg)1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
2003/04Umeå IK (SWE)8-0 (agg)1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
2002/03Umeå IK (SWE)7-1 (agg)Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
2001/02Umeå IK (SWE)0-2
1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
Most successful countries
CountryWinsFinals
Germany
6
8
Sweden
2
6

England

1
1
Denmark
0
1
Russia
0
1
France
0
1

Last updated: 21/05/10 11.16CET

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