Third successive continental clean sweep for Spain

The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League trophies have both ended the season in Spain once again, but is a truly unprecedented treble on?

The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League trophies will remain in Spain
The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League trophies will remain in Spain ©Getty Images for UEFA

Sevilla's victory against Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League final meant that both the major trophies in UEFA club football were destined to end the season in Spain regardless, with Real Madrid duly completing a Liga double on Saturday night.

Spain will thus keep hold of the two main club trophies for a third year in succession. This is the first time in the UEFA Champions League era that the European Cup has remained in the same nation for three seasons. No one nation has dominated the continent's top club competition to such an extent since English sides won six successive European Cup finals from 1977-1982.

The challenge now is for Spain to build on their absolute dominance of European club football with more success at international level. No nation has won the UEFA European Championship in the same year as its clubs have won the top prize in European competition. Could this be the first time?

Only once has a nation won a FIFA World Cup and a European Cup in the same season, with a good number of Bayern's 1974 European champions going on to win the world title on home soil the same summer. Another German side, Magdeburg, won the European Cup Winners' Cup that season, though they were representing East Germany.

Watch Barcelona's 2015 triumph
Watch Barcelona's 2015 triumph

Continental clean sweeps
1973/74: Bayern (ECCC), West Germany (WC) – Magdeburg (CWC, East Germany)
1974/75: Bayern (ECCC), Mönchengladbach (UCUP)
1980/81: Liverpool (ECCC), Ipswich (UCUP)
1983/84: Liverpool (ECCC), Tottenham (UCUP)
1989/90: AC Milan (ECCC), Sampdoria (CWC), Juventus (UCUP)
2005/06: Barcelona (UCL), Sevilla (UCUP)
2013/14: Real Madrid (UCL), Sevilla (UEL)
2014/15: Barcelona (UCL), Sevilla (UEL)
2015/16: Real Madrid or Atlético (UCL), Sevilla (UEL)

Key
CWC: European Cup Winners' Cup
ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
UCL: UEFA Champions League
UCUP: UEFA Cup
UEL: UEFA Europa League
WC: FIFA World Cup

Germany's dominance of European football was confirmed the following season when a second European Cup for Bayern was accompanied by victory for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the UEFA Cup final.

England's pre-eminent position (in club terms) in the 1980s was reflected by two continental doubles: Aston Villa were European champions in 1981/82, the year that Ipswich Town won the UEFA Cup, while Liverpool's 1983/84 triumph in the continent's top club competition was accompanied by a second UEFA Cup triumph for Tottenham Hotspur.

However, no nation could match Italy's achievement in 1989/90 when Serie A sides took a clean sweep of the three UEFA club trophies: AC Milan won the European Cup, Sampdoria the Cup Winners' Cup and Juventus the UEFA Cup.

Key
CWC: European Cup Winners' Cup
ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
UCL: UEFA Champions League
UCUP: UEFA Cup
UEL: UEFA Europa League
WC: FIFA World Cup

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