Champions League last eight: which nations dominate?

England have equalled their record of having four quarter-finalists, ending seven years of Spanish supremacy.

Manchester United's comeback at Paris helped England restore their quarter-final supremacy
Manchester United's comeback at Paris helped England restore their quarter-final supremacy ©Getty Images

The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals have a nostalgic look this season as English clubs dominate after seven years of Spanish supremacy.

MEET THIS SEASON'S LAST EIGHT

Although England had as many as five round-of-16 participants last season, only two of those sides made it to the last eight, whereas this time all four English entrants have reached the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid fall to Ajax
Real Madrid fall to Ajax

Conversely, holders Real Madrid's loss to Ajax denied Spain a seventh straight season of having three quarter-finalists; the year before that run, 2011/12, Spain had also been the sole nation with two teams in the last eight.

Prior to that there had been five seasons of Premier League preponderance, including 2007/08 and 2008/09 when Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all got to the quarters, the only previous instances of one country boasting four quarter-finalists.

In 2007/08 United went to win the trophy, beating Chelsea in the final, but that is the only time England have turned a quarter-final plurality into eventual victory. By contrast, Spanish sides emerged from their leading pack in each of the last five seasons as well as 1999/2000 and 2001/02; in all but one case, Real Madrid prevailed.

UEFA.com checks which countries have had the most quarter-finalists since the number of entries for Europe's top leagues was increased to four in 1999/2000 – with just France and Italy intruding on the Anglo-Spanish duopoly; and learns if those nations 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

United stun Paris to make last eight
United stun Paris to make last eight

AFTER KNOCKOUT ROUND OF 16
2018/19: 4, England (Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur)
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
  • In half of the six previous occasions where three teams from the same country reached the semi-finals, a one-nation final has ensued. 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: Italy – AC Milan 0-0 Juventus (aet, 3-2 pens)
1999/00Spain – Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia

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