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.

Potsdam players take it turns to lift the new UEFA Women's Champions League trophy
Potsdam players take it turns to lift the new UEFA Women's Champions League trophy ©AFP

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)
Season Club Final score Club
2009/10 Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
0-0 aet (pens: 6-7)
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
2008/09 Zvezda-2005 (RUS)
1-7 (agg)
FCR 2001 Duisburg (GER)
2007/08 Umeå IK (SWE)
3-4 (agg) 1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
2006/07 Umeå IK (SWE)
0-1 (agg) Arsenal LFC (ENG)
2005/06 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
2-7 (agg) 1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
2004/05 Djurgårdens IF/Älvsjö AIK (SWE)
1-5 (agg) 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (GER)
2003/04 Umeå IK (SWE) 8-0 (agg) 1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)
2002/03 Umeå IK (SWE) 7-1 (agg) Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
2001/02 Umeå IK (SWE) 0-2
1. FFC Frankfurt (GER)

Most successful countries
Country Wins Finals
Germany
6
8
Sweden
2
6

England

1
1
Denmark
0
1
Russia
0
1
France
0
1

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