UEFA Champions League is by far one of the most popular football leagues played in any region of the world. The league consists of teams specifically from Europe, and the winner receives the coveted status of being the best European football team. Since it is a multi-million dollar tournament, it comes as no surprise as to why the stakes are so high. It is here that stars are born and players become legends. UEFA Champions League history bears witness to this fact and it is just one of the reasons why it has millions and millions of fans across the globe.
The annual football tournament was first held in 1955-1956. However, it wasn’t until 1992 that it was officially referred to as the European Champions League or the European Cup. The title of being the best football team in Europe along with the UEFA trophy was received by Barcelona for 2014-2015. However, this time around, Real Madrid is speculated to emerge the winner.
Looking back at the champions’ league history, Real Madrid outshines the rest with winning the most UEFA trophies to date. The club has lifted the trophy 10 times (1956-1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2014); this also includes winning the first ever UEFA tournament in 1956. Additionally, it is the only team to have won the trophy five times in a row.
AC Milan has won total of seven times (1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2007), while Liverpool stood winner on 5 occasions (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005). Teams like Ajax and Bayern Munich have won the championship 4 times. Inter Milan, Manchester United, and Barcelona have won three times respectively.
On the other hand, Nottingham Forest, Juventus, Benfica and Porta have won 2 times, while Marseille, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, Celtic, Steaua Bucure Yti, Hamburg, Red Star Belgrade, Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa have won just once.
Taking the aforementioned teams and their wins into account, a total of four British teams have won this competition, which is then followed by three Italian and three German teams. The information provided above could prove to be quite useful for the fans who wish to predict this year’s winners, which as mentioned earlier is already speculated to be Real Madrid, for obvious reasons.
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