UEFA Champions League Winners List (1955-2022)

The UEFA Champions League has been one of soccer’s main fan attractions for a number of decades.

Getting to see the best European teams battle it out against each other on the biggest stage is simply something to marvel.

This competition used to be known as the European Cup, but it underwent a rebrand when the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided to go ahead with the name change that commenced from the 1992-1993 season.

It comprises teams who are the league champions in all UEFA member associations (apart from Lichtenstein that doesn’t have a league competition), not to mention the clubs that finish in second to fourth place in the world’s strongest leagues.

One of the things that makes this tournament so popular is the fact that teams must play in a group stage format before advancing on to the higher-stakes knockout rounds.

Because of the high concentration of talented teams involved, progressing to the latter stages is immensely difficult and a lot of players hold this competition in very high regard because of its sporting quality.

With all that said, here’s a full list of winners of this competition since it was introduced to the world in 1955:

2021/2022Real Madrid1-0LiverpoolStade de France, Saint-Denis, France75,000
2020/2021Chelsea1-0Manchester CityEstádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal14,110
2019/2020Bayern Munich1-0Paris Saint GermainEstádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal0
2018/2019Liverpool2-0Tottenham HotspurMetropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain63,272
2017/2018Real Madrid3-1LiverpoolNSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine61,561
2016/2017Real Madrid4-1JuventusMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales65,842
2015/2016Real Madrid1-1 (5-3 on penalties)Atlético MadridSan Siro, Milan, Italy71,942
2014/2015FC Barcelona3-1JuventusOlympiastadion, Berlin, Germany70,442
2013/2014FC Barcelona4-1 (after extra time)Atlético MadridEstádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal60,976
2012/2013Bayern Munich2-1Borussia DortmundWembley Stadium, London, England86,298
2011/2012Chelsea1-1 (4-3 on penalties)Bayern MunichAllianz Arena, Munich, Germany62,500
2010/2011Barcelona3-1Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London, England87,695
2009/2010Inter Milan2-0Bayern MunichSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain73,490
2008/2009FC Barcelona2-0Manchester UnitedStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy62,467
2007/2008Manchester United1-1 (6-5 on penalties)ChelseaLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia67,310
2006/2007AC Milan2-1LiverpoolOlympic Stadium, Athens, Greece63,000
2005/2006FC Barcelona2-1ArsenalStade de France, Saint-Denis, France79,610
2004/2005Liverpool3-3 (3-2 on penalties)AC MilanAtatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey69,000
2003/2004FC Porto3-0AS MonacoArena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany53,053
2002/2003AC Milan0-0 (3-2 on penalties)JuventusOld Trafford, Manchester, England62,315
2001/2002Real Madrid2-1Bayer LeverkusenHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland50,499
2000/2001Bayern Munich1-1 (5-4 on penalties)ValenciaSan Siro, Milan, Italy71,500
1999/2000Real Madrid3-0Valencia CFStade de France, Saint-Denis, France80,000
1998/1999Manchester United2-1Bayern MunichCamp Nou, Barcelona, Spain90,245
1997/1998Real Madrid1-0JuventusAmsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands48,500
1996/1997Borussia Dortmund3-1JuventusOlympiastadion, Munich, Germany59,000
1995/1996Juventus1-1 (4-2 on penalties)AjaxStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy70,000
1994/1995Ajax1-0AC MilanErnst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria49,730
1993/1994AC Milan4-0FC BarcelonaOlympic Stadium, Athens, Greece70,000
1992/1993Olympique de Marseille1-0AC MilanOlympiastadion, Munich, Germany64,400
1991/1992FC Barcelona1-0 (after extra time)SampdoriaWembley Stadium, London, England70,827
1990/1991Red Star Belgrade0-0 (5-3 on penalties)Olympique de MarseilleStadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy56,000
1989/1990AC Milan1-0S.L. BenficaPraterstadion, Vienna, Austria57,558
1988/1989AC Milan4-0Steaua BucureștiCamp Nou, Barcelona, Spain97,000
1987/1988PSV Eindhoven0-0 (6-5 on penalties)S.L. BenficaNeckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany68,000
1986/1987FC Porto2-1Bayern MunichPraterstadion, Vienna, Austria57,500
1985/1986Steaua București0-0 (2-0 on penalties)FC BarcelonaRamón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain70,000
1984/1985Juventus1-0LiverpoolHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium58,000
1983/1984Liverpool1-1 (4-2 on penalties)AS RomaStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy69,693
1982/1983Hamburger SV1-0JuventusOlympic Stadium, Athens, Greece73,500
1981/1982Aston Villa1-0Bayern MunichDe Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands46,000
1980/1981Liverpool1-0Real MadridParc des Princes, Paris, France48,360
1979/1980Nottingham Forest1-0Hamburger SVSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain51,000
1978/1979Nottingham Forest1-0Malmö FFOlympiastadion, Munich, West Germany57,500
1977/1978Liverpool1-0Club BruggeWembley Stadium, London, England92,500
1976/1977Liverpool3-1Borussia MönchengladbachStadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy57,000
1975/1976Bayern Munich1-0Saint-ÉtienneHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland54,864
1974/1975Bayern Munich2-0Leeds UnitedParc des Princes, Paris, France48,374
1973/1974Bayern Munich1-1 (first game); 4-0 (replayed fixture)Atlético MadridHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium48,722 (first game); 23,325 (replayed fixture)
1972/1973Ajax1-0JuventusRed Star Stadium, Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia89,484
1971/1972Ajax2-0Inter MilanDe Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands61,354
1970/1971Ajax2-0PanathinaikosWembley Stadium, London, England83,179
1969/1970Feyenoord2-1 (after extra time)CelticSan Siro, Milan, Italy53,187
1968/1969AC Milan4-1AjaxSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain31,782
1967/1968Manchester United4-1 (after extra time)S.L. BenficaWembley Stadium, London, England92,225
1966/1967Celtic2-1Inter MilanEstádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal45,000
1965/1966Real Madrid2-1PartizanHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium46,745
1964/1965Inter Milan1-0S.L. BenficaSan Siro, Milan, Italy89,000
1963/1964Inter Milan3-1Real MadridPraterstadion, Vienna, Austria71,333
1962/1963AC Milan2-1S.L. BenficaWembley Stadium, London, England45,715
1961/1962S.L. Benfica5-3Real MadridOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam, Netherlands61,257
1960/1961S.L. Benfica3-2FC BarcelonaWankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland26,732
1959/1960Real Madrid7-3Eintracht FrankfurtHampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland127,621
1958/1959Real Madrid2-0Stade de ReimsNeckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany72,000
1957/1958Real Madrid3-2 (after extra time)AC MilanHeysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium67,000
1956/1957Real Madrid2-0FiorentinaSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain124,000
1955/1956Real Madrid4-3Stade de ReimsParc des Princes, Paris, France38,239


Who has won the most Champions League titles?

Naturally, you’d be quite curious to know which team has dominated the world’s most prestigious cup competition.

So, we’ll get straight to the point!

Real Madrid holds the trophy for having won the most UEFA Champions League titles, as they’ve taken first prize in the competition a total of 14 times.

14 time uefa champions league winners - real madrid

In recent years, the Spanish giants have performed supremely well in this competition.

This is because they’ve managed to finish as victors four out of five times between 2013 and 2018.

More so, they managed to attain “La Decima” status when they won the UEFA Champions League/ European Cup for the tenth time in their history with a 4-1 win over arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final.

When you reflect on these records more carefully, you’ll notice how astonishing they are.

Such feats are especially impressive due to the considerable quality of teams involved in the tournament.

For instance, state-backed clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain – who have an almost endless amount of financial resources – have been participating in this competition for several years now.

And none of the aforementioned clubs have managed to win the Champions League on even a single occasion.

That in itself is a testament to how good Real Madrid’s sporting capabilities are.


Who are the top 10 Champions League winners?

Following on from Real Madrid’s impressive 13-time winning tally, there are a bunch of other clubs who have won this competition on multiple occasions.

The top 10 Champions League winners include:

  • Real Madrid;
  • AC Milan;
  • Liverpool;
  • Bayern Munich;
  • Barcelona;
  • Ajax;
  • Inter Milan; 
  • Manchester United;
  • Juventus; and 
  • S.L. Benfica 

For a more detailed breakdown of the winning tallies of each club listed above, check out the following table:

ClubWinsRunner-upSeasons WonSeasons Runner-up
Real Madrid1431956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 20221962, 1964, 1981
AC Milan741963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 20071958, 1993, 1995, 2005
Bayern Munich651974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013, 20201982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012
Liverpool641977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 20191985, 2007, 2018, 2022
FC Barcelona531992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 20151961, 1986, 1994
Ajax421971, 1972, 1973, 19951969, 1996
Manchester United321968, 1999, 20082009, 2011
Inter Milan321964, 1965, 20101967, 1972
Juventus271985, 19961973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017
S.L. Benfica251961, 19621963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990
Chelsea212012, 20212008
Nottingham Forest201979, 1980-
FC Porto201987, 2004-


Which club first won the Champions League?

Now, there are two ways in which this question can be answered.

This is because in a literal sense, the first edition of the UEFA Champions League took place in the 1992-1993 season.

In this year, the trophy was lifted by Olympique de Marseille, who emerged 1-0 victors at the expense of AC Milan.

The match was played at the Olympiastadion in Germany, with approximately 64,400 fans in attendance that day.

However, if you interpret the question above to include European Champion Clubs’ Cup results from the 1991-1992 season all the way back to the 1955-1956 campaign, then the answer will be different.

In this case, Real Madrid were the first winners as they defeated the French side Stade de Reims in a final that took place at the Parc de Princes in Paris.


Which English team has won the most Champions Leagues?

A lot of fans who grew up in an era dominated by an Alex Ferguson-led Manchester United team would instinctively think that this English club had won the most Champions League trophies.

Well, that’s not quite the case!


Liverpool are the English team with the most UEFA Champions League wins, as they’ve lifted this trophy on six separate occasions.

english team with most uefa champions league winners trophies - liverpool

These Champions League final victories came in each of the following campaigns:

  • 1976/1977;
  • 1977/1978;
  • 1980/1981;
  • 1983/1984;
  • 2004/2005; and
  • 2018/2019

Their most recent triumph saw them defeat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in a cagey game where Mohamed Salah’s penalty in the 2nd minute was the ultimate difference maker.


Who are the managers with the most Champions League wins?

Coaches can be analyzed in the same way with regard to how many Champions League wins they’ve picked up in their careers.

Here’s how that looks like:

NameNumber of Titles
Carlo Ancelotti4
Zinédine Zidane3
Bob Paisley3
Jupp Heynckes2
Pep Guardiola2
José Mourinho2
Sir Alex Ferguson2
Vicente del Bosque2
Ottmar Hitzfeld2
Arrigo Sacchi2
Ernst Happel2
Brian Clough2
Dettmar Cramer2
Ștefan Kovács2
Nereo Rocco2
Miguel Muñoz2
Helenio Herrera2
Béla Guttmann2
Luis Carniglia2
José Villalonga2
Thomas Tuchel1
Rafael Benítez1
Hansi Flick1
Marcello Lippi1
Jürgen Klopp1
Louis van Gaal1
Luis Enrique1
Fabio Capello1
Raymond Goethals1
Jock Stein1
Sir Matt Busby1
Rinus Michels1
Udo Lattek1
Tony Barton1
Joe Fagan1
Giovanni Trapattoni1
Emerich Jenei1
Artur Jorge1
Guus Hiddink1
Ljupko Petrovic1
Johan Cruyff1
Roberto Di Matteo1
Frank Rijkaard1

Carlo Ancelotti tops the list with his most recent addition, followed closely by Zinedine Zidane and Bob Paisley who’ve managed three wins each.

Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho – all managers with insane coaching pedigree – follow closely behind with each of them having two Champions League trophies under their belts.


Closing thoughts

This article has offered major insight into all the historic Champions League winners since the competition was launched back in 1955.

Hopefully you’ll have found the information provided very useful.

If so, you can also check out the past top goal scorers in this competition going all the way back to 1955.

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