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This page details statistics of the European Cup and Champions League. Unless notified these statistics concern all seasons since inception of the European Cup in the 1955–56 season, including qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League as per "Competition facts"[1]; all goals scored before league phase(s) counted as "qualifying goals".

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General performances

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By club

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Spain Real Madrid 9 3 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002 1962, 1964, 1981
Italy Milan 7 4 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007 1958, 1993, 1995, 2005
England Liverpool 5 2 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005 1985, 2007
Germany Bayern Munich 4 3 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 1982, 1987, 1999
Netherlands Ajax 4 2 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995 1969, 1996
Spain Barcelona 3 3 1992, 2006, 2009 1961, 1986, 1994
England Manchester United 3 1 1968, 1999, 2008 2009
Italy Juventus 2 5 1985, 1996 1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003
Portugal Benfica 2 5 1961, 1962 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990
Italy Internazionale 2 2 1964, 1965 1967, 1972
Portugal Porto 2 0 1987, 2004
England Nottingham Forest 2 0 1979, 1980
France Marseille 1 1 1993 1991
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 1 1 1986 1989
Germany Hamburg 1 1 1983 1980
Scotland Celtic 1 1 1967 1970
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 0 1997
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1 0 1991
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 0 1988
England Aston Villa 1 0 1982
Netherlands Feyenoord 1 0 1970
Spain Valencia 0 2 2000, 2001
France Stade Reims 0 2 1956, 1959
England Chelsea 0 1 2008
England Arsenal 0 1 2006
France AS Monaco 0 1 2004
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0 1 2002
Italy Sampdoria 0 1 1992
Italy Roma 0 1 1984
Sweden Malmö 0 1 1979
Belgium Club Brugge 0 1 1978
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 1 1977
France Saint-Étienne 0 1 1976
England Leeds United 0 1 1975
Spain Atlético Madrid 0 1 1974
Greece Panathinaikos 0 1 1971
Serbia Partizan 0 1 1966
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1 1960
Italy Fiorentina 0 1 1957

By nation

Nation Winners Runners-up  % Wins per final Competitions entered  % Wins per entry Winning clubs Runners-up
Spain Spain 12 9 57% 55 22% Real Madrid (9), Barcelona (3) Real Madrid (3), Barcelona (3), Valencia (2), Atlético Madrid (1)
Italy Italy 11 14 44% 54 [1] 20% Milan (7), Juventus (2), Internazionale (2) Juventus (5), Milan (4), Internazionale (2), Fiorentina (1), Roma (1), Sampdoria (1)
England England 11 6 65% 48 [2] 23% Liverpool (5), Manchester United (3), Nottingham Forest (2), Aston Villa (1) Liverpool (2), Arsenal (1), Chelsea (1), Leeds United (1), Manchester United (1)
Germany Germany 6 7 46% 55 11% Bayern Munich (4), Borussia Dortmund (1), Hamburg (1) Bayern Munich (3), Bayer Leverkusen (1), Borussia Mönchengladbach (1), Eintracht Frankfurt (1), Hamburg (1)
Netherlands Netherlands 6 2 75% 54 [3] 11% Ajax (4), Feyenoord (1), PSV Eindhoven (1) Ajax (2)
Portugal Portugal 4 5 44% 55 9.1% Benfica (2), Porto (2) Benfica (5)
France France 1 5 16% 55 1.9% Marseille (1) Reims (2), Marseille (1), AS Monaco (1),[4] Saint-Étienne (1)
Scotland Scotland 1 1 50% 55 1.9% Celtic (1) Celtic (1)
Romania Romania 1 1 50% 54 [5] 1.9% Steaua Bucureşti (1) Steaua Bucureşti (1)
Serbia Serbia 1 1 50% 50 [6] 2.0% Red Star Belgrade (1) Partizan (1)
Greece Greece 0 1 0% 51 [7] 0% Panathinaikos (1)
Belgium Belgium 0 1 0% 55 0% Club Brugge (1)
Sweden Sweden 0 1 0% 55 0% Malmö FF (1)

By player

Champions League (season 1992–93 to present)

Titles by club

Team Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Italy Milan 3 3 1994, 2003, 2007 1993, 1995, 2005
Spain Real Madrid 3 1998, 2000, 2002
England Manchester United 2 1 1999, 2008 2009
Spain Barcelona 2 1 2006, 2009 1994
Italy Juventus 1 3 1996 1997, 1998, 2003
England Liverpool 1 1 2005 2007
Germany Bayern Munich 1 1 2001 1999
Netherlands Ajax 1 1 1995 1996
Portugal Porto 1 2004
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 1997
France Marseille 1 1993
Spain Valencia 2 2000, 2001
England Chelsea 1 2008
England Arsenal 1 2006
France Monaco 1 2004
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 2002

Number of participating clubs by nation

Nation Number of clubs Clubs
 Spain 12 Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Deportivo La Coruña, Villarreal, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Celta de Vigo, Real Sociedad, Mallorca, Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao
 Germany 10 Hamburg, Hertha BSC, Kaiserslautern, Stuttgart, Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg
 France 10 Lyon, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lille, Auxerre, Lens, Reims
 Italy 8 Milan, Juventus, Internazionale, Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina, Parma, Udinese
 England 7 Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers
 Netherlands 6 Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord, Heerenveen, Willem II, AZ
 Belgium 5 Lierse, Racing Genk, Club Brugge, Anderlecht, Standard Liège
 Russia 5 Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg, Rubin Kazan
 Portugal 4 Porto, Benfica, Sporting CP, Boavista
 Switzerland 4 Basel, Grasshopper, Thun, Zürich
 Austria 3 Sturm Graz, Austria Salzburg, Rapid Wien
 Denmark 3 Brøndby, AaB, Copenhagen
 Greece 3 AEK Athens, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos
 Romania 3 Steaua Bucureşti, CFR Cluj, Unirea Urziceni
 Sweden 3 Helsingborg, AIK, IFK Göteborg
 Turkey 3 Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş
 Croatia 2 Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb
 Czech Republic 2 Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague
 Hungary 2 Ferencváros, Debrecen
 Israel 2 Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv
 Norway 2 Rosenborg, Molde
 Poland 2 Widzew Łódź, Legia Warsaw
 Scotland 2 Celtic, Rangers
 Slovakia 2 MFK Košice, MFK Petržalka
 Ukraine 2 Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kyiv
 Cyprus 2 Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL
 Belarus 1 BATE
 Bulgaria 1 Levski Sofia
 Finland 1 HJK Helsinki
 Serbia 1 Partizan
 Slovenia 1 Maribor

Clubs

By semifinal appearances

Team Number of Appearances Years in Semifinals
Spain Real Madrid 21 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Italy Milan 13 1956, 1958, 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Germany Bayern Munich 12 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001
Spain Barcelona 11 1960, 1961, 1975, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009
England Manchester United 11 1957, 1958, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009
Italy Juventus 10 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003
England Liverpool 9 1965, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985, 2005, 2007, 2008
Netherlands Ajax 8 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997
Portugal Benfica 8 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1990
Italy Internazionale 7 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1981, 2003
England Chelsea 5 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 4 1957, 1971, 1991, 1992
Scotland Celtic 4 1967, 1970, 1972, 1974
Netherlands PSV 3 1976, 1988, 2005
Portugal Porto 3 1987, 1994, 2004
France Monaco 3 1994, 1998, 2004
England Leeds United 3 1970, 1975, 2001
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 3 1977, 1987, 1999
Germany Borussia Dortmund 3 1964, 1997, 1998
Greece Panathinaikos 3 1971, 1985, 1996
France Marseille 3 1990, 1991, 1993
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 3 1986, 1988, 1989
Germany Hamburg 3 1961, 1980, 1983
Spain Atlético Madrid 3 1959, 1971, 1974
England Arsenal 2 2006, 2009
Spain Valencia 2 2000, 2001
Belgium Anderlecht 2 1982, 1986
Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 2 1967, 1982
England Nottingham Forest 2 1979, 1980
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 1977, 1978
Switzerland Zürich 2 1964, 1977
France Saint-Étienne 2 1975, 1976
Netherlands Feyenoord 2 1963, 1970
France Stade Reims 2 1956, 1959
Spain Villarreal 1 2006
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 1 2004
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 2002
France Nantes 1 1996
France Paris Saint-Germain 1 1995
Italy Sampdoria 1 1992
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1 1992
Russia Spartak Moscow 1 1991
Turkey Galatasaray 1 1989
Sweden IFK Göteborg 1 1986
France Bordeaux 1 1985
Italy Roma 1 1984
Scotland Dundee United 1 1984
Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 1 1984
Spain Real Sociedad 1 1983
Poland Widzew Łódź 1 1983
England Aston Villa 1 1982
Sweden Malmö FF 1 1979
Germany Köln 1 1979
Austria Austria Wien 1 1979
Belgium Club Brugge 1 1978
Hungary Újpest 1 1974
England Derby County 1 1973
Poland Legia Warsaw 1 1970
Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1 1969
Czech Republic Dukla Prague 1 1967
Serbia Partizan 1 1966
Hungary Gyõri ETO 1 1965
Scotland Dundee 1 1963
England Tottenham Hotspur 1 1962
Belgium Standard Liège 1 1962
Austria Rapid Wien 1 1961
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1 1960
Scotland Rangers 1 1960
Switzerland Young Boys 1 1959
Hungary Vasas 1 1958
Italy Fiorentina 1 1957
Scotland Hibernian 1 1956

(Note: In the 1992 and 1993 seasons there were no semifinals as the finalists qualified via a group stage.)

Other records

Map of UEFA countries, teams from which have reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League      UEFA member country that has been represented in the group stage      UEFA member country that has not been represented in the group stage      Not a UEFA member

Unbeaten sides

Many clubs have won the Cup unbeaten:

Final success rate

Only two clubs have appeared in the final of the European Cup/Champions league more than once, with a 100% success rate:

Five clubs have appeared in the final once, being victorious on that occasion:

On the opposite end of the scale, only 2 clubs have appeared in the final more than once, losing on each occasion:

Manchester United have won three European Cup Finals, having never been leading after 90 minutes in any of them:

  • 1968 - 1-1 at full time - won 4-1 after extra time.
  • 1999 - 0-1 down after 90 minutes - but scored twice in injury time to win 2-1.
  • 2008 - 1-1 at full time - won 6-5 on penalties.

Participations

Winning other trophies

See also Treble (association football) and Tuples in association football.

Although not an official title or recognized achievment, only five clubs have ever achieved the distinction of winning the Champions League/European Cup, their domestic championship, and their primary domestic cup competition in the same season, known colloquailly as "the treble":

In addition to the treble, several of these clubs went on to win further cups. However, it should be noted that most of these cups were technically won the following year following the conclusion of regular domestic or international leagues the year before. It should also especially be noted that several domestic cups may not have been extant at the time that equivalent cups were won by clubs of other nations, and in some cases remain so. Furthemore, there is much variance in the regard with which several cups are taken both over time and between nations. Regardless, the following clubs all won competitions further to the treble mentioned above:

Besides the treble noted above, Liverpool have also won a treble of cups in 1984, having won the Football League First Division, the League Cup and the European Cup; and thus having only missed out on the treble proper by winning their secondary domestic cup competition (the League Cup) rather than their primary one.

Juventus, Ajax, and Bayern Munich are also the only teams to have won the three major UEFA official Cups, namely UEFA Champions League/European Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and UEFA Cup/Europa League [9].

Biggest wins

Biggest two leg win

  • Benfica hold the overall record by beating Stade Dudelange 18–0 in 1965–66.
  • Bayern Munich hold the biggest margin of overall home & away result in the Champions League era. They beat Sporting Lisbon 12-1 (0-5, 7-1) in the round of 16 in the 2008-2009 season.

Not winning the domestic league

  • Nottingham Forest are the only club to have won the European Cup more times (twice) than they have won their domestic league (once). Forest won the English League in 1978 before winning the European Cup in 1979 and defending it in 1980. Nottingham Forest are also the only previous winners of the European Cup to be later relegated to the third tier of their national league (in 2005).
  • The competition format was changed in 1997-1998 to allow teams that were not champions of their domestic league to compete in the competition. Since then there have been "European" Champions who had not been domestic champions. Notable instances include the following
    • Manchester United's treble-winners of 1998–99 were the first winners of the tournament to have won neither their domestic title nor the European Cup/Champions League the previous season. Since then, Real Madrid (2000), Milan (2003 and 2007), Liverpool (2005), and Barcelona (2009) have achieved this feat.
    • Liverpool's 2005 triumph came 15 years after their previous domestic league title (1990). That was the longest time any Champions League winner had gone since previously winning their league. Prior to this, the longest time period for any winner was Milan, whose victory in 2003 had come four years since their last Serie A win.
  • Bayer Leverkusen (in 2002) are the only club to play in the final having never previously won their domestic league.

Comebacks

Defence

  • Arsenal broke the record for the most consecutive clean sheets in 2006, with ten. They went without conceding a goal for 995 minutes between September 2005 and May 2006.[12]

Successful defending

  • Milan are the last team to successfully defend the trophy, winning it in both 1989 and 1990.

Nationalities

Red Star Belgrade, at the time part of the Yugoslavian league which dissolved after the 1991 season, won the European Cup in 1991 with a team consisting of all Yugoslavian players. Miodrag Belodedic, who also won the competition with Steaua in 1986, did play for the Romanian National Team, but was born in a Yugoslavian family residing in Romania at the time of his birth. *Benfica twice won the competition (1961 and 1962) with a team consisting entirely of Portuguese players, although some of them had been born in Portuguese African Colonies, then Overseas Provinces of Portugal but now independent nations. Real Madrid (1966) and Steaua Bucureşti (1986) also took the title with a team all from the same country; Nottingham Forest (1979 and 1980) won twice with a team consisting of players only from the United Kingdom. Celtic won the competition in 1967 with their entire squad living within a 30 mile radius of Celtic Park, their home ground.

Countries

Cities

  • The city of Milan, Italy, is the only one that won the Champions Cup with two different teams: Internazionale and Milan (the two clubs have won nine cups in total) and therefore shares the honour with Madrid, Spain (Real Madrid having won nine trophies) as being the most successful city in the history of the tournament.
  • The city of London, England, is one of four cities only that has been represented by more than one team in the final of the European Cup/Champions League and lost on each occasion (Arsenal in 2006 and Chelsea in 2008).
  • Madrid, Spain, has also been represented by two clubs in 13 Champions Cup finals, with nine wins (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002) and three losses (1962, 1964, 1981), for Real Madrid, and one loss for Atlético Madrid in 1974.
  • Belgrade, Serbia, has also been represented by two clubs in the Champions Cup final, with one win, for Red Star Belgrade in 1991, and a loss for Partizan in 1966.
  • Athens, Greece, is the only city which has been represented in the group stage by three teams, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens, in the same season (2003–04).
  • England is the only country with teams who have won the Cup from four different cities:
  • Only four derbies between teams of the same city have ever been played:
  • The 2002–03 semi-final between bitter city rivals Milan and Internazionale Milano was the first time both games of a two-legged tie were played in the same stadium (San Siro). The teams share the stadium as their home venue. Milan won by the "away goals" rule. The teams also played each other in the same stadium in the 2004–05 quarter-final.

Specific group stage records

6 wins

Four teams have won all their games in a group stage (none of whom went on to win the title that year — although Milan got closest by finishing runners-up); these are:

6 draws

Only one team has drawn all their games in a group stage:

6 losses

In the history of the Champions League, 9 teams have lost all 6 group stage matches:

  • Maccabi Haifa is the only club to finish the group stage without scoring a goal. They did this in 2009-10 finishing only their second appearance in the Champions League with 0 points after losing to Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first group game, and then losing 5 consecutive games 1-0, ending the group stage with a goal difference of -8. In their first Champions League appearance in 2002-03, the team scored 12 goals.
  • Košice ended the 1997-98 group stage losing all 6 matches with a goal difference of -11. They conceded 13 goals, scoring only twice.
  • Fenerbahçe lost all 6 group stage matches in 2001-02 with a goal difference of -9. They conceded 12 goals and scored only 3.
  • Anderlecht also lost all 6 of their group stage matches, in 2004-05. They conceded 17 goals and scored just 4, with a goal difference of -13.
  • Rapid Wien ended the 2005-06 group stage losing all 6 games. They conceded 15 goals and scored only 3, with a goal difference of -12.
  • Levski Sofia finished their only appearance in the group stage - in 2006-07 conceding 17 goals and scoring just one, ending with a goal difference of -16.
  • Dynamo Kyiv ended the 2007-08 group stage also losing all 6 games. They conceded 19 goals, scoring only 4, ending with a goal difference of -15.
  • Debrecen finished the 2009-10 group stage with 0 points and a goal difference of -14. They conceded 19 goals, scoring just 5.

Players

All-time top goalscorers

UEFA Champions League from the 1992–93 season onwards

Excluding qualifying games

Rank Nation Player Goals Games Goal Ratio Debut in Europe Clubs
1 Spain Raúl 66 130 0.51 1995 Real Madrid
2 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 54 73 0.74 1998 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg
3 France Thierry Henry 50 109 0.46 1995 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
4 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 48 100 0.48 1994 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea
5 Italy Filippo Inzaghi 44 78 0.56 1995 Parma, Juventus, Milan
6 Italy Alessandro Del Piero 42 87 0.49 1993 Juventus
7 Spain Fernando Morientes 33 93 0.35 1995 Real Madrid, Monaco, Liverpool, Valencia, Marseille
8 Côte d'Ivoire Didier Drogba 31 59 0.53 2003 Marseille, Chelsea
9 France David Trezeguet 29 58 0.50 1997 Monaco, Juventus
10 Netherlands Roy Makaay 29 61 0.48 2000 Deportivo La Coruña, Bayern Munich
Bold = Still active

UEFA Champions League/European Champions Cup

Including qualifying games

Rank Nation Player Goals Games Goal Ratio Debut in Europe Clubs
1 Spain Raúl 68 135 0.52 1995 Real Madrid
2 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 62 125 0.50 1994 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, Milan, Dynamo Kyiv
3 Germany Gerd Müller 62[13] 69 0.91 1967 Bayern Munich
4 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 60 86 0.70 1998 PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg
5 France Thierry Henry 59 137 0.43 1996 Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona
6 Sweden Henrik Larsson 59 108 0.55 1996 Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona, Manchester United, Helsingborg
7 Portugal Eusébio 53[14] 71 0.75 1961 Benfica
8 ArgentinaSpain Alfredo di Stéfano 49 58 0.85 1955 Real Madrid
9 Italy Filippo Inzaghi 49 78 0.63 1995 Parma, Juventus, Milan
10 Italy Alessandro Del Piero 49 118 0.42 1995 Juventus
Bold = Still active

All-time appearances

Only 16 players have made 100 or more Champions League appearances: Raúl, Roberto Carlos, Andriy Shevchenko, Paolo Maldini, David Beckham, Oliver Kahn, Luís Figo, Clarence Seedorf, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Thierry Henry, Gary Neville, Fernando Morientes, Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernández.

Of these 16 players, 8 have made their appearances all for a single club:

UEFA Champions League/European Champions Cup

Including qualifying games

Rank Nation Player Games Goals Goal Ratio Debut in Europe Clubs
1 Italy Paolo Maldini 139 3 0.02 1985 Milan
2 Spain Raúl 135 68 0.50 1995 Real Madrid
3 Brazil Roberto Carlos 128 17 0.13 1996 Internazionale, Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe
4 Wales Ryan Giggs 126 27 0.21 1993 Manchester United
5 England Paul Scholes 120 25 0.21 1994 Manchester United
6 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf 115 12 0.10 1992 Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Milan
7 England Gary Neville 114 2 0.02 1993 Manchester United
8 France Thierry Henry 112 51 0.46 1995 Arsenal, Barcelona
9 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 125 62 0.51 1994 Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea
10 England David Beckham 111 17 0.15 1994 Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan
Bold = Still active

Other records

Most wins

As a player
As a manager:

Oldest and youngest

Winning other trophies

  • Nereo Rocco won the Cup Winners' Cup and, later, the European Cup with the same club in two consecutive seasons, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1968 with AC Milan and the European Cup in 1969. Giovanni Trapattoni later did the same feat winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1984 with Juventus and the European Cup in 1985.
  • Rafael Benítez is the only manager to have won the UEFA Cup and the Champions League in consecutive seasons with two different clubs, winning the UEFA Cup in 2004 with Valencia and the Champions League in 2005 with Liverpool.
  • Bob Paisley won the UEFA Cup and the European Cup in consecutive seasons with the same club, winning the UEFA Cup in 1976 with Liverpool and the European Cup in 1977. José Mourinho later replicated the feat, winning the UEFA Cup in 2003 with Porto and the Champions League in 2004.

Goalscoring

Disciplinary

Only two players have ever been sent off in a Champions League Final: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal) in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final against Barcelona (sent off in the 18th minute for a professional foul after bringing down Samuel Eto'o) and Didier Drogba (Chelsea) in the 2008 Champions League Final (sent off in the 117th minute for slapping Manchester United player Nemanja Vidić). Both players' teams lost their respective finals.

Patrick Vieira and Edgar Davids jointly hold the record for the most red cards in the Champions League. Both players have been sent off 3 times.

Patrick Vieira is also the only player to have been sent off for 3 different teams in the Champions League (Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan).

Paul Scholes holds the record for the most yellow cards in the Champions League. He has received a total of 26 yellow cards, including one against Milan in 09-10 season.

Qualifying from Qualification Round 1

  • Since the addition of a third qualifying round in 1999–00, Liverpool, and Artmedia Bratislava were the first two teams to negotiate all three rounds of qualification and reach the Champions League group phase, both doing so in 2005–06. In 2008–09 the Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta and the Belarusian side BATE negotiated all three rounds to become the third and fourth teams in the history of Champions league to accomplish this feat. Liverpool went on to become the first team in the history of the competition to reach the knockout phase from the first qualifying round.

Consecutive Home Wins

Manchester United hold the record of consecutive home wins in the Champions League. They have 12 consecutive home wins which was achieved when they defeated Barcelona 1–0 on 29 April 2008. This run was ended with a 0–0 draw against Villarreal on 17 September 2008.

Consecutive Wins

Barcelona holds the record of 11 consecutive wins (including third qualifying round) in the Champions League (2002–03). Excluding the 2 wins in the third qualifying round, Barcelona would still hold the record with 9 consecutive wins.

Longest Home Undefeated Run

The record for the longest unbeaten run at home stands at 31 games held by Bayern Munich. The run began with a 0-0 draw at home against Borussia Dortmund in the 1997-98 UEFA Champions league season and finished with a 2-1 home win against Real Madrid in the 2001-02 UEFA Champions league quarter-finals first leg. The 31 game unbeaten run ended with a 3-2 loss at home to Deportivo La Coruña in the 2002-03 UEFA Champions league first group stage.

Longest Away Undefeated Run

The record for the longest away unbeaten run stands at 16 games held by Manchester United and is still ongoing. The run began with a 1-0 away win against Sporting CP in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League group stage. It has so far lasted until the 3-2 away win against A.C. Milan at the San Siro in the first leg of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League first knockout stage. During this run Manchester United were beaten 2-0 by Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, however this game was at a neutral venue and as such is not classified as an away game.

Longest Undefeated Run

The record for the longest unbeaten run stands at 25 games held by Manchester United. It began with a 1-0 away win against Sporting CP in their opening group stage game of the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League and finished with a 3-1 away win against Arsenal in the second leg of the semi-final of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League season. The 25 game unbeaten streak ended with a 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final.

This broke the previous record of 20 consecutive games unbeaten by Ajax, which began with a 0-0 home draw against Porto in the second leg of the first round of the 1985–86 European cup, and after an eight year hiatus from the competition resumed through a 2-0 home win against Milan in their opening group stage game of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League season, and ended with a 0-1 home loss to Panathinaikos in the first leg of the semi-final of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League season; which was itself followed by Bayern Munich's achievement of 19 consecutive games unbeaten, which began with a 1-0 home win against Arsenal on matchday six of the second group stage of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League season, and ended with a 0-2 away loss to Real Madrid in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the 2001–02 Champions League season.

The biggest disparity between a group winner and runner-up

The biggest points difference between the first- and second-placed teams in a Champions League group phase is 11 points, achieved by two teams:

See also

References

  1. ^ 1973–74 Serie A champions Lazio were disqualified from the 1974–75 European Cup.
  2. ^ 1954–55 English First Division champions Chelsea were barred entry in the 1955–56 European Cup by The Football League; and English clubs were barred entry to the European Cup from the 1985–86 season to the 1990–91 season inclusive because of the Heysel disaster. Note also that the 1956–57 season is included in the count despite the Munich air disaster all but effectively negating English participation for that season.
  3. ^ 1989–90 Eredivisie champions Ajax were disqualified from the 1990–91 European Cup.
  4. ^ Although AS Monaco are a self-described Monegasque football club, they qualified through the French leagues, thus the French flag is displayed.
  5. ^ Romanian clubs did not enter the inaugural competition.
  6. ^ The nation of Serbia first officially entered the European Cup during the 2006–07 season after the dissolution of the state of Serbia and Montenegro (itself formed after the dissolution of SFR Yugoslavia before it). However, for the purposes of this table, Red Star Belgrade and Partizan were eligible entrants from the 1955–56 season to the 1991–92 seasons inclusive as clubs competing in the Yugoslav First League, and from the 1997–98 season to the 2005–06 season inclusive as clubs competing in the Serbia and Montenegro Superliga (the interim period, from the 1992–93 season to the 1996–97 season inclusive, had no eligible competitor from the Serbia and Montenegro Superliga for which any club now competing in the Serbian SuperLiga could enter). Furthermore, since clubs that formerly competed in the Yugoslav First League that do not now play in the Serbian SuperLiga gained entry to the European Cup during the 1958–59, 1967–68, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1985–86 and 1987–88 seasons, it may be more useful to consider a count of competitions entered as ten lower than that given as, technically, no team now competing under the nation of Serbia entered the competition at that time.
  7. ^ No Greek clubs entered the competition from the 1955–56 season to the 1957–58 season inclusive, and Olympiacos withdrew from the 1958–59 competition for political reasons.
  8. ^ "Champions League - Match facts: Manchester United v Inter". EuroSport - Yahoo!. 9 March 2009. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/09032009/58/champions-league-match-facts-manchester-united-v-inter.html. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "List of European official clubs' cups and tournaments". uefa.com. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/supercup/news/kind=32/newsid=447085.html. Retrieved 21 August 2006. 
  10. ^ "Manager Profile: Sir Bobby Robson" http://soccernet.espn.go.com/print?id=31&type=manager&cc=5739
  11. ^ "Italian media hit out at 'crazy' Inter". ESPN Soccernet. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=382128&cc=5901. Retrieved 2006-09-28. 
  12. ^ http://www.espnstar.com/football/champions-league/news/detail/item320051/Trivia:-50-things-about-the-UCL/
  13. ^ Gerd Müller has made 7 goals in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but that fact is not recognised by UEFA in its official statistics.
  14. ^ Eusébio has made 4 goals in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but that fact is not recognised by UEFA in its official statistics.
  15. ^ uefa.com - UEFA Champions League - Competition facts
  16. ^ uefa.com - UEFA Champions League - News & Features - News specific

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