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The 10 Best Football Clubs in Europe

Best Football Clubs
Real Madrid – Credit – Jaun Fernandes

We recently wrote an article on the most successful football clubs in Europe based on trophies won, and the winner was a Scottish club! We got a lot of comments criticising the list but based on the number of trophies won it’s accurate, like it or not!

So we’re revisiting this with the best football clubs in Europe, this time success is only based on European wide challenges, the UEFA Champions League and the Europa Champions League, with a much higher weighting on the creme de le creme – Champions League.

10. Manchester United

Man U are by far the most successful in the Premier League but have never had too much success in Europe. They have won 3 titles out of 28 appearances, in 1968, 1999, 2008 and have been runner up twice. Only won the Europa League once.

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9. Juventus

The Italian club have won 2 Champions League titles, in 1985 and 1996. They have been runners up 7 times and made the league 33 times. They have 3 Europa League wins. Man U may have one more titles than Juventus but being a runner up an incredible 7 times speaks for the quality of this club.

8. Inter Milan

This Italian side won 3 titles in 1964, 1965, 2010 and are runner up twice in a total of 20 appearances. Add on 3 Europa League titles.

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7. Ajax

The Dutch giants have won 4 Champions League Titles in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995, twice runners up and competed 35 times. The have won the Europa League just once.

6. Barcelona

These big spending Spanish giants have competed for the Champions League 29 times – with 5 titles in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015 and been runner up 3 times.

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4. Liverpool

This English club have had far more success that Man U in Europe and had a massive 2019. They may have only made the Champions League 25 times but they success rate is pretty good with 6 wins in – 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019, were runners up 3 times and have won 5 Europa League titles.

3. Bayern Munich

The German club are 5 time winners in 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013 and 5 times runner up out of 35 appearances. Bayern are too good for the Europa League but have won it once. Liverpool may have one more titles but we are weighting this on success and Bayern have qualified 35 times and been runner up 5 times, v’s Liverpool’s 25 appearances and 3 times runners up.

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2. A.C. Milan

Italy’s most successful club is Europe’s 2nd best team over the years. The have competed in the Champions League a total of 28 times and won it 7 times in the years 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007, they were runners up 4 times.

1. Real Madrid

There was only going to be one club as king of Europe and that’s the Spanish super club Real Madrid, they are way out in front with an incredible 13 Champions League titles in – 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018. There were runner up in 1962, 1964, 1981 in a total of 49 tournaments. They have 2 Europa League titles on the rare years they didn’t make the Europa Cup / UEFA Champions League.

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Country / Winners / Runner Up

Spain 18 / 11

England 13 / 9

Italy 12 / 16

Germany 7 / 10

Netherlands 6 / 2

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