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World Soccer News: Who Are The Best Soccer Teams in Europe?

Statistics on the best European Teams and the European Cup or as it is commonly referred to today the UEFA Champions League Cup.

Launched in 1955, The UEFA ( Union of European Football Associations) Champions League is one of the most competitive soccer leagues in the world. It is widely considered to be the most prestigious football club competition in the world. Now with Barcelona's recent victory over Manchester United, everyone seems to be talking about which teams have the best record. Here are the statistics on who has won this prestigious, world class soccer competition:

  • Spanish clubs have won 13 times: Real Madrid (9), Barcelona (4) 
  • Italian clubs have won 12 times: A.C. Milan (7), Inter Milan (3), Juventus (2)
  • English clubs have won 11 times: Liverpool (5), Manchester United (3) 

After Spain, Italy and England, then comes Germany, Holland and Portugal with the following professional teams: Bayern Munich (4), Ajax (4), and Benfica (2).  There are numerous professional soccer cups in world and when a team wins the European Cup, they go on to play the best club team in South America in the FIFA World Club Cup (formerly the Intercontinental Cup).

The European - South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or the Toyota Cup after 1980, was a prestigious soccer competition in Europe until it merged with the FIFA Club World Cup, which is now recognized as the most important tournament on the international level and winners are referred to as world club champions.

The first FIFA Club World Championship was held in Brazil in January 2000. This cup ran in parallel with the Intercontinental Cup until the two soccer competitions merged in 2005.

Recap of past soccer victories: SoccerNation World soccer news MilanA.C. Milan (Italy) has won 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA international titles,[7] and remains tied with Boca Juniors (Argentina) as having won the most championships in the world.

SoccerNation World soccer news Real MadridReal Madrid is the most successful club in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful football club of the 20th century, having won a record 31 La Liga titles, 18 Spanish "Copa del Rey" Cups, 8 Spanish Super Cups, a record 9 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 UEFA Supercup, and 3 Intercontinental Cups. 

AC Milan has won four world titles, the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup once.  AC Milan has also won the European Cup Champions League (now known as the UEFA Champions League Cup) on seven occasions; the only club to exceed this is Real Madrid with 9 victories. AC Milan has also won the UEFA Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners' Cup twice.

SoccerNation World soccer news BarcelonaFC Barcelona is the second most successful club in Spanish football in terms of overall trophies, having won twenty-one La Liga titles, a record twenty-five Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups, and two League Cups. It is also one of most successful clubs in European football, having won eleven UEFA competitions.[2] It is the only European club to have played continental football every season since 1955.

In 2009, Barcelona became the first club in Spain to win the treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League. That same year, it also became the first football club ever to win six out of six competitions in a single year, thus completing the sextuple, comprising the aforementioned treble and the Spanish Super CupUEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. In the 2010–11 season, the club won La Liga and beat Manchester United in the Champions League Final 3–1.

Who won the UEFA Cup?

ClubChampionsFinalistsYears wonYears 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 4 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010
Spain Barcelona 4 3 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011 1961, 1986, 1994
Netherlands Ajax 4 2 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995 1969, 1996
Italy Internazionale 3 2 1964, 1965, 2010 1967, 1972
England Manchester United 3 2 1968, 1999, 2008 2009, 2011
Portugal Benfica 2 5 1961, 1962 1963, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1990
Italy Juventus 2 5 1985, 1996 1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003
England Nottingham Forest 2 0 1979, 1980  
Portugal Porto 2 0 1987, 2004  
Scotland Celtic 1 1 1967 1970
Germany Hamburg 1 1 1983 1980
Romania Steaua Bucureşti 1 1 1986 1989
France Marseille 1 1 1993 1991
Netherlands Feyenoord 1 0 1970  
England Aston Villa 1 0 1982  
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1 0 1988  
Serbia Red Star 1 0 1991  
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 0 1997  
France Stade de Reims 0 2   1956, 1959
Spain Valencia 0 2   2000, 2001
Italy Fiorentina 0 1   1957
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1   1960
Serbia Partizan 0 1   1966
Greece Panathinaikos 0 1   1971
Spain Atlético Madrid 0 1   1974
England Leeds United 0 1   1975
France Saint-Étienne 0 1   1976
Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 1   1977
Belgium Club Brugge 0 1   1978
Sweden Malmö FF 0 1   1979
Italy Roma 0 1   1984
Italy Sampdoria 0 1   1992
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0 1   2002
France Monaco 0 1   2004
England Arsenal 0 1   2006
England Chelsea 0 1   2008

Who won the Intercontinental Cup?  

CountryTeamsCupsYears
Argentina Argentina 6 9 1967, 1968, 1973, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2003
Italy Italy 3 7 1964, 1965, 1969, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1996
Brazil Brazil 4 6 1962, 1963, 1981, 1983, 1992, 1993
Uruguay Uruguay 2 6 1961, 1966, 1971, 1980, 1982, 1988
Spain Spain 2 4 1960, 1974, 1998, 2002
Germany Germany 2 3 1976, 1997, 2001
Netherlands Netherlands 2 3 1970, 1972, 1995
Portugal Portugal 1 2 1987, 2004
England England 1 1 1999
Paraguay Paraguay 1 1 1979
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1 1 1991

Who won the FIFA Club World Cup?

 
NationChampionsFinalistsThird
Brazil Brazil 3 2000, 2005, 2006 1 2000 1 2010  
Italy Italy 2 2007, 2010      
Spain Spain 1 2009 1 2006  
England England 1 2008 1 2005    
Argentina Argentina   2 2007, 2009    
Ecuador Ecuador   1 2008    
Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo   1 2010    
Japan Japan     2 2007, 2008  
Mexico Mexico     1 2000
South Korea South Korea     1 2009
Egypt Egypt     1 2006  
Costa Rica Costa Rica     1 2005  
 
 

Detailed Source: Wikipedia

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