The UEFA champions League is Europe’s most elite club competition. All top football clubs in Europe, including their players and supporters, dream of the day they can lift this revered trophy. The English Premier League teams are no exception.
Over the years, we have seen many English teams make winning the UCL their ultimate season target, with only a few actually achieving it.
The first matches in the knockout stages of this year’s UEFA Champions League were played on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. This round of matches was exciting for the English teams as we saw one giant (Manchester United) crumble at home while the less experienced team (in terms of European football) triumphed emphatically.
As we wait to see if Tottemham can build on their Wednesday’s incredible win over Borussia Dortmund and go all the way to the final, let’s look at the top 5 most Successful English teams in the UEFA Champions League.
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Half-time: AC Milan 3-0 Liverpool
Full-time: AC Milan 3-3 Liverpool
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Liverpool F.C are England’s most successful team in this competition. The Reds have won Europe’s highest rated competition a whooping 5 times (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005). Although their most recent win was 14 years ago, Liverpool were England’s most dominant force in the Champions League back in 80s. They have also been runners-up 3 times (1985, 2007 and 2018) with their last final appearance as recent as last year.
- Manchester United
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England’s most successful team, Manchester United is not far behind with 3 UCL titles to their name. They won their first in 1968 while the second came in 1990. They then defeated rivals, Chelsea in 2008 to claim their third title in this competition. Manchester United have been runners-up twice in 2009 and 2011. They lost both matches to Barcelona.
- Nottingham Forest
1980. Nottingham Forest win the European Cup pic.twitter.com/gMjz0c2U0A
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Current English Championship Side, Nottingham Forest is next on the list. As surprising as this may sound, Nottingham Forest dominated Europe twice when they won back-to-back European Cups (what the UCL was called back then) in 1979 and 1980. Unfortunately, they couldn’t build on those successes and were relegated from England’s top flight football in 1999.
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The Blues have also tasted UCL success. Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 when they defeated German champions, Bayern Munich in the final. It was their only other UCL final match after they had lost the first one in 2008 to Manchester United.
- Aston Villa
On this day in 1982, Aston Villa became the 4th English side to win the European Cup. pic.twitter.com/O6w4CGkpVO
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Another Championship team makes the list. Aston Villa won the European Cup back in 1982. They have not tasted any other UCL success after that and even got relegated from the EPL in 2016.
Will another English club win this year’s edition? Tell me what you think in the comments section.
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