UEFA Champions League Winners For The Past 20 Years

The UEFA Champions League is known to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in all sports. It is also no secret that many famous football players have played in it. A long list of football teams, from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich, have made a big impression on the public. 

In football, this cup is one of the most sought-after prizes. Check the list of the European football teams that overcame all odds and proved they were the “best of the best” over the past 20 years. Read on to find out who the UEFA Champions League winners were in the past two decades.

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2001-2002: Real Madrid

The 2002 UEFA Champions League final was held at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The match between Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Real Madrid of Spain was close and made people cheer.

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Even though Real Madrid was ahead, Brazilian defender Lucio quickly tied the game for Bayer Leverkusen. But even though it was a close game, Real beat the attacking Leverkusen players and won the title.

2002-2003: Milan

This was the first time that two Italian teams, Juventus and Milan, played against each other in the UEFA Champions League. Milan won the 11th season of the UEFA Champions League in a controversial penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra time.

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After a false start, Milan had an Andriy Shevchenko goal ruled out because Gianluigi Buffon couldn’t see it. After all, Rui Costa was offside. However, TV replays showed that the Portuguese player had moved out of Buffon’s line of sight before the shot.

2003-2004: Porto

FC Porto beat AS Monaco 3-0 in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final, in which both teams were considered heavy underdogs

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The victory was a dramatic follow-up to the team’s UEFA Cup victory in 2003 and represented Portugal’s return to the Cup Winners Cup final for the first time since 1992.

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After advancing from the group stage, Porto was the favorite to win the tournament. They had beaten Manchester United and Deportivo La Corua, while Monaco had beaten Real Madrid and Chelsea.

2004-2005: Liverpool

The 2005 final was held at the Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. It was well-known for the fight between Liverpool of England and Milan of Italy, which was one of the best games ever.

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Even though Liverpool had a rough start to the first half, they could make a full-scale comeback in just six minutes. Liverpool’s quick and completely unbelievable comeback against AC Milan made the game such a memorable show that BBC called it “the greatest Cup final ever.”

2005-2006: Barcelona

After 14 years, Barcelona finally got their second win in the UEFA Champions League in front of 79,500 people. Henrik Larsson, a 34-year-old substitute, helped Barcelona tie the score with rival Arsenal. This allowed Barcelona to take control of the game and win by 2–1.

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In the last few minutes, Arsenal switched out Hleb for Reyes in an attempt to tie the game. However, Barcelona had the best chance during this time, but Giuly’s shot went right at Almunia. After that, Larsson got in the way of the Arsenal goalkeeper and was given a yellow card.

2006-2007: Milan

The match between Liverpool of England and Milan of Italy in the 2007 UEFA Champions League was a tense one that people will remember because of a ticket problem that let many fans into the stadium without valid tickets.

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Milan took the lead in the first half of the game, and Liverpool struggled to close the gap. In the end, Liverpool couldn’t catch up, so Milan won their seventh Champions League game.

2007-2008: Manchester United

Manchester United and Chelsea match was the first all-English club final in history. Manchester United won.

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The game went to penalty. Then, Van der Sar made the most important save for United. He pointed to his left to tell Nicolas Anelka that he thought he would kick to that side, just like the six players who had kicked before him. However, he dove to his right to stop Anelka’s shot, which was high enough to be saved.

2008-2009: Barcelona

In the UEFA Champions League Final, which took place on May 27, 2009, Barcelona beat Manchester United 2–0. In the 10th minute of the game, Samuel Eto’o scored and put his team ahead.

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Then, 20 minutes before the end of the game, Lionel Messi scored another goal. This made it possible for Barcelona to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League, which no other Spanish club had ever done.

2009-2010: Internazionale

The 2010 UEFA Champions League Final was the first Champions League final to be played on a Saturday instead of the usual Wednesday. It was also Internazionale’s third European Cup title and their first since 1965.

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Inter won the game by a score of 2-0. Inter’s counterattacking strategy meant they had less of the ball than Bayern, but they could still hold on to their lead. Diego Milito scored both goals at the 35th and 70th-minute marks.

2010-2011: Barcelona

In a match that football fans will never forget, Barcelona of Spain and Manchester United of England showed impressive strength, which helped Barcelona win their fourth Champions League title.

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Pedro, Lionel Messi, and David Villa scored so the team could win and control the game.

2011-2012: Chelsea

During the 2012 UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich was in charge for most of the game. However, Chelsea did the unthinkable and won 4–3, giving them their first Champions League title.

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This made them the first team from London to win the tournament and the first team from the Premier League to win the Champions League since Manchester United in 2008.

2012-2013: Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich made a big comeback in the 58th season of Europe’s best club football tournament. They beat Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final and won the tournament.

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This is the first time the team has won the title since 2001 when they beat Valencia.

2013-2014: Real Madrid

The match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid on May 24, 2014, was the second all-Spanish final in the history of the UEFA Champions League and the first competition between two teams from the same city. It was also Real Madrid’s 10th win in the competition.

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After 12 years without a big win, the team finally got one. This was thanks to goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

2014-2015: Barcelona

The 60th season of Europe’s best club football tournament was played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. Juventus and Barcelona’s Italian and Spanish teams made a memorable and exciting match.

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Barcelona won the game for the fifth time in the competition, while Juventus lost for the sixth time in a European Cup final.

2015-2016: Real Madrid

In the second match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, which was decided by a penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 after extra time, Real Madrid came out on top with a score of 5–3.

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This is Real Madrid’s eleventh win in the competition, and it’s the second time they’ve beaten rivals Atlético Madrid.

2016-2017: Real Madrid

In the second game between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, which ended 1-1 after extra time and was decided by a penalty shootout, Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid 5–3.

Real Madrid’s eleventh win in the competition is the second time they’ve beaten their rivals, Atlético Madrid.

2017-2018: Real Madrid

Real Madrid won its fourth UEFA Champions League title in five years. This is the first time since 1976 that a team has won three titles.

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This allowed them to play the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League winner and enter the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals.

2018-2019: Liverpool

The 2019 UEFA Champions League final was the most recent one to date. It was an exciting match between English teams Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, who were both in their first European Cup final.

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At the end of the game, Liverpool beat the English team by a score of 2-0. The winning team has earned the right to play in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup and face Chelsea in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.

2019-2020: Bayern Munich

With the win, Bayern Munich won their sixth European Cup, tying them with Liverpool. Only Real Madrid (with 13 titles) and Milan have won more (7 titles). Bayern also won the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, so they had won a second continental treble at the end of the 2012–13 season.

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Kingsley Coman, a former player for Paris Saint-Germain, scored the goal that won the game for Bayern, so he was named the man of the match. Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper for Bayern, was chosen as the best player in the Champions League this week.

2020-2021: Chelsea

The game started at 8 PM in front of 14,110 people. In the fourth minute, Kai Havertz played the ball across the Manchester City penalty area, but Ederson got it. Five minutes later, Ederson sent a long pass to Sterling. Sterling took control of the ball and was about to shoot when Reece James stole it from him.

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Two minutes before the end of the game, Jesus got a yellow card for roughing up Havertz. Christensen then made a block to keep his team in the lead. At the end of regular time, the fourth official showed that the game would be stopped for at least seven minutes. 

Mahrez’s half-volley from the edge of the Chelsea penalty area just went over the crossbar in the last minute of the game, and Chelsea won 1–0.

Conclusion

Only nine teams in the competition’s 20-year history have been able to claim victory. This is because their team featured some legendary football players. 

Sports fans can anticipate a fiery and fascinating set of matches between the best of the best in the 2022 UEFA Champions League as the quest for glory and domination on the football field heats up to a fever pitch.