UEFA Champions League Winners For The Past 20 Years

Recognized to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in all sports, it is no secret that the UEFA Champions League has hosted a ton of the most memorable players in the field of football.

From Real Madrid to Bayern Munich, there lies a lengthy list of football teams that have triumphantly made their mark on the public’s consciousness. Winning this cup is something that is highly sought after in the world of football.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the teams that had managed to overcome all adversities and proved they were the ‘best of the best’ across all of Europe’s football teams for the past 20 years. Continue reading to see who made the list.

UEFA Champions League Winners For The Past 20 Years

1999-2000: Real Madrid

In a match that took place on May 24, 2000, fans of the UEFA Champions League were surprised and, above all, thrilled to watch, for the first time ever, a match between two clubs from the same country: Real Madrid and Valencia.

Thanks to a headed goal from Fernando Morientes, combined with a spectacular Steve McManaman volley, Real Madrid bested Valencia and acquired their eighth win in a European Cup Championship.

2000-2001: Bayern Munich

Recognized to be the first and only “All-Penalty” final in the rest of the UEFA Champions League history, the 2001 final brought out a close fight between Germany’s Bayern Munich and Spain’s Valencia.

Although the game finished in a heart-racing 1-on-1 draw, Oliver Khan’s quick and on-point reaction against Mauricio Pellegrino’s game-deciding quick allowed Bayern Munich to seize the winning title with them being 5–4 for penalties.

2001-2002: Real Madrid

Held in the Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, the 2002 UEFA Champions League final exhibited a close and cheer-inducing fight between Bayer Leverkusen of Germany and Real Madrid of Spain.

Although Real Madrid had led the score, Bayer Leverkusen quickly bounced back with Brazilian defender Lúcio’s equalizer. However, despite the close fight, Real had managed to somehow secure the winning title against the attacking Leverkusen players.

2002-2003: Milan

It is known to be the first-ever UEFA Champions League match contested by two Italian teams, Juventus and Milan. The 11th season of the UEFA Champions League ended with Milan’s triumph via a controversial penalty shoot-out after the game finished with 0–0 after extra time.

2003-2004: Porto

In a match between two underdogs, FC Porto managed to win the 2004 UEFA Champions League with an impressive 3-0 victory against AS Monaco. The success was considered to be a spectacular follow-up to the team’s 2003 UEFA Cup success and even marked Portugal’s reclamation of the trophy since the 1992 Cup Winners Cup final.

2004-2005: Liverpool

Staged at the Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, the 2005 finale was well-known for its unforgettable fight between Liverpool of England and Milan of Italy.

Although the first half came out as a rough stretch for Liverpool, the team was able to make a full-scale comeback within the limited space of six minutes. This speedy and utterly unbelievable retaliation of Liverpool over AC Milan made the match such an unforgettable spectacle for the viewers that BBC even named it as “the greatest Cup final ever.”

2005-2006: Barcelona

In a crowd of 79,500, Barcelona was able to snatch back their second win in the UEFA Champions League following 14 years of drought. Thanks to then 34-year-old substitute Henrik Larsson, Barcelona was able to equalize the score with rival Arsenal, which later led to them dominating the game and winning at 2–1.

2006-2007: Milan

Remembered to be the game challenged by a ticketing problem, due to tons of fans gaining entry to the stadium without valid tickets, the 2007 UEFA Champions League marked the tense match between Liverpool of England and Milan of Italy.

The game ended with Liverpool failing to equalize the lead established by Milan in the first half of the match, thereby marking Milan’s win in their seventh Champions League victory.

2007-2008: Manchester United

Recognized to be the first all-English club final in the history of the competition, the match between Manchester United and Chelsea ended with the former’s triumph. Thanks to Edwin van der Sar’s effort to save Nicolas Anelka’s game-deciding kick, the team was able to secure their third win in European football’s top prize.

2008-2009: Barcelona

Held on May 27, 2009, the UEFA Champions League Final ended with Barcelona beating Manchester United 2–0.

During the game, Samuel Eto’o successfully put his team in the lead in the 10th minute. This was then followed by another goal made by Lionel Messi 20 minutes from the end of the match. This enabled Barcelona to earn the historic treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League – a feat that was never achieved by any Spanish club before.

2009-2010: Internazionale

Remembered to be the first Champions League final to be played on a Saturday, rather than the traditional Wednesday, the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final marked Internazionale’s third European Cup title, and their first since 1965.

2010-2011: Barcelona

In an unforgettable match contested by Barcelona of Spain and Manchester United of England, football fans were able to witness Barcelona’s impressive might that gave them their fourth Champions League title. Thanks to the goals made by Pedro, Lionel Messi, and David Villa, the team was able to dominate the match and secure their win.

2011-2012: Chelsea

Although Bayern Munich had control for most of the match during the 2012 UEFA Champions League, Chelsea made the unthinkable and won 4–3, marking their first Champions League title. This made them the first London club to win the tournament and also the first Premier League team to had won the Champions League since United in 2008.

2012-2013: Bayern Munich

The 58th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament saw the grand comeback of Bayern Munich after winning the first all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. This marks the team’s reclamation of the winning title since its last win against Valencia in 2001.

UEFA Champions League Winners For The Past 20 Years

2013-2014: Real Madrid

Named to be the second all-Spanish final in the UEFA Champions League history and the first competition between two teams from the same city, the match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid held on May 24, 2014, marked Real Madrid’s 10th title in the competition.

Thanks to the goals made by Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo, the team was able to achieve their great victory after 12 years of drought.

2014-2015: Barcelona

Played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, the 60th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament showcased a memorable and spectacular fight between the Italian side, Juventus, and the Spanish side, Barcelona.

The game ended with Barcelona’s fifth win in the competition and Juventus’ sixth defeat in a European Cup final.

2015-2016: Real Madrid

In a game that marks the second face-off between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, the former team was able to secure its winning position with 5–3 on a penalty shoot-out that followed a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time.

This marks Real Madrid’s 11th win in the competition and its 2nd against rivals Atlético Madrid.

2016-2017: Real Madrid

In a heated fight staged at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Real Madrid was able to defend its winning title against the Italian team, Juventus, with a 4–1 score. This awarded the Spanish team their 12th title in this competition, thereby becoming the first-ever team to successfully defend their title in the Champions League era, and the first to do so since Milan in 1990.

2017-2018: Real Madrid

In a first-ever three back-to-back titles since 1976, Real Madrid was able to secure its fourth title in five seasons of the UEFA Champions League. This bestowed them the chance to fight the winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League and enter the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.

2018-2019: Liverpool

Standing to be the most recent UEFA Champions League final to date, the 2019 UEFA Champions League final showed an adrenaline-inducing battle between English teams Tottenham Hotspur, in their first European Cup final, and Liverpool.

The match ended with Liverpool’s victory with 2-0 against the English players. This means the winning team secured the right to play in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup and compete against Chelsea in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup.

Conclusion

So far, only nine teams have managed to win the competition over the last 20 years. This is because they had some of the greatest football players of all time. To date, as the battle for glory and dominance intensify on the football field, sports enthusiasts can expect a heated and thrilling set of matches between the best of the bests in the upcoming UEFA Champions Leagues.