Real Madrid FC captain Sergio Ramos, his teammates and the team’s training staff lift the UEFA Champions League trophy at the celebrations in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Photo: EFE/Fernando Villar.
Atlético de Madrid and their Europa League trophy on 16 May 2018, after beating Olympique de Marseille in Lyon, France. Photo: EFE/Sascha Steinbach.
Spanish football rules in Europe
Europe is chartered territory for Spanish football teams, who are masters and commanders at the continental level. They have won 17 of the last 18 tournaments, including the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup.
Since 2014, Spanish football clubs have won every tournament in Europe except for one: the Europe League 2017, which went to Manchester United. It is an amazing record, which reflects the power and quality of the Spanish football league, as well as Spanish footballers’ ability to face challenges.
For the first time, two teams from the same city have won two of the top three European football competitions. Moreover, Real Madrid, whose president is Florentino Pérez, has won three Champion Leagues in a row and four of the past five editions of this tournament, in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
First Madrid derby at the UEFA Super Cup
As to Atlético de Madrid, this is their third Europa League victory, after they won the tournament in 2010 and 2012. So now they have the same number of trophies as Sevilla FC, who won in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The tournament was established in 1971 as the UEFA Cup, but was rebranded in the 2009/2010 season, following a change in format.
Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid are coming face to face for the final of the UEFA Super Cup 2018, to take place at Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, on 15 August. It will be the first time two local rivals make it to the finals of the competition.
With the results obtained so far, Real Madrid stands atop the UEFA rankings for club competitions with 162,000 points, followed by Atlético de Madrid (140,000), FC Bayern Munich (135,000), FC Barcelona (132,000) and Juventus FC (126,000).