Spanish teams dominate Champions League finals

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Spanish teams dominate Champions League finals

Captain Sergio Ramos lifts the trophy after Real Madrid’s victory at the UEFA Champions League final with Atlético Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy, 28 May 2016. Photo: EFE/EPA/Oliver Weiken.
Captain Sergio Ramos lifts the trophy after Real Madrid’s victory at the UEFA Champions League final with Atlético Madrid at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy, 28 May 2016. Photo: EFE/EPA/Oliver Weiken.

On 3 June, history repeated itself in international football as the UEFA Champions League saw a Spanish football team on the field. This time, the reigning champions, Real Madrid CF, faced Turin-based Juventus FC in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The match led to Real Madrid winning back-to-back European Champions League titles.

Of course, the Champions League final is a much-awaited match, as it brings face to face the strongest football teams in Europe. And it is a game where Spanish squads have proved their dominance, winning more finals than teams from any other country have won.

Since 1956, Spanish teams have won 17 of the 62 UEFA Champions League finals, followed by Italian and English teams, with 12 trophies each. The best Spanish teams in Europe are Real Madrid, with 12 titles, and FC Barcelona, with 5.

The fact that a Spanish team has played so many times against another side from Spain in the Champions League finals is really astonishing. The European finals featuring two Spanish squads outnumber those where two teams from any other given country have met: there were three finals with two Spanish teams and in two of them both teams were from Madrid (2015/16 and 2013/14).

Interestingly, the top scoring team in the history of UEFA Champions League finals was also from Spain: Real Madrid scored seven goals against Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1959/60 season. Regarding the success rate, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the most efficient teams in the finals of this European tournament.

Undoubtedly, Spanish football clubs dominate European tournaments. Stats confirm this: football sides from our country have lifted 40 trophies so far in competitions like the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League or the UEFA Super Cup. This reflects the winning spirit that pervades La Liga, which many consider to be the best football league in the world.