Champions League

A history of Spanish football teams in the Champions League

In 1992 the the European Cup competition was reformed to become known as The Champions League of which Marseille became the first champions. From there 121 teams have graced the championship, though only a dozen have lifted the trophy.

The current holders are Real Madrid.

Real Madrid won in 2014, dramatically seeing off Atletico Madrid in the final to become the first team to win the European Cup 10 times. 2 years later they beat Atletico in the final once more for an 11th title. They have also managed to win every time they’ve reached the final in the current Champions League format (on 5 occasions).

In total 12 Spanish teams have played in the Champions League group stages, and of them Valencia have played in the most finals without winning, on both of the occasions in which they made it. Though outside of Spain both Milan and Juventus have played and lost in three!

The 13 Spanish clubs that have played in the Champions League are Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Deportivo La Coruna, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Malaga, Mallorca, Celta Vigo and Real Betis.

For the 2015/16 season Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla* all played in the Champions League, which was won by Real Madrid after a penalty shoot out against Atletico Madrid at the San Siro in Milan, Italy on May the 28th, 2016.

*Sevilla qualified by virtue of winning the 2015 Europa League.

For the 2016/17 season Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal will all play in the Champions League alongside Sevilla who have again qualified by virtue of winning the Europa League.