Champions League

A history of Spanish football teams in the Champions League

In 1992 the European Cup competition was reformed to become known as The Champions League, of which Marseille became the first champions. Since then 137 clubs have graced the championship (not including qualifying rounds), though only a dozen have lifted the trophy.

The current holders are Real Madrid, having beaten Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev to claim an incredible 13th title, a third in succession and a fourth in five years!

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, under Zinedine Zidane, they beat Atletico in the final once more for an 11th title. Zidane then made it back to back Champions league titles in 2017. That became 3 in a row for Zizou’s men in white in 2018, unprecedented in the Champions League era, to mark this Real Madrid team out as a true footballing dynasty. Real have also managed to win every time they’ve reached the final in the current Champions League format (on 7 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.

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2017/18 Champions League final at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May the 27th, 2018.

For the 2018/19 season Barcelona, Atletico Madrid (who won the 2018 Europa League), Real Madrid & Valencia automatically qualified to the group stages of the Champions League for finishing 1st to 4th respectively in La Liga.

The new home of Atletico Madrid, The Wanda Metropolitano, will host the 2019 Champions League final on 1 June 2019.

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