2001-02 Real Madrid CF Summary of the UEFA Champions League/Championship The match paired Leverkusen against Real Madrid, who had defeated Manchester United in the semi-finals to deny Sir Alex Ferguson a return to Glasgow. Real Madrid won the European Cup for the tenth time, and the third time in five years, with a 2-1 victory. They were crowned champions for an unprecedented third time after defeating Chelsea on penalties following a 1-1 draw during extra time.
The 2001-2002 season was the most successful in the history of Spanish football, with Los Blancos winning their third title in four seasons. The club also reached the final of the 2001 FIFA Club World Championship in Japan, where they lost to Brazilian side Flamengo on penalties (5-4).
Real Madrid's coach at the time, José Antonio Camacho, opted not to field any substitutes in the final, which allowed only two players per team to be sent off before he could make changes. He decided to leave his regular starters out until the 83rd minute, when he brought on Sergio Ramos and Raúl González as replacements for Fernando Alonso and Gutiérrez, respectively. After this substitution, Camacho left out another defender, Emilio Butragueño, for the rest of the game.
Los Merengues dominated the match from start to finish, creating many chances but failing to score until just before half-time when Ronaldo scored his 11th goal of the season.
Real Madrid's official website Here is a list of every UEFA Champions League champion from the competition's start in 1955. Real Madrid has the most victories in the competition, having won it 13 times, including the initial edition in 1956. The club also has the most appearances with 22 starts.
The winners are awarded the Golden Boot prize, which can be either a player or manager. It is given to the top scorer in the tournament or to the coach who earns the most points during the season - depending on how the competition is structured - by winning matches.
The inaugural Champions League was played between eight European clubs and one American club, New York City FC. The English league champions at the time, Liverpool, did not participate in this new tournament because they had just completed a tour of South America so their place was taken by Real Madrid, who had been crowned Spanish champions for the second year running. Other participants included reigning French champion Paris Saint-Germain, two-time defending Italian champion Milan, and Hapoel Tel Aviv from Israel. Each team played the others twice over two legs. The winner after these games was determined by a final match which was held at the Olympic Stadium, London.
The format of the tournament has changed over time but currently sees 32 teams compete in a straight knock-out stage.
Real Madrid's official website Real Madrid is by far the most successful team in European Cup history, having won the famous cup 13 times in total. Los Blancos' closest championship challengers are AC Milan, who have won the Champions League seven times, most recently against Liverpool in 2007. Milan also hold the record for the longest drought between victories, not winning again until this year's victory over Schalke 04.
Liverpool and Manchester United are the other two members of the "big three" European clubs. Each of them has won the UEFA Champions League at least once.
Liverpool are the most successful club in Europe with 12 trophies to their name, followed by Real Madrid with 11 wins. If we include Inter Milan (who have shares of four titles) and Bayern Munich (two wins), then the "Big Four" of European football have accounted for 26 out of 38 available championships.
Of these five teams, only Liverpool have won the European Cup more than once. The Spanish giants have been victorious twice more than the Merseyside club, while Milan, United, and Bayern Munich have each won the trophy once.
Since its first season, Italy has been the dominant force in European football, having won the tournament ten times. France is a close second with nine successes. England, Germany, and Spain each have seven wins.
Real Madrid is by far the most successful team in European Cup history, having won the famous cup 13 times in total. Other major winners include Juventus, Bayern Munich and A.S. Roma.
Each year, a different club wins the trophy. It is not given out between any of the competing teams. The only requirement for taking part in this competition is that you must be ranked world-wide as one of the top two divisions in football. No country may have more than two representatives at the same time.
The inaugural European Cup was won by Real Madrid, with Alfredo Di Stéfano's side defeating Ferenc Puskás and his army of strikers 2-1 after extra time in the final at Parc des Princes on May 25th, 1956. This was followed by another Spanish club, Barcelona, winning the tournament in its second season, 1967/68. Since then, no foreign team has ever won the European Cup.
There have been several attempts by other nations to join the European Club Championship but so far they all failed. In 1995, UEFA approved the creation of the UEFA Cup, which is designed specifically for smaller clubs.
Milan's two victories were in consecutive years (1989 and 1990), making them the first team to retain the UEFA Super Cup. Real Madrid also won the competition for the second time in a row in 2016 and 2017.
Before the creation of the UEFA Super Cup in 1991, what title did these teams compete for? The European Cup/Champions League was only available to European teams at the time, so Milan and Real Madrid had nothing to play for other than glory. The Coppa del Mondo was played between 1952 and 1960 and was won by Milan and Barcelona respectively.
What is the UEFA Super Cup used for? The UEFA Super Cup is an annual international club football tournament contested by the reigning European champions and the winners of the previous season's Champions League. It is organized by UEFA and is considered to be the most prestigious club competition outside the four seasons of the Champions League. The current champions are Real Madrid who beat Juventus 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time.
The inaugural match was held at the start of the 1992-93 season with Milan defeating Hamburg 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time. The match was decided over two legs and Milan won both matches 3-1 to claim their first championship.