European Cup and UEFA Champions League records and statistics
This page details statistics of the European Cup and Champions League. Unless notified these statistics concern all seasons since inception of the European Cup in the 1955–56 season, including qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League as per "Competition facts"; all goals scored before league phase(s) count as "qualifying goals".
A total of 22 clubs have won the tournament since its 1955 inception, with Real Madrid being the only team to win it thirteen times, including the first five. Only two other clubs have reached ten or more finals: Milan and Bayern Munich. A total of 12 clubs have won the tournament multiple times: the three forementioned clubs, along with Liverpool, Ajax, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Benfica, Nottingham Forest, Juventus, and Porto. A total of 18 clubs have reached the final without ever managing to win the tournament.
Clubs from ten countries have provided tournament winners. Spanish clubs have been the most successful, winning a total of 18. England is second with 13 and Italy is third with 12, while the other multiple-time winners are Germany with seven, Netherlands with six, and Portugal with four. The only other countries to provide a tournament winner are Scotland, Romania, Yugoslavia, and France. Greece, Belgium and Sweden have all provided losing finalists.
- As of 2018–19 season
All-time top 25 European Champion Clubs' Cup and Champions League rankingsEdit
- As of 11 March 2020
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Number of participating clubs of the Champions League eraEdit
A total of 141 clubs from 33 national associations have played in or qualified for the Champions League group stage.
Team in Bold: qualified for the knockout phase.
European Cup group stage participants (only one season was played in this format)
Sampdoria is the only side to have played in 1991–92 European Cup group stage, but to have not played in the Champions League group stage.
Host of the finalsEdit
- The city that has hosted the final the most times is London, doing so on seven occasions. Of these, five have been played at the original Wembley Stadium (record for a stadium) and twice at the new Wembley Stadium, with an upcoming final in 2023. Madrid and Paris come joint second, having hosted five finals each.
- The country that has hosted the most finals is Italy, with nine (Milan and Rome four times each and Bari once). England comes second with eight (London seven times and Manchester once, as well as one upcoming final).
Performance review (from 1992–93)Edit
By semi-final appearancesEdit
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- By nation
Note: In the 1992 and 1993 seasons there were no semi-finals as the finalists qualified via a group stage. The winners (Sampdoria and Barcelona in 1992, Marseille and Milan in 1993) and runners-up (Red Star Belgrade and Sparta Prague in 1992, Rangers and IFK Göteborg in 1993) of the two groups are marked as semi-finalists in the table.
- Jaap van Praag and Michael van Praag are the first father and son to have won the competition during the presidency of the same team, Ajax. This team won the Champions League in different periods with these presidents, in 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73 and 1994–95.
- Angelo Moratti and Massimo Moratti are the second father and son to have won the competition during the presidency of the same team, Inter Milan. This team won the Champions League in different periods with these presidents, in 1963–64, 1964–65 and 2009–10.
- Santiago Bernabéu won 6 European Cups as a president of Real Madrid: 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1965–66.
- Two presidents won 5 European Cups/UEFA Champions League:
- Nine clubs have won either the European Cup or the Champions League unbeaten, only four clubs have done this twice:
- Liverpool had 6 wins and 3 draws in 1980–81 and 7 wins and 2 draws in 1983–84.
- Milan had 5 wins and 4 draws in 1988–89 and 7 wins and 5 draws in 1993–94.
- Ajax had 7 wins and 2 draws in 1971–72 and 7 wins and 4 draws in 1994–95.
- Manchester United had 5 wins and 6 draws in 1998–99 and 9 wins and 4 draws in 2007–08 (Manchester United is the only team in the Champions League era to go unbeaten twice).
- Five clubs have achieved it on one occasion:
- The team to have won the European Cup with the fewest games won is PSV Eindhoven (1987–88), managing just three victories in the entire tournament (including none from the quarter-finals onwards).
- The team to have won the Champions League with the fewest games won is Manchester United (1998–99), with five wins.
- Three teams have won the Champions League with the most games lost, Liverpool (2018–19), Milan (2002–03) and Real Madrid (1999–2000), all losing four games.
Final success rateEdit
- Only two clubs have appeared in the final of the European Cup/Champions league more than once, with a 100% success rate:
- Four clubs have appeared in the final once, being victorious on that occasion:
- On the opposite end of the scale, 18 clubs have played at least one final, but never won. Only three of these have appeared in the final more than once, losing on each occasion:
- Of the 22 teams who have won the trophy, only two have lost more finals than they have won:
- Most consecutive seasons in the European Cup: 15, Real Madrid (1955–56 to 1969–70)
- Most consecutive seasons in the UEFA Champions League: 23, Real Madrid (1997–98 to 2019–20)
- Most consecutive seasons in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase: 23, Real Madrid (1997–98 to 2019–20)
- Most consecutive quarter-final appearances: 12, Barcelona (2007–08 to 2018–19)
- Most consecutive semi-final appearances: 8, Real Madrid (2010–11 to 2017–18)
- Most consecutive final appearances: 5, Real Madrid (1956 to 1960)
- Most consecutive final appearances (Champions League era): 3 – joint record
Winning other trophiesEdit
Although not an officially recognised achievement, seven clubs have achieved the distinction of winning the Champions League or European Cup, their domestic championship, and their primary domestic cup competition in the same season, known colloquially as "the treble":
- Celtic in 1967, having won the European Cup, the Scottish First Division, and the Scottish Cup.
- Ajax in 1972 won the European Cup, the Eredivisie, and the KNVB Cup.
- PSV Eindhoven in 1988 did likewise, having won the European Cup, the Eredivisie, and the KNVB Cup.
- Manchester United in 1999, having won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.
- Barcelona in 2009, which included La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.
- Inter Milan in 2010, which included Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the Champions League.
- Bayern Munich in 2013, which included Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, and the Champions League.
- Barcelona in 2015 won the treble for the second time, having won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.
In addition to this treble, several of these clubs went on to win further cups. However, most of these cups were technically won the following year following the conclusion of regular domestic or international leagues the year before. Also, several domestic cups may not have been extant at the time that equivalent cups were won by clubs of other nations, and in some cases they remain so. Furthermore, there is much variance in the regard with which several cups are taken both over time and between nations. Regardless, the following clubs all won competitions further to the treble mentioned above:
- Celtic also won their secondary domestic cup competition, the Scottish League Cup, as well as the regional Glasgow Cup, in the 1966–67 season concurrently with the treble of cups mentioned previously (sometimes colloquially referred to as a part of "the quintuple"), thus making their achievement unique in this respect to every other club.
- Ajax also won the Intercontinental Cup (the predecessor of the FIFA Club World Cup and the de facto premier global club cup) and the inaugural (and technically unofficial) UEFA Super Cup the following season, forming part of a quintuple of Cup successes; they thus won all available cups to them.
- Manchester United won the Intercontinental Cup the following season, winning a quadruple of cups.
- Barcelona won the FIFA Club World Cup, the European Super Cup, and the Supercopa de España the following season, making it a sextuple of cup successes, and thus winning all available cups to them. Bayern Munich also won the DFL-Supercup in the start of the 2012–13 season, the European Super Cup in 2013 and the FIFA Club World Cup in the same year winning a sextuple of cups.
- Inter Milan completed The Quintuple by winning Serie A, the Coppa Italia, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana.
Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United are also the only teams to have won the three major UEFA official Cups, namely UEFA Champions League/European Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and UEFA Cup/Europa League.
- The following teams won a single match by ten goals or more in the preliminary rounds of the European Cup:
- Dinamo București beat Crusaders 11–0 in 1973–74
- Feyenoord beat KR Reykjavík 12–2 in 1969–70
- Manchester United beat Anderlecht 10–0 in 1956–57
- Ipswich Town beat Floriana 10–0 in 1962–63
- Benfica beat Stade Dudelange 10–0 in 1965–66
- Leeds United beat Lyn 10–0 in 1969–70
- Borussia Mönchengladbach beat EPA Larnaca 10–0 in 1970–71
- Ajax beat Omonia 10–0 in 1979–80
- The largest margin of victory in the current Champions League format is 10–0:
- The largest margin of victory after the preliminary rounds in either competition is 8–0:
- The largest margin of victory in the knockout stage in the current Champions League format is 7–0:
- The largest margin of victory in a final is four goals:
- The largest margin of victory in an away match is seven goals:
Biggest two leg winsEdit
- Benfica hold the overall record for highest aggregate win. They beat Stade Dudelange 18–0 in the preliminary round in 1965–66: 8–0 away score and 10–0 at home.
- As for the group stage, record belongs to Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat BATE Borisov 12–0 (7–0 away, 5–0 at home) in 2014–15. Including the preliminary rounds, HJK Helsinki hold the Champions League era record by beating Bangor City 13–0 (3–0, 10–0) in 2011–12.
- Bayern Munich hold the biggest margin of overall home and away result in the Champions League era in play-off. They beat Sporting CP 12–1 (5–0, 7–1) in the round of 16 in 2008–09.
- Real Madrid hold the record for the biggest win in a quarter-final, beating Sevilla 10–2 (8–0, 2–2) in 1957–58. During the Champions League era, Bayern Munich hold the record by beating Kaiserslautern 6–0 (2–0, 4–0) in 1998–99.
- Eintracht Frankfurt hold the record for the biggest win in a semi-final, beating Rangers 12–4 (6–1, 6–3) in 1959–60. During the Champions League era, Bayern Munich hold the record by beating Barcelona 7–0 (4–0, 3–0) in 2012–13.
Deciding drawn tiesEdit
- The first play-off was Borussia Dortmund beating Spora Luxembourg 7–0 in the preliminary round in 1956–57 after the two first games tied 5–5 (4–3, 1–2).
- The last play-off match was Ajax beating Benfica 3–0 in the quarter-final in 1968–69 after the two first games tied 4–4 (1–3, 3–1). Ajax later progressed to the final.
- The first (and only) replayed final was in 1974, with Bayern Munich beating Atlético Madrid 4–0 after 1–1 in the first meeting.
- A total of 32 play-offs have been played. Real Madrid is the only team to have won three times, in 1956–57, 1958–59 and 1961–62, later progressing to the final on all three occasions. Feyenoord is the only team to win two play-offs in the same season, beating Servette and Vasas in 1962–63, while Wismut Karl Marx Stadt and Atlético Madrid have played the most play-offs with four each.
- The first coin toss was in 1957–58, with Wismut Karl Marx Stadt beating Gwardia Warsaw after the play-off was abandoned after 100 minutes due to floodlight power failure.
- Zürich won a coin toss against Galatasaray in 1963–64 after their play-off match ended 2–2. This was the first time this rule was used for a tie played to completion.
- The last season using a coin toss was 1969–70, with Galatasaray beating Spartak Trnava and Celtic beating Benfica, both in the second round. Celtic later progressed to the final.
- A total of 7 European Cup ties were decided by a coin toss, Galatasaray being the only team to be involved twice, with one win and one loss.
- The away goals rule was introduced in 1967–68, with Valur beating Jeunesse Esch 4–4 (1–1, 3–3) and Benfica beating Glentoran 1–1 (1–1, 0–0), both in the first round. Benfica later progressed to the final.
- In 2002–03, Milan and Inter Milan met in the semi-final. Sharing the same stadium (Giuseppe Meazza), they played 0–0 in the first tie and 1–1 in the second. However, Milan were the designated away side in the latter, and so became the only team to win on "away" goals without having scored a goal away from their own stadium. They later went on to win the final against Juventus.
- Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are the only teams to have advanced on the away goals rule after extra time. In the semi-final against Bayern Munich in 1989–90, Milan won 1–0 at home and were 1–0 down after 90 minutes in the second leg. Both teams scored one goal each in the extra time, giving Milan the victory on away goals. They later went on to win the final against Benfica. In the round of 16 against Chelsea in 2014–15, PSG drew 1–1 at home and away. Both teams scored one goal each in extra time, giving PSG the victory on away goals.
- The first penalty shootout in the European Cup was between Everton and Borussia Mönchengladbach on 4 November 1970, after both games ended 1–1. Gladbach's Klaus-Dieter Sieloff was the first player to score on a penalty kick, while Everton's Joe Royle was the first to miss. Everton went on to win 4–3 with Sandy Brown scoring the decisive goal.
- The first penalty shootout in a final was between Liverpool and Roma in the 1984 final after 1–1 (a.e.t.). Roma's Agostino Di Bartolomei was the first player to score, while Liverpool's Steve Nicol was the first to miss. Liverpool went on to win 4–2 with Alan Kennedy scoring the deciding goal. Kennedy also scored the deciding goal in the 1981 final.
- 11 finals have been decided by a penalty shootout. Liverpool is the only team to have won more than once (1984 and 2005), while Juventus, Milan, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have won one and lost one. No team has lost twice.
- Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are the only teams to have been involved in two penalty shootouts in the same season. In 1985–86, Barcelona beat IFK Göteborg in the semi-finals, but lost to Steaua București in the final. In 2011–12, Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals but lost to Chelsea in the final. In 2015–16, Atlético Madrid beat PSV Eindhoven in the Round of 16 but lost to Real Madrid in the final.
- Games ended with a penalty shoot-out in the Champions League era:
- Juventus 4–2 Ajax (1996 Final)
- Bayern Munich 5–4 Valencia (2001 Final)
- Milan 3–2 Juventus (2003 Final)
- PSV Eindhoven 4–2 Lyon (2004–05 QF)
- Liverpool 3–2 Milan (2005 Final)
- Liverpool 4–1 Chelsea (2006–07 SF)
- Fenerbahçe 3–2 Sevilla (2007–08 R16)
- Schalke 04 4–1 Porto (2007–08 R16)
- Manchester United 6–5 Chelsea (2008 Final)
- Arsenal 7–6 Roma (2008–09 R16)
- APOEL 4–3 Lyon (2011–12 R16)
- Bayern Munich 3–1 Real Madrid (2011–12 SF)
- Chelsea 4–3 Bayern Munich (2012 Final)
- Atlético Madrid 3–2 Bayer Leverkusen (2014–15 R16)
- Atlético Madrid 8–7 PSV Eindhoven (2015–16 R16)
- Real Madrid 5–3 Atlético Madrid (2016 Final)
- Three teams involved in 3 penalty shoot-outs: Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.
- Three teams won 2 penalty shoot-outs: Bayern Munich (2 out of 3), Liverpool (2 out of 2) and Atlético Madrid (2 out of 3).
- Two teams had lost 2 penalty shoot-outs: Chelsea (2 out of 3) and Lyon (2 out of 2).
Most converted penaltiesEdit
- Top three teams which have converted most penalties (excluding penalty shoot-outs) in the competition:
- 17 finals have gone to extra time. One was replayed, eleven went to penalty shootout, while the remaining five were decided after 120 minutes:
Most goals in a matchEdit
- Feyenoord beat KR Reykjavík 12–2 in the first round in 1969–70. This is the overall record for all European Cup/Champions League matches.
- Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw 8–4 in the group stage in 2016–17. This is the record for the Champions League era.
- Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7–3 in the 1960 final. This is the overall record for all European Cup/Champions League finals.
Highest scoring drawsEdit
- The highest scoring draw is eight goals (four goals each):
Not winning the domestic leagueEdit
- Nottingham Forest are the only club to have won the European Cup more times (twice) than they have won their domestic league (once). Forest won the English League in 1978 before winning the European Cup in 1979 and defending it in 1980. Nottingham Forest are also the only previous winners of the European Cup to be later relegated to the third tier of their national league (in 2005).
- The competition format was changed in 1997–98 to allow teams that were not champions of their domestic league to compete in the competition. Since then there have been European Champions who had not been domestic champions:
- Manchester United's treble-winners of 1999 were the first winners of the tournament to have won neither their domestic title nor the European Cup/Champions League the previous season. Since then, Real Madrid (2000, 2014, 2016), Milan (2003 and 2007), Liverpool (2005 and 2019), Barcelona (2009 and 2015), Chelsea (2012), and Bayern Munich (2013) have achieved this feat.
- Liverpool's 2019 triumph came 29 years after their previous domestic league title (1990). That was the longest time any Champions League winner had gone since previously winning their league, breaking the record they set in 2005, which was 15 years after their last league title.
- Bayer Leverkusen (in 2002) is the only club to play in the final having never won their domestic league.
- There have been seven finals contested where both sides did not win their national league in the previous season:
- 1999 – Manchester United (2nd) vs Bayern Munich (2nd)
- 2000 – Real Madrid (2nd) vs Valencia (4th)
- 2007 – Milan (3rd) vs Liverpool (3rd)
- 2012 – Chelsea (2nd) vs Bayern Munich (3rd)
- 2014 – Real Madrid (2nd) vs Atlético Madrid (3rd)
- 2016 – Real Madrid (2nd) vs Atlético Madrid (3rd)
- 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur (3rd) vs Liverpool (4th)
- Newcastle United in 2002–03 and Atalanta in 2019–20 are the only teams to have progressed past the group stage after losing their first three games.
- Only twelve teams have progressed past the group stage after losing their first two games. Only Galatasaray and Tottenham Hotspur managed to advance past the second round of the tournament, however.
- Dynamo Kyiv in 1999–2000, lost on head-to-head criteria in second group stage to Real Madrid despite having a better goal difference
- Newcastle United and Bayer Leverkusen in 2002–03, placed 3rd and 4th in second group stage
- Werder Bremen in 2005–06, lost to Juventus on away goals (4–4 agg.) in the round of 16
- Inter Milan in 2006–07, lost to Valencia on away goals (2–2 agg.) in the round of 16
- Lyon in 2007–08, lost 1–2 to Manchester United in the round of 16
- Panathinaikos in 2008–09, came back to win the group but lost 2–3 to Villarreal in the round of 16
- Marseille in 2010–11, lost 1–2 to Manchester United in the round of 16
- Galatasaray in 2012–13, lost 3–5 to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals
- Arsenal in 2015–16, lost 1–5 to Barcelona in the round of 16
- Tottenham Hotspur in 2018–19, lost 0–2 to Liverpool in the final
- Atalanta in 2019–20
- In 1994–95, defending champions Milan started the group stage with a loss and a win, but were deducted two points for crowd trouble against Casino Salzburg on matchday two. With 0 points after two games, they still managed to advance from the group and later to the final, where they lost to Ajax.
- Only two teams have progressed past the group stage without winning any of their first five games:
- Only three teams have progressed past the group stage without winning any of their first four games:
- The following teams have progressed past the group stage without winning any of their first three games:
- Dynamo Kyiv lost one and drew two in 1998–99
- Dynamo Kyiv lost two and drew one in 1999–2000
- Fiorentina lost one and drew two in 1999–2000
- Liverpool lost one and drew two in 2001–02 (second group stage)
- Newcastle United lost their first three games in 2002–03
- Arsenal lost two and drew one in 2003–04
- Celta Vigo lost one and drew two in 2003–04
- Porto lost two and drew one in 2004–05
- Werder Bremen lost two and drew one in 2005–06
- Villarreal drew three in 2005–06
- Liverpool lost two and drew one in 2007–08
- Panathinaikos lost two and drew one in 2008–09
- Inter Milan drew three in 2009–10, went on to win the tournament
- VfB Stuttgart lost one and drew two in 2009–10
- Juventus drew three in 2012–13
- Galatasaray lost two and drew one in 2012–13
- Tottenham Hotspur lost two and drew one in 2018–19
Two-leg knockout matchesEdit
- Only one team has lost the first leg of a knockout match by four goals, but still managed to qualify for the next round:
- One more team was trailing by four goals at some point in a knockout match, but still managed to qualify for the next round:
- 17 teams have lost the first leg of a knockout match with three goals, but still managed to qualify for the next round:
- Schalke 04 lost 3–0 to KB in the first round 1958–59, but won 5–2 in the second leg and 3–1 in the play-off
- Jeunesse Esch lost 4–1 to Haka in the preliminary round 1963–64, but won 4–0 in the second leg and 5–4 on aggregate
- Partizan lost 4–1 to Sparta Prague in the quarter-final 1965–66, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 6–4 on aggregate
- Panathinaikos lost 4–1 to Red Star Belgrade in the semi-final 1970–71, but won 3–0 in the second leg and progressed to the final on away goals
- Saint-Étienne lost 4–1 to Hajduk Split in the second round 1974–75, but won 5–1 in the second leg and 6–5 on aggregate
- Real Madrid lost 4–1 to Derby County in the second round 1975–76, but won 5–1 in the second leg and 6–5 on aggregate
- Barcelona lost 3–0 to Gothenburg in the semi-final 1985–86, but won 3–0 in the second leg and 5–4 on penalties
- Werder Bremen lost 3–0 to Dynamo Berlin in the first round 1988–89, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate
- Galatasaray lost 3–0 to Neuchâtel Xamax in the second round 1988–89, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate
- Leeds United lost 3–0 to Stuttgart in the first round 1992–93, but was awarded a score of 3–0 in the second leg and won 2–1 in the play-off
- Copenhagen lost 3–0 to Linfield in the first round 1993–94, but won 4–0 (aet) in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate
- Paris Saint-Germain lost 3–0 to Steaua București in the second qualifying round 1997–98, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate
- Widzew Łódź lost 4–1 to Litex Lovech in the second qualifying round 1999–2000, but won 4–1 in the second leg and 3–2 on penalties
- KF Tirana lost 3–0 to Dinamo Tbilisi in the first qualifying round 2003–04, but won 3–0 in the second leg and 4–2 on penalties
- Deportivo La Coruña lost 4–1 to Milan in the quarter-final 2003–04, but won 4–0 in the second leg and 5–4 on aggregate
- Roma lost 4–1 to Barcelona in the quarter-final 2017–18, but won 3–0 in the second leg and went through on away goals
- Liverpool lost 3–0 to Barcelona in the semi-final 2018–19, but won 4–0 in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate
- Another 18 teams were trailing by three goals at some point in a knockout match, but still managed to qualify for the next round:
- Manchester United were trailing 0–3 to Athletic Bilbao after 43 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 1956–57, and then 2–5 after 78 minutes, but managed to finish the game 3–5 and won 3–0 in the second leg and 6–5 on aggregate.
- CCA București lost 2–4 to Borussia Dortmund in the first round 1957–58 and were trailing 0–1 (2–5 on aggregate) after 12 minutes of the second leg, but managed to win the game 3–1 to qualify for the next round on away goals.
- Hamburg were trailing 0–3 to Burnley after 74 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 1960–61, but managed to finish the game 1–3 and won 4–1 in the second leg and 5–4 on aggregate.
- Spartak Trnava were trailing 0–3 to Steaua București after 51 minutes of the first leg in the first round 1968–69, but managed to finish the game 1–3 and won 4–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate.
- Austria Vienna were trailing 0–3 to Levski-Spartak after 62 minutes of the first leg in the preliminary round 1970–71, but managed to finish the game 1–3 and won 3–0 in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate.
- Basel were trailing 0–3 to Spartak Moscow after 76 minutes of the first leg in the first round 1970–71, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 2–1 in the second leg to qualify on away goals.
- Anderlecht were trailing 0–3 to Slovan Bratislava after 44 minutes, and 1–4 after 63 minutes of the first leg in the preliminary round 1974–75, but managed to finish the game 2–4 and won 3–1 in the second leg to qualify on away goals.
- Saint-Étienne were trailing 0–3 to Ruch Chorzów after 46 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 1974–75, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 2–0 in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate.
- Borussia Mönchengladbach were trailing 0–3 to Wacker Innsbruck after 27 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 1977–78, but managed to finish the game 1–3 and won 2–0 in the second leg to qualify on away goals.
- Banik Ostrava were trailing 0–3 to Ferencváros after 47 minutes of the first leg in the first round 1981–82, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 3–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate.
- Bayern Munich were trailing 0–3 to CSKA Sofia after 18 minutes of the first leg in the semi-final 1981–82, but managed to finish the game 3–4 and won 4–0 in the second leg and 7–4 on aggregate.
- Real Madrid were trailing 0–3 to Red Star Belgrade after 39 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 1986–87, but managed to finish the game 2–4 and won 2–0 in the second leg to qualify on away goals.
- Real Madrid were trailing 0–3 to Bayern Munich after 47 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 1987–88, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 2–0 in the second leg and 4–3 on aggregate.
- Sparta Prague were trailing 0–3 to Marseille after 60 minutes of the first leg in the second round 1991–92, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 2–1 in the second leg to qualify on away goals.
- Cork City were trailing 0–3 to Cwmbran Town after 27 minutes of the first leg in the preliminary round 1993–94, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 2–1 in the second leg to qualify on away goals.
- Monaco were trailing 1–4 to Real Madrid after 81 minutes of the first leg in the quarter-final 2003–04, managed to finish the game 2–4, were trailing 0–1 (2–5 on aggregate) after 36 minutes of the second leg, but won 3–1 to qualify on away goals.
- Tottenham Hotspur were trailing 0–3 to Young Boys after 28 minutes of the first leg in the play-off round 2010–11, but managed to finish the game 2–3 and won 4–0 in the second leg and 6–3 on aggregate.
- Tottenham Hotspur were trailing 0–2 (0–3 on agg.) to Ajax after 35 minutes of the second leg in the semi-final 2018–19, but managed to win the game 3–2 to qualify on away goals after a 3–3 aggregate score.
- Three teams lost the first leg of a knockout match by three goals, overcame the deficit in the second leg, but still did not qualify for the next round:
- Rapid Wien lost 4–1 to Milan in the preliminary round 1957–58, won 5–2 in the second leg, but lost 4–2 in the play-off.
- Górnik Zabrze lost 4–1 to Dukla Prague in the preliminary round 1964-65, won 3–0 in the second leg, but lost the coin toss after the play-off ended 0–0.
- Benfica lost 3–0 to Celtic in the second round 1969-70, won 3–0 in the second leg, but lost the coin toss.
- Two teams were trailing by three goals at some point in a knockout match, overcame the deficit, but still did not qualify for the next round:
- Gothenburg were trailing 0–3 to Sparta Rotterdam after 48 minutes of the first leg in the round of 16 1959-60, but managed to finish the game 1–3 and won 3–1 in the second leg, only to lose 1–3 in the playoff.
- Red Star Belgrade lost 1–3 to Rangers in the preliminary round 1964–65 and were trailing 0–1 (1–4 on aggregate) after 40 minutes of the second leg, but managed to win the game 4–2, only to lose 1–3 in the playoff.
- Only one team has lost the first leg of a knockout match at home by two goals, but still managed to qualify for the next round:
- Manchester United lost 2–0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the round of 16 in 2018-19 at Old Trafford, but won 3–1 in the second leg at the Parc des Princes to win on away goals following a 3–3 scoreline on aggregate. Including the European Cup era, only Ajax managed this feat, winning a play-off match they forced in the 1968–69 European Cup quarter-finals against Benfica after losing 1–3 in the first leg at home and winning 3–1 in the second leg away.
- No team has ever managed to escape a loss after trailing by 4 or more goals.
- Teams have managed to win a game after trailing by 3 goals on three occasions:
- Werder Bremen were trailing 0–3 to Anderlecht after 33 minutes in the group stage 1993–94, but managed to win the game 5–3.
- Deportivo La Coruña were trailing 0–3 to Paris Saint-Germain after 55 minutes in the second group stage 2000–01, but managed to win the game 4–3.
- Maccabi Haifa were trailing 0–3 to Aktobe after 15 minutes in the second leg of the third qualifying round 2009–10, but managed to win the game 4–3 (4–3 on aggregate).
- Teams have managed to tie a game after trailing by 3 goals on 11 occasions:
- Vörös Lobogó were trailing 1–4 to Reims after 52 minutes in the second leg of the quarter-final 1955–56, but managed to finish the game 4–4. Still, Reims qualified by winning 8–6 on aggregate.
- Red Star Belgrade were trailing 0–3 to Manchester United after 31 minutes in the second leg of the quarter-final 1957–58, but managed to finish the game 3–3. Still, Manchester United qualified by winning 5–4 on aggregate.
- Panathinaikos were trailing 0–3 to Linfield after 26 minutes in the second leg of the second round 1984–85, but managed to finish the game 3–3, winning 5–4 on aggregate.
- Liverpool were trailing 0–3 to Basel after 29 minutes in the first group stage 2002–03, but managed to finish the game 3–3.
- Liverpool were trailing 0–3 to Milan after 44 minutes in the final 2004–05, but managed to finish the game 3–3, eventually winning the final on penalties.
- Maccabi Tel Aviv were trailing 0–3 to Basel after 32 minutes in the second leg of the third qualifying round 2013–14, but managed to finish the game 3–3. Still, Basel qualified by winning 4–3 on aggregate.
- Anderlecht were trailing 0–3 to Arsenal after 58 minutes in the group stage 2014–15, but managed to finish the game 3–3.
- Molde were trailing 0–3 to Dinamo Zagreb after 22 minutes in the second leg of the third qualifying round 2015–16, but managed to finish the game 3–3. Still, Dinamo Zagreb qualified on away goals.
- Beşiktaş were trailing 0–3 to Benfica after 31 minutes in the group stage 2016–17, but managed to finish the game 3–3.
- Sevilla were trailing 0–3 to Liverpool after 30 minutes in the group stage 2017–18, but managed to finish the game 3–3.
- Chelsea were trailing 1–4 to Ajax after 55 minutes in the group stage 2019–20, but managed to finish the game 4–4.
- Arsenal hold the record for the most consecutive clean sheets with ten in 2005–06. They went without conceding a goal for 995 minutes between September 2005 and May 2006. The run started after Markus Rosenberg's goal for Ajax after 71 minutes on matchday two of the group stage, continued with four group stage games and six games in the knockout rounds, and ended with Samuel Eto'o's goal for Barcelona after 76 minutes in the final. The 995 minutes were split between two goalkeepers, Jens Lehmann with 648 and Manuel Almunia with 347 minutes.
- Manchester United hold the record for the longest run without conceding from the start of a campaign, with 481 minutes in 2010–11. The run ended with Pablo Hernández's goal for Valencia after 32 minutes on matchday six of the group stage.
- Manchester United in 2010–11 is the only team to play six away games in a single Champions League season without conceding a goal.
- In the Champions League era Barcelona hold the record for the most goal scored with 45 in 16 matches in 1999–2000. Including qualifying stage, Liverpool hold this feat with 47 in 15 matches in 2017–18.
- Real Madrid hold the record for the most goals scored by a winning side in Champions League era, with 41 in 13 matches in 2013–14.
Defending the trophyEdit
A total of 64 tournaments have been played, 37 in the European Cup era (1955–56 to 1991–92) and 27 in the Champions League era (1992–93 to 2018–19). 15 of the 64 attempts to defend the trophy (23.43%) have been successful, split between 8 teams. These are:
- Real Madrid on 6 attempts out of 13 (1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 2016–17, 2017–18)
- Benfica on 1 attempt out of 2 (1961–62)
- Inter Milan on 1 attempt out of 3 (1964–65)
- Ajax on 2 attempts out of 4 (1971–72, 1972–73)
- Bayern Munich on 2 attempts out of 5 (1974–75, 1975–76)
- Liverpool on 1 attempt out of 6 (1977–78)
- Nottingham Forest on 1 attempt out of 2 (1979–80)
- Milan on 1 attempt out of 7 (1989–90).
Between the two eras of this competition, this breaks down as:
- Of the 36 attempts in European Cup era: 13 successful (36.1%)
- Of the 28 attempts in the Champions League era: 2 successful (7.14%)
The teams closest to defending the trophy in the Champions League era but who were unsuccessful, all making it to the final:
Of the 22 teams that have won the trophy, 14 have never defended it. Only four of these have won the trophy more than once, and so have had more than one attempt to do so. These are:
- Barcelona on 5 attempts: Lost to CSKA Moscow in the second round in 1992–93, to Liverpool in the round of 16 in 2006–07, to Inter Milan in the semi-final in 2009–10, to Chelsea in the semi-final in 2011–12 and to Atlético Madrid in the quarter-final in 2015–16.
- Manchester United on 3 attempts: Lost to Milan in the semi-final in 1968–69, to Real Madrid in the quarter-final in 1999–2000 and to Barcelona in the final in 2008–09.
- Juventus on 2 attempts: Lost to Barcelona in the quarter-final in 1985–86 and to Borussia Dortmund in the final in 1996–97.
- Porto on 2 attempts: Lost to Real Madrid in the second round in 1987–88 and to Inter Milan in the round of 16 in 2004–05.
During the Champions League era, only one title holder has failed to qualify from the group stage:
Two teams lost consecutive finals:
Three teams won the tournament after losing the final in the previous season:
- Benfica twice won the competition (1961 and 1962) with a team consisting entirely of Portuguese players, although some of them had been born in Portuguese African colonies, then Overseas Provinces of Portugal but now independent nations.
- Celtic won the competition in 1967 with their entire squad born within a 30-mile radius of Celtic Park, their home ground.
- Nottingham Forest (1979 and 1980) won twice with a team consisting of players from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland (Martin O'Neill played in the 1980 final).
- Liverpool won in 1981 with a team consisting of players from England and Scotland.
- Aston Villa also won the European Cup (1982) with a team consisting entirely of players from England and Scotland.
- Arsenal are believed to be the first club in Champions League history to have fielded 11 players of different nationality at the same time, in their 2–1 win away to Hamburg on 13 September 2006. The Arsenal team, after the 28th minute substitution of Kolo Touré, was: Jens Lehmann (Germany), Emmanuel Eboué (Ivory Coast), Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Justin Hoyte (England), William Gallas (France), Tomáš Rosický (Czech Republic), Gilberto Silva (Brazil), Cesc Fàbregas (Spain), Alexander Hleb (Belarus), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) and Robin van Persie (Netherlands).
- On seven occasions has the final of the tournament involved two teams from the same country:
- 2000 Spain: Real Madrid vs Valencia 3–0
- 2003 Italy: Milan vs Juventus 0–0 (3–2 pen.)
- 2008 England: Manchester United vs Chelsea 1–1 (6–5 pen.)
- 2013 Germany: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund 2–1
- 2014 Spain: Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid 4–1 (a.e.t.)
- 2016 Spain: Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid 1–1 (5–3 pen.)
- 2019 England: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur 2–0
- In addition to the 7 finals, 28 meetings between teams from the same country have been played:
- 12 meetings from the English league:
- 1978–79 Nottingham Forest – Liverpool, first round, 2–0 (2–0, 0–0)
- 2003–04 Chelsea – Arsenal, quarter-final, 3–2 (1–1, 2–1)
- 2004–05 Liverpool – Chelsea, semi-final, 1–0 (0–0, 1–0)
- 2005–06 Liverpool – Chelsea, group stage, 0–0 and 0–0
- 2006–07 Liverpool – Chelsea, semi-final, 1–1 (1–0, 0–1) 4–1 pen.
- 2007–08 Liverpool – Arsenal, quarter-final, 5–3 (1–1, 4–2)
- 2007–08 Chelsea – Liverpool, semi-final, 4–3 (1–1, 3–2)
- 2008–09 Chelsea – Liverpool, quarter-final, 7–5 (3–1, 4–4)
- 2008–09 Manchester United – Arsenal, semi-final, 4–1 (1–0, 3–1)
- 2010–11 Manchester United – Chelsea, quarter-final, 3–1 (1–0, 2–1)
- 2017–18 Liverpool – Manchester City, quarter-final, 5–1 (3–0, 2–1)
- 2018–19 Tottenham Hotspur – Manchester City, quarter-final, 4–4 (1–0, 3–4), Tottenham Hotspur won on away goals
- 11 meetings from the Spanish league:
- 1957–58 Real Madrid – Sevilla, quarter-final, 10–2 (8–0, 2–2)
- 1958–59 Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid, semi-final, 2–2 (2–1, 0–1), 2–1 in play-off
- 1959–60 Real Madrid – Barcelona, semi-final, 6–2 (3–1, 3–1)
- 1960–61 Barcelona – Real Madrid, first round, 4–3 (2–2, 2–1)
- 1999–2000 Valencia – Barcelona, semi-final, 5–3 (4–1, 1–2)
- 2001–02 Real Madrid – Barcelona, semi-final, 3–1 (2–0, 1–1)
- 2010–11 Barcelona – Real Madrid, semi-final, 3–1 (2–0, 1–1)
- 2013–14 Atlético Madrid – Barcelona, quarter-final, 2–1 (1–1, 1–0)
- 2014–15 Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid, quarter-final, 1–0 (0–0, 1–0)
- 2015–16 Atlético Madrid – Barcelona, quarter-final, 3–2 (1–2, 2–0)
- 2016–17 Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid, semi-final, 4–2 (3–0, 1–2)
- 3 meetings from the Italian league:
- 2 meetings from the German league:
- 1 meeting from the French league:
- 12 meetings from the English league:
- 2007–08 was the first season that four teams from the same country reached the quarter-final stage, England's Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. This feat was repeated by the same teams in the 2008–09 season, and by Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in 2018–19.
- Spain, Italy and England have provided the highest number of representatives in the semi-finals in one season with three:
- The country providing the highest number of wins is Spain with 18 victories, shared by two teams, Real Madrid (13) and Barcelona (5).
- The country playing the highest number of finals is Italy with 27 (in 2003 both finalists were from Italy: Milan and Juventus).
- England has provided the highest number of winning clubs with five: Liverpool, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Chelsea.
- England has also provided the highest number of different finalists, with eight: The five winners, plus Leeds United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
- England has also provided the highest number of different semi-finalists, with ten: The eight finalists, plus Derby County and Manchester City.
- England and Spain has also provided the highest number of participants in the competition in one season: Five.
- England (twice) in 2005–06: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United, and in 2017–18: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
- Spain (twice) in 2015–16: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia, and in 2016–17: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal.
- In 2017–18, England became the first country to have five representatives in the knockout phase: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
- In the 2018–19 season, England became the first country to have all the final places in Europe's two major competitions: Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, and Arsenal and Chelsea in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final.
- On two occasions has the final of the tournament involved two teams from the same city:
- Apart from Milan, three cities have been represented by more than one team in the final:
- Madrid has been represented by two clubs in 17 finals, with 13 wins (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and three losses (1962, 1964, 1981) for Real Madrid, and three losses for Atlético Madrid in (1974, 2014, 2016).
- Belgrade, Yugoslavia, (now Belgrade, Serbia) has one win for Red Star Belgrade in 1991 and a loss for Partizan in 1966.
- London has been represented by Arsenal (runners-up in 2006), Chelsea (runners-up in 2008 and winners in 2012) and Tottenham Hotspur (runners-up in 2019).
- Athens and London are the only cities that have been represented in the group stage by three teams in the same season: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos and AEK Athens in 2003–04, and Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur in 2010–11 respectively.
- London is the only city to be represented in the knockout stage by three teams in the same season when Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all progressed to the first knockout round in 2010–11.
- England is the only country with teams who have won the Cup from five cities:
- Only eight derbies between teams of the same city have ever been played:
- 1958–59 Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (semi-final)
- 2002–03 Inter Milan vs Milan (semi-final)
- 2003–04 Chelsea vs Arsenal (quarter-final)
- 2004–05 Inter Milan vs Milan (quarter-final) – the second leg was abandoned because of disturbances among the Inter fans.
- 2013–14 Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (final)
- 2014–15 Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (quarter-final)
- 2015–16 Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (final)
- 2016–17 Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (semi-final)
- The 2002–03 semi-final between Milan and Inter Milan was the first time both games of a two-legged tie were played in the same stadium (San Siro). The teams share the stadium as their home venue. Milan won by the "away goals" rule. The teams also played each other in the same stadium in the 2004–05 quarter-final.
Specific group stage recordsEdit
- Most goals scored in a group stage: 25
- Fewest goals scored in a group stage: 0
- Fewest goals conceded in a group stage: 1
- Most goals conceded in a group stage: 24
- Highest goal difference in a group stage: +21
- Lowest goal difference in a group stage: –22
- Milan, 1992–93
- Paris Saint-Germain, 1994–95
- Spartak Moscow, 1995–96
- Barcelona, 2002–03 (First group stage)
- Real Madrid, 2011–12, 2014–15
- Bayern Munich, 2019–20
Only one club has drawn all their games in a group stage:
In the history of the Champions League, the following clubs have lost all 6 group stage matches:
- Košice (1997–98) ended the group stage losing all 6 matches with a goal difference of –11. They conceded 13 goals, scoring only twice.
- Fenerbahçe (2001–02) lost all 6 group stage matches with a goal difference of –9. They conceded 12 goals and scored only 3.
- Spartak Moscow (2002–03) have the second worst goal difference in a Champions League group stage with –17. They lost all 6 matches, conceding 18 goals and scoring just once.
- Bayer Leverkusen (2002–03, second group stage) lost all 6 matches, scoring 5 and conceding 15. This was the only time that a club lost all matches in the second group stage. It was also the first time that two clubs lost six group stage matches in the same season.
- Anderlecht (2004–05) lost all 6 of their group stage matches. They conceded 17 goals and scored just 4, with a goal difference of –13.
- Rapid Wien (2005–06) ended the group stage losing all 6 games. They conceded 15 goals and scored only 3, with a goal difference of –12.
- Levski Sofia (2006–07) finished their only appearance in the group stage conceding 17 goals and scoring just one, ending with a goal difference of –16.
- Dynamo Kyiv (2007–08) ended the group stage also losing all 6 games. They conceded 19 goals, scoring only 4, ending with a goal difference of –15.
- Maccabi Haifa (2009–10) is the first club to have lost all their group stage matches without scoring a goal. They did this finishing only their second appearance in the competition with 0 points after losing to Bayern Munich 3–0 in the first group game and then losing 5 consecutive games 1–0, ending the group stage with a goal difference of –8. In their first Champions League appearance in 2002–03, the team scored 12 goals. Deportivo La Coruña is another club that scored no goals in the group stage (in 2004–05), but they collected 2 points by twice drawing 0–0.
- Debrecen (2009–10) finished the group stage with 0 points and a goal difference of –14. They conceded 19 goals, scoring just 5.
- Partizan (2010–11) lost all six group stage matches. They conceded 13 goals while scoring only 2, finishing with a goal difference of –11.
- MŠK Žilina (2010–11) also finished the group stage with 0 points and a goal difference of –16, scoring 3 and conceding 19. This was the second consecutive season that two clubs had lost all six group stage matches.
- Dinamo Zagreb (2011–12) lost all six group stage matches, setting new records for worst goal difference (–19) and most goals conceded (22), scoring 3.
- Villarreal (2011–12) also finished with 0 points and goal difference of –12, scoring 2 and conceding 14.
- Oțelul Galați (2011–12) as well finished with 0 points and goal difference of –8, scoring 3 and conceding 11. That became the first season in which three separate teams had lost all six group stage matches, and a third consecutive season in which at least two teams finished with 0 points.
- Marseille (2013–14) finished with 0 points, scoring 5 and conceding 14 goals for a goal difference of –9.
- Maccabi Tel Aviv (2015–16) finished with 0 points, scoring 1 and conceding 16 goals for a goal difference of –15. Maccabi's only goal came from a penalty.
- Club Brugge (2016–17) finished with 0 points, scoring 2 and conceding 14 goals for a goal difference of –12.
- Dinamo Zagreb (2016–17) is the second club to have lost all their group stage matches without scoring a goal. They finished their group stage matches with conceding 15 goals and a goal difference of –15. They are also the first team to have finished the group stage with 0 points twice, the first time being in the 2011–12 season.
- Benfica (2017–18) finished with 0 points, scoring just once and conceding 14 goals for a goal difference of –13.
- AEK Athens (2018–19) finished with 0 points, scoring twice and conceding 13 goals for a goal difference of –11.
Two goals in each matchEdit
Four teams have managed to score at least two goals in each match of the group stage:
- On 7 December 2010, Tottenham Hotspur drew 3–3 against Twente and became the first team to achieve this.
- Bayern Munich equaled the record the very next day by beating Basel 3–0. On 11 December 2019, Bayern Munich won 3–1 against Tottenham Hotspur to achieve the record for the second time.
- Barcelona managed the same on 6 December 2011 by beating BATE Borisov 4–0.
- Real Madrid achieved this by beating Copenhagen 2–0 on 10 December 2013. On 7 December 2016, Real Madrid drew 2–2 against Borussia Dortmund to achieve the record for the second time.
Advancing past the group stageEdit
- Real Madrid hold the record of the most consecutive seasons in advancing past the group stage, with 23 from 1997–98 to 2019–20. The first seven seasons (1997–98 to 2003–04) they qualified for at least the quarter-final each year, winning the tournament three times. After this followed six consecutive seasons (2004–05 to 2009–10) losing the first round (round of 16) after the group stage. Since then, Real Madrid made it to the semi-finals for eight consecutive seasons (2010–11 to 2017–18), winning the tournament four times, before going out in the round of 16 in the 2018–19 season.
- Barcelona set a record of finishing top of their group for 13 consecutive seasons from 2007–08 to 2019–20, out of 18 in total.
- In 2012–13, Chelsea became the first title holder not to qualify from the following year's group stage.
- Monaco scored the fewest goals (4) to earn 11 points in the group stage in 2014–15. Villarreal won a group with the fewest goals scored (3) in 2005–06, resulting in 2 wins.
Biggest disparity between group winner and runner-upEdit
The biggest points difference between the first- and second-placed teams in a Champions League group phase is 11 points, achieved by three teams:
- Real Madrid, 18 points (16:2 goals) (+14) in 2014–15. (2nd Basel 7 points, 3rd Liverpool 5 points, 4th Ludogorets Razgrad 4 points).
- Spartak Moscow, 18 points (15:4 goals) (+11) in 1995–96. (2nd Legia Warsaw 7 points, 3rd Rosenborg 6 points, 4th Blackburn Rovers 4 points). Spartak lost to Nantes in the next round (quarter-final).
- Barcelona, 18 points (13:4 goals) (+9) in 2002–03. (2nd Lokomotiv Moscow 7 points, 3rd Club Brugge 5 points, 4th Galatasaray 4 points). Barcelona went on to win their group in the second group stage with 16 points, but lost to Juventus in the quarter-final.
Most points achieved, yet knocked outEdit
- Paris Saint-Germain, 12 points in 1997–98 (ranked third out of six runners-up, only two advanced)
- Napoli, 12 points in 2013–14
- Rosenborg, 11 points in 1997–98 (ranked fourth out of six runners-up, only two advanced)
- Dynamo Kyiv, 10 points in 1999–2000 (second group stage) and 2004–05
- Borussia Dortmund, 10 points in 2002–03 (second group stage)
- PSV Eindhoven, 10 points in 2003–04
- Olympiacos, 10 points in 2004–05
- Werder Bremen, 10 points in 2006–07
- Manchester City, 10 points in 2011–12
- Chelsea, 10 points in 2012–13
- CFR Cluj, 10 points in 2012–13
- Benfica, 10 points in 2013–14
- Porto, 10 points in 2015–16
- Ajax, 10 points in 2019–20
- Celtic, 9 points in 2001–02
- Fenerbahçe, 9 points in 2004–05
- Olympiacos, 9 points in 2015–16
- Copenhagen, 9 points in 2016–17
- CSKA Moscow, 9 points in 2017–18
- Napoli, 9 points in 2018–19
- Rangers, 8 points in 1992–93 (2 wins and 4 draws, 2 points for a win, only 1 team advanced)
Most points achieved in the group stage, not winning the groupEdit
- Manchester City, 15 points in 2013–14 (ranked second)
- Bayern Munich, 15 points in 2017–18 (ranked second)
- Arsenal, 13 points in 2014–15 (ranked second)
- Paris Saint-Germain, 13 points in 2015–16 (ranked second)
- Real Madrid, 13 points in 2017–18 (ranked second)
- Atlético Madrid, 13 points in 2018–19 (ranked second)
- Arsenal, 12 points in 2013–14 (ranked second)
- Paris Saint-Germain, 12 points in 1997–98 (ranked second,did not qualify)
- Napoli, 12 points in 2013–14 (ranked third)
- Bayern Munich, 12 points in 2016–17 (ranked second)
- Real Madrid, 12 points in 2016–17 (ranked second)
- Paris Saint-Germain, 12 points in 2016–17 (ranked second)
- Basel, 12 points in 2017–18 (ranked second)
- Shakhtar Donetsk, 12 points in 2017–18 (ranked second)
- Ajax, 12 points in 2018–19 (ranked second)
- Napoli, 12 points in 2019–20 (ranked second)
Fewest points achieved, yet advancedEdit
- Milan, 5 points in 1994–95 (3 wins and 1 draw, 2 points deducted, 2 points for a win)
- Zenit Saint Petersburg, 6 points in 2013–14
- Roma, 6 points in 2015–16
- Legia Warsaw, 7 points in 1995–96
- Dynamo Kyiv, 7 points in 1999–2000
- Liverpool, 7 points in 2001–02 (second group stage)
- Lokomotiv Moscow, 7 points in 2002–03
- Werder Bremen, 7 points in 2005–06
- Rangers, 7 points in 2005–06
- Galatasaray, 7 points in 2013–14
- Basel, 7 points in 2014–15
- Atalanta, 7 points in 2019–20
Fewest points achieved, yet won groupEdit
Knocked out on tiebreakersEdit
Several teams have been knocked out on a tiebreaker, most on the head-to-head criteria:
- Manchester United lost to Barcelona in 1994–95
- Casino Salzburg lost to Milan in 1994–95 (2 points for a win, would have been 2 points behind with 3 points for a win)
- Paris Saint-Germain lost to Bayern Munich in 1997–98 (second place, only one team advanced directly), and on goal difference to Juventus in the ranking of runners-up
- Galatasaray lost to Juventus in 1998–99 (second place, only one team advanced directly)
- Rosenborg lost to Juventus in 1998–99 (third place, only one team advanced directly)
- Bayer Leverkusen lost to Dynamo Kyiv in 1999–2000
- Dynamo Kyiv lost on head-to-head to Real Madrid in 1999–2000 (second group stage) despite having a better goal difference
- Olympiacos lost to Lyon in 2000–01, to Liverpool in 2004–05 and to Arsenal in 2015–16
- Rangers lost on head-to-head to Galatasaray in 2000–01 despite having a better goal difference
- Lyon lost to Arsenal in 2000–01 (second group stage) and to Ajax in 2002–03, both on head-to-head with a better goal difference
- Dortmund lost on goal difference to Boavista in 2001–02, both teams winning 2–1 at home in head-to-head matches
- Mallorca lost to Arsenal in 2001–02
- Roma lost on head-to-head to Liverpool in 2001–02 (second group stage) despite having a better goal difference
- Inter Milan lost to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2003–04
- PSV Eindhoven lost on head-to-head to Deportivo La Coruña in 2003–04 despite having a better goal difference
- Udinese lost to Werder Bremen in 2005–06
- Ajax lost to Lyon on overall goal difference in 2011–12, having both head-to-head games end in a 0–0 draw. Lyon won their last group game against Dinamo Zagreb 7–1 (after being 0–1 down at half time) while Ajax lost 0–3 against Real Madrid (in which two goals from Ajax were wrongfully cancelled). The aggregate goal difference in both games would have to be at least 7 goals for Lyon to advance, and in fact it was 9.
- Chelsea lost on head-to-head to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2012–13 despite having a better goal difference
- CFR Cluj lost on head-to-head to Galatasaray in 2012–13 despite having a better goal difference
- Benfica lost on head-to-head to Olympiacos in 2013–14
- Napoli lost on head-to-head to Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in 2013–14
- Bayer Leverkusen lost on head-to-head to Roma in 2015–16
- Olympiacos lost on head-to-head to Arsenal in 2015–16
- Inter Milan lost on head-to-head away goals to Tottenham Hotspur in 2018–19
- Napoli lost to Liverpool on overall goals scored in 2018–19, having both head-to-head games end in a 1–0 win for the home team. Liverpool defeated Napoli in their final group game, with Paris Saint-Germain defeating Red Star Belgrade in the other match to top the group with 11 points. With both Liverpool and Napoli tied with 9 points, having identical head-to-head results, and a goal difference of +2, Liverpool advanced by virtue of having scored more overall goals than Napoli (9 to Napoli's 7). Liverpool went on to win the final.
Knocked out on 3 points for a win ruleEdit
1995–96 was the first tournament in which three points were awarded for a win instead of two. The following teams were knocked out from the group stage, but would have advanced following the old rule:
- Rosenborg was ranked fourth out of six runners-up in 1997–98, but would have equaled the points of Paris Saint-Germain and eventual finalists Juventus and advanced on goal difference
- Bayer Leverkusen ended third in Group A in 1999–2000, but would have been one point ahead of Dynamo Kyiv
- Panathinaikos ended third in Group E in 2004–05, but would have equaled the points of PSV Eindhoven and advanced on head-to-head matches
- Werder Bremen ended third in Group B in 2008–09, but would have equaled the points of Inter Milan and advanced on head-to-head matches
- Napoli ended third in Group C in 2018–19, but would have been one point ahead of eventual winners Liverpool.
Qualifying from first qualifying roundEdit
Since the addition of a third qualifying round in 1999–2000, five teams have negotiated all three rounds of qualification and reached the Champions League group phase:
- Liverpool in 2005–06
- Artmedia Bratislava in 2005–06
- Anorthosis in 2008–09
- BATE Borisov in 2008–09
- Red Star Belgrade in 2018–19 and 2019–20
- Liverpool went on to become the first team in the history of the competition to reach the knockout phase from the first qualifying round.
- The only team that has progressed to the group stage from the first qualifying round since the competition format was altered for the 2009–10 season is Red Star Belgrade (2018–19 and 2019–20).
Winning after playing in a qualifying roundEdit
Four teams have won the tournament from the third qualification round:
Real Madrid hold the record of consecutive goalscoring in the Champions League matches. They scored at least one goal in 34 consecutive games. The run started with a 1–1 draw against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi-final of the 2010–11 season. This continued with all 12 matches of both the 2011–12 season and 2012–13 season, and continued into the 2013–14 season for nine games (six group stage games, both legs of the round of 16 and the first leg of the quarter-finals), with the run finally coming to an end in a 2–0 away loss in the quarter-finals second leg against Borussia Dortmund on 8 April 2014.
Consecutive home winsEdit
Bayern Munich hold the record with 16 consecutive home wins in the Champions League. The club's record streak started by winning against Manchester City 1–0 on 17 September 2014. The run reached its 16th win by beating Arsenal 5–1 on 15 February 2017. The run ended after a 1–2 home defeat to Real Madrid on 12 April 2017.
Consecutive away winsEdit
Bayern Munich equaled the record of Ajax (1995–1997) for consecutive away wins in the Champions League having won 7 consecutive away games. The run began with a 3–1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of the 2012–13 round of 16, and continued through to the final, with wins against Juventus (2–0) at the Juventus Stadium and against Barcelona (3–0) at the Camp Nou. In the 2013–14 season the streak continued with group stage wins over Manchester City (3–1) at the City of Manchester Stadium, Viktoria Plzeň (1–0) and CSKA Moscow (3–1). The record equaling seventh win was achieved when they again defeated Arsenal 2–0 at the Emirates Stadium in the round of 16 first leg on 19 February 2014. Their run ended with a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the first leg of the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich (2012–13, 2013–14) and Real Madrid (2013–14, 2014–15) hold the record of 10 consecutive wins in the Champions League. Bayern Munich's run started on 2 April 2013 in the 2–0 win against Juventus in the first leg of the quarter-final of the 2012–13 season after losing 2–0 against Arsenal three weeks earlier. The run continued in the other three knockout matches and the final of the 2012–13 season. The run continued in the first five group stage matches of the 2013–14 season, but ended with the sixth in a 2–3 home defeat against Manchester City on 10 December 2013. Real Madrid's run started on 23 April 2014 in the 1–0 win against Bayern Munich in the first leg of semi-final of the 2013–14 season after losing 2–0 against Borussia Dortmund two weeks earlier in the second leg of the quarter-final. The run continued in the other leg of the semi-final, the final against Atlético Madrid, the six group stage matches of the 2014–15 season, and the first leg of round of 16 of the 2014–15 season, against Schalke 04.
Longest home undefeated runEdit
The record for the longest unbeaten run at home stands at 35 games and is held by Barcelona. Barcelona's run began with a 4–0 win against Ajax in 2013–14 and is ongoing, with their most recent home match against Borussia Dortmund in the group stage in 2019–20 ending in a 3–1 win.
Longest away undefeated runEdit
The record for the longest away unbeaten run stands at 16 games and is held by Manchester United. The run began with a 1–0 win against Sporting CP in the 2007–08 group stage. It lasted until the 3–2 win against Milan at the San Siro in the first leg of the first knockout stage of 2009–10. The run ended with a 1–2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the 2009–10 quarter-finals. During this run, Manchester United were beaten 2–0 by Barcelona in the 2009 final. This game, however, was at a neutral venue and as such is not classified as an away game.
Longest undefeated runEdit
The record for the longest unbeaten run stands at 25 games and is held by Manchester United. It began with a 1–0 away win against Sporting CP in their opening group stage game in 2007–08 and finished with a 3–1 away win against Arsenal in the second leg of the semi-final in 2008–09. The 25-game unbeaten streak ended with a 0–2 loss to Barcelona in the 2009 final.
Most consecutive drawsEdit
Most consecutive defeatsEdit
Most consecutive games without a winEdit
All-time top player appearancesEdit
- As of 26 February 2020
This table does not include appearances made in the qualification stage.
|1||Iker Casillas||Spain||177||1999–2019||Real Madrid (150), Porto (27)|
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||169||2003–||Manchester United (52), Real Madrid (101), Juventus (16)|
|4||Ryan Giggs||Wales||145[a]||1993–2014||Manchester United|
|5||Raúl||Spain||142||1995–2011||Real Madrid (130), Schalke 04 (12)|
|9||Clarence Seedorf||Netherlands||125||1994–2012||Ajax (11), Real Madrid (25), Milan (89)|
|10||Paul Scholes||England||124||1994–2013||Manchester United|
|Sergio Ramos||Spain||2005–||Real Madrid|
- Giggs had 4 European Cup + 141 Champions League matches.
- Maldini had 26 European Cup + 109 Champions League matches.
- On 22 February 2006, Raúl made his 100th Champions League appearance, the first player to do so, all with Real Madrid.
- Iker Casillas featured in 20 consecutive Champions League campaigns from 1999–2000 to 2018–19, playing for Real Madrid and Porto. On 11 December, Casillas, in a 3–2 away win over Galatasaray, became the first player to reach the knock-out stage 19 times.
All-time top scorersEdit
- As of 26 February 2020
This table does not include goals scored in the qualification stage of the competition.
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||Portugal||128||169||0.76||2003–||Manchester United (15), Real Madrid (105), Juventus (8)|
|3||Raúl||Spain||71||142||0.5||1995–2011||Real Madrid (66), Schalke 04 (5)|
|4||Robert Lewandowski||Poland||64||86||0.74||2011–||Borussia Dortmund (17), Bayern Munich (47)|
|Karim Benzema||France||119||0.54||2006–||Lyon (12), Real Madrid (52)|
|6||Ruud van Nistelrooy||Netherlands||56||73||0.77||1998–2009||PSV Eindhoven (8), Manchester United (35), Real Madrid (13)|
|7||Thierry Henry||France||50||112||0.45||1997–2010||Monaco (7), Arsenal (35), Barcelona (8)|
|8||Alfredo Di Stéfano||Argentina||49||58||0.84||1955–1964||Real Madrid|
|9||Andriy Shevchenko||Ukraine||48||100||0.48||1994–2012||Dynamo Kyiv (29), Milan (15), Chelsea (4)|
|Zlatan Ibrahimović||Sweden||120||0.4||2001–2017||Ajax (6), Juventus (3), Inter Milan (6), Barcelona (4), Milan (9), Paris Saint-Germain (20)|
Top scorers by seasonsEdit
- Cristiano Ronaldo was the top scorer for six consecutive seasons and seven seasons overall: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18.
- Real Madrid has produced the top scorer in 12 seasons:
- Portuguese players have achieved 13 top-scorer titles:
- José (1960–61) and Rui Águas (1987–88) are the only father–son duo to finish as top scorers; each achieved this while playing for Benfica.
- Jupp Heynckes is the only player to have been top scorer in this competition as well as in the Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup/Europa League:
- The following top scorer has also been top scorer in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
- The following top scorers have also been top scorers in the UEFA Cup/Europa League:
- Gerd Müller is the only player to have been top scorer in this competition as well as in the World Cup and the European Championship:
- The following top scorers have also won the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot:
- The following top scorers have also been top scorers in the UEFA European Championship:
Most goals in a single seasonEdit
- As of 7 May 2019
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||2002–03|
- The European Cup's first hat-trick was scored by Péter Palotás of MTK Hungária against Anderlecht on 7 September 1955, in the second match ever played in the competition.
- Only three players managed to score a hat-trick in a final: Alfredo Di Stéfano in 1960, Ferenc Puskás in 1960 (4 goals) and in 1962, and Pierino Prati in 1969. Puskás is the only player to score a hat-trick in a final and lose it (1962).
- The first hat-trick of the Champions League era was scored by PSV Eindhoven's Juul Ellerman against FK Žalgiris on 16 September 1992.
- Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored three hat-tricks in a single Champions League season (3+4+3 goals), in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League. Four players have scored two hat-tricks in a single Champions League season: Lionel Messi (3+5 goals and 3+3 goals) in the 2011–12 and 2016–17 seasons, Mario Gómez (3+4 goals) in the 2011–12 season, Luiz Adriano, who scored hat-tricks in two consecutive games of group stage (5+3 goals) in the 2014–15 season, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored hat-tricks in two consecutive games of the knockout stage (3+3 goals) in the 2016–17 season.
- The fastest-ever Champions League hat-trick was scored by Bafétimbi Gomis, who scored three goals in seven minutes for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb in the 2011–12 season.
- Raúl is the youngest scorer of a Champions League hat-trick, by scoring three goals for Real Madrid against Ferencváros, aged 18 years and 114 days, on 18 October 1995.
- Wayne Rooney is the youngest debut scorer of a Champions League hat-trick, aged 18 years and 340 days, when he scored for Manchester United against Fenerbahçe on 28 September 2004.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest scorer of a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League, who was 34 years and 35 days old when he scored for Juventus three times against Atlético Madrid on 12 March 2019.
- Nine players have scored a hat-trick on their debut in the Champions League:
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both scored a record of 8 hat-tricks in the Champions League.
Four goals in a matchEdit
The following players have scored four goals in one European Cup/UEFA Champions League match. Only Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski managed to do this from the quarter-final stage onwards and Ferenc Puskás is the only footballer to score four goals in a final (1960).
- European Cup era:
- Miloš Milutinović (Partizan), 5–2 against Sporting CP, first round of 1955–56
- Dennis Viollet (Manchester United), 10–0 against Anderlecht, preliminary round of 1956–57
- Jovan Cokić (Red Star Belgrade), 9–1 against Stade Dudelange, preliminary round of 1957–58
- Bora Kostić (Red Star Belgrade), 9–1 against Stade Dudelange, preliminary round of 1957–58
- Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid), 8–0 against Sevilla, quarter-final of 1957–58, and 7–1 against Wiener Sport-Club, quarter-final of 1958–59
- Just Fontaine (Reims), 4–1 away against Ards, first round of 1958–59
- Josef Hamerl (Wiener Sport-Club), 7–0 against Juventus, first round of 1958–59
- Sándor Kocsis (Barcelona), 5–2 away against Wolverhampton Wanderers, quarter-final of 1959–60
- Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid), 7–3 against Eintracht Frankfurt, final of 1959–60, and 5–0 against Feyenoord, preliminary round of 1965–66
- Lucien Cossou (Monaco), 7–2 against AEK Athens, preliminary round of 1963–64
- Vladimir Kovačević (Partizan), 6–2 against Jeunesse Esch, first round of 1963–64
- José Torres (Benfica), 5–1 away against Aris, preliminary round of 1964–65
- Eusébio (Benfica), 10–0 against Stade Dudelange, preliminary round of 1965–66
- Friedhelm Konietzka (1860 Munich), 8–0 against Omonia, first round of 1966–67
- Denis Law (Manchester United), 7–1 against Waterford United, first round of 1968–69
- Zoran Antonijević (Red Star Belgrade), 4–2 away against Linfield, first round of 1969–70
- Ruud Geels (Feyenoord), 12–2 away against KR Reykjavík, first round of 1969–70
- Antonis Antoniadis (Panathinaikos), 5–0 against Jeunesse Esch, first round of 1970–71
- João Lourenço (Sporting CP), 5–0 against Floriana, first round of 1970–71
- Kurt Müller, (Grasshoppers), 8–0 against Reipas Lahti, first round of 1971–72
- Dudu Georgescu (Dinamo București), 11–0 against Crusaders, first round of 1973–74
- Radu Nunweiller (Dinamo București), 11–0 against Crusaders, first round of 1973–74
- Jupp Heynckes (Borussia Mönchengladbach), 6–1 away against Wacker Innsbruck, first round of 1975–76
- René van de Kerkhof (PSV Eindhoven), 6–0 against Dundalk, first round of 1976–77
- Willy van der Kuijlen (PSV Eindhoven), 6–1 against Fenerbahçe, first round of 1978–79
- Sotiris Kaiafas (Omonia), 6–1 against Red Boys Differdange, first round 1979–80
- Ton Blanker (Ajax), 8–1 against HJK Helsinki, first round of 1979–80
- Fernando Gomes (Porto), 9–0 against Rabat Ajax, first round of 1986–87
- Marco van Basten (Milan), 5–2 against Vitosha, first round of 1988–89
- Rabah Madjer (Porto), 8–1 away against Portadown, first round of 1990–91
- Hugo Sánchez (Real Madrid), 9–1 against Swarovski Tirol, second round of 1990–91
- Alan Smith (Arsenal), 6–1 against Austria Wien, first round of 1991–92
- Sergei Yuran (Benfica), 6–0 away against Ħamrun Spartans, first round of 1991–92
- Champions League era, preliminary rounds:
- Serhiy Rebrov (Dynamo Kyiv), 8–0 against Barry Town, first qualifying round 1998–99
- Pena (Porto), 8–0 against Barry Town United, second qualifying round of 2001–02
- Tomasz Frankowski (Wisła Kraków), 8–2 away against WIT Georgia, second qualifying round of 2004–05
- Semih Şentürk (Fenerbahçe), 5–0 away against MTK Hungária, second qualifying round of 2008–09
- Champions League era:
- Marco van Basten (Milan), 4–0 against IFK Göteborg, group stage of 1992–93
- Simone Inzaghi (Lazio), 5–1 against Marseille, second group stage of 1999–2000
- Dado Pršo (Monaco), 8–3 against Deportivo La Coruña, group stage of 2003–04
- Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), 4–1 against Sparta Prague, group stage of 2004–05
- Andriy Shevchenko (Milan), 4–0 away against Fenerbahçe, group stage of 2005–06
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 4–1 against Arsenal, quarter-final of 2009–10
- Bafétimbi Gomis (Lyon), 7–1 against Dinamo Zagreb, group stage of 2011–12
- Mario Gómez (Bayern Munich), 7–0 against Basel, round of 16 of 2011–12
- Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), 4–1 against Real Madrid, semi-final of 2012–13
- Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain), 5–0 against Anderlecht, group stage of 2013–14
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 8–0 against Malmö FF, group stage of 2015–16
- Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), 7–2 against Tottenham Hotspur, group stage of 2019–20
- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), 6–0 against Red Star Belgrade, group stage of 2019–20
- Josip Iličić (Atalanta), 4–3 against Valencia, round of 16 of 2019–20
Five goals in a matchEdit
The following players have managed to score five goals in one European Cup/UEFA Champions League match:
- European Cup era:
- Ove Olsson (Gothenburg), 6–1 against Linfield, preliminary round, 1959–60
- Bent Løfqvist (Boldklubben 1913), 9–2 against Spora, preliminary round, 1961–62
- José Altafini (Milan), 8–0 against Union Luxembourg, preliminary round, 1962–63
- Ray Crawford (Ipswich), 10–0 against Floriana, preliminary round, 1962–63
- Nikola Kotkov (Lokomotiv Sofia), 8–3 against Malmö FF, preliminary round, 1964–65
- Flórián Albert (Ferencváros), 9–1 against Keflavík, preliminary round, 1965–66
- Paul van Himst (Anderlecht), 10–1 away against Haka, first round, 1966–67
- Gerd Müller (Bayern Munich), 9–0 against Omonia, second round, 1972–73
- Claudio Sulser (Grasshoppers), 8–0 against Valletta, first round, 1978–79
- Søren Lerby (Ajax), 10–0 against Omonia, second round, 1979–80
- Champions League era, preliminary rounds:
- Champions League era:
Oldest and youngestEdit
- Manfred Burgsmüller of Werder Bremen is the oldest (38 years, 293 days) player to score in the European Cup and Champions League, when he scored against Dynamo Berlin on 11 October 1988.
- Włodzimierz Lubański of Górnik Zabrze is the youngest (16 years, 258 days) player to score in the European Cup and Champions League, when he scored against FK Dukla Prague on 13 November 1963.
- Francesco Totti of Roma is the oldest (38 years, 59 days) player to score in the Champions League, when he scored against CSKA Moscow on 25 November 2014.
- Ansu Fati of Barcelona is the youngest (17 years, 40 days) player to score in the Champions League, when he scored against Inter Milan on 10 December 2019.
- Paolo Maldini of Milan is the oldest (36 years, 333 days) player to score in a Champions League final, doing so in 2005.
- Patrick Kluivert of Ajax is the youngest (18 years, 327 days) player to score in a Champions League final, doing so in 1995.
Other goalscoring recordsEdit
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 128 goals in the competition (63 GS, 23 R16, 25 QF, 13 SF, 4 F) (86 RF, 18 LF, 24 H).
- Lionel Messi holds the record for most goals in the group stage with 68.
- Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most goals in the knockout phase with 65.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in the knockout phase in one season in 2016–17.
- Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player ever to score 100 goals in the competition on 18 April 2017. On 18 February 2018, he became the first player to score 100 goals with one club, Real Madrid.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored in all six group stage matches in 2017–18; a total of 9 goals, the first person to do so.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (2015–16) holds the record for most goals in the group stage in a single season in the UEFA Champions league with 11 goals scored.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored at least 10 goals in seven consecutive seasons (2011–12 to 2017–18).
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 11 consecutive UEFA Champions League appearances, the 2017 final and the first 10 matches of 2017–18, with a total of 17 goals.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 12 consecutive away UEFA Champions League appearances, started from the 2012–13 round of 16-second leg, until the 2014–15 round of 16 first leg, with a total of 17 goals.
- Three players hold the record of scoring in 7 consecutive home UEFA Champions League appearances:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (13 goals): starting from the 2016–17 quarter-final second leg, semi-final first leg and the first 5 matches of 2017–18.
- Robert Lewandowski (10 goals): starting from the 2014–15 round of 16-second leg, quarter-final second leg, semi-final second leg and the first 4 matches of 2015–16.
- Thierry Henry (9 goals): starting from the 2000–01 second group stage, quarter-final first leg and the first 5 matches of 2001–02.
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi hold the record for most home goals with 67.
- Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most away goals with 57.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a brace or more in 35 matches.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a record of 12 direct free kicks (2 for Manchester United and 10 for Real Madrid).
- Lionel Messi has scored against the most different Champions League opponents, 34.
- The fastest ever Champions League goal was scored by Bayern Munich's Roy Makaay in 10.12 seconds against Real Madrid on 7 March 2007.
- The fastest Champions League group stage goal was scored by Valencia's Jonas in 10.96 seconds against Bayer Leverkusen on 1 November 2011.
- The fastest goal in a final was scored by Milan's Paolo Maldini after 53 seconds in the 2005 final, which Milan lost to Liverpool.
- Alfredo Di Stéfano has scored in most finals with five, one goal in each final from 1956 to 1959 and three goals in 1960.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most goals in finals in the UEFA Champions league era, with 4 goals in 6 finals; one goal each in 2008 and 2014, and two in 2017.
- Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo Di Stéfano have scored seven final goals. Puskás scored four in 1960 and three in 1962, while Di Stéfano scored seven goals in five finals.
- Three players scored for two teams in the final:
- Three goalkeepers have scored in the Champions League:
- Hans-Jörg Butt has done so three times with three clubs, all with penalties, and all against Juventus:
- For Hamburg in a 4–4 home draw on 13 September 2000 in a group stage match
- For Leverkusen in a 3–1 home win on 12 March 2002 in a second group stage match
- The equaliser for Bayern Munich on 8 December 2009 in a group stage match in Turin, which Bayern had to win to qualify for the next stage, and went on to win 4–1.
- Sinan Bolat is the only goalkeeper to score a goal in open play: his stoppage time (90+5') equaliser for Standard Liège against AZ on 9 December 2009, securing the third place in Group H, led his team to the Europa League.
- Vincent Enyeama (Hapoel Tel Aviv) scored a penalty on 29 September 2010, playing against Lyon.
- Hans-Jörg Butt has done so three times with three clubs, all with penalties, and all against Juventus:
- Zlatan Ibrahimović is the only player to have scored for six teams in the Champions League:
- Ajax (6 goals in 19 games; 2002–03 to 2003–04)
- Juventus (3 goals in 19 games; 2004–05 to 2005–06)
- Inter Milan (6 goals in 22 games; 2006–07 to 2008–09)
- Barcelona (4 goals in 10 games; 2009–10)
- Milan (9 goals in 14 games; 2010–11 to 2011–12)
- Paris Saint-Germain (20 goals in 33 games; 2012–13 to 2015–16)
- Two players scored in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons:
- Two players scored in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons:
- Ryan Giggs is the only player to score in 16 Champions League seasons:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (against Juventus: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018) is the only player to have scored 10 goals against a single opponent.
- Three players from the same team scored at least ten goals in the same season:
- Two players from the same team scored at least ten goals in the same season:
- On 4 September 1955, João Baptista Martins scored the first goal of the European Cup with Sporting CP after 14 minutes in a 3–3 draw against Partizan.
- On 25 November 1992, Daniel Amokachi scored the first goal of the UEFA Champions League with Club Brugge against CSKA Moscow.
- Francisco Gento is the only player to win the tournament six times, all during his time at Real Madrid: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1966.
- Nine players have won the tournament five times:
- Alfredo Di Stéfano, Héctor Rial, Juan Alonso, Marquitos, Rafael Lesmes and José María Zárraga in consecutive years 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960, all with Real Madrid
- Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta in 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2007, all with Milan
- Cristiano Ronaldo has won the tournament five times in the Champions League era, once at Manchester United (2008) and four times at Real Madrid (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
- Cristiano Ronaldo (106) and Iker Casillas (101) have won more than 100 matches in their Champions League career, the most by any player.
- Two players have appeared in eight finals:
- Only one player has won the tournament with three teams:
- Only four players have won the Champions League in two consecutive seasons with two teams:
- Four father-son duos have won the competition for the same club:
- Manuel Sanchís Martínez (1966) and Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo (1998 and 2000), both for Real Madrid
- Cesare Maldini (1963) and Paolo Maldini (1989, 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2007), both for Milan
- Carles Busquets (1992) and Sergio Busquets (2009, 2011, and 2015) both for Barcelona
- Zidane (2002) and Luca Zidane (2018) both for Real Madrid
- Only eleven players have won both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year:
- 1974: Sepp Maier, Paul Breitner, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeneß and Jupp Kapellmann (Bayern Munich and West Germany)
- 1998: Christian Karembeu (Real Madrid and France)
- 2002: Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid and Brazil)
- 2014: Sami Khedira (Real Madrid and Germany)
- 2018: Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid and France)
- Only twelve players have won both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA European Championship in the same year:
- 1964: Luis Suárez (Inter Milan and Spain)
- 1988: Hans van Breukelen, Ronald Koeman, Berry van Aerle, Gerald Vanenburg and Wim Kieft (PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands)
- 2000: Christian Karembeu and Nicolas Anelka (Real Madrid and France)
- 2012: Fernando Torres and Juan Mata (Chelsea and Spain)
- 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe (Real Madrid and Portugal)
- Fourteen players have been runner-up of the UEFA Champions League and either FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship in the same year:
- 1958: Nils Liedholm (Milan and Sweden)
- 1982: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Paul Breitner (Bayern Munich and West Germany)
- 2002: Michael Ballack, Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider, Oliver Neuville and Hans-Jörg Butt (Bayer Leverkusen and Germany)
- 2006: Thierry Henry (Arsenal and France)
- 2008: Michael Ballack (2) (Chelsea and Germany)
- 2010: Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich and Netherlands)
- 2016: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid and France)
- 2018: Dejan Lovren (Liverpool and Croatia)
- Only eleven players have won both the UEFA Champions League and Copa Libertadores:
- Juan Pablo Sorín: (1995–96) with Juventus, and (1996) with River Plate
- Santiago Solari: (1996) with River Plate, and (2001–02) with Real Madrid
- Dida: (1997) with Cruzeiro, and (2002–03 and 2006–07) with Milan
- Cafu: (1992 and 1993) with São Paulo, and (2006–07) with Milan
- Roque Júnior: (1999) with Palmeiras, and (2002–03) with Milan
- Carlos Tevez: (2003) with Boca Juniors, and (2007–08) with Manchester United
- Walter Samuel: (2000) with Boca Juniors, and (2009–10) with Inter Milan
- Ronaldinho: (2005–06) with Barcelona, and (2013) with Atlético Mineiro
- Neymar: (2011) with Santos, and (2014–15) with Barcelona
- Danilo: (2011) with Santos, and (2015–16 and 2016–17) with Real Madrid
- Rafinha: (2012–13) with Bayern Munich, and (2019) with Flamengo
Oldest and youngestEdit
- The oldest player to win the tournament is Alessandro Costacurta, who was 41 years and 29 days when Milan won against Liverpool on 23 May 2007.
- The youngest player to win the tournament is António Simões, who was 18 years and 139 days when Benfica won against Real Madrid on 2 May 1962.
- The oldest player to play in the tournament is Lazio's Marco Ballotta, against Real Madrid on 11 December 2007, aged 43 years and 253 days.
- The youngest player to play in the tournament is Anderlecht's Celestine Babayaro, against Steaua București on 23 November 1994, aged 16 years and 87 days. He was sent off in the 37th minute.
- The oldest player to play in a final is Dino Zoff, who was 41 years and 86 days when Juventus lost to Hamburger SV in 1983.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 penalties out of 18 taken.
- Iker Casillas has the most penalty kicks (non-shootout) saved with 7 out of 23.
- The oldest goalkeeper to ever save a penalty in the tournament is Maribor's Jasmin Handanović, against Liverpool on 1 November 2017, aged 39 years and 274 days.
- The youngest goalkeeper to ever save a penalty in the tournament is Benfica's Mile Svilar, against Manchester United on 31 October 2017, aged 18 years and 65 days.
- On 1 June 2019, the fastest penalty ever was awarded for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur at 23 seconds, later scored by Mohamed Salah.
- 21 players scored 2 own goals against their teams: Igor Akinfeev, Alex, Alex Sandro, Ânderson Polga, Wes Brown, Cadú, Gary Caldwell, Edu Dracena, Andrzej Grębosz, Iván Helguera, József Horváth, Tomáš Hubočan, Jardel, Phil Jones, Thomas Kleine, Jérémy Mathieu, Craig Moore, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Stefan Savić and Zoco.
- Iñigo Martínez scored after 69 seconds the fastest own goal ever in 2013–14 Champions League against his team Real Sociedad for Manchester United.
- Jens Lehmann holds the record for the most consecutive clean sheets, with 10 for Arsenal in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. In total his run without conceding a goal lasted 853 minutes.
- Helmuth Duckadam holds the record of saving all 4 penalties during the shoot-out in the 1986 final between Steaua București and Barcelona.
- Heinz Stuy holds the record for three consecutive clean sheets in the finals of 1971, 1972 and 1973.
- Iker Casillas holds the record for most clean sheets in the competition with 57 (59 including 2 qualifying games), 50 with Real Madrid and 7 with Porto.
- Marco Ballotta holds the record of being the oldest goalkeeper to play in the tournament for Lazio against Real Madrid on 11 December 2007, aged 43 years and 253 days.
- Maarten Vandevoordt holds the record of being the youngest goalkeeper, aged 17 years and 287 days, to start a Champions League game, for Genk on 10 December 2019.
- Edwin van der Sar is the only goalkeeper to have won the UEFA Champions League with two teams: Ajax in 1995, and Manchester United in 2008.
- Edwin van der Sar is the oldest goalkeeper to win the competition in 2008, aged 37 years 205 days.
- Iker Casillas is the youngest goalkeeper to win the competition in 2000, aged 19 years 4 days.
- The oldest goalkeeper to play in a final is Dino Zoff, who was 41 years and 86 days when Juventus lost to Hamburg in 1983.
- Eight goalkeepers won the Champions League on three occasions (7 starter goalkeepers and 1 non-playing substitute):
- Juan Alonso: (1956, 1957 and 1958) with Real Madrid
- Heinz Stuy: (1971, 1972 and 1973) with Ajax – he holds the record for three consecutive clean sheets in these finals.
- Sepp Maier: (1974, 1975 and 1976) with Bayern Munich
- Ray Clemence: (1977, 1978 and 1981) with Liverpool
- Víctor Valdés: (2006, 2009 and 2011) with Barcelona
- Iker Casillas: (2000, 2002 and 2014) with Real Madrid
- Keylor Navas: (2016, 2017 and 2018) with Real Madrid
- Kiko Casilla: (2016, 2017 and 2018) with Real Madrid (stayed on the bench as a substitute on all 3 occasions)
- Two goalkeepers won all three major UEFA club competitions:
- Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most assists with 40.
- James Milner holds the record for most assists in a season with 9 for Liverpool in the 2017–18 season.
- Three players provided four assists in one match:
- Only three players have ever been sent off in a Champions League Final: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal) in the 2006 Final against Barcelona (sent off by Terje Hauge in the 18th minute after bringing down Samuel Eto'o); Didier Drogba (Chelsea) in the 2008 Final against Manchester United (sent off by Ľuboš Micheľ in the 116th minute for slapping Nemanja Vidić); and Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) in the 2017 Final against Real Madrid (second yellow given by Felix Brych in the 84th minute for pushing Sergio Ramos). All three players' teams lost their respective finals.
- Edgar Davids, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Sergio Ramos jointly hold the record for the most red cards in the Champions League; they have each been sent off four times.
- Patrick Vieira is the only player to have been sent off for three teams in the Champions League, with Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan.
- Olexandr Kucher holds the record for the fastest red card ever in 3 minutes 59 seconds in 2014–15, when he was sent off in the match between his team Shakhtar Donetsk against Bayern Munich.
- Sergio Ramos holds the record for the most yellow cards in the Champions League, with 39+1 (once double yellow cards turned red) along with three straight red cards.
- Paolo Maldini is the oldest captain to lift the trophy with Milan in 2007, aged 38 years and 331 days.
- Didier Deschamps is the youngest captain to lift the trophy with Marseille in 1993, aged 24 years and 223 days.
- David Weir became the oldest player to start as captain in the Champions League era when he led Rangers against Bursaspor in 2010–11, aged 40 years and 212 days.
- Rúben Neves became the youngest player to start as captain in the Champions League era when he led Porto against Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015–16, aged 18 years and 221 days.
- Miodrag Belodedici is the first player to win the trophy with two different clubs, Steaua București and Red Star Belgrade.
- Michael Ballack became the first player to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with four separate clubs: Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
- Zlatan Ibrahimović became the first player to play in the Champions League group stage with seven clubs: Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
- Patrice Evra holds the record for the most finals lost, with 4: in 2004 with Monaco, in 2009 and 2011 with Manchester United, and in 2015 with Juventus. He lost to Barcelona in the last three occasions.
- Moise Kean is the first player born in the 2000s to play in the Champions League for Juventus against Sevilla on 22 November 2016.
- Jadon Sancho is the first player born in the 2000s to score in the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund against Atlético Madrid on 24 October 2018.
- Han-Noah Massengo is the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Champions League for Monaco against Club Brugge on 6 November 2018.
- Rodrygo is the first player born in the 21st century to score in the Champions League for Real Madrid against Galatasaray on 6 November 2019.
Top coach appearances in Champions League eraEdit
- As of 10 March 2020
The table below does not include the qualification stage of the competition.
Final and winning recordsEdit
- Carlo Ancelotti holds the record of being a three-time champion and reaching four finals of the UEFA Champions League.
- Three managers have won the UEFA European Cup three times.
- Four managers have managed four finalists:
- Marcello Lippi holds the record for losing 3 finals as a manager.
- Seven individuals have won the Champions League as a player then later as a manager, four of them with the same club:
- Miguel Muñoz of Real Madrid won as a player in 1956 and 1957 and as a manager in 1960 and 1966.
- Carlo Ancelotti won as a player in 1989 and 1990 and as a manager in 2003 and 2007 with Milan, then as a manager in 2014 with Real Madrid.
- Pep Guardiola of Barcelona won as a player in 1992 and as a manager in 2009 and 2011.
- Giovanni Trapattoni won as a player in 1963 and 1969, both with Milan, and as a manager in 1985 with Juventus.
- Johan Cruyff won as a player in 1971, 1972 and 1973, all with Ajax, and as a manager in 1992 with Barcelona.
- Frank Rijkaard won as a player in 1989 and 1990, both with Milan and in 1995 with Ajax, and as a manager in 2006 with Barcelona.
- Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid won as player in 2002 and as a manager in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
- Five managers have won the title with two clubs:
- Ernst Happel did so with Feyenoord in 1970 and Hamburg in 1983.
- Ottmar Hitzfeld did so with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and Bayern Munich in 2001.
- José Mourinho did it with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
- Jupp Heynckes did so with Real Madrid in 1998 and Bayern Munich in 2013.
- Carlo Ancelotti did so with Milan in 2003 and 2007, and Real Madrid in 2014.
- Ernst Happel is the only manager to reach the Champions League final with three teams:
Winning other trophiesEdit
- Vicente del Bosque is the only manager to have won the Champions League, the World Cup and the European Championship:
- One other manager has won the Champions League as well as the World Cup:
- Two other managers have won the European Cup as well as the European Championship:
- Two managers have won the Cup Winners' Cup and the European Cup with the same club in two consecutive seasons:
- Three managers have won the UEFA Cup and the European Cup in two consecutive seasons, two of them with the same club:
- Rafael Benítez is the only manager to have won the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.
- Two managers have won the Cup Winners' Cup, the UEFA Cup and the European Cup:
- Giovanni Trapattoni of Juventus won the UEFA Cup in 1977 and 1993, the Cup Winners' Cup in 1984 and the European Cup in 1985. He also won the UEFA Cup in 1991 with Inter Milan.
- Udo Lattek won the European Cup in 1974 with Bayern Munich, the UEFA Cup in 1979 with Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1982 with Barcelona.
- José Villalonga Llorente is the youngest coach to win the European Cup with Real Madrid in 1955–56 at age 36 years and 185 days.
- Pep Guardiola is the youngest coach to win the Champions League with Barcelona in 2008–09 at age 38 years and 129 days.
- Raymond Goethals is the oldest coach to win the competition with Marseille in 1992–93 at age 71 years and 232 days.
- Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest (31 years, 58 days) coach to feature in a Champions League match, doing so with 1899 Hoffenheim in the 2018–19 season, and the youngest (32 years, 56 days) coach to win in a Champions League match, doing so with RB Leipzig in the 2019–20 season.
- Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Munich is the oldest (72 years, 329 days) coach to win in a Champions League match, doing so in the 2017–18 season against Sevilla in the quarter-finals. Moreover, he became the oldest (72 years, 357 days) coach to feature in a Champions League match, doing so in the semi-finals of the same season against Real Madrid.
- Alex Ferguson holds the record of winning 114 European Cup and UEFA Champions League matches.
- Jupp Heynckes holds the record of most consecutive wins in the competition, twelve wins all with Bayern Munich. The winning run started on 2 April 2013 by beating Juventus 2–0 in the quarter-finals, then winning the second leg, two semi-finals against Barcelona and the 2013 final against Borussia Dortmund. After two group stage matches with Carlo Ancelotti in the 2017–18 season, Heynckes came out of retirement winning four group stage matches, two round of 16 matches, then he reached the twelfth successive win on 3 April 2018 by defeating Sevilla 2–1 in the first leg of quarter-finals, the run ended with a goalless draw against Sevilla in the second leg.
- Carlo Ancelotti became the first coach to feature in the Champions League group stage with eight clubs: Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Napoli.
- Two non-European coaches won the European Cup twice:
- During Champions League era, all winning coaches are Europeans. However, three non-European coaches lost their final matches:
- Kim Milton Nielsen has made the most appearances in the competition with 59 matches.
- 4 referees officiated a record of 2 Finals:
- 8 referees officiated a record of 7 matches in one season:
- As of 25 February 2020
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