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    Football's premier club competition
    Although it was launched one month after UEFA's first Congress, held in Vienna on 2 March 1955, the so-called "European Cup" was not a UEFA initiative.




    Football's premier club competition was launched one month after UEFA's first Congress, held in Vienna on 2 March 1955 yet, curiously, the so-called "European Cup" was not a UEFA initiative.

    Whereas many of UEFA's founder members were more interested in establishing a national team competition, the French sports daily L'Equipe and their then-editor Gabriel Hanot, were championing the cause for a European-wide club competition. Hanot, together with colleague Jacques Ferran, designed a blueprint for a challenge tournament to be played on Wednesdays under floodlights.

    The tournament initiated by L'Equipe did not stipulate that the participating teams had to be champions of their country, but they invited clubs who they considered had the most fan appeal. Representatives of 16 clubs were invited to meetings on 2 and 3 April 1955 and the L'Equipe rules were unanimously approved. The first European Champions Clubs' Cup fixture was played in Lisbon and Sporting Clube de Portugal were held to a 3-3 draw by FK Partizan. The Yugoslav side won the return leg in Belgrade 5-2 to advance to the next round.

    Real Madrid CF immediately made the tournament their own by winning the first five finals. Since then, other clubs have also enjoyed fruitful runs in the competition with AFC Ajax and FC Bayern München both completing three consecutive wins. However, no one club has been able to claim long-term domination. Ajax waited 22 years to add a fourth title to the hat-trick obtained in the early 1970s; Madrid's win in 1998 was their first in 32 years; and Bayern's penalty shoot-out success in Milan in 2001 ended a 26-year wait for their fourth success.

    Liverpool FC's four victories between 1977 and 1984 deserve special mention as the English club won its four trophies with essentially different teams. The Reds' European pedigree shone brightly again in 2005 when they battled back from 3-0 down to defeat AC Milan on penalties in what was perhaps the competition’s most exciting and memorable final.

    Real Madrid and Milan have been the most successful sides in the UEFA Champions League, winning the competition three times. Madrid are also the most successful side overall with nine triumphs, followed by seven for Milan, five for Liverpool and four each for Bayern and Ajax. Madrid also hold the record for final appearances, with 12. Milan's 2002/03 success came after a marathon 19 games from the third qualifying round of the competition all the way to their penalty shoot-out success against Juventus in the final.

    The major turning point in the evolution of the competition came in the 1992/93 season when the UEFA Champions League, involving a group stage in addition to the traditional knockout elements, was officially inaugurated after a pilot round robin during the previous season. The popularity of the group phase means the competition has grown from eight to 32 teams with matches taking place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays across Europe.

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    UEFA Champions League Previous Winners

    2009/2010 Internazionale
    2008/2009 Barcelona
    2007/2008 Man. United
    2006/2007 Milan
    2005/2006 Barcelona
    2004/2005 Liverpool
    2003/2004 Porto
    2002/2003 Milan
    2001/2002 Real Madrid
    2000/2001 Bayern
    1999/2000 Real Madrid
    1998/1999 Man. United
    1997/1998 Real Madrid
    1996/1997 Dortmund
    1995/1996 Juventus
    1994/1995 Ajax
    1993/1994 Milan
    1992/1993 Marseille
    1991/1992 Barcelona
    1990/1991 Crvena Zvezda
    1989/1990 Milan
    1988/1989 Milan
    1987/1988 PSV
    1986/1987 Porto
    1985/1986 Steaua
    1984/1985 Juventus
    1983/1984 Liverpool
    1982/1983 Hamburg
    1981/1982 Aston Villa
    1980/1981 Liverpool
    1979/1980 Notts Forest
    1978/1979 Notts Forest
    1977/1978 Liverpool
    1976/1977 Liverpool
    1975/1976 Bayern
    1974/1975 Bayern
    1973/1974 Bayern
    1972/1973 Ajax
    1971/1972 Ajax
    1970/1971 Ajax
    1969/1970 Feyenoord
    1968/1969 Milan
    1967/1968 Man. United
    1966/1967 Celtic
    1965/1966 Real Madrid
    1964/1965 Internazionale
    1963/1964 Internazionale
    1962/1963 Milan
    1961/1962 Benfica
    1960/1961 Benfica
    1959/1960 Real Madrid
    1958/1959 Real Madrid
    1957/1958 Real Madrid
    1956/1957 Real Madrid
    1955/1956 Real Madrid

     

     
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