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Champions League Final - Manchester City v Inter Milan - Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey - June 11, 2023 General view of the Champions League trophy on display after the match REUTERS/Molly Darlington

List of European Cup/Champions League winners since the competition began in 1955-56 after Manchester City beat Inter Milan 1-0 in Saturday’s final in Istanbul:

  • Date  Venue   Winners Runners-up
  • 1956  Paris Real Madrid 4 Stade Reims 3
  • 1957  Madrid Real Madrid 2 Fiorentina 0
  • 1958 Brussels Real Madrid 3 AC Milan 2*
  • 1959  Stuttgart Real Madrid 2 Stade Reims 0
  • 1960  Glasgow Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3
  • 1961  Berne Benfica 3 Barcelona 2
  • 1962 Amsterdam Benfica 5 Real Madrid 3
  • 1963  London AC Milan 2 Benfica 1
  • 1964 Vienna Inter Milan 3 Real Madrid 1
  • 1965 Milan Inter Milan 1 Benfica 0
  • 1966  Brussels Real Madrid 2 Partizan Belgrade 1
  • 1967  Lisbon Celtic 2 Inter Milan 1
  • 1968  London Man United 4 Benfica 1*
  • 1969  Madrid AC Milan 4 Ajax Amsterdam 1
  • 1970 Milan Feyenoord 2 Celtic 1*
  • 1971  London Ajax  2   Panathinaikos 0
  • 1972 Rotterdam Ajax  2 Inter Milan 0
  • 1973  Belgrade Ajax 1 Juventus 0
  • 1974  Brussels Bayern  4 Atletico Madrid 0  (in replay after 1-1 draw)
  • 1975  Paris  Bayern  2   Leeds United 0
  • 1976  Glasgow  Bayern Munich 1  St Etienne 0
  • 1977  Rome Liverpool 3 B Moenchengladbach 1
  • 1978  London Liverpool 1 Club Bruges 0
  • 1979  Munich Nottingham Forest 1 Malmo FF 0
  • 1980  Madrid Nottingham Forest 1 Hamburg SV 0
  • 1981  Paris Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 0
  • 1982  Rotterdam Aston Villa 1 Bayern Munich 0
  • 1983  Athens Hamburg SV 1 Juventus 0
  • 1984 Rome Liverpool 1 AS Roma 1 (Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties)
  • 1985  Brussels Juventus 1 Liverpool 0
  • 1986  Seville Steaua Bucharest 0 Barcelona 0 (Steaua won 2-0 on penalties)
  • 1987  Vienna Porto 2 Bayern Munich 1
  • 1988  Stuttgart PSV Eindhoven 0 Benfica 0 (PSV won 6-5 on penalties)
  • 1989  Barcelona AC Milan 4 Steaua Bucharest 0
  • 1990  Vienna AC Milan 1 Benfica 0
  • 1991  Bari Red Star Belgrade 0 Olympique Marseille 0 (Red Star won 5-3 on penalties)
  • 1992  London Barcelona 1 Sampdoria 0*
  • 1993  Munich Olympique Marseille 1 AC Milan 0
  • 1994  Athens AC Milan 4 Barcelona 0
  • 1995  Vienna Ajax Amsterdam 1 AC Milan 0
  • 1996  Rome Juventus 1 Ajax Amsterdam 1 (Juventus won 4-2 on penalties)
  • 1997  Munich Borussia Dortmund 3 Juventus 1
  • 1998  Amsterdam Real Madrid 1 Juventus 0
  • 1999  Barcelona Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1
  • 2000  Paris Real Madrid 3 Valencia 0
  • 2001  Milan Bayern Munich 1 Valencia 1 (Bayern won 5-4 on penalties)
  • 2002  Glasgow Real Madrid 2 Bayer Leverkusen 1
  • 2003  Manchester AC Milan 0 Juventus 0 (AC Milan won 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2004  Gelsenkirchen Porto 3 Monaco 0
  • 2005  Istanbul Liverpool 3 AC Milan 3 (Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2006  Paris Barcelona 2 Arsenal 1
  • 2007  Athens AC Milan 2 Liverpool 1
  • 2008  Moscow Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 (Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties)
  • 2009  Rome Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0
  • 2010  Madrid Inter Milan 2 Bayern Munich 0
  • 2011  London Barcelona 3 Manchester United 1
  • 2012  Munich Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1 (Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties)
  • 2013  London Bayern Munich 2 Borussia Dortmund 1
  • 2014  Lisbon Real Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid 1* 2015 Berlin Barcelona 3 Juventus 1
  • 2016  Milan Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1* (Real Madrid won 5-3 on penalties)
  • 2017  Cardiff Real Madrid 4 Juventus 1
  • 2018  Kyiv Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1
  • 2019 Madrid Liverpool 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0
  • 2020  Lisbon Bayern Munich 1 Paris St Germain 0
  • 2021  Porto  Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0
  • 2022  Paris Real Madrid 1 Liverpool 0
  • 2023  Istanbul Manchester City 1 Inter Milan 0

* Denotes after extra time

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The following clubs have won the European Cup:

  • 14 – Real Madrid
  • 7 – AC Milan
  • 6 – Bayern Munich, Liverpool
  • 5 – Barcelona
  • 4 – Ajax Amsterdam
  • 3 – Manchester United, Inter Milan
  • 2 – Benfica, Juventus, Nottingham Forest, Porto, Chelsea
  • 1 – Celtic, Hamburg SV, Steaua Bucharest, Olympique, Marseille, Feyenoord, Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven, Red Star Belgrade, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City

The European Cup became the Champions League in 1992.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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How Heineken Made UEFA Champions League History in Nigeria



Cheers to Hard Core fans of Real Madrid with consumers enjoying the best moment put together by Heineken

Nigerian football fans enjoyed the magic of the Champions League final first-hand thanks to Heineken’s unforgettable Viewing Experience across the country over the weekend. 

Heineken transformed viewing centres into vibrant celebrations as Real Madrid secured their historic 15th title with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium.

“Heineken is all about celebrating the beautiful game with true fans,” said Maria Shadeko, Portfolio Manager of Premium Drinks at Nigerian Breweries Plc. “We wanted to recreate the electric atmosphere of Wembley right here in Nigeria, and judging by the incredible energy at our Watch Parties, we achieved that!”

Unbeatable fun across Lagos 

From Lagos to Port Harcourt, Abuja to Enugu, the night was alive with the spirit of football. Fans at the Jewel Aeida on Lekki, Lagos, were treated to captivating performances by music stars like Mia, Dotun, Crowd Kontroller, Big N, and the electrifying finale by Adekunle Gold. 


While the Muri Okunola Park in Victoria Island pulsed with the energy of the female DJ duo, Wanni x Handi, the passionate crowd at the Lagos Terraform mirrored the energy at the Green House on Oba Adeyinka Oyinkan Ave, Ikoyi, and Stalad Gardens in Abule Egba where fans revelled in the action on giant screens while enjoying Heineken’s refreshing brews

Heineken ensured every fan experienced the best viewing experience possible, all laced with unbeatable entertainment.

Party after party across the Nation

The electrifying atmosphere wasn’t limited to Lagos.  Port Harcourt witnessed a phenomenal performance by music sensation Oxlade at Oak Park and Gardens.

Abuja residents also enjoyed an unforgettable night at Papiee’s Metropolis on Ahmadu Bello Way, where Alternate Sound kept the excitement levels soaring with their dynamic performance. 


Fans in luxurious comfort at the Transcorp Hilton on Aguyi Ironsi Street also revelled in the night’s festivities.

The magic of Heineken’s Watch Parties extended beyond major cities. Fans in Ibadan, Benin City, Enugu, and Owerri all shared in the unforgettable experience, uniting in their support for their favourite teams and celebrating Real Madrid’s monumental victory.

Heineken’s Watch Parties successfully recreated the Wembley atmosphere, proving that the beautiful game can unite and ignite joy across Nigeria. 

As Maria Shadeko states, “We are thrilled to have played a part in this historic night for football fans. Here’s to many more celebrations together!”

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Real Madrid come full circle with second great European dynasty



Champions League - Final - Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - June 1, 2024 Real Madrid's Aurelien Tchouameni lifts the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the Champions League REUTERS/Hannah Mckay 

Real Madrid added another chapter to their already astonishing love affair with European soccer’s elite club trophy by claiming a 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on Saturday as they were crowned for the 15th time.

The story of the season they finished at Wembley was about two generations of players who met, bonded as a group and connected on the pitch like a well-oiled machine to establish the second great dynasty Real spent half a century looking for.

It all started at the dawn of the competition when, during the Alfredo Di Stefano years, the Madrid side won the first five editions of the European Cup from 1956 and another in 1966.

The current crop of youngsters and seasoned veterans have matched that with a sixth title in 11 seasons, although Dani Carvajal, who scored the opener, is the only surviving starter from the side that won ‘The 10th’ a decade ago.

Vinicius Jr, hero of their 14th title triumph in Paris two years ago, on Saturday became the first Brazilian to score in two Champions League finals and is the symbol of Real’s young guns who keep proving they can prolong the club’s success.


“Why not think about ‘The Seventh’? We don’t reset, we always want more and more and more,” Carvajal said.

The defender, who matched Real great Paco Gento’s record six European Cup titles along with Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and defender Nacho, was a long-time reserve who stepped up this season and ended it by lifting the trophy as team captain.

“I have never lost a final. I hope the streak continues,” he said. “To get our 15th and my sixth is a wonderful thing. As we keep winning … we end up making it harder for any other team to come close to what this club have accomplished over the history. It is something remarkable.”


In March, Carlo Ancelotti gave a three-minute insight on managing suffering and happiness inside a changing room to explain the complexity of handling the personalities at a club constantly under pressure and held to such high standards.

He has expertly managed to keep Real’s momentum going after Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Casemiro had all long gone and with Modric, 38, becoming a rotational player in a young squad brimming with talent.


Next year Ancelotti will face another challenge by having to replace Kroos, who has just had a retirement send-off from the fans at the Bernabeu and will stop playing after the Euros.

The Germany midfielder said farewell after delivering the corner for Carvajal to score with a glancing header on Saturday.

But Ancelotti, who as a manager holds the record of most Champions League finals played (six) and won (five), did not seem too worried about the challenge.

“We will have to adapt ourselves to the players we have and try to maximize their qualities like we have always done,” he told a press conference.

“This season we’ve had a lot of problems, we’ve lost quality players. We have solved this with collective sacrifice.


“We didn’t always play at our best, but we never gave up.

“We lose a very important player for us in Kroos, but we will replace him, in a different way. We will think about how.”


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Real Madrid strike late to win 15th European Cup



Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for a record-extending 15th time with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday.

Huge favourites going in to the game, the Spanish side were outplayed for long periods but broke Dortmund’s resistance with late goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr.

Veteran right back Carvajal glanced in a header from a Toni Kroos corner in the 74th minute and from that moment Carlo Ancelotti’s side sparked into life.

Vinicius slid home Real’s second in the 83rd minute to silence the yellow-clad Dortmund fans who had created a wall of noise throughout the final.

It was hard on the German side who missed several good first-half chances, the best of which saw Niclas Fuellkrug hit the post from close range.



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