European Cup and UEFA Champions League records and statistics
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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".
- 1 General performances
- 2 Clubs
- 2.1 Performance review (from 1992–93)
- 2.2 By semi-final appearances (European Cup and UEFA Champions League)
- 2.3 Presidents records
- 2.4 Unbeaten sides
- 2.5 Final success rate
- 2.6 Consecutive participations
- 2.7 Consecutive finals
- 2.8 Consecutive semifinals
- 2.9 Winning other trophies
- 2.10 Biggest wins
- 2.11 Biggest two leg wins
- 2.12 Deciding drawn ties
- 2.13 Most goals in a match
- 2.14 Not winning the domestic league
- 2.15 Comebacks
- 2.16 Defence
- 2.17 Defending the trophy
- 2.18 Nationalities
- 2.19 Countries
- 2.20 Cities
- 2.21 Specific group stage records
- 2.21.1 6 wins
- 2.21.2 6 draws
- 2.21.3 6 losses
- 2.21.4 Two goals in each match
- 2.21.5 Advancing past the group stage
- 2.21.6 Biggest disparity between group winner and runner-up
- 2.21.7 Most points achieved, yet knocked out
- 2.21.8 Most points achieved in the group stage, not winning the group
- 2.21.9 Fewest points achieved, yet advanced
- 2.21.10 Knocked out on tiebreakers
- 2.21.11 Knocked out on 3 points for a win rule
- 2.22 Qualifying from First qualifying round
- 2.23 Winning after playing in a qualifying round
- 2.24 Consecutive goalscoring
- 2.25 Consecutive home wins
- 2.26 Consecutive away wins
- 2.27 Consecutive wins
- 2.28 Longest home undefeated run
- 2.29 Longest away undefeated run
- 2.30 Longest undefeated run
- 3 Players
- 3.1 Appearances
- 3.2 Goalscoring
- 3.3 Other records
- 4 Managers
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 External links
A total of 22 clubs have won the tournament since its 1955 inception, with Real Madrid being the only team to win it 10 times, including the first five. Only two other clubs have reached 10 finals; AC Milan and Bayern Munich. A total of 12 clubs have won the tournament multiple times; the three aforementioned clubs, along with Liverpool, Ajax, Barcelona, Internazionale, Manchester United, Benfica, Nottingham Forest, Juventus, and Porto. A total of 17 clubs have reached the final without ever managing to win the tournament.
Clubs from 10 different countries have provided tournament winners. Spanish clubs have been the most successful, winning a total of 14. Italy and England are joint-second with 12, while the other multiple-time winners are Germany with 7, Netherlands with 6, and Portugal with 4. The only other countries to provide a tournament winner are Scotland, Romania, Yugoslavia, and France. Greece, Belgium and Sweden have all provided losing finalists.
Clubs from a total of 35 European cities have participated in the tournament final, while clubs from 21 cities have provided winners, with Madrid and Milan each winning 10; though both AC Milan and Internazionale have helped Milan be successful, only Real Madrid have won it for Madrid, with Atletico managing to lose two finals.
All-time top ten European Cup and Champions League table
This list is current as of 22 April 2015. 
Number of participating clubs of the Champions League era
The following is a list of clubs that have played in or qualified for the Champions League group stages.
Team in Bold: qualified for the knockout phase.
European Cup group stage participants
only one season was played in that format
- S.L. Benfica
- Dynamo Kyiv
- Red Star Belgrade
- Sparta Prague
Performance review (from 1992–93)
By semi-final appearances (European Cup and UEFA Champions League)
|Team in Bold:||Finalist team in season|
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 runner-ups (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, AFC 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, Internazionale. This team won the Champions League in different periods with these presidents, in 1963–64, 1964–65 and 2009–10.
- 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 (i.e. since 1992-93).
- Five clubs have achieved it on one occasion:
- The team to have won the European Cup with the fewest games won is PSV (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), five wins
- Two teams have won the Champions League with the most games lost, Milan (2002–03) and Real Madrid (1999–00), both losing four games
Final success rate
- 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:
- Real Madrid have the record number of consecutive participations in the European Cup, taking part in the first 15 tournaments from 1955–56 to 1969–70.
- Manchester United and Real Madrid jointly hold the record number of consecutive participations in the UEFA Champions League with 18 from 1996–97 to 2013–14 and from 1997–98 to 2014–15 respectively, with Arsenal participating in 17 consecutive campaigns from 1998–99 to 2014–15.
- Real Madrid hold the record of consecutive finals, taking part in all the first five finals from 1956 to 1960.
- The record for the Champions League era is three finals, shared by Milan (1993 to 1995) and Juventus (1996 to 1998)
Winning other trophies
Although not an officially recognized 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 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.
- Internazionale 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
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, in the 1966–67 season concurrently with the treble of cups mentioned previously (sometimes colloquially referred to as a part of "the quadruple"), 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.
- Internazionale completed The Quintuple by winning Serie A, the Coppa Italia, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana.
- Bayern Munich also won the DFL-Supercup in the start of the 2012-13 season, winning a quadruple of cups.
Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea 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 Bucureşti 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:
Biggest two leg wins
- Benfica holds the overall record by beating Stade Dudelange 18–0 in the preliminary round in 1965–66. They beat the Luxembourgers by 8–0 and 10–0
- 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 holds the record by beating Bangor City 13–0 (3–0, 10–0) in 2011–12
- Bayern Munich holds 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 holds 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 holds the record by beating Kaiserslautern 6–0 (2–0, 4–0) in 1998–99.
- Eintracht Frankfurt holds 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 holds the record by beating Barcelona 7-0 (4–0, 3–0) in 2012–13.
Deciding drawn ties
- 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.
- Coin toss
- 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.
- Away goals
- 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 Internazionale 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 is also the only team 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 was 0–1 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.
- Penalty shootout
- 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 (aet). 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.
- 10 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 and Bayern Munich 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-final, but lost to Steaua Bucharest in the final. In 2011–12, Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid in the semi-final but lost to Chelsea in the final.
- Extra time
- 16 finals have gone to extra time. One was replayed, ten went to penalty shootout, while the remaining five were decided after 120 minutes:
Most goals in a match
- 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
- Monaco beat Deportivo La Coruña 8–3 in the group stage in 2003–04. 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
Not winning the domestic league
- Nottingham Forest is 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. Notable instances include the following
- 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), Milan (2003 and 2007), Liverpool (2005), Barcelona (2009) and Chelsea (2012) have achieved this feat.
- Liverpool's 2005 triumph came 15 years after their previous domestic league title (1990). That was the longest time any Champions League winner had gone since previously winning their league. Prior to this, the longest time period for any winner was Milan, whose victory in 2003 had come four years since their last Serie A win.
- Bayer Leverkusen (in 2002) is the only club to play in the final having never won their domestic league.
- Newcastle United in 2002–03 is the only team to have progressed past the group stage after losing their first three games. In their last game against Feyenoord, Craig Bellamy's injury time (90+1) goal secured the 3–2 victory and a place in the second group stage.
- Only nine teams have progressed past the group stage after losing their first two games. Only Galatasaray managed to advance past the Round of 16 in 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
- Internazionale 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
- 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 Manchester City F.C. 2014-15 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:
- Juventus drew their first five games in 1998–99
- 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
- Feyenoord drew their first five games 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
- Lokomotiv Moscow lost two and drew one 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
- Internazionale drew three in 2009–10
- Stuttgart lost one and drew two in 2009–10
- Juventus drew three in 2012–13
- Galatasaray lost two and drew one in 2012–13
- 16 teams have lost the first leg of a knockout match with three goals, but still managed to qualify for the next round. No team has ever progressed after a loss of four goals or more.
- Milan lost 2–5 against Rapid Vienna in the preliminary round 1957–58, but won 4–1 in the second leg and 4–2 in the play-off
- Schalke 04 lost 0–3 against 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 1–4 against Haka in the preliminary round 1963–64, but won 4–0 in the second leg and 5–4 on aggregate
- Partizan lost 1–4 against Sparta Prague in the quarter-final 1965–66, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 6–4 on aggregate
- Panathinaikos lost 1–4 against 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 1–4 against Hajduk Split in the second round 1974–75, but won 5–1 in the second leg and 6–5 on aggregate
- Real Madrid lost 1–4 against Derby County in the second round 1975–76, but won 5–1 in the second leg and 6–5 on aggregate
- Barcelona lost 0–3 against Gothenburg in the semi-final 1985–86, but won 3–0 in the second leg and 5–4 on penalties
- Werder Bremen lost 0–3 against Dynamo Berlin in the first round 1988–89, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate
- Galatasaray lost 0–3 against Neuchâtel Xamax in the second round 1988–89, but won 5–0 in the second leg and 5–3 on aggregate
- Leeds United lost 0–3 against 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 0–3 against 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 0–3 against 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 1–4 against 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 0–3 against 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 1–4 against Milan in the quarter-final 2003–04, but won 4–0 in the second leg and 5–4 on aggregate
- 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
Defending the trophy
A total of 59 tournaments have been played, 37 in the European Cup era (1955–56 to 1991–92) and 22 in the Champions League era (1992–93 to 2013–14). 13 of the 57 attempts to defend the trophy (22.8%) have been successful, split between 8 teams. These are:
- Real Madrid on 4 attempts out of 9 (1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60)
- Benfica on 1 attempt out of 2 (1961–62)
- Internazionale 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 5 (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 37 attempts in the European Cup era: 13 successful (35.1%)
- Of the 20 attempts in the Champions League era: 0 successful
The teams closest to defending the trophy in the Champions League era, 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 4 attempts: Lost to CSKA Moscow in the second round in 1992–93, to Liverpool in the round of 16 in 2006–07, to Internazionale in the semi-final in 2009–10, and to Chelsea in the semi-final in 2011–12.
- 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 Internazionale 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:
- 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 (Côte d'Ivoire), 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).
- Only on five occasions has the final of the tournament involved two teams from the same country:
- In addition to the 5 finals, 24 meetings between teams from the same country have been played:
- 10 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)
- 9 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)
- 3 meetings from the Italian league:
- 2 meetings from the German league:
- 1 meeting from the French league:
- 10 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.
- The country providing the highest number of wins is Spain with 14 victories, shared by two teams, Real Madrid (10) and Barcelona (4)
- The country playing the highest number of finals is Italy with 25 (in 2003 both finalists were from Italy: Milan and Juventus.)
- England has provided the highest number of different winning clubs with five: Liverpool, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Chelsea.
- England has also provided the highest number of different finalists, with seven: The five winners, plus Leeds and Arsenal.
- England has also provided the highest number of different semi-finalists, with nine: The seven finalists, plus Tottenham and Derby.
- England has also provided the highest number of participants in the competition in one season (2005–06): Five - Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United.
- Only on one occasion has the final of the tournament involved two teams from the same city:
- The city of Milan, Italy, is the only one that has been represented by two different teams who have won the tournament: Internazionale and Milan. The two clubs have won ten cups in total. Therefore Milan is the most successful city in the history of the tournament, sharing this feat with Madrid, Spain, after Real Madrid won its tenth cup in 2014.
- Apart from Milan, three cities have been represented by more than one team in the final:
- Madrid, Spain, has been represented by two clubs in 14 finals, with ten wins (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014) and three losses (1962, 1964, 1981) for Real Madrid, and two losses for Atlético Madrid in 1974 and 2014.
- Belgrade, Socialist Republic of Serbia, Yugoslavia (now Belgrade, Serbia), has one win for Red Star Belgrade in 1991 and a loss for Partizan in 1966.
- London, England, has been represented by Arsenal, who lost in 2006, and Chelsea who lost in 2008, and won in 2012.
- Athens (Greece) and London (England) 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 different cities:
- Scotland is the only country to have two different cities produce two semi-finalists:
- Only six derbies between teams of the same city have ever been played:
- 1958–59 Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid (semi-final)
- 2002–03 Internazionale vs Milan (semi-final)
- 2003–04 Chelsea vs Arsenal (quarter-final)
- 2004–05 Internazionale 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)
- The 2002–03 semi-final between Milan and Internazionale 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 records
- Most goals scored in a group stage: 20
- Fewest goals conceded in a group stage: 1
- Milan, 1992–93
- Paris Saint-Germain, 1994–95
- Spartak Moscow, 1995–96
- Barcelona, 2002–03 (First group stage)
- Real Madrid, 2011–12, 2014–15
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 Vienna (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 only 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 the only other 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 Belgrade (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 different 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.
Two goals in each match
Four teams have managed to score at least two goals in each match of the group stage:
- On 7 December 2010, Tottenham drew 3–3 against Twente and became the first team to achieve this
- Bayern Munich equalled the record the very next day by beating Basel 3–0
- 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
Advancing past the group stage
Real Madrid hold the record of the most consecutive seasons in advancing past the group stage with 18 from 1997–98 to 2014–15. The first seven seasons (1997–98 to 2003–04) they qualified for at least the quarterfinal 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.
Biggest disparity between group winner and runner-up
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 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 out
- 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, 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
- Fenerbahçe, 9 points in 2004–05
- 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 group
- Manchester City, 15 points in 2013–14 (ranked second)
- Arsenal, 12 points in 2013–14 (ranked second)
- Napoli, 12 points in 2013–14 (ranked third)
- Arsenal, 13 points in 2014–15 (ranked second)
Fewest points achieved, yet advanced
- Milan, 5 points in 1994–95 (3 wins and 1 draw, 2 points deducted, 2 points for a win)
- Zenit St. Petersburg, 6 points in 2013–14
- 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
- FC Basel, 7 points in 2014–15
Knocked out on tiebreakers
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 and to Liverpool in 2004–05
- 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
- Internazionale lost to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2003–04
- PSV 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 with 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 Dortmund and Arsenal in 2013–14
Knocked out on 3 points for a win rule
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 Internazionale and advanced on head-to-head matches
Qualifying from First qualifying round
Since the addition of a third qualifying round in 1999–2000, four teams have negotiated all three rounds of qualification and reached the Champions League group phase:
Liverpool went on to become the first team in the history of the competition to reach the knockout phase from the first qualifying round.
No team has progressed to the group stage from the First Qualifying Round since the Champion's League Format was altered from the 2009-10 season onwards.
Winning after playing in a qualifying round
Four teams have managed to win the tournament from the third qualification round:
Real Madrid hold the record of consecutive goalscoring in the Champions League matches. They have 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 wins
Manchester United hold the record of consecutive home wins in the Champions League. They have 12 consecutive home wins which was achieved when they defeated Barcelona 1–0 on 29 April 2008. This run was ended with a 0–0 draw against Villarreal on 17 September 2008.
Consecutive away wins
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 (3–0) at the City of Manchester Stadium, CSKA Moscow (3–1) and Viktoria Plzeň (1–0). 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 2 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 de 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 run
The record for the longest unbeaten run at home stands at 31 games and is held by Bayern Munich. The run began with a 0–0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in 1997–98 and finished with a 2–1 win against Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarter finals 2001–02. The 31 game unbeaten run ended with a 2–3 loss to Deportivo La Coruña in the first group stage in 2002–03.
Longest away undefeated run
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 Clube de Portugal in the 2007–08 group stage. It lasted until the 3–2 win against Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza in the first leg of the first knockout stage 2009–10. The run ended with a 1–2 defeat to Bayern in the first leg of the quarter final 2009–10. 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 run
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 Clube de Portugal 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.
This broke the previous record of 20 consecutive games unbeaten by Ajax, which began with a 0–0 home draw against F.C. Porto in the second leg of the first round in 1985–86, and after an eight-year hiatus from the competition resumed through a 2–0 home win against Milan in their opening group stage game in 1994–95 and ended with a 0–1 home loss to Panathinaikos in the first leg of the semi-final in 1995–96.
The third longest run is 19 by Bayern Munich, which began with a 1–0 home win against Arsenal on matchday six of the second group stage in 2000–01, and ended with a 0–2 away loss to Real Madrid in the second leg of the quarter-finals in 2001–02.
32 players have made 100 or more Champions League appearances (including qualifying games): Paolo Maldini, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Andrea Pirlo, Xavi, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Luís Figo, Raúl, Roberto Carlos, Andriy Shevchenko, David Beckham, Javier Zanetti, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Oliver Kahn, Carles Puyol, Edwin van der Sar, Clarence Seedorf, Gary Neville, Iker Casillas, Ashley Cole, Petr Čech, Fernando Morientes, Philipp Lahm, Víctor Valdés, Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Roar Strand, Xabi Alonso and Andrés Iniesta. Of these 32 players, 15 have made their appearances all for a single club:
- Paolo Maldini (Milan)
- Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)
- Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
- Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
- Gary Neville (Manchester United)
- Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
- Xavi (Barcelona)
- Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
- Roar Strand (Rosenborg)
- Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (Dynamo Kyiv)
- Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
- Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
- Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
- John Terry (Chelsea)
All-time appearances (excluding qualifying rounds)
|1||Iker Casillas||148||Real Madrid|
|3||Raúl||142||Real Madrid, Schalke 04|
|4||Ryan Giggs||137||Manchester United|
|5||Clarence Seedorf||125||Ajax, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Milan|
|6||Paul Scholes||124||Manchester United|
|7||Roberto Carlos||120||Real Madrid, Fenerbahçe|
|10||Cristiano Ronaldo||113||Manchester United, Real Madrid|
Players in Bold are still active in Europe.
All-time top scorers (excluding qualifying games)
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||75||113||0.66||'03–||Manchester United, Real Madrid|
|3||Raúl||71||142||0.5||'95–'11||Real Madrid, Schalke 04|
|4||Ruud van Nistelrooy||56||73||0.77||'98–'09||PSV, Manchester United, Real Madrid|
|5||Thierry Henry||50||112||0.45||'97–'10||Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona|
|6||Alfredo Di Stéfano||49||58||0.84||'55–'64||Real Madrid|
|7||Andriy Shevchenko||48||100||0.48||'94–'12||Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea|
|9||Filippo Inzaghi||46||81||0.57||'97–'12||Juventus, Milan|
|10||Didier Drogba||44||91||0.48||'03–||Marseille, Chelsea, Galatasaray|
Players in Bold are still active in Europe.
Top scorer awards
The top scorer award is for the player who amassed the most goals in the tournament, excluding the qualifying rounds.
- Gerd Müller (Bayern Munich) in 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77 and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) in 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12 have received the most awards with 4.
- Five players have won the award three times:
- Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid) in 1959–60, 1961–62 and 1963–64
- Eusébio (Benfica) in 1964–65, 1965–66 and 1967–68
- Jean-Pierre Papin (Marseille) in 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92
- Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) in 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2004–05
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) in 2007–08, 2012–13 and 2013–14
- Real Madrid is the club to have received the most awards with 11:
- Spanish players have received the most awards with 9:
- Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid) in 1957–58 and 1961–62 (originally Argentinian, Di Stéfano acquired Spanish nationality and won the top scorer title)
- Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid) in 1961–62 and 1963–64 (originally Hungarian, Puskás acquired Spanish nationality and won the top scorer title with both citizenships)
- Justo Tejada (Real Madrid) in 1961–62
- Michel (Real Madrid) in 1987–88
- Raúl (Real Madrid) in 1999–2000 and 2000–01
- Fernando Morientes (AS Monaco) in 2003–04
- The following award winners have also won the Golden Boot (Top goalscorer of the FIFA World Cup):
- Just Fontaine was top scorer in 1958–59 and won the Golden Boot in 1958
- Flórián Albert was top scorer in 1965–66 and won the Golden Boot in 1962
- Eusébio was top scorer in 1964–65, 1965–66 and 1967–68 and won the Golden Boot in 1966
- Gerd Müller was top scorer in 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75 and 1976–77 and won the Golden Boot in 1970
- Paolo Rossi was top scorer in 1982–83 and won the Golden Boot in 1982
- José Águas and Rui Águas are the only father and son who were top scorers in the tournament. José Águas won the award in 1960–61 and Rui Águas was joint top scorer in the 1987–88 season. Both players managed this feat while playing for the same club, Benfica.
Most goals in a single season
- The European Cup's first hat-trick was scored by Péter Palotás of MTK Hungária FC 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, as part of his four-goals campaign, 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's Juul Ellerman against FK Žalgiris on 16 September 1992.
- Only three players scored two hat-tricks in a single Champions League season: Lionel Messi (3+5 goals) and Mario Gomez (3+4 goals), both in the 2011–12 season and also Luiz Adriano, who scored hat-tricks in two consecutive games (5+3 goals) in the 2014-15 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.
- The youngest player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League is Wayne Rooney aged 18 years 335 days on his Champions League and Manchester United debut, in a 6–2 home win against Fenerbahçe on 28 September 2004.
- Seven players have scored a hat-trick on their debut in the Champions League:
- Lionel Messi is the only player to have scored five hat-tricks in the Champions League.
Four goals in a match
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 Clube de Portugal, first round 1955–56
- Dennis Viollet (Manchester United), 10–0 against Anderlecht, preliminary round 1956–57
- Ivan Petkov Kolev (CSKA Sofia), 8–1 against Dinamo Bucureşti, first round 1956–57
- Jovan Cokić (Red Star Belgrade), 9–1 against Stade Dudelange, preliminary round 1957–58
- Bora Kostić (Red Star Belgrade), 9–1 against Stade Dudelange, preliminary round 1957–58
- Alfredo Di Stéfano (Real Madrid), 8–0 against Sevilla, quarter-final 1957–58, and 7–1 against Wiener Sport-Club, quarter-final 1958–59
- Just Fontaine (Stade de Reims), 4–1 away against Ards, first round 1958–59
- Josef Hamerl (Wiener Sport-Club), 7–0 against Juventus, first round 1958–59
- Sándor Kocsis (Barcelona), 5–2 away against Wolverhampton Wanderers, quarter-final 1959–60
- Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid), 7–3 against Eintracht Frankfurt, final 1959–60, and 5–0 against Feyenoord, preliminary round 1965–66
- Lucien Cossou (AS Monaco), 7–2 against AEK Athens, preliminary round 1963–64
- Vladimir Kovačević (Partizan), 6–2 against Jeunesse Esch, first round 1963–64
- José Augusto Torres (Benfica), 5–1 away against Aris, preliminary round 1964–65
- Eusébio (Benfica), 10–0 against Stade Dudelange, preliminary round 1965–66
- Friedhelm Konietzka (1860 München), 8–0 against Omonia, first round 1966–67
- Denis Law (Manchester United), 7–1 against Waterford United, first round 1968–69
- Zoran Antonijević (Red Star Belgrade), 4–2 away against Linfield, first round 1969–70
- Ruud Geels (Feyenoord), 12–2 away against KR Reykjavik, first round 1969–70
- Antonis Antoniadis (Panathinaikos), 5–0 against Jeunesse d'Esch, first round 1970–71
- João Lourenço (Sporting CP), 5–0 against Floriana, first round 1970–71
- Kurt Müller, (Grasshoppers), 8–0 against Reipas Lahti, first round 1971–72
- Dudu Georgescu (Dinamo Bucureşti), 11–0 against Crusaders Belfast, first round 1973–74
- Radu Nunweiller (Dinamo Bucureşti), 11–0 against Crusaders Belfast, first round 1973–74
- Jupp Heynckes (Borussia Mönchengladbach), 6–1 away against Wacker, first round 1975–76
- René van de Kerkhof (PSV Eindhoven), 6–0 against Dundalk, first round 1976–77
- Willy van der Kuijlen (PSV Eindhoven), 6–1 against Fenerbahçe, first round 1978–79
- Sotiris Kaiafas (Omonia), 6–1 against Red Boys Differdange, first round 1979–80
- Ton Blanker (Ajax), 8–1 against HJK, first round 1979–80
- Fernando Gomes (Porto), 9–0 against Rabat Ajax, first round 1986–87
- Marco van Basten (Milan), 5–2 against Vitosha, first round 1988–89
- Rabah Madjer (Porto), 8–1 away against Portadown, first round 1990–91
- Hugo Sánchez (Real Madrid), 9–1 against Swarovski Tirol, second round 1990–91
- Alan Smith (Arsenal), 6–1 against Austria Wien, first round 1991–92
- Sergei Yuran (Benfica), 6–0 away against Ħamrun Spartans, first round 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, second qualifying round 2001–02
- Tomasz Frankowski (Wisła Kraków), 8–2 away against WIT Georgia, second qualifying round 2004–05
- Semih Şentürk (Fenerbahçe), 5–0 away against MTK Hungária, second qualifying round 2008–09
- Champions League era:
- Marco van Basten (Milan), 4–0 against IFK Göteborg, group stage 1992–93
- Simone Inzaghi (Lazio), 5–1 against Olympique de Marseille, second group stage 1999–2000
- Dado Pršo (AS Monaco), 8–3 against Deportivo La Coruña, group stage 2003–04
- Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), 4–1 against Sparta Prague, group stage 2004–05
- Andriy Shevchenko (Milan), 4–0 away against Fenerbahçe, group stage 2005–06
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 4–1 against Arsenal, quarter-final 2009–10
- Bafétimbi Gomis (Lyon), 7–1 against Dinamo Zagreb, group stage 2011–12
- Mario Gómez (Bayern Munich), 7–0 against Basel, round of 16 2011–12
- Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), 4–1 against Real Madrid, semi-final 2012–13
- Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain), 5–0 against Anderlecht, group stage 2013–14
Five goals in a match
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 Luxembourg, 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 Keflavik, 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 youngest
- Manfred Burgsmüller of SV Werder Bremen is the oldest (38 years, 293 days) player to score in the European Cup and Champions League, when he scored against SC Dynamo Berlin on 11 October 1988.
- Peter Ofori-Quaye of Olympiacos is the youngest (17 years, 194 days) player to score in the Champions League, when he scored against Rosenborg on 1 October 1997.
- 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.
- Francesco Totti of A.S. Roma is the oldest (38 years, 59 days) player to score in a Champions League, when he scored against PFC CSKA Moscow on 25 November 2014.
Other goalscoring records
- The first goal of the tournament was scored by Sporting CP player João Baptista Martins after 14 minutes in a 3–3 draw against Partizan on 4 September 1955, in the first match ever played in the competition and Nigerian Daniel Amokachi scoring the first champions league goal after his goal secured a 1–0 win for Club Brugge in the opening match in the group stage against CSKA Moscow.
- Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for most goals in the knockout phase with 34.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (2013–14) and Luiz Adriano (2014–15) hold the record for most goals in the group stage in the UEFA Champions league with 9 goals scored.
- 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 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
- 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 different finals.
- Three goalkeepers have scored in the Champions League:
- Hans-Jörg Butt has done so three times with three different clubs, all with penalties, and all against Juventus:
- For Hamburg in a 4–4 home draw on Wednesday 13 September 2000 in a group stage match
- For Leverkusen in a 3–1 home win on Tuesday 12 March 2002 in a second group stage match
- The equaliser for Bayern Munich on Tuesday 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 last-minute (90+5) equalizer 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 different clubs, all with penalties, and all against Juventus:
- Zlatan Ibrahimović is the only player to have scored for six different teams in the UEFA Champions League:
- Ajax (6 goals in 19 games; 2002–03 to 2003–04)
- Juventus (3 goals in 19 games; 2004–05 to 2005–06)
- Internazionale (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 (10 goals in 13 games; 2012–13 to 2013–14).
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player to score in eight consecutive UEFA Champions League games (2013–14)
- For Real Madrid in a 6–1 win against Galatasaray on 17 September 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 4–0 win against Copenhagen on 2 October 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 2–1 win against Juventus on 23 October 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 2–2 draw against Juventus on 5 November 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 2–0 win against Copenhagen on 10 December 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 6–1 win against Schalke 04 on 26 February 2014
- For Real Madrid in a 3–1 win against Schalke 04 on 18 March 2014
- For Real Madrid in a 3–0 win against Borussia Dortmund on 2 April 2014
- Three players scored in six consecutive Champions League games:
- Marouane Chamakh with Bordeaux and Arsenal:
- For Bordeaux in a 2–1 win against Olympiacos on 17 March 2010
- For Bordeaux in a 1–3 loss against Lyon on 30 March 2010
- For Bordeaux in a 1–0 win against Lyon on 7 April 2010
- For Arsenal in a 6–0 win against Braga on 15 September 2010
- For Arsenal in a 3–1 win against Partizan on 28 September 2010
- For Arsenal in a 5–1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk on 19 October 2010
- Burak Yılmaz with Galatasaray had it in a single season:
- For Galatasaray in a 1–1 draw against CFR Cluj on 23 October 2012
- For Galatasaray in a 3–1 win against CFR Cluj on 7 November 2012
- For Galatasaray in a 1–0 win against Manchester United on 20 November 2012
- For Galatasaray in a 2–1 win against Braga on 5 December 2012
- For Galatasaray in a 1–1 draw against Schalke 04 on 20 February 2013
- For Galatasaray in a 3–2 win against Schalke 04 on 12 March 2013
- Cristiano Ronaldo with Real Madrid had it in a single season:
- For Real Madrid in a 4–1 win against Ajax on 4 December 2012
- For Real Madrid in a 1–1 draw against Manchester United on 13 February 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 2–1 win against Manchester United on 5 March 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 3–0 win against Galatasaray on 3 April 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 2–3 loss against Galatasaray on 9 April 2013
- For Real Madrid in a 1–4 loss against Borussia Dortmund on 24 April 2013
- Marouane Chamakh with Bordeaux and Arsenal:
- Raúl is the only player to score in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons:
- Ryan Giggs is the only player to score in 16 different Champions League seasons:
- 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
- Two players have appeared in eight finals:
- Only one player has won the tournament with three different teams:
- Only four players have won the Champions League in two consecutive seasons with two different teams:
- Marcel Desailly—Marseille 1993 and Milan 1994
- Paulo Sousa — Juventus 1996 and Borussia Dortmund 1997
- Gerard Piqué — Manchester United 2008 and Barcelona 2009
- Samuel Eto'o — Barcelona 2009 and Internazionale 2010 - the only player to have won the treble in two consecutive seasons with two different teams
- Three father-son duos have won the competition for the same club:
Oldest and youngest
- The oldest player to win the tournament is Ferenc Puskás, who was 39 years and 39 days when Real Madrid won against Partizan on 11 May 1966
- 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 in December 2007, aged 43 years and 252 days. (The oldest player overall to play in any European club competition fixture is Al Finucane of Waterford United, who was aged 43 years and 261 days when he appeared against Bordeaux in the European Cup-Winners' Cup in September 1986.)
- 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 Hamburg in 1983
- 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 Bucharest vs Barcelona.
- Heinz Stuy holds the record for three consecutive clean sheets in the finals of 1971, 1972 and 1973.
Only two 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); and Didier Drogba (Chelsea) in the 2008 Champions League Final (sent off by Ľuboš Micheľ in the 117th minute for slapping Manchester United player Nemanja Vidić). Both players' teams lost their respective finals.
- Michael Ballack became the first player to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with four separate clubs in 2007.
- Carlo Ancelotti holds the record of three times champions and a runners-up of the UEFA Champions League.
- Only two managers have won the European Cup three times.
- Four managers have managed four finalists:
- Six individuals have won the Champions League as a player then later as a manager, three 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
- Josep 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.
- Five managers have won the title with two different 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 Internazionale 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 different teams:
Winning other trophies
- Vicente del Bosque is the only manager to win 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:
- Two managers have won the Cup Winners' Cup, the UEFA Cup and the European Cup:
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- List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winning players
- List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winning managers
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- List of UEFA Cup and Europa League winners
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