Champions League came about as a hot nhất phiên bản of the European Cup và was played for the first thời gian in the 1992 – 1993 season. Already established as the most prestigious club tournament in football, Champions League has become even more popular with the introduction of a mini-league nhóm stage system. The mới nhất concept had a resemblance mập the FIFA World Cup with an early phase of nhóm play followed by a knockout phase. On several occasions has the competition expanded Khủng include more clubs – the initial tám have become 32 ( qualification stage excluded ). The Champions League trophy can be kept permanently by a club that win the tournament five times or three times in a row ( since the rule changed in 2008 it is only a replica ). It is today almost as adored as the FIFA World Cup Trophy .All the finals in the history of the Champions League .
If the precessor, European Cup, is not counted the Champions League started in 1992. Although, when statistics are presented for Champions League it is common that Champions League and European League are accumulated.
What distinguish the Champions League from European Cup is for many the group play instead of the round-robin format. The fact is, however, that a group stage was introduced already in 1991, but the reshaping became formalised by the name shift. In the development of the competition a hybrid-form of group play and round-robin has evolved.
The tournaments have so far been dominated by the top European clubs and few surprise victories have occurred. Perhaps Porto’s victory in 2004 should be counted as the biggest surprise. Potential sensations that could have happened was Nantes in 1995-96 that almost managed to go through Juventus in the semi-finals (lost 3-4 on aggregate). If Dynamo Kyiv had won in 1998-99 it would also be seen as a sensation; they were only one goal down on aggregation against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. Two years later, Leeds reached the semi-finals, but wasn’t near to beat Valencia that time. Villa Real is another club that is not familiar to be seen at the final steps in the biggest events; they were only one goal down on aggregation against Arsenal in the semi-finals in 2006.
These clubs have won the most titles in the Champions League, the predecessor European Cup excluded.
Most times runners-up are Juventus (3), Milan (3), Bayern Munich (3) and Atlético Madrid (3). Manchester United, Valencia and Liverpool have also lost the final more than once.
If Champions League and European Cup titles are combined, Real Madrid is still the best performing club with 13 titles (6 and 7 in European Cup and Champions League respectively).
A comparison between countries show that Spanish clubs has been the most successful through history in the Champions League (see table 3):
Table 3. Most won titles by country.
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