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Football: Trophies – Europe

This page is about British football clubs' appearances in European finals. Only because those are the only ones you're likely to get asked about in a British pub quiz. For any other details, I recommend (as ever) Wikipedia. (For example, try typing "List of European Cup" into Wikipedia's Search field.)

Summary

The following table lists every British club that has appeared in a European final.

"Champions" means the European (Champions') Cup or the Champions' League; "UEFA" means the (Inter–Cities) Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, or Europa League.

The figures in brackets show the number of times each club has finished as runners–up in the competition concerned. For example: Liverpool have won the European Cup or Champions' League five times, and been runners–up twice.

  Champions Cup–Winners UEFA Total
Liverpool 5 (2) 0 (1) 3 (0) 8 (3)
Manchester United 3 (2) 1 (0)   4 (2)
Chelsea 1 (1) 2 (0) 1 (0) 4 (1)
Tottenham Hotspur   1 (0) 2 (1) 3 (1)
Arsenal 0 (1) 1 (2) 1 (1) 2 (4)
Leeds United 0 (1) 0 (1) 2 (1) 2 (3)
Rangers   2 (1)   2 (1)
Nottingham Forest 2 (0)     2 (0)
Celtic 1 (1)     1 (1)
West Ham United   1 (1)   1 (1)
Aston Villa 1 (0)     1 (0)
Aberdeen   1 (0)   1 (0)
Everton   1 (0)   1 (0)
Manchester City   1 (0)   1 (0)
Ipswich Town     1 (0) 1 (0)
Newcastle United     1 (0) 1 (0)
Dundee United     0 (1) 0 (1)
Fulham     0 (1) 0 (1)
Wolverhampton Wanderers     0 (1) 0 (1)

European Cup and Champions' League

The European Champions' Cup was replaced by the UEFA Champions' League in the 1992–3 season (the same season that England's Premier League was inaugurated).

Year Winners Runners–up Scorer(s) (British team) Venue
1967 Celtic 2 1 Internazionale Gemmell, Chalmers Lisbon
1968 Manchester United 4 1 Benfica Charlton 2, Best, Kidd Wembley
1970 Feyenoord 2 1 Celtic Gemmell Milan
1975 Bayern Munich 2 0 Leeds United Paris
1977 Liverpool 3 1 B. Monchengladbach McDermott, Smith, Neal (pen) Rome
1978 Liverpool 1 0 Bruges Dalglish Wembley
1979 Nottingham Forest 1 0 Malmo Francis Munich
1980 Nottingham Forest 1 0 SV Hamburg Robertson Madrid
1981 Liverpool 1 0 Real Madrid Alan Kennedy Paris
1982 Aston Villa 1 0 Bayern Munich Withe Rotterdam
1984 Liverpool 1 1 AS Roma Neal (Liverpool won 4–2 on penalties) Rome
1985 Juventus 1 0 Liverpool Heysel
1999 Manchester United 2 1 Bayern Munich Sheringham, Solskjaer Barcelona
2005 Liverpool 3 3 Milan Gerrard, Smicer, Xabi Alonso Istanbul
(Liverpool won 3–2 on penalties and were awarded the trophy permanently as this was their 5th win.)
2006 Barcelona 2 1 Arsenal Campbell Paris
2007 Milan 2 1 Liverpool Kuyt Athens
2008 Manchester United 1 1 Chelsea Ronaldo, Lampard (United won 6–5 on penalties) Moscow
2009Barcelona 20Manchester United Rome
2011Barcelona 31Manchester UnitedRooney Wembley
2012Chelsea 11Bayern Munich Drogba (Chelsea won 4–3 on penalties) Munich

European Cup–Winners' Cup

The European Cup Winners' Cup was first held in the 1960–61 season (although it wasn't recognised by UEFA until 1962–3).  The last competition was in 1998–99, after which it was absorbed into the UEFA Cup. 

Year Home Away Scorer (British team) Winners
1961 1st leg
2nd leg
Rangers
Fiorentina
0
2
2
1
Fiorentina
Rangers

Scott
Fiorentina (4–1)

The 1962 final was also played over two legs, but from 1963 the final was decided in a single match at a neutral venue.

YearWinners Runners–upScorer(s) (British team) Venue
1963 Tottenham Hotspur 51 Atlético Madrid Greaves 2, Dyson 2, White Rotterdam
1965 West Ham United 2 0 Munich 1860 Sealey 2 Wembley
1966 Borussia Dortmund 2 1 Liverpool Hunt Glasgow
1967 Bayern Munich 1 0 Glasgow Rangers Nuremberg
1970 Manchester City 2 1 Gornik Zabrze Young, Lee (pen.) Vienna
1971 Chelsea 1 1 Real Madrid Osgood Athens
Replay Chelsea 2 1 Real Madrid Dempsey, Osgood Athens
1972 Glasgow Rangers 3 2 Dynamo Moscow Johnston 2, Stein Barcelona
1973 Milan 1 0 Leeds United Salonika
1976 Anderlecht 4 2 West Ham United Holland, Robson Brussels
1980 Valencia 0 0 Arsenal (Valencia won 5–4 on pens) Brussels
1983 Aberdeen 2 1 Real Madrid Black, Hewitt Gothenburg
1985 Everton 3 1 Rapid Vienna Gray, Steven, Sheedy Rotterdam
1991 Manchester United 2 1 Barcelona Rotterdam
1994 Arsenal 1 0 Parma Smith Copenhagen
1995 Zaragoza 2 1 Arsenal Hartson Paris
1998 Chelsea 1 0 VfB Stuttgart Zola Stamford Bridge

Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup and Europa League

The Inter–Cities Fairs Cup started in 1955, independently of UEFA, as a tournament for representative sides from European cities that regularly held trade fairs. The first competition was played over three years and the final involved a representative London team against a team that was effectively CF Barcelona.

For the second tournament the organisers reverted to club participation, but only clubs from cities that staged trade fairs were eligible. Sixteen clubs took part in the 1958–60 tournament, after which it was staged on an annual basis.

In the early years, participation was at the discretion of the cities' authorities, with only one side being allowed from each city. Qualification on league position was only introduced in 1968; this heralded a particularly rich period for English clubs, in a competition that had previously been dominated by Spain.

Year Home Away Scorer(s) (British team) Winners
1958 London
Barcelona
2
6
2
0
Barcelona
London
Greaves, Langley (pen.) Barcelona
(8–2)
1960 Birmingham City
Barcelona
0
4
0
1
Barcelona
Birmingham City

Hooper
Barcelona
(4–1)
1961 Birmingham City
AS Roma
2
2
2
0
AS Roma
Birmingham City
Hellawell, Orritt AS Roma
(4–2)
1967 Dynamo Zagreb
Leeds United
2
0
0
0
Leeds United
Dynamo Zagreb
  Zagreb
(2–0)
1969 Newcastle United
Ujpest Dozsa
3
2
0
3
Ujpest Dozsa
Newcastle United
Moncur 2, Scott
Moncur, Arentoft, Foggon
Newcastle
(6–2)
1970 Anderlecht
Arsenal
3
0
1
3
Arsenal
Anderlecht
Kenedy
Kelly, Radford, Samuels
Arsenal
(4–1)
1971 Juventus
Leeds United
2
1
2
1
Leeds United
Juventus
Madeley, Bates
Clarke
Leeds
(away goals)

In the 1971–72 season the Fairs Cup was taken over by UEFA and relaunched as the UEFA Cup. The first UEFA Cup final was contested by two English teams:

Year Home Away Scorers (home) Scorers (away) Winners
1972 Wolverhampton W.
Tottenham Hotspur
1
1
2
1
Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton W.
McCalliog
Mullery
Chivers 2
Wagstaffe
Tottenham
(3–2)

UEFA Cup – other (two–legged) finals in which British teams appeared:

YearHome AwayScorer(s) (British team) Winners
1973 Liverpool
B. Monchengladbach
3
2
0
0
B. Monchengladbach
Liverpool
Keegan 2, Lloyd Liverpool
(3–2)
1974 Tottenham Hotspur
Feyenoord
2
2
2
0
Feyenoord
Tottenham Hotspur
England, van Daele (o.g.) Feyenoord
(4–2)
1976 Liverpool
Bruges
3
1
2
1
Bruges
Liverpool
Kennedy, Case, Keegan (pen.)
Keegan
Liverpool
(4–3)
1981 Ipswich Town
AZ 67 Alkmaar
3
4
0
2
AZ 67 Alkmaar
Ipswich Town
Wark (pen), Thijssen, Mariner
Thijssen, Wark
Ipswich
(5–4)
1984 Anderlecht
Tottenham Hotspur
1
1
1
1
Tottenham Hotspur
Anderlecht
Miller
Roberts
Tottenham
(4–3 pens)
1987 IFK Goteborg
Dundee United
1
1
0
1
Dundee United
IFK Goteborg

Clark
Goteborg
(2–1)

The final became one leg at a neutral venue from 1998.

Year Winners Runners–up Scorer(s) (British team) Venue
2000 Galatasaray 0 0 Arsenal (Galatasary won 4–1 on penalties) Copenhagen
2001Liverpool 54 Deportivo Alaves Babbel, Gerrard, McAllister (pen.), Fowler, Geli (o.g.) Dortmund

The UEFA Cup was rebranded and revised in 2010 as the Europa League.

Year Winners Runners–up Scorer(s) (British team) Venue
2010 Atlético Madrid 2 1 Fulham Simon Davies (Atlético won a.e.t.) Hamburg
2013 Chelsea 2 1 Benfica Torres, Ivanovic Amsterdam

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