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Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europe's most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport.

Originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, the competition began in 1955/56 using a two-leg knockout format where the teams would play two matches, one at home and and one away, and the team with the highest overall score qualifying for the next round of the competition. Entry was restricted to the teams that won their national league championships.

The format and name were changed in 1992/93, and now the competition consists of qualifying rounds for some teams, two stages of group competition (where teams play each other in the style of "home-and-away" or "regular season competition), and then three rounds of knock-out finals. Qualification for the competition is decided by teams placing in their domestic league championships on a quota system, with countries with stronger domestic leagues allocated more teams.

Real Madrid CF has won this competition nine times. The next most successful teams are A.C. Milan (6 titles), Bayern Munich, Ajax and Liverpool (4 titles).

Formerly, the Cup Winners' Cup (between winners of the national cup competitions) was played, but national cup winners now play in the UEFA Cup (since 1999).

Champions League winners

Season Stadium Winner (total wins) Finalists Score Remarks
2002/03 Old Trafford, Manchester AC Milan (2) Juventus 0-0 3-2 in penalty shootout
2001/02 Hampden Park, Glasgow Real Madrid (3) Bayer Leverkusen 2-1  
2000/01 San Siro, Milan Bayern Munich Valencia, CF 1-1 5-4 in penalty shootout
1999/00 Saint Dennis, Paris Real Madrid (2) Valencia, CF 3-0  
1998/99 Camp Nou, Barcelona Manchester United F.C. Bayern Munich 2-1 2 late goals by MUFC
1997/98 Amsterdam Arena Real Madrid Juventus 1-0  
1996/97 Munich Borussia Dortmund Juventus 3-1  
1995/96 Rome Juventus Ajax Amsterdam 1-1 4-2 in penalty shootout
1994/95 Vienna Ajax Amsterdam A.C. Milan 1-0  
1993/94 Athens A.C. Milan FC Barcelona 4-0  
1992/93 Munich Olympique Marseille A.C. Milan 1-0  

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