Euro royalty revealed! Clubs ranked by most major European finals appeared in

first_img 7 7 10. Atletico Madrid will appear in their eighth European final when they play Real in the Champions League on 28 May – click the arrow to see clubs with more European final appearances to their name – Atletico have been in two previous European Cup/Champions League finals, won the Cup Winners Cup once and finished as runners-up twice, while they won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012. Joint 5. Liverpool and Bayern have 12 European final appearances each – When Liverpool take on Sevilla in the Europa League final, it will be their 12th European final. They have won the European Cup/Champions League five times, lost five finals, won three UEFA Cups and lost the Cup Winners Cup final in 1966. Bayern, meanwhile, have also won the top European prize five times and lost out in just as many, while appearing in one UEFA Cup and one Cup Winners Cup final apiece, winning both. 4. Milan have been in 14 European finals – Milan have been crowned European champions on seven occasions, but have reached the final a total of 11 times. In addition, the club won two of the three Cup Winners Cup finals they reached. 7. Benfica have appeared in 10 European finals, though they have only won TWO! – Yes, Benfica have been pretty unlucky over the years. After winning the European Cup in 1961 and again in 1962, they lost in five subsequent European Cup final appearances and also lost in their three UEFA Cup/Europa League finals. 7 Liverpool and Real Madrid are, respectively, set to play in yet ANOTHER European final.The Reds play Sevilla on 18 May in the Europa League, while Madrid rivals Real and Atletico will duke it out for the Champions League trophy for the second time in three seasons, on 28 May.Here, talkSPORT looks at teams that have graced the most major European finals, including the European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup – which has been known as the Europa League since the 2009/10 campaign – and the defunct Cup Winners Cup and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.The European Cup kicked off in the 1955/56 season, and was reformatted in the early 1990s, becoming known as the Champions League from 1992/93 onwards.Alongside the European Cup in the 1950s, a contintental competition linked to the organisation of trade fairs was also launched, and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup served as a major European trophy until it was replaced in 1971 by the UEFA Cup.A third major European trophy pitting domestic cup winners against each other was founded in the 1960s, and the Cup Winners Cup was organised by UEFA until 1999.UEFA also endorsed the Super Cup in the 1970s, but as a competition featuring only two clubs – initially the European Cup and Cup Winners Cup holders, and now the Champions League and Europa League winners – we have not included it in this list of major finals.Click the arrow above, right, to see the clubs who just can’t get enough of the biggest European nights. 7 7 7 Joint 8. Inter and Ajax have been in nine European finals each – Inter have reached the European Cup/Champions League final five times, winning three, while Ajax have been in six, winning it four times including three on the bounce between 1971 and 1973. However, Inter have four UEFA Cup final appearances to Ajax’s one, though the Dutch club have better pedigree in the old Cup Winners Cup final, which they won in 1987 but lost in ’88. 3. Juventus have been in 15 European finals – Despite being an incredibly successful side domestically, Juve have only won two of their eight European Cup/Champions League finals. The Italian side have also reached four UEFA Cup finals, one Cup Winners Cup and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finals (the latter being the predecessor to the UEFA Cup). 7 Joint 1. Barcelona and Real Madrid have reached 18 European finals – Barca have won five of their eight European Cup finals, won four of six Cup Winners Cup final appearances and three of four Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finals. Liga rivals Real have won 10 of 13 European Cup finals and will contest no.14 on 28 May. They won successive UEFA Cups in 1985 and ’86, but lost their two Cup Winners Cup finals.last_img read more