11 4. Manchester United have won 63 trophies – The Red Devils are the most successful club in England, with 20 top flight titles, including 13 in the Premier League era. United have won a joint record 12 FA Cups, four League Cups and a record 20 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, they have won three European Cups/Champions Leagues, plus the Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup. United are the only English club to win a treble of Champions League, domestic title and main domestic cup, and are the only English club to win any global titles. In 1999 they won the Intercontinental Cup and in 2008 claimed the Club World Cup. 11 3. Bayern Munich have won 65 trophies – The kings of German football, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title a record 26 times and the German Cup on a record 18 occasions. They also won the now defunct German League Cup six times and the German Super Cup four times. Outside Germany, Bayern boast five European Cups/Champions Leagues, including three-in-a-row in the mid-1970s. They have won every European trophy, with one Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumph to their name. Bayern have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice and one Club World Cup, and are the only German club to complete the treble. 9. Inter have won 39 trophies – The only Italian club to win the treble, Inter won five trophies alone in 2010, including the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup. Overall, they have won three European Cups/Champions League, 18 Serie A titles, seven Italian Cups, five Italian Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. 1. Barcelona have won 85 trophies – The most successful club based on number of trophies won, Barcelona are the only club to win the treble twice. They boast five European Cup/Champions League victories, to go alongside four wins in the Cup Winners’ Cup, three in the old Fairs Cup and five UEFA Super Cup triumphs. In Spain, Barca have been crowned champions 24 times, won the Spanish Cup a record 28 times, the Spanish Super Cup on 11 occasions and the Spanish League Cup twice. They have also claimed the Club World Cup three times, and in 2009 became the first club to win six trophies in a calendar year. 11 11 11 8. Arsenal have won 43 trophies – Arsenal jointly hold the record for the number of FA Cups won, with back-to-back successes in 2014 and 2015 taking their tally to 12 in the oldest football competition in the world. They can boast 13 English top flight titles, and share the record for most domestic doubles with Manchester United, having clinched both league and cup success in the same season on three occasions. They have won the League Cup twice, including as part of a double with the FA Cup in 1993, plus 14 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, Arsenal’s first trophy came with the Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 1970, and they claimed the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994 (pictured above). 7. AC Milan have won 47 trophies – Milan are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to European Cup/Champions League victories, having been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first success in the competition came in 1963, while their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Milan remain the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990. Additionally, they won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan boast 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and six Italian Super Cups. 11 11 11 2. Real Madrid have won 80 trophies – The most successful club in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid have won the tournament on 11 occasions, including the first five editions and five more in the Champions League era. The Spanish giants won back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980s and also boast two UEFA Super Cups on their honours list. Madrid claimed the Intercontinental Cup three times and won the Club World Cup in 2014. In Spain, they have a record 32 titles, plus 19 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups and one victory in the defunct Spanish League Cup. 11 11 6. Liverpool have won 59 trophies – The most successful English club in European football, Liverpool have won five European Cups, putting them level with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the all-time list. The Reds have also claimed three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. On the home front, Liverpool have won 18 top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 Charity/Community Shields. The only trophies of note to elude them come on a global stage, having lost two Intercontinental Cup finals in the 1980s and the Club World Cup in 2005. They also lost the 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup final to Borussia Dortmund, so cannot complete the full set of UEFA competitions. 10. Atletico Madrid have won 28 trophies – Atletico have been very successful in recent years, winning seven trophies since 2010. Their 2014 triumph in La Liga took Atleti’s Spanish title count to 10, the same number of times they have won the Spanish Cup, with two Spanish Super Cups for good measure. In 1962 they won their first European honour, the Cup Winners’ Cup, followed by Europa League and UEFA Super Cup doubles in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The European Cup/Champions League has eluded them, despite being seconds away from winning two finals, as well as contesting a shoot-out in the 2016 final, but they did win the 1974 Intercontinental Cup the predecessor to FIFA’s Club World Cup when European Cup holders Bayern Munich declined to take part. Atletico beat South American champions Independiente over two legs to be crowned world champions. Real Madrid’s 2016 Champions League final victory marked the club’s record 11th success in the European Cup.It’s Real’s second Champions League win in the past three seasons, as they succeed rivals Barcelona as European champions.But Real have claimed just one Spanish league title since 2008, while Barca have won six in that time, and the Catalan club scooped the domestic double this season.So which club is Europe’s most successful in terms of trophies won?Elsewhere around Europe this season, Bayern Munich claimed the German league and cup double, while Juventus did likewise in Italy.In England, Manchester United won their first major honour since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, lifting the FA Cup, but can any of these clubs claim to be the most successful in Europe?We wanted to know which club has won the most trophies in European football.It’s not exactly a straightforward question to answer, because opinions differ over what should constitute a trophy.For example, by most people’s assumptions Arsenal failed to win a trophy in the season just passed, but the Gunners actually lifted the Community Shield last August, so does that success go on their honours list?In the past, one-off contests such as the Shield have been dismissed when it comes to trophy tallies, but these events – often known as ‘Super Cups’ – appear to be growing in prestige across the continent.For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, we have included such competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.Additionally, we have restricted our ranking to clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.If we left it open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the cream of the cream.So take a look at the ranking above to see which clubs feature and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).All statistics correct on 29 May 2016. 5. Juventus have won 60 trophies – Ahead of both Inter and AC Milan, Juventus are the most successful Italian club in total number of trophies. Juve have won 32 Serie A titles, by far the most in Italy despite being stripped of two championships for match-fixing. They have also claimed 11 Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, the Old Lady has the complete set of honours: winning two European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. Juve have also been crowned world champions twice, winning the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and 1996. 11 11. Chelsea have won 26 trophies – to find out which clubs make up Europe’s 10 most successful sides from the strongest leagues, click the arrow above – The Blues have won five top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, five League Cups and they are the only English club to have won every European trophy. In 2012 they became the only London club to win the Champions League, adding the Europa League a year later to complete the continental set, along with two victories in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup and one in the UEFA Super Cup. They have also won four Community Shields. The Blues had racked up 11 trophies prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but have since won 15 in 13 years.
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