The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious competitions in Europe. The Champions League has had a lot of winners, however, just a few clubs are known-winners.
Clubs like Real Madrid (13-time champions), Barcelona and Manchester United are the popular Champions League winners but there other clubs too who have won the competition.
We decided to put together 13 clubs who you probably didn’t know are UEFA Champions League winners.
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Benfica won the Champions League back to back in 1961 and 1962. Benfica is the only team to beat two of Spain’s big teams in two years to clinch the European title. They beat 3-2 Barcelona in 1961 and Real Madrid 5-3 in 1962
Nottingham Forest (England)
Nottingham Forest won the Champions League back to back in 1980 and 1979. The amazing thing is that they won both titles with (1-0). The beat Malmo FF in 1979 and Hamburg in 1980.
Ajax won the Champions League in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995. Ajax also won their first two titles with the same scoreline. They beat Panathinaikos and Inter Milan 2-0 in 1971 and 1972 respectively. In 1973 they won the Champions League for the third straight time by beating Italian giants, Juventus 1-0. They won the league again in 1995 by beating AC Milan by 1-0.
Aston Villa (England)
Aston Villa won the Champions League in 1982 after they beat German giants, Bayern Munich 1-0.
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Celtic also won the Champions League in 1967. They beat Inter Milan 2-1 to clinch the prestigious European title.
Steaua Bucureşti (Romania)
Steaua Bucureşti won the Champions League in 1986. They defeated Barcelona in a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes of play. Barcelona had all their spot-kicks saved by Helmuth Duckadam (the goalkeeper of Steaua Bucureşti), who was later named “The Hero of Seville”.
Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
Red Star Belgrade won the Champions League in 1991. The defeated Marseille of France 5-3 on penalties, after normal time and extra time, could not separate the two sides.
Marseille after their defeat to Red Star Belgrade in 1991 fought hard in 1993 to win the Champions League. The defeated AC Milan 1-0.
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League in 1997. They beat Juventus 3-1 in the finals.
Feyenoord won the Champions League in 1970. They defeated Celtic 2-1 to clinch the European title.
PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
PSV Eindhoven won the Champions League in 1988 after they defeated Benfica of Portugal 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw after extra time.
Hamburg won the Champions League in 1983. They defeated Juventus 1-0.
FC Porto (Portugal)
FC Porto won the Champions League in 1987 and 2004. They beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in 1987 and Monaco 3-0 in 2004.