Breaking Down the Champions League Success of Nations Since 2000

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 01:  The Bayern Munich team celebrate following their victory during the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg match between Barcelona and FC Bayern Muenchen at Nou Camp on May 1, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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If there was any doubt before, Arjen Robben's mouthwatering goal on Wednesday night not only ensured no way back for Barcelona, but guaranteed a German name would be on this year's Champions League trophy.

It's overdue as well. No side from the Bundesliga has won the competition since Bayern beat Valencia on penalties back in 2001.

Since the turn of the millennium—including the 1999/2000 season—five different countries have tasted Champions League success, six have been represented in finals, eight have made it to the semifinals and 12 nations have participated in the quarterfinals.

Let's take a closer look at those statistics.

This season's winners will be the 14th since we realized the world was not going to end back in 2000, and as we are certain the winners will be German we can include it in the pool of information.

To look solely at recent winners of the competition, Spain's La Liga has provided the European champions five times—Barcelona thrice and Real Madrid twice:

Spain England Italy Germany Portugal France
Winners 5 3 3 2 1 0
Finalists 7 8 4 6 1 1

England (Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea) and Italy (AC Milan twice and Inter Milan) have both provided the winner on three occasions.

When Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund are crowned Europe's best at Wembley at the end of May, they will become the second German team to win the Champions League since 2000.

Portugal, via Jose Mourinho's Porto in 2004, are the only other country to have won the competition.

Spain's monopoly on winning the premier European tournament isn't replicated in finalists.

Between 2000 and 2013 they have provided seven teams for the main event, second to England who have provided eight—suggesting the Spanish teams have been much better equipped for the one-off nature of the final.

After the current campaign Germany have now provided six finalists, moving ahead of Italy on four.

The 2004 final between Portugal and France proved a one-off, and certainly wasn't a changing of the guard in Europe.

Delving deeper into the competition, dominance from Spain and England becomes even clearer. Between 2007 and 2009 England never failed to provide less than three semifinalists for the competition and, since leaving the 90's behind, have produced 17 out of the 56 semifinal participants—over 30 percent.

La Liga's dominance proves greater though. They've provided at least two teams in the last four seven times; 20 participants in total at close to 36 percent.

Germany, thanks once again to this season, are the closest challenger. They have had eight (14.3%) of the semifinalists, jumping ahead of Italy's Serie A who have put forward seven (12.5%).

France twice (3.6 percent) and both Portugal and Holland, once (1.8 percent), are the other nations to have made the step before the final.

Interestingly, dropping back to the quarterfinals it is England who lead the way—in 2008 and 2009 they provided four teams (50 percent) in the last eight.

Of the 112 teams to have competed at that stage, 30 of them have been English. Spain is just behind having produced 28, while Germany (13) still lag behind Italy (18) when it comes to this stage of the tournament.

Behind the big four leagues, France have supplied nine teams, Portugal five, Turkey three and Holland two.

Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Cyprus have all had teams reach the quarterfinals on one occasion.


What does it all mean?

Not much probably, but it does suggest that England's period of dominance was spread across more clubs. In this spell they have had five different sides reach the semifinals.

Italy's spells have always centered around three sides, Spain—with the exceptions of Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna in the early 2000's—have based all their success on two teams.

Bayern Munich, bar Borussia Dortmund this season, Bayer Leverkusen a decade ago and Schalke in 2011, have been the only genuine candidate from the Bundesliga.

If Germany are going to ride this wave of success, Dortmund will need to remain strong and other sides will have to step up to the mark too.

It seems equally probable and improbable that could happen.