Power Ranking the 1956-2010 UEFA Champions League Finals

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMay 10, 2011

Power Ranking the 1956-2010 UEFA Champions League Finals

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    One of Europe's showcase football events, the UEFA Champions League final, never ceases to impress.

    With the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United soon to take place in less than three weeks, Bleacher Report has taken the time to rank the finals that came before.

    A solid UEFA Champions League final lends itself to production, production, production. Great goals and great skill, a testament to excellent play, separate good finals from great finals, and great finals from legendary finals.

    Let's take a look at the 55 UEFA Champions League Finals that have already taken place. A side note: the European Cup is the precursor to the UEFA Champions League, so those finals have been added to this ranking.

55. 1985-86: Steaua Bucuresti 0-0 FC Barcelona (Steaua Win on Penalties 2-0)

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    One of the most uninteresting finals came in 1986, when Steaua Bucuresti defeated Barcelona in a penalty shootout 2-0 at the Estadio Ramon Sanches Pizjuan in Seville, a.k.a. La Bombonera de Nervión.

    Goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam saved all four penalties by Barcelona, earning him the honor of "The Hero of Seville."

    The victory would go on to become the only moment of glory for any Romanian club in the history of the competition.

54. 2002-03: AC Milan 0-0 Juventus (AC Milan Win on Penalties 3-2)

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    In 2003, Serie A rivals AC Milan and Juventus battled at Old Trafford in Manchester for the prize.

    After battling to a scoreless draw through 120 minutes, the match went down to a penalty shootout that saw some questionable tactics from Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon and Dida of Milan.

    Nonetheless, Andriy Shevcheko scored the deciding spot kick to give AC Milan their sixth European championship.

53. 1990-91: Red Star Belgrade 0-0 Marseille (Red Star Win on Penalties 5-3)

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    The 1991 European Cup Final was another one that limited production at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy. After 120 minutes of action, the match would be determined on penalties.

    Marseille's Manuel Amoros's miss would prove to be crucial, as Red Star Belgrade was perfect from the spot.

52. 1987-88: PSV 0-0 SL Benfica (PSV Win on Penalties 6-5)

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    The 1988 European Cup Final, contested at the Neckarstadion in Stuttgart, featured PSV Eindhoven and SL Benfica.

    120 minutes could not separate these two sides, and so the contest would have to go down to penalties.

    PSV were perfect from the spot, and it took a miss from Benfica's Antonio Veloso to give Eindhoven the treble of the Dutch Cup, the Eredivisie and European Cup titles.

51. 1978-79: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Malmo FF

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    The first of Forest's two European crowns came in 1979, when they took on Sweden's Malmo FF at Munich's Olympiastadion.

    The hero of the match was Trevor Francis, who coincidentally played his first-ever European club game in the final after having to sit out three months due to UEFA regulations.

    In the 45th minute, John Robertson whipped in a cross to Francis, which beat Malmo keeper Jan Moller.

    The victory marked the conclusion of a Cinderella season for Brian Clough's Forest side, a then-unhealded English provincial outfit that now put itself on the map for good.

50. 1979-80: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Hamburg

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    The second of Nottingham Forest's two European titles came the following year, when they faced Hamburg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

    This time, the hero for Forest was John Robertson. His 21st minute shot escaped the reach of Hamburg's Rudolf Kargus.

    Nottingham Forest went on to become the first team to win the European title more times than the Football League First Division (the precursor to the Premier League).

49. 1977-78: Liverpool 1-0 Club Brugge

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    In 1978, Liverpool took on Belgium's Club Brugge at the old Wembley Stadium in a rematch of the 1976 UEFA Cup final, won by the Reds 4-3 on aggregate.

    In the 65th minute, Kenny Dalglish scored the winner off the delivery from Graeme Souness. A chance by Brugge's Jan Sørensen to equalize late was cleared by Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson of Liverpool to secure their second European crown.

    "It takes two teams to make a game into a spectacle and Bruges only seemed to be concerned with keeping the score down," said Liverpool manager Bob Paisley following the match, according to the Guardian. "Bruges didn't come at us much—apart from one mistake in our defence, they never looked like scoring. But they were well organised at the back and it was a case of breaking them down. We controlled the game from start to finish."

    "Liverpool seemed only a shadow of the side we played in the UEFA Cup final two seasons ago," remarked Club Brugge manager Ernst Happel. "I was disappointed with them, but they deserved their victory although we were handicapped by injuries to two players."

48. 1991-92: FC Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria

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    In 1992, FC Barcelona faced UC Sampdoria at the old Wembley Stadium. This match marked the last time the competition would be named the European Cup.

    90 minutes could not separate these two teams, and so it the match went into extra time. In the 11th minute, a free kick from Ronald Koeman gave Barça their first European championship.

47. 1981-82: Aston Villa 1-0 Bayern Munich

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    The 1982 European Cup saw Aston Villa take on Bayern Munich at De Kuip in Rotterdam.

    In his first season as manager, Tony Barton saw Villan win the title in the 67th minute thanks to a goal from Peter Withe in the 67th minute.

    The victory was the last in a streak of English dominance in the competition dating back to the 1976-1977 season.

46. 1975-76: Bayern Munich 1-0 Saint-Etienne

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    Nearly 55,000 turned out at Hampden Park in Glasgow for the 1976 European Cup Final between Bayern Munich and Saint-Etienne.

    One of the players on that Bayern team was a certain Franz Beckenbauer. Ja. Der Kaiser.

    In the 57th minute, a free kick from Beckenbauer found another Franz in Franz Roth to give Bayern the three-peat.

    Franz and Franz fools France. Try saying that three times fast.

45. 1992-93: Marseille 1-0 AC Milan

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    At the Olympiastadium in Munich, Olympique de Marseille and AC Milan took part in the final of the now-renamed UEFA Champions League.

    The 1993 Final would go on to be France's only moment of glory in the competition. Basile Boli's goal in the 43rd minute gave Marseille their only UEFA Champions League title.

    Adding to the misery was the fact that later on, Marseille would be relegated to Ligue 2 due a match-fixing scandal. Since then, OM has bounced back to be a relevant threat in Ligue 1 and the UCL.

44. 1989-90: AC Milan 1-0 SL Benfica

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    Another European Cup final which ended 1-0 took place at Vienna's Praterstadion between AC Milan and SL Benfica.

    In the 68th minute, Alessandro Costacurta and Marco van Basten teamed up to deliver a through ball to Frank Rijkaard.

    Milan, to this day, are the only team to have successfully defended their European Cup/UEFA Champions League title. Since 1990, a different European club has hoisted the trophy.

43. 1982-83: Hamburger SV 1-0 Juventus

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    In 1983, Hamburg earned their only European Cup against Juventus before a crowd of 75,000 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

    An eighth-minute goal from Felix Magath was enough to defeat a Juventus side that featured players like Dino Zoff, Marco Tardelli, Paolo Rossi and Michel Platini.

42. 1964-65: Inter Milan 1-0 SL Benfica

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    Time for a little old school. In 1965, Internazionale and Benfica met at the San Siro in Milan in front of what was a partisan crowd of 85,000 strong.

    The 42nd minute saw Jair de Costa score the only goal in the match. Inter went on to become the third club to successfully defend their European Cup.

41. 1994-95: Ajax 1-0 AC Milan

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    Ajax of Amsterdam is the Netherlands's most accomplished European club, with four titles to their credit. Their most recent title came in 1995, against AC Milan at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

    85 minutes of scoreless football was broken by former Milan stud Frank Rijkaard, who delivered a ball to Patrick Kluivert to give Ajax a 1-0 victory.

    One of the players on that Ajax side was a young goalkeeper by the name of Edwin van der Sar, who will be competing for Manchester United in the 2011 final against FC Barcelona.

40. 1972-73: Ajax 1-0 Juventus

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    The 1973 European Cup final completed the three-peat for Ajax, who defeated Juventus 1-0 before a crowd of nearly 90,000 at the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade.

    A right winger by the name of Johnny Rep scored in the fourth minute of play, allowing Ajax to become the second club to keep the European Champion Clubs' Cup permanently, after Real Madrid.

39. 1980-81: Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid

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    In 1981, the era of dominance under Bob Paisley continued for Liverpool as they took on Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

    The 82nd minute saw Alan Kennedy break the deadlock in what was a tenacious affair from start to finish.

38. 1997-98: Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus

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    Real Madrid are Europe's most accomplished football club, with nine continental titles to their credit among their stash.

    In the 1998 UEFA Champions League title, Los Blancos took on Juventus and won their seventh title to the tune of 1-0 at the Amsterdam Arena.

    Predrag Mijatović was the hero for Real, who scored in the 67th minute of play.

37. 1984-85: Juventus 1-0 Liverpool

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    The Old Lady earned her first-ever European title in May 1985, when Juventus took on Liverpool at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Early on in the contest, 39 fans were killed and hundreds were injured when Liverpool's supporters charged against those fron Juventus crushing many against a wall.

    Michael Platini scored in the 56th minute on a penalty, but the game would permanently be scarred what is now known as the Heysel Stadium disaster.

36. 1958-59: Real Madrid 2-0 Stade De Reims

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    Back in the day, Real Madrid was the talk in the town. No, they were the talk of all Europe, as they won five straight European Cups in the 1950's, when the competition first started.

    Stade De Reims is currently a side lingering near the depth of Ligue 2, but in their day, they were one of the strongest clubs in France.

    The 1959 European Cup Final between Real and Reims took place at Stuttgart's Neckarstadion before a crowd of 80,000 strong. 

    Enrique Mateos scored in the second minute for Los Blancos, while celebrated Real star Alberto Di Stefano made it 2-0 in the 47th minute of play.

    The victory marked Real Madrid's fourth straight European Cup.

35. 1974-75: Bayern Munich 2-0 Leeds United

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    In the 1975 final, Bayern Munich and Leeds United took to the pitch at the Parc des Princes. Goals from Franz Roth in the 71st minute and Gerd Muller in the 81st minute paced Bayern to a successful title defense.

    However, Leeds fans felt slighted by the decision-making by the officials, who seemed to be influenced unduly by Franz Beckenbaueur after a would-be goal by Leeds's Peter Lorimer in the 62rd minute was disallowed due to offsides. Riots would break out after the decision was reversed.

    Hard tackling also dictated this contest. An example of this was the tackle of Leeds's Frank Gray on Bayern's Uli Hoeness, which would end his footballing career prematurely.

    Nonetheless, the victory was part of a three-peat for Bayern in the 1970's.

34. 1956-57: Real Madrid 2-0 AC Fiorentina

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    Real Madrid defended their European title in 1957 when they took on Fiorentina at the Santiago Bernabeu before a partisan crowd of 120,000 strong.

    The match was a tenacious affair and the deadlock would only be broken in the 69th minute when Alberto De Stefano scored a penalty kick. Francisco Gento added an insurance goal in the 75th minute of play to assure Real of their second straight European title.

33. 1995-96: Juventus 1-1 Ajax (Juventus Win on Penalties 4-2)

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    Juventus and Ajax went the distance in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, held at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

    Fabrizio Ravanelli opened the scoring in the 12th minute, but Ajax's Jari Litmanen would equalize in the 41st minute of play.

    The second half and extra time would see no further production, and so the match would go to penalties. Edgar Davids and Sonny Silooy could not convert their spot kicks, while Juventus's Vladimir Jugovic sealed revenge for the 1973 final, which Ajax won.

    The victory would also mark Juventus's last UEFA Champions League triumph.

32. 1983-84: Liverpool 1-1 AS Roma (Liverpool Win on Penalties 4-2)

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    The Stadio Olimpico in Rome has been known for seeing some electrifying UEFA Champions League Finals go the distance. Another of those marathon finales came in 1984, when Liverpool took on home side AS Roma.

    Phil Neal scored in the 13th minute for Liverpool, while Roberto Pruzzo equalized in the 42nd minute.

    Like the 1996 final, no further goals would be scored in the second half and extra time, and so the match would go to penalties.

    While future New England Revolution manager Steve Nicol missed his spot kick for the Reds, Neal, Graeme Souness, Ian Rush and Alan Kennedy would convert theirs, the latter sealing Liverpool's fourth European title.

    Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar would be immortalized for his spaghetti legs antics in the shootout.

31. 2000-01: Bayern Munich 1-1 Valencia (Bayern Munich Win on Penalties 5-4)

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    Bayern's last UEFA Champions League title came in 2001 at the San Siro in Milan, when they faced Valencia. The match would end up as a contest determined by spot kicks, both in regulation, and the penalty shootout following extra time.

    Gaizka Mendieta opened the scoring in the second minute converting his penalty, while Stefan Effenberg equalized in the 50th minute.

    Neither side was able to break through afterwards, and so the match went to a shootout.

    Thomas Linke's spot kick would be the eventual decider, as Mauricio Pellegrino's conversion was saved by Bayern goalkeeper oliver Kahn.

30. 1970-71: Ajax 2-0 Panathinaikos

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    In 1971, Ajax won their first-ever European Cup when they took on Greek powerhouse Panathanaikos at the old Wembley Stadium.

    There would be no comeback for Panthanaikos, who defeated Red Star Belgrade in that fashion in the second leg of their semifinal. Goals from Dick van Dijk in the fifth minute and Arie Haan in the 87th minute sealed the Dutch side's first title in this competition.

29. 1971-72: Ajax 2-0 Inter Milan

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    Ajax continued their dominance of the early 1970's when they faced Inter Milan at De Kuip in Rotterdam for the 1972 European Cup.

    The hero of that match? Mr. Total Football, Johan Cruyff.

    Cruyff scored goals in the 47th and 78th minutes to pace Ajax to their second straight European championship 2-0, which was won with domination of possession, forcing Inter to defend for their lives..

28. 2007-08: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (Man United Win on Penalties 6-5)

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    Manchester United's most recent UEFA Champions League crown came in 2008, when they faced Premier League rivals Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

    Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 26th minute off a cross from Wes Brown but in the 45th minute, Frank Lampard equalized off a keeper mistake from Edwin Van Der Sar.

    No further goals came to pass in the second half and extra time, and so the match went to penalties.

    Ryan Giggs's conversion proved to be enough, as Nicolas Anelka's spot kick was saved by Van Der Sar, a redemption of the goal given up late in the first half.

    The victory marked the Red Devils' third European crown, and the defeat Chelsea sparked riots between Chelsea fans and police soon afterwards.

27. 2009-10: Inter Milan 2-0 Bayern Munich

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    Last year's UEFA Champions League Final was one to remember for Jose Mourinho's Internazionale, who defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

    Diego Milito was the hero for Inter Milan, with goals in the 35th and 70th minutes. A series of successive counter-attacks preserved the shutout victory.

26. 2008-09: Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United

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    Pepe Guardiola's FC Barcelona would pip Fergie's Red Devils at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to the tune of 2-0.

    Xavi Hernandez was a key component in Barça's victory, which was paced by goals from Samuel Eto'o in the 10th minute and Lionel Messi in the 70th minute. Eto'o's goal came from a delivery from a sequence of passes between Xavi and Andres Iniesta, while the Messi goal came off a Xavi cross.

    Both Barcelona and Manchester United will be dueling in a rematch of this final on May 28, 2011 at the new Wembley Stadium.

25. 2003-04: FC Porto 3-0 Monaco

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    In the 2004 UEFA Champions League final, held at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, FC Porto rolled to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over AS Monaco.

    Carlos Alberto opened the scoring in the 39th minute, man of the match Deco made it 2-0 in the 71st minute of play and Dmitri Alenichev in the 75th minute put this final out of reach for the French side.

    This contest put manager Jose Mourinho on the map, as he would take his trade to Chelsea soon afterwards.

24. 1965-66: Real Madrid 2-1 Partizan

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    After six years in the wilderness, along with a couple of close calls in 1962 and 1964, Real Madrid returned to dominance in 1966 when they faced Partizan Belgrade and won their sixth title to the tune of 2-1 at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

    Velibor Vasovic made it 1-0 Partizan in the 55th minute of pay, but just when Los Blancos were going to be consigned to runners-up a third time, they made their comeback.

    Amancio Amaro equalized in the 70th minute and Fernando Serena scored the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute of play.

23. 2001-02: Real Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen

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    The most recent moment of glory for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League came in 2002, when they faced Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

    Zinedine Zidane was the hero for Los Blancos, with the game-winner in the 45th minute of play to give Real Madrid their ninth Champions League crown.

    Raul opened up the scoring for Real in the eighth minute of play, while Lucio equalized in the 13th minute for Bayer Leverkusen.

22. 1962-63: AC Milan 2-1 SL Benfica

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    In 1963, AC Milan won their first-ever European Cup in the first-ever final contested at the old Wembley Stadium.

    Benfica featured a famous Portuguese star in Eusebio. He opened up the scoring in the 18th minute of play. But it would be a brace from Milan's Jose Altafini that would determine the outcome.

    Altafini scored goals in the 58th and 66th minutes secured the win for the Rossoneri.

21. 1999-2000: Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia

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    It was a battle of La Liga clubs in the land of Ligue 1.

    At the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Real Madrid rolled to a comprehensive 3-0 pasting of Valencia before a crowd of over 78,759.

    Steve McManaman became the first Englishman to win a UEFA Champions League with a foreign club. He made it 2-0 in the 67th minute of play.

    Fernando Morientes opened the scoring in the 39th minute of play, and Raul wrapped it up in the 75th minute. The title also marked Vicente Del Bosque's first Champions League title as a manager.

20. 1969-70: Feyenoord 2-1 Celtic

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    Before Ajax ran the tables to become Holland's most dominant team in European Cup/UEFA Champions League...there was their rivals.

    Feyenoord of Rotterdam had their only taste of European Cup victory in 1970, when they faced Celtic at the San Siro.

    Celtic's Tommy Gemmell opened the scoring in the 30th minute, but Rinus Israel equalized two minutes later. The match would go on to extra time, and it was the heroics of Ove Kindvall in the 117th minute that gave Feyenoord the Cup.

19. 1966-67: Celtic 2-1 Inter Milan

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    In 1967, Celtic battled Internazionale for the 1967 European Cup at the Estadio Nacional in Lisbon. The Bhoys would forever be known as the "Lisbon Lions" for becoming the first British club to win the European title.

    Interestingly at the break, Celtic were 45 minutes away from that possibility being dismissed.

    Sandro Mazzola scored a penalty in the seventh minute to give Inter Milan a 1-0 halftime lead. 

    Tommy Gemmell would equalize in the 62nd minute of play and Stevie Chalmer would score the game-winner in the 85th minute to give Celtic their only European Cup in their long history.

18. 1986-87: FC Porto 2-1 Bayern Munich

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    FC Porto put themselves on the map in 1987 when they took on Bayern Munich and Lothar Matthaus at the Praterstadion in Vienna. Both teams were coming in under-prepared, with Porto's Fernando Gomes injured and Bayern's Klaus Augenthaler suspended, and both Roland Wohlfarth and Hans Dorfner both injured.

    Still, in spite of Bayern being more understrength, Ludwig Kogl made it 1-0 in the 25th minute to give them a 1-0 lead at the half.

    Porto's Rabah Madjer equalized in the 77th minute and four minutes later, Juary scored the game-winner in the 81st minute of play.

17. 2006-07: AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool

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    Milan's most recent UEFA Championship came in 2007, when they took on Liverpool in the Olympic Stadium in Athens. They earned their payback for their demise two years ago with a 2-1 victory.

    The hero of the match was Filippo Inzaghi, with a brace in the 45th and 82nd minutes. Dirk Kuyt pulled one back in the 89th minute of play, but it would not be enough, as Milan rolled to their seventh UEFA Champions League crown.

    Interestingly, UEFA President Michel Platini, who played for Juventus, presented the trophy to Milan captain Paolo Maldini, who made his professional debut with the Rossoneri when Platini was wrapping up his playing career.

16. 2005-06: FC Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal

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    Barcelona won their second UEFA Champions League crown in 2006, when they took on Final debutantes Arsenal at the Stade de France.

    Arsenal's Sol Campbell put the Blaugrana in a bind with a goal in the 37th minute of play. But Barça would rebound late in the second half. In the 76th minute, a delivery from Henrik Larson found Samuel Eto'o to make it 1-1.

    Juliano Belletti scored the game-winner five minutes later off a cross from Larsson.

    Arsenal were forced to play a man down after Gunners goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was sent off in the 18th minute of play

15. 1998-99: Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich

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    The Camp Nou in Barcelona was home to an electrifying UEFA Champions League final in 1999, when Manchester United took on Bayern Munich. United were looking to secure the Treble of winning the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League.

    All hope for that seemed to be fading away in the closing seconds of stoppage time, with Mario Basler's sixth-minute goal minutes away from standing. But one of the most dramatic comebacks in UEFA Champions League history would take place.

    Teddy Sheringham scored off the initial miss from Ryan Giggs on the corner in the 91st minute to make it 1-1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed the comeback in the 93rd minute of play off a chance from Sheringham.

    "I can't believe it," said then-UEFA President Lennart Johansson. "The winners are crying and the losers are dancing."

    And the Red Devil faithful would be dancing in the streets of Manchester for quite a while, as Alex Ferguson became knighted for his efforts.

14. 1976-77: Liverpool 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

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    In 1977, Liverpool took on Borussia Monchengladbach at the Stadio Olimpico and went on to win their first-ever European club title to the tune of 3-1.

    Terry McDermott opened the scoring for the Reds in the 28th minute. After the break, it was Allan Simonsen that equalized in the 52nd minute for Borussia. But Liverpool would leave it late in the second half.

    A goal from Tommy Smith in the 64th minute combined with a penalty conversion from Phil Neal in the 82nd minute of play secured the win for the Reds.

13. 1988-89: AC Milan 4-0 Steaua Bucuresti

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    Steaua Bucuresti never really stood a chance against a sound AC Milan side at the Camp Nou.

    AC Milan were led by two of football's finest: Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. They would both trade goals in the 4-0 rout of the Romanian champions: Gullit in the 18th, Van basten in the 27th, Gullit again in the 39th, and Van Basten again the 47th.

    The victory was Milan's third title in the competition.

12. 1996-97: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Juventus

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    In 1997, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus fought for the 1997 UEFA Champions League title at the Olympiastadion in Munich.

    Karl-Heinz Riedle set the tone early and often for Borussia, with a brace in the 29th and 34th minutes of play. 

    While Juventus's Alessandro Del Piero pulled one back in the 64th minute, Lars Ricken put the match out of reach in the 71st minute to give Dortmund their only European title in their history.

11. 1963-64: Inter Milan 3-1 Real Madrid

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    In 1964, Internazionale and Real Madrid duked it out for the 1964 European Cup at Vienna's Praterstadion.

    Sandro Mazzola scored a brace in the 43rd and 76th minutes to give Inter Milan a 3-1 victory. Aurelio Milani scored an insurance goal the 61st minute.

    Felo scored in the 70th minute for Real Madrid, but it would not be enough, as Inter won their first-ever European club title.

10. 1993-94: AC Milan 4-0 FC Barcelona

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    In 1994, AC Milan cruised to their fifth UEFA Champions League crown with an easy 4-0 whipping of FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

    Daniele Massaro scored a brace in the 22nd minute and the third minute of first-half stoppage time in the win. Dejan Savicevic made it 3-0 in the 47th minute and Marcel Desailly put the icing on the cake for the Rossoneri.

9. 1968-69: AC Milan 4-1 Ajax

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    At the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Milan were at it again in the 1969 European Cup Final against Ajax, who were making their first-ever appearance.

    Milan's Pierino Prati dominated the Dutch side with a hat trick, scoring goals in the seventh, 40th and 75th minutes. Angelo Sormani made it 3-1 in the 67th minute after Ajax's Velibor Vasovic took on back on a 60th minute penalty conversion.

8. 1967-68: Manchester United 4-1 SL Benfica

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    In 1968, Manchester United, under Sir Matt Busby, battled Benfica in the 1968 European Cup Final, held at the old Wembley Stadium.

    This match, along with the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, would go down among Sir Bobby Charlton's most defining moments.

    Charlton opened the scoring in the 53rd minute for the Red Devils, but after Benfica's Jaime Graça made it 1-1, the match went to extra time.

    George Best would take back the lead for good in the 93rd minute. A minute later, Brian Kidd made it 3-1, and it was only fitting that Charlton himself wrapped up the European Cup for Manchester United in the 99th minute of play.

    The final result: 4-1 to the Red Devils. Manchester United would not get their hands on the trophy again for more than three decades after the heroics of '68.

7. 1960-61: SL Benfica 3-2 Barcelona

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    A high-scoring goal festival between Iberian neighbors took place at the Wankdorfstadion in Bern, Switzerland.

    Barcelona, who were making their debut appearance in the European Cup Final along with Benfica, were hoping to prolong the era of Spanish dominance in the competition.

    Unfortunately, the streak snapped at five, as the Portuguese outfit won, 3-2.

    Sandor Kocsis opened the scoring in the 20th minute of play. Jose Aguas would equalize in the 30th minute. Then Antoni Ramallets would concede an own goal two minutes later.

    Mario Coluna would score the go-ahead goal for the Eagles in the 55th minute of play. Zoltan Czibor pulled one back in the 75th minute, but the damage had been done.

6. 1957-58: Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan

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    1974 was a banner year for Franz Beckenbauer and the men of Bayern Munich, who completely leveled Atletico Madrid 5-1 in a final at the Heysel Stadium that included a replay.

    In the first game, Bayern and Atletico played to a 1-1 draw. 90 minutes could not separate both sides, and so it went to extra time. Luis Aragones's 114th minute goal seemed to stand...until Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck equalized in the 119th minute.

    In those days, matches did not go to penalties. You got a replay. And in the only replay in European Cup/UEFA Champions League Final history, Bayern ran away with this one.

    Uli Hoeness and Gerd Muller scored braces in the replay rout. Hoeness scored in the 28th and 83rd minutes, while Muller got on the sheet in the 58th and 71st minutes.

    The victory marked the start of a three-peat for Bayern.

5. 1973-74: Bayern Munich 5-1 Atletico Madrid

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    1974 was a banner year for Franz Beckenbauer and the men of Bayern Munich, who completely leveled Atletico Madrid 5-1 in a final at the Heysel Stadium that included a replay.

    In the first game, Bayern and Atletico played to a 1-1 draw. 90 minutes could not separate both sides, and so it went to extra time. Luis Aragones's 114th minute goal seemed to stand...until Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck equalized in the 119th minute.

    In those days, matches did not go to penalties. You got a replay. And in the only replay in European Cup/UEFA Champions League Final history, Bayern ran away with this one.

    Uli Hoeness and Gerd Muller scored braces in the replay rout. Hoeness scored in the 28th and 83rd minutes, while Muller got on the sheet in the 58th and 71st minutes.

    The victory marked the start of a three-peat for Bayern.

4. 2004-05: Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (Liverpool Win on Penalties 3-2)

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3. 1955-56: Real Madrid 4-3 Stade De Reims

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    The first-ever European Cup was a high-scoring affair, but Real Madrid came away winners over France's Stade de Reims 4-3 at Paris's Parc des Princes.

    In the sixth minute, Reims's Michel Leblond scored the first-ever goal in European Cup/UEFA Champions League final history. Jean Templin made it 2-0 in the 10th minute before Alberto Di Stefano pulled one back four minutes later.

    Hector Rial then equalized in the 30th minute to make it 2-2 at the break. Michel Hidalgo gave Reims the lead again in the 62nd minute, but Los Blancos were ready to make their move soon after.

    Marquitos equalized for Real in the 67th minute, and Rial completed his brace with a 79th minute game winner.

2. 1961-62: SL Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid

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    Benfica were looking to defend their European Cup against Real Madrid at the Olympisch Stadion in Amsterdam. They succeeded in what was a mouthwatering goal festival: a 5-3 victory over Real Madrid.

    In spite of Hungary's Ferenc Puskas scoring a hat trick in the 17th, 23rd and 38th minutes, it was a balanced scoring attack from Benfica that completed their back-to-back European championship.

    Jose Aguas pulled one back for the Portuguese in the 25th minute, Domiciano Cavem equalized in the 34th minute of place and Mario Coluna equalized again in the 51st minute of play.

    This final marked the dawn of Eusebio's rise to greatness. He scored a penalty in the 65th minute and completed his brace three minutes to cement Benfica's place in history.

1. 1959-60: Real Madrid: 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt

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    You want goals? 


    You want crowds? 


    You want action and great skill around? 


    Well, look no further than the 1960 European Cup Final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt, which saw a whopping 10 goals scored between both sides before the biggest crowd in Finals history: 135,000 strong at Glasgow's Hampden Park.


    Cue "Also Sprach Zarathustra."


    The 7-3 victory completed five straight years of greatness for Los Blancos in European competition.
    Alberto Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas paced Real Madrid to victory. Di Stefano scored goals in the 27th, 30th and 73rd minutes, while Puskas scored goals in the 45th minute, the 56th off a penalty and the 60th and 71st minutes.


    For Eintracht Frankfurt, Richard Kress opened the scoring in the 18th minute of play and Erwin Stein recorded a brace in the 72nd and 75th minutes of play.


    The many great goals, great skill and the turnout by the masses make the 1960 Final number one in our UEFA Champions League Final Power Rankings.

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