Between them, Spanish clubs have won the European Cup or UEFA Champions League on 19 occasions. That’s more than any other country while there have also been more Spanish finalists with 30 in total. Let’s take a look at how many Spanish clubs have won the Champions League and how many have finished as runners up.
Which Spanish teams have won the Champions League?
Real Madrid – 14 times
Real Madrid have been crowned European champions a record 14 times and are 6/1 to win the Champions League this season according to betting odds on football today, with only Manchester City and Bayern Munich viewed as having a better chance.
The early years of the European Cup were dominated by Los Blancos with a team that included all-time great Alfredo Di Stefano winning each of the first five editions of a tournament that began in the 1955/56 season.
They’d win it again in 1965/66 but then followed a 32-year wait for the seventh which was clinched in Amsterdam in 1998 with a 1-0 win against Juventus.
The Spanish giants have doubled their tally since then with victories in 2000 and 2002 before the much sought after “decima” arrived in 2013/14 under Carlo Ancelotti.
Zinedine Zidane’s side claimed a hat-trick of wins between 2016 and 2018 before Ancelotti returned to add number 14 with victory over Liverpool in Paris in 2022.
Barcelona – 5 times
There are only two Spanish clubs on the Champions League winners list though with Barcelona being crowned European champions on five occasions to take LaLiga’s overall tally to 19.
Barca didn’t open their account until 1992 when Ronald Koeman’s Extra Time goal saw off Sampdoria at Wembley to give Johan Cruyff’s side a famous win and end nearly three decades of failure for clubs from LaLiga in Eurpope’s premier club competition.
Barcelona’s next triumph was in the 2005/06 season when they beat Arsenal in the Final before Pep Guardiola’s all conquering side won the trophy in 2009 and 2011, defeating Manchester United in the Final on each occasion.
The only triumph in the post-Pep era at Camp Nou came in 2014/15 when Barcelona won the treble under Luis Enrique. While they’ve won the league several times since, they’ve not made it past the last four in Europe.
Which Spanish teams have reached the Champions League Final?
Real Madrid – 17 times
Real Madrid have a very impressive success rate in European Cup and Champions League Finals winning 82% of them. They’ve reached the Final on 17 occasions in total and haven’t lost one during the Champions League era.
The most recent defeat in a European Cup Final for Los Blancos was way back in 1981 when they were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool in Paris. They also finished as runners up in both 1962 and 1964 against Benfica and Inter Milan respectively.
Barcelona – 8 times
Barcelona have also finished as runners up on three occasions. Their first European Cup Final was in 1961 when they suffered a 3-2 defeat against Benfica and they wouldn’t reach another for a quarter of a century until Terry Venables’ side were stunned by Steaua Bucharest in Seville.
Barca missed all four penalties in the shootout after the game ended goalless and while they did get their hands on the trophy six years later, they also suffered a 4-0 defeat to Milan in the 1994 Final.
They’ve won all of the four Champions League Finals they’ve reached since.
Atletico Madrid – 3 times
No club has reached the European Cup/Champions League Final more times without winning one than Atletico Madrid. To make matters worse, two of their three Final defeats were against city rivals Real Madrid.
Both were agonising losses too. Diego Simeone’s side were a matter of seconds away from triumphing in Lisbon in 2014 before Sergio Ramos’ famous late header took the game to Extra Time where Real Madrid blew their neighbours away. 2016 saw another Madrid derby Final in Milan with Atleti losing out on penalties that time.
Atletico Madrid’s other European Cup Final appearance was in 1974. Up against Bayern Munich, they drew 1-1 resulting in the one and only European Cup Final replay which the Bavarians won convincingly.
Valencia – 2 times
Valencia are the only other Spanish club to have made the Final and they did it in back-to-back years in 2000 and 2001 under Hector Cuper.
Los Che were one of the strongest teams in Spain at the time with Mestalla a fortress on European nights but they failed to produce their best football in the first Final, losing 3-0 to Vicente del Bosque’s Real Madrid.
Back for more a year later, they went toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich in Milan, taking the lead in just the third minute of a game that ultimately went to penalties. Both sides missed two of their opening five spot-kicks but Mauricio Pellegrino’s miss ultimately proved decisive as Valencia missed out on the big prize.