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Top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016

Euro 2016 has been scheduled to be held in France from 10 June, 2016. It is the most exciting football championship participated by the European football playing nations. The whole world is waiting eagerly to see the strongest sides competing each others in Euro 2016. For the first time, the tournament will be contested by 24 teams. The group stage of the game is consisting of six groups of four teams, which is followed by a knock-out stage of three rounds and ultimately the final. It is the third time France has been hosting UEFA European Championship. The Euro 2016 is the 15th edition of UEFA European Championship. Spain along with host France are the most successful teams in Euro, winning two Euro titles. Now, it is the high time to watch who is the strongest teams to win Euro 2016.

Our Sportyghost team have made a list of most probable winners of upcoming Euro 2016. Each of them are top contenders for the European Championship. After World Cup football, European Championship is considered as the most thrilling football competition in the world. Let’s have a look at the list of top 10 teams to win Euro 2016.

Top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016

10. Austria

FIFA Ranking: 10

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Austrian National team——–image credit: Wikimedia/Steindy

Austria is the imminent power house of football. They have been appearing as one of the strongest competitors in Europe. They showed some astonishing performances in the qualifying rounds of Euro 2016, winning 9 of their 10 matches. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is the Austria’s talisman in their Euro campaign. He is a true sensation and currently is considered as one of the best footballers. David Alaba is a complete player who can play at full-back, centre back or in midfield. He incredibly helped Austria to climb into the top 10 of FIFA ranking for the first time. They will be competing in Group F. The other four teams in this group are Portugal, Iceland and Hungary.

Austria in Euro: It will be their 2nd appearance in Euro. As co-host at Euro 2008, they failed to win a single game in their first tournament.

Key player: Central midfielder- David Alaba. He is a versatile player who can play in nearly 10 positions in the field.

Premier league players: Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Sebastian Prodl (Watford)

The Manager:  Former Switzerland international Marcel Koller.

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9. Wales

FIFA Ranking: 17

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Wales national team——–image credit: Wikimedia/Biser Todorov

After a 58-year wait, Wales will be playing their first major football tournament in Euro 2016. It is a true reflection of the brilliant manager Chris Coleman and some awesome players in the squad. They have some real quality in key positions blessed with Aaron Ramsey, Ashley Williams and Gareth Bale, who became the top scorer in Euro qualification with seven goals. The Wales has got an amazing team spirit and they will be certainly one of the strongest teams to win Euro 2016.

Wales in Euro: It is their first appearance in Euro.

Key player: Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. Notably, he is currently the most expensive player in the world.

Gareth Bale, best player in Euro
Gareth Bale——–image credit: Wikimedia/Jon Candy

Premier league players: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Andy King (Leicester City), Ben Davies (Tottenham), James Chester (West Brom), Joe Allen (Liverpool), Ashley Williams (Swansea), James Collins (West Ham)

The manager: Chris Coleman, who took over the job in a tough situation after the death of Gary Speed in 2011. He is expecting to expand the contract beyond 2016.

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8. Portugal

FIFA Ranking: 7

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Cristiano Ronaldo for portugal——image credit: DeviantArt/iDioxy

The Portugal side is known by one name, “Cristiano Ronaldo”. He is the only one fighting almost single handedly in the team. With Cristiano’s remarkable performance in the qualifying with five goals, Portugal won seven of their eight matches. They will be the weakest side in the pot if Cristiano sustains any injury, as he did in 2014 World Cup. Portugal have reached at-least the quarter finals in last five European Championships. So, eyes on the Portuguese side as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, who is craving for international success.

Portugal in Euro: Their most remarkable achievement was in 2004, where they became runner-up. They were beaten by Greece on their home soil. The Portuguese side also played semi-finals in 2000 and 2012.

Key player: Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the top goal scorer for the Portugal with 56 goals. He also scored three hat-tricks in Euro. It will be his forth appearance in this tournaments.

Premier League players: Jose Fonte, Cedric Soares (Southampton), Eder (Swansea)

The Manager: Fernando Santos, 61 who has won his first seven competitive games in charge of Portugal. He has a bright history of coaching career. He led FC Porto winning five major titles.

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7. Poland

FIFA Ranking: 34

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Poland national team———image credit: Wikimedia/Piotr Drabik

Poland were the top scorers in the Euro qualification with 33 goals. The team possesses world class goal machine, Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski. He is currently the most potent center-forward in the world. He scored a stunning 13 goals in the qualification, which is no one ever did. Poland will be making a big impact in Euro 2016. If Robert Lewandowski continues to maintain his form, it will be anything possible for Poland.

Poland in Euro: It is their third consecutive appearance in UEFA European Championship. They finished at group stage in last two Euros.

Key player: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. He is undoubtedly the best number nine in the world. He scored 28 goals in 30 matches for his club and nation this season. He has been in a great shape of playing destructive football. Hopefully, Euro 2016 will be his place.

Premier league player: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)

The manager: The former Polish international, Adam Nawalka was appointed as manager in October 2013. Euro 2016 will be his first away tournament.

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6. Italy

FIFA Ranking: 15

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Italy national team———image credit: Wikimedia/Biser Todorov

The four-time World Cup champions, Italy is one of the strongest teams to win Euro 2016. They were unbeaten in the Euro qualification with seven wins and three draws in their ten games. The Azzurri’s defence is fortified with Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Cheillini and Leonardo Bonucci. They have also got a hugely talented midfield which is boasted with Andrea Pirlo and Marco Verratti. But, the main problem of Italian side is they lack strikers. Still, Granziano Pelle had shown some prospects with his three qualifying goals. Euro 2016 will be a great challenge for the Azzurri.

Italy in Euro: They won their first Euro title at home in 1968. They are also the finalist in 2000 and 2012 Euro. They failed twice to pass the  group stage (1996, 2004).

Key player: the great Lev Yashin award winner, Gianluigi Buffon. He is literally a unbreakable wall between the post. Moreover, he is the most experienced player of the side. He is the most capped player in Italian football (156).

Premier league players: Matteo Darmain (Manchester United), Granziano Pelle (Southampton)

The manager: the former Juventus coach, Antonio Conte. He replaced Cesare Prandelli after Italy’s failure to pass the group stage in 2014 World cup in Brazil.

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5. England

FIFA Ranking: 9

Roy Hodgson’s men were unbeaten in their Euro qualification. The England team also showed some tremendous prospects in international friendlies. They grabbed a subsequent win over an emotional France and are in a good shape. England team have plenty of individual talents. Forwards like Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane performed extraordinary. But, the persistent worries continue over the form of all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney. Roy Hodgson is planning to introduce numerous combinations at the mid-field since the last World Cup. He tried a completely new one in the match against France and it worked properly. England is a youthful team now and showing some good football. So, let’s see, what England team will bring us in upcoming Euro 2016 in France.

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Wayne Rooney in action———image credit: Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

England in Euro: England placed 3rd of the four finalist in 1968. As the host of Euro 96, the English reach semi-finals for the first time in Euro. In Euro 2012, they performed their best at the foreign soil, after being unbeaten they lost on penalties in quarter-final against Italy.

Key player: Wayne Rooney is the main key player for England. He scored seven goals in the qualification and still can do a lot for England.

The manager: the 68-year old, Roy Hodgson will the England boss. It will be his third major tournament for England. He has a glorious background of managing 14 clubs and 4 national teams.

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4. Belgium

FIFA Ranking: 1

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Belgium National team——image credit: Wikimedia/Erik Drost

They are the top at FIFA ranking and studded with one of the most talented generations of players. Belgium is undoubtedly is one of the strongest teams to win Euro 2016. The team’s performance was dignified by some amazing players like Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. It is very hard to find holes in the Belgium squad. They only lack experience for playing at the biggest stage of football. However, their last year world cup performances were overwhelming, going out in the quarterfinals 1-0 to Argentina.

Belgium in Euro: They are qualified for Euro 2016 for the first time since 2002. Belgium were the runner-up in 1980 and stood 3rd in 1972.

Key player: No, it’s not Eden Hazard anymore, it is Kevin de Bruyne, who scored five goals and made three assists in the qualification.

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Kevin de Bruyne ———image via: wikipedia/Erik Drost

Premier league players: Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Tody Alderweireld, Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen (all Tottenham), Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany (both Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Christian Benteke, Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi (all Liverpool), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

The manager: Marc Wilmots, the Belgium manager will celebrate four years in charge next June. He took Belgium to the quarter-finals of 2014 world cup.

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3. France

FIFA Ranking: 25

They would have been second in the list of top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016. But, the recent scandal in which star striker Karim Benzema being charged with blackmailing his team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, will put France at third. Benzema will possibly miss Euro 2016. That will not be very concerning for the French, because the team is studded with many other stars. Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane, Juventus mid fielder Paul Pogba, Bayern’s Kingsley Coman, Athletico’s Antoine Griezmann, all are thirsty for international success. Every player in the French team is in incredible form and they eagerly want to keep the Euro cup at home. France are always favourite in Euro with their dynamic and athletic midfield.

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French superstar, Paul Pogba———-image credit: youtube.com/Ultimate Football

France in Euro: France is the last host nation to win the Euro title in 1984. They are also the winner of Euro 2000. Euro 2016 will be their seventh successive European championships.

Key player:  It is Blaise Matuidi. There are many other French players to play the key role, but Matuidi is the main driving force in the French mid-field.

Premier league players: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Oliver Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny (all Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial (both Manchester Unioted), Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala (both Manchester City), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

The manager: Didier Deschamps led France to the world cup quarter-finals in 2014. As a player, Deschamps captained France to victory at 1998 world cup and Euro 2000. It will be a great challenge ahead of him in Euro 2016.

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2. Spain

FIFA Ranking: 3

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Euro 2012 winner Spain ———–image credit: Wikimedia/Илья Хохлов

Spain’s exit in 2014 World cup ended their long term international dominance, but there is no reason to believe that Spain is least favourite in this upcoming Euro 2016. The Spanish side won Euro 2012 by obliterating Italy in the final. The Spanish boss Vicente del Bosque has grown a huge pool of young talents, which include Dani Carvajal, Hector Bellerin, Alvaro Morata, Paco Alcacer etc. The Spanish midfield is graced with Iniesta, Koke, Cazorla, David Silva. They finished top in Group C qualification with nine wins. But the team is no longer as likely to overwhelm the best opposition as they did before. VDB mentioned his side is “practically a finished article”. So, let’s see, what  new generation brings for the Spanish side.

Spain in Euro: They won Euro championship in 1964, 2008 and 2012. It will be their 10th appearance in Euro.

Key player: The 29-year-old, Manchester City playmaker, David Silva will be the key for Spain. He usually roams around the pitch to operate in pockets of space and creates numerous opportunities.

Premier league players: Davis Silva (Manchester City), Diego Coasta, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro (all Chelsea), David de Gea and Juan Mata (Manchester United), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The manager: Vicente del Bosque is bigwig of Spanish team since 2008. The world cup winner marked a national record of 100th match in charge of Spain in June 2015.

1. Germany

FIFA Ranking: 4

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German national team after winning 2014 FIFA World cup—–image credit: Wikimedia/Agência Brasil

The current world champions are bursting with talented players and must be considered at no. 1 in the list of top 10 strongest teams to win Euro 2016. The German team is blessed with world class players like Scweinsteiger, Ozil, Reus, Gotze and Muller. All of them have elevated football in a new level after winning 2014 world cup defeating Argentina in the final. The German mid-field with Toni Kross , Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil, is the most devastating in the world. Germany is the most balanced team now and they are determined to win their 4th Euro title.

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Germany in Euro: Germany won European Championship three times, in 1972, 1980 and 1996. They are the semifinalist of Euro 2012, where they lost by 2-1 to a Balotelli-inspired Italy.

Key player: Thomas Muller, the “German Goal-machine” without any doubt, is the key for Germany. He scored 31 goals in his 70 appearances for Germany. Muller received the Silver Boot for being 2nd top scorer (5 goals) in 2014 world cup.

Premier league players: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Emre Can (Liverpool)

The manager: Joachim Low, the mastermind of Germany’s 2014 world cup triumph is still managing Germany. He must be targeting to fulfill all major titles as a head coach.

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Top 10 most successful Champions League teams


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Champions league is an annual football club competition which is organized by UEFA (Union of European Football Association). It is the contest among the top football clubs in Europe. UEFA champions league is one of the most significant football tournaments in the world. it is also the most watched sporting event throughout the world. Champions league teams compete each others for the title and it is considered very prestigious for any club in the history of European football.

Champions league starts from mid-July with total 32 teams, which are distributed in eight groups and play each other in a double round-robin system. The group stage games are followed by the knockout phage. In the 2015-16 season of UCL, the knock out stages are knocking at the door starting from 17th February. At this point, Sportyghost team brings to you the list of top 10 most successful champions league teams.

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Top 10 most successful champions league teams:

The Spanish clubs have gathered the highest number  (15) of champions league titles, while English and Italian clubs claimed 12 wins at the champions league final. There are 22 different European clubs which have won the champions league title. Here is the list of top 10 most successful champions league teams. We have arranged them in a chronological manner for your convenience.

1. Real Madrid, Spain

Titles won: 10 (1956-1960, 1966, 1998,2000, 2002, 2014)


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Real Madrid is the most successful team in champions league history. Under Carlo Ancelotti, Real Mardid defeated their city rival Atletico Madrid at the 2014 champions league final to claim the prestigious La Décima. Real Madrid are always known to sign biggest star even in the early 1950s. Legends like Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas were all lured to the Santiago Bernabeu prior to today’s stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

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Real Madrid celebrates La Decima—–image via: Flickr/El Coleccionista de Instantes

Their most famous champions league victory came in 1960 final against Frankfurt, when Alfred Di Stefano scored a hat-trick and led the team in a 7-3 victory. Hungarian striker Ferenc Puskas also netted four goals in that match. However, the Spanish side had to wait more than thirty years since 1966 to regain the champions league title. The Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the current top goal scorer (88) in the champions league history. In this record, Cristiano kept behind another Real Madrid legend Raul, who scored 71 goals in his 142 UCL appearances.

Key players: Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Raul Gonzales, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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2. AC Milan, Italy

Titles won: 7 (1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007)

AC Milan have proved to be a dominant force in the UEFA Champions league title-run with their seven European triumphs. The Italian club was crowned with the champions league glory for the first time in 1963, while they defeated Benfica by 2-1. They again claimed their title in 1969 Champions league final against AFC Ajax in a glorious 4-1 win. AC Milan had to pass some rough time then following financial difficulties. Soon, they returned to the tract in late 1980s. as soon as they got the balance, AC Milan signed Dutch trio of Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard. With these striking forces, AC Milan reclaimed their title in 1989 against Steaua Bucharest and the following year against Benfica.

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AC Milan in 2003 UCL——–image via: Wikimedia/Soccer illustrated

Then four years later in 1994, AC Milan won their fifth title defeating the Spanish giant Barcelona by 4-0. The team was heavily influenced by the great Paolo Maldini. He played total 902 official matches for AC Milan. Maldini led AC Milan to 2003 UCL title by defeating domestic rivals Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford stadium in England. The club’s 7th title came in 2007 against Liverpool by the courtesy of Filippo Inzaghi. They defeated the Reds in by 2-1. AC Milan is one of the top teams in champions league.

Key players: Gianni Rivera, Marco Van Basten, Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko.

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3. Barcelona, Spain

Titles won: 5 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015)

Barcelona is at no. 3 in the list of Top 10 most successful champions league teams. FC Barcelona have been graced by many famous footballers like Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Michael Laundrup, Rivaldo, Romario. In the recent era of football, the Spanish side is flourishing with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr, Andres Iniesta, and Dani Alves like superstars. The team won their first ever champions league title in 1992 under Johan Cruyff as a coach. The Catalans defeated Sampdoria at the 1992 European Cup final with their Dream team which includes Pep Guardiola, Jose Mari Bakero, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laundrup and Romario. Johan Cruyff became the most successful manager during that period of time.

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FC Barcelona Winning titles—-image via: Wikimedia/Christopher Johnson

The Spanish giant then waited 14 long years to regain their glory in the champions league. This time, Frank Rijkaard paved the way to the 2-1 victory over English club Arsenal in the final of 2006 UEFA Champions league. Under new manager and former Barca player Pep Guardiola, Barcelona adopted a new style of playing football, known as “tiki-taka”. With a strong midfield presented by Xavi and Iniesta, they demolished the English giant Manchester United by 2-0 in 2009 and again in 2011 by 3-1. In the 2014-15 season, Barcelona became the only football team in the history of European football to win the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA champions league) , the club’s 2nd in 6 years span. They beat Juventus by 3-1 in the 2015 Champions league final. Lionel Messi is always the key player for the Barcelona. Barcelona are undoubtedly one of the champions league top teams and they are most favourite in 2016 UEFA champions league.

Key players: Johan Cruyff, Michael Laundrup, Rivaldo,  Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez.

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4. Bayern Munich, Germany

Titles won: 5 (1974-1976, 2001, 2013)

Bayern Munich enjoyed a golden period during the mid 1970s in the champions league. They won the titles for consecutive three times from 1974 to 1976. Players like Franz Beckenbauer, Germ Muller and Sepp Maier led Bayern Munich to their hat-trick champions league titles. The German legendary footballer Gerd Muller scored total 18 goals during that period.

Since then, Bayern Munich waited 25 years to taste the glory of winning champions league again. Captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was the hero of 2001 Champions league final when Bayern defeated Valencia on penalties. Then in 2013, Bayern Munich grabbed their fifth champions league title defeating their domestic rival Borussia Dortmund by 2-1 at Wembley stadium. Bayern Munich is one of the most successful champions league teams in this list.

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Recent Bayern stars—–image via: www.youtube.com

Key players: Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Oliver Kahn, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben.

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5. Liverpool, England

Titles won: 5 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005)

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Trophy case of Liverpool—–image via: Wikimedia/Sanjiva Persad

Liverpool is the most successful English club in the champions league title run. They have won more European and domestic trophies than any other English club. Liverpool was the most dominant and most successful team in champions league during 1970s and 1980s. The team was glorified by the Scottish greats like Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. They were the key players in the club’s European success during that time. However, Liverpool won their most memorable victory in the UCL on 25th May, 2005 in Istanbul in a match against AC Milan. It was a heart-throbbing match. AC Milan was ahead of the game by 3-0 at half-time and it seemed tough enough to touch the trophy for the Reds. Then with the help of captain Steven Gerrard, Liverpool staged an almighty comeback to level the game by 3-3 scoring three in just six minutes. The game ended in penalties and Liverpool shocked the world by winning their 5th champions league title.

Key players: Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Steven Gerrard, Roy Evans.

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6. AFC Ajax, Netherlands

Titles won: 4 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)

AFC Ajax is at no. 6 in our list of top 10 most successful champions league teams. With 33 Eredivisie titles, AFC Ajax is the best Dutch club in Europe. The Dutch are the pioneer of “Total Football”. It was firstly introduced by the legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. He is considered as the best dutch footballer of all-time.

AFC Ajax reached their apex of success in the early 1970s by winning three consecutive champions league titles from 1971-1973. They paved the way for the future great sides like FC Barcelona and AC Milan with their relentless attacking attitude. Johan Cruyff was the original conductor of Ajax’s unparallel success. However, the Amsterdam side had to wait 22 long years for their 4th European title and became the last homegrown team to win the champions league. Frank De Boer, Ronald De Boer, Edwin Van Der Sar came to join the club through Ajax youth system. Another dutch legend Patrick Kluivert along with his teammates grabbed the decisive winner against Milan in the final of 1995 champions league. Ajax are 4th among the top 10 most successful champions league teams in this list.

Key players: Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard, Johan Neeskens, Patrick Kluivert.

7. Inter Milan, Italy

Titles won: 3 (1964,1965, 2010)

Italian club Inter Milan has spent it’s entire footballing life under the shadow of AC Milan. But, their influence at the European level was never underestimated. The Nerazzurri won two European titles in the mid 60s. Footballers like <a href="https://en generic cialis lilly.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Suárez_(footballer,_born_1935)” target=”_blank”>Luis Suarez, Giancinto Facchetti and Sandro Mazzola contributed their best in Inter Milan’s champions league title.

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Inter Milan legends—-image via: Flickr/dieckmann.kevin

The manager, Helenio Herrera adopted “Catenaccio” formation of 5-3-2, which allowed Inter to bring back wingers as opposed to the defensive minded full backs. The formation ensured Facchetti to become one of the best players at that time.

Then after a long interval, manager Jose Mourinho inspired the Milanese to win their 3rd champions league title in 2010. They defeated Bayern Munich by 2-0 in the final and became one of the top teams in champions league.

Key players: Giacinto Facchetti, Luis Suarez, Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito

8. Manchester United, England

Titles won: 3 (1968, 1999, 2008)

One of the most tragic events in football history took place in 1958 when Munich Air disaster claimed the number of Manchester United players, including the young promising footballer Duncan Edwards. It took years to rebuild the team. Finally they gathered Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law under one tent and started their triumph race in the champions league. In 1968 European league’s final, the red devils defeated Eusebio’s Benfica and lifted the crown for the first time.

Then in 1999, after 30 years, Manchester United got their hand on champions league trophy again. United met Bayern in the final and were a goal down within the first five minutes of the game. After leading the match for more than 85 minutes, Bayern was stunned by two injury time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Solskjaer respectively. They took ManU to the 2nd  Champions league title. The dramatic win was one of the most memorable events in football history.

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Manchester United in 1999 UCL—-image via: Wikimedia/Seán Murray

Nine years later, in 2008 they beat their domestic rivals Chelsea on penalties and claimed 3rd Champions league title. The club’s success was mostly contributed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the highest goal scorer in the champions league.

Key players: Boby Charlton, George Best, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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9. FC Porto, Portugal

Titles won: 2 (1987, 2005)

FC Porto is the most successful Portuguese football club. They lifted their 1st champions league trophy in 1987. The Portuguese side’s 2-1 victory came against the German club Bayern Munich. Their next title came in 2005 under the guidance of Jose Mourinho who made Porto a eminent football club.

 In the 2005 champions league final Porto were least favourite than the French side FC Monaco, who were in a good shape throughout the tournament. The Mourinho’s side ran out 3-0 winners against Monaco and claimed their 2nd title. FC Porto stands at no. 9 in our list of top 10 most successful champions league teams.

Key players: Ricardo Carvalho, Deco, Maniche.

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10. Juventus, Italy

Titles won: 2 (1985, 1996)

The Italian Serie a side put an end to dominance of Liverpool in 1985. It was their best team ever, which was consisted of Paolo Rossi, Zbigniew Boniek, Marco Tardelli, and Michel Platini. Giovanni Trapattoni led the Juves to win the final against Liverpool by 1-0, where Platini’s penalty was the winning one. Juventus became the first time in the history to win the champions league, despite being the top in serie A along with AC Milan for decades.

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Platini and Maradona in one frame——image via: Wikimedia/Unknown

11 years later, Juventus again came back with new form of energy and met Dutch side AFC Ajax in 1996 final. The juves won on penalties after the match drew by 1-1 in 120 minutes. Alessandro del Piero was the most influential player for the Juves. They also reached the final in 2015 champions league, where they were defeated by the current champion FC Barcelona. Juventus is one of the best clubs in champions league.

Key players: Michel Platini, Alessandro Del Piero, Andre Pirlo.