Champions League Past Winners
It is useful to check out who has won the Champions League in the past before placing your Champions League outright bets. You'll see from the list of past winners below a number of trends that can help you. Firstly there are a handful of teams that have a great Champions League pedigree. The likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and AC Milan are multiple winners of the competition and as a result they deserve consideration when placing your bets.
You'll also see that particular trends are clear when teams reach the height of their ability it is not uncommon for them to reach multiple finals in quick succession. For example, AC Milan were in the first three Champions League finals. Ajax played in back to back finals as did Valencia, Manchester United and Juventus (three finals in succession).
Champions League Finalists
|1998/99||Manchester United||Bayern Munich||2-1||Barcelona|
|2000/01||Bayern Munich||Valencia||1-1 (pens)||Milan|
|2001/02||Real Madrid||Bayer Leverkusen||2-1||Glasgow|
|2002/03||AC Milan||Juventus||0-0 (pens)||Manchester|
|2004/05||Liverpool||AC Milan||3-3 (pens)||Istanbul|
|2007/08||Manchester United||Chelsea||1-1 (pens)||Moscow|
|2009/10||Inter Milan||Bayern Munich||2-0||Madrid|
|2011/12||Chelsea||Bayern Munich||1-1 (pens)||Munich|
|2012/13||Bayern Munich||Borussia Dortmund||2-1||London|
|2013/14||Real Madrid||Atletico Madrid||4-1 (AET)||Lisbon|
|2015/16||Real Madrid||Atletico Madrid||1-1 (pens)||Milan|
Beware the wounded tiger. Teams at the top of their game have a habit of returning to victory soon after as the list above shows. Milan bounced back from defeat in the first Champions League final to win twelve months later. Bayern Munich took an extra year to get over their last gasp defeat in the Nou Camp versus Manchester United in 1999 to win on penalties against Valencia in the 2001 final. Milan again got revenge against Liverpool two years after the famous final in Istanbul.