Football Records: Repeat League Champions and domestic Champions League ties

Five of last season’s champions in Europe’s six major leagues look like defending their titles successfully this season. The exception is Germany where last season’s champions VfB Stuttgart are currently sixth. If the other five win their domestic titles, it will equal the record set in 2005/2006.

Two years ago, it appeared that all six of these countries had repeat champions, but Juventus have since been stripped of both their 2005/2006 title and their title from the season before.

Most champions successfully defending title in major European leagues (since 1963/1964)

#
Season Successful defending champions
5
2005/2006 FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Olympique Lyon, PSV, Bayern München
5
2007/2008 Real Madrid, Internazionale, Manchester United, Olympique Lyon, PSV
4
1975/1976 Real Madrid, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Saint-Etienne, PSV
3
1967/1968 Real Madrid, Saint-Etienne, Ajax
3
1972/1973 Juventus, Bayern München, Ajax

3
1979/1980 Real Madrid, Liverpool, Ajax
3
1982/1983 Liverpool, Hamburger SV, Ajax
3
1986/1987 Real Madrid, Bayern München, PSV
3
1989/1990 Real Madrid, Bayern München, Olympique Marseille
3
1991/1992 FC Barcelona, Olympique Marseille, PSV
3
1993/1994 FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Manchester United
3
2000/2001 Manchester United, Bayern München, PSV

Leagues included: ENG, ESP, GER, FRA, ITA, NED.

On 2 April 2008, Arsenal host Liverpool in the fifth all-English tie in the Champions League since the competition started in 1992/1993. Liverpool have been involved in the last four, including this one, with one taking place in the group stage. For Arsenal, it is their second all-English tie following a quarterfinals clash with Chelsea in 2003/2004.

No other country has produced as many domestic ties as England’s five.

Spain and Italy have managed three, including a domestic final each. Germany has produced two domestic ties.

Champions League matches between clubs from same nation

Season
Stage
Date
Home Away
Result
2007/2008
Quarterfinals
08 Apr 2008
Liverpool (ENG) Arsenal (ENG)
TBD
2007/2008
Quarterfinals
02 Apr 2008
Arsenal (ENG) Liverpool (ENG)
TBD

2006/2007
Semifinals
01 May 2007
Liverpool (ENG) Chelsea (ENG)
1-0 OP 4-1
2006/2007
Semifinals
25 Apr 2007
Chelsea (ENG) Liverpool (ENG)
1-0

2005/2006
Group stage
06 Dec 2005
Chelsea (ENG) Liverpool (ENG)
0-0
2005/2006
Group stage
28 Sep 2005
Liverpool (ENG) Chelsea (ENG)
0-0
2004/2005
Semifinals
03 May 2005
Liverpool (ENG) Chelsea (ENG)
1-0
2004/2005
Semifinals
27 Apr 2005
Chelsea (ENG) Liverpool (ENG)
0-0
2004/2005
Quarterfinals

12 Apr 2005
Internazionale (ITA) AC Milan (ITA)
0-3 AWD
2004/2005
Quarterfinals
06 Apr 2005
AC Milan (ITA) Internazionale (ITA)
2-0
2003/2004
Quarterfinals
06 Apr 2004
Arsenal (ENG) Chelsea (ENG)
1-2
2003/2004
Quarterfinals
24 Mar 2004
Chelsea (ENG) Arsenal (ENG)
1-1
2002/2003
Final
28 May 2003
AC Milan (ITA) Juventus (ITA)

0-0 OP 3-2
2002/2003
Semifinals
13 May 2003
Internazionale (ITA) AC Milan (ITA)
1-1
2002/2003
Semifinals
07 May 2003
AC Milan (ITA) Internazionale (ITA)
0-0
2001/2002
Semifinals
01 May 2002
Real Madrid (ESP) FC Barcelona (ESP)
1-1

2001/2002
Semifinals
23 Apr 2002
FC Barcelona (ESP) Real Madrid (ESP)
0-2
1999/2000
Final
24 May 2000
Real Madrid (ESP) Valencia CF (ESP)
3-0
1999/2000
Semifinals
10 May 2000
FC Barcelona (ESP) Valencia CF (ESP)
2-1
1999/2000
Semifinals
02 May 2000
Valencia CF (ESP) FC Barcelona (ESP)
4-1
1998/1999
Quarterfinals

17 Mar 1999
1. FC Kaiserslautern (GER) Bayern München (GER)
0-4
1998/1999
Quarterfinals
03 Mar 1999
Bayern München (GER) 1. FC Kaiserslautern (GER)
2-0
1997/1998
Quarterfinals
18 Mar 1998
Borussia Dortmund (GER) Bayern München (GER)
1-0
1997/1998
Quarterfinals
04 Mar 1998
Bayern München (GER) Borussia Dortmund (GER)
0-0

Bold denotes team winning knockout tie. OP=On Penalties, AWD=Awarded

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