May 17, 2022

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English and Spanish clubs dominate European football

Manchester City – The clash between Real Madrid and a hopeful rivalry between Liverpool and Villarreal awaits football fans in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the end of April after the qualifications of the two English clubs on Wednesday.

Both the Citizens and the Reds beat Atletico Madrid in the first leg (0-0, first leg: 1-0) and retained the advantage they had gained in the second leg against Benfica (3-3, cell: 3). -1).
They have a meeting to take place in the final against two Spanish teams on April 26-27 and May 3-4.

Accustomed to the last squares

Conducted regularly and under many big names, the English and Spanish Championships never fail, or almost, at the call of the last European quartet.

The controversial 2020 edition in the form of the “final 8” in Lisbon, acts almost as an intruder on the list of winners, with two duels … Franco-German (Paris SG-Leipzig and Leon-Bayern Munich). This is the only time in the 21st century that neither Spanish nor English clubs have made the final four.

Recently, three of the four semi-finalists are from two leading nations of European football (2021, 2019, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011).

“4/4” have already won rapidly in 2008 (Liverpool, Barcelona, ​​Chelsea, Manchester United) and 2009 (Manchester United, Barcelona, ​​Arsenal, Chelsea).

Logically, England and Spain top the UEFA rankings, worth mentioning the number of places to qualify for the European Cups.

Some memorable finals

Eleven editions of the Champions League (and its predecessor, the Champions Clubs Cup) led to the final, which included only English or Spanish clubs.

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In addition to the fraternal fights such as Manchester City – Chelsea in 2021 or Real Madrid’s two wins against Atletico in 2014 and 2016, a few Anglo-Spanish finals mark C1’s history.

First, in 1981, Liverpool won the third title in its history ahead of Real Madrid, thanks to Alan Kennedy (1-0) rejoining the final between the two clubs at the Olympic Stadium in Cue 37 years ago. In 2018, Madrid beat Gareth Bale (3-1) with an unexpected double.

The match between Barcelona and Manchester United turned in favor of the Catalans twice in 2009 (2-0) and 2011 (3-1), with Lionel Messi scoring in both finals.
Barசாa already outscored England a few years ago with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in 2006.

Very successful so far

English and Spanish dominance is logically reflected in the number of topics. Real Madrid and its 13 trophies have apparently knocked out positions, but Liverpool’s six wins and Barசாa’s five wins complete a respectable record.

Eighteen editions of C1 went to two Spanish behemoths, the only team to lift the trophy in their home country, England bringing back 14 trophies north of the channel with five different clubs.

Of the 67 editions that have competed since 1956, the English and Spaniards have been crowned 33 times, counting by 2022 … with eight titles in the last nine editions, a percentage that is close to 50% continues to rise.